Getting the smile of your dreams shouldn’t be a challenge. As leaders in custom teeth-straightening treatments, Susan Mazzei, DDS and Kelsey Esposito, DMD can perfect your smile with Invisalign®. The team at West Suburban Oral Healthcare in Warrenville, Illinois can even help you keep and maintain your smile with occlusal guards. Book your Invisalign or custom mouthguard appointment by calling the clinic, or by using the online scheduler.
Invisalign involves wearing aligners that are custom-designed for your bite. As you wear the aligners — which are nearly invisible — they gently push your teeth into proper alignment. Every week or two, you switch to a new aligner that continues to shift your teeth into place.
You need to wear Invisalign aligners for 20-22 hours per day to achieve optimal results in the shortest amount of time possible. Usually, it’s best to take them out only when you brush, eat, or drink, then get in the habit of quickly putting them back into place.
Depending on the severity of your bite and whether or not you have any complex issues, such as over- or underbite, your Invisalign plan can last for anywhere from 1-2 years on average.
Once you complete your treatment, it’s essential to continue wearing aligners or custom mouthguards to help keep your teeth in alignment.
Mouthguards, or occlusal guards, are designed for protecting your teeth. They’re especially beneficial after you complete an Invisalign treatment plan to prevent future shifting. Mouthguards are equally as essential if you grind your teeth at night.
Your custom mouthguard prevents grinding that damages not only your teeth but also causes agonizing jaw pain, known as temporomandibular jaw disorder (TMJ or TMD).
Occlusal guards are also essential parts of your uniform if you’re an athlete — especially if you play a contact sport — as they minimize your risk of tooth damage and fractures.
Getting fitted for both Invisalign aligners and custom mouthguards is similar. The primary step involves getting an impression of the upper and lower arch of your teeth. During your evaluation, your dentist at West Suburban Oral Healthcare may take X-rays of your mouth.
For Invisalign, your impressions are sent to a lab that makes your custom aligners. Once they’re shipped back, you can start wearing your first set immediately.
Or, if you’re getting your custom mouthguard, your dentist simply molds the clear, flexible material over your impressions. You leave with your mouthguard the same day.
Schedule your Invisalign or occlusal guard evaluation at West Suburban Oral Healthcare by calling the office, or by booking online.