Serving Adult & Teenager Patients from Tinley Park, Frankfort & Surrounding Areas for Over 25 Years
Dr. Krull is an experienced Invisalign dentist in Oak Forest, IL. Invisible braces are used mostly for corrections of straightening teeth or improperly spaced teeth in teens and adults. Dr. Krull will be able to give a comprehensive dental exam to customize a tooth straightening treatment plan that is most efficient for each individual patient.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign for teenagers and adults is a teeth straightening custom mold tray system that uses clear plastic aligners to straighten your teeth. Dr. Krull will be able to gradually move your teeth using custom fitted clear plastic trays with Invisalign clear braces.
Determining if Invisalign is Right for You
Dr. Krull is a credited Invisalign dentist with orthodontics experience. Dr. Krull will fully examine your teeth and bite in order to ensure that Invisalign braces are right for you. If you can achieve your smile goals with Invisalign Dr. Krull will take x-rays and digital images of your teeth to make custom impressions of your bite. This dental information then goes to the Invisalign laboratory where custom 3-D images of your teeth are created. Dr. Krull at this time will be able to give you a custom treatment plan to restore your smile. Most straightening of teeth treatments takes about 1 year, which is about half the time of traditional braces.
Benefits of Invisalign Braces
- Completely removable, allowing food not to get caught in braces, ability of freedom to play wind instruments
- Easier dental hygiene throughout treatment, floss without working around wires and brush normally.
- Almost invisible when talking or smiling
- Gradually straightens teeth with custom molded trays throughout treatment which avoids the traditional “Tightening” pain experienced metal braces.
- Patients may prefer the comfort Invisalign offers compared to traditional braces.
- There is less risk of teeth staining compared to traditional braces which can be difficult to clean
- Aligners are easy to care for, every few weeks your aligner is replaced as your teeth straighten. Take the aligners off daily to wash them with warm water and give a gentle brushing is all that is needed to maintain your aligners.
Dental Checkups and Treatment Time for Invisalign Patients
One of the major benefits to fixing crooked teeth with Invisalign is that there are less visits to the dental office than traditional braces patients. When you start the Invisalign treatment plan to fix your smile, Dr. Krull examines your teeth to determine the best plan to straighten your teeth efficiently through several sets of aligners. With Invisalign there is no need to adjust metal wires regularly or make tooth direction adjustments needed for metal or ceramic braces, this allows Invisalign patients less dental office visits.
Invisalign for Teens
There are many benefits for your teenager to have their teeth corrected with Invisalign versus traditional braces but to make sure Invisalign is right for your teenager Dr. Krull will fully examine the teeth to make sure this option is the proper treatment for your teenager. Some of the many benefits that teenagers prefer about Invisalign is clear braces are better for their self-esteem, teeth are easier to clean, less dental office visits, faster treatment period and more comfortable to name some of benefits to a teenage patient. No more metal braces to deal with while being treated with Invisalign for Teens!
Frequently Asked Questions About the Invisalign Treatment
Each patient has a unique smile that can vary how long it will take for Invisalign to correct your crooked teeth or a space in your teeth. Most patients will see results in a matter of weeks! Depending on the tooth corrections needed, your treatment can take in as little as 6-12 months. Dr. Krull will be able to determine how long the treatment will take during your initial Invisalign exam based on your needs.
Well as a dentist office we will say limit your candy and citrusy carbonated soft drinks, but you are free to eat and drink pretty much what you like while being treated with Invisalign. With traditional metal braces you are given a very long list of foods you can’t eat such as popcorn, caramel, hard pizza crust that you won’t have to worry about with Invisalign. Invisalign aligners are completely removable which allows you to eat or drink, brush your teeth and then just snap the clear trays back on.
In most cases Invisalign will cost about the same as traditional braces and we offer an Invisalign Special to help save you even more. Insurance plans will also offer the same benefits for Invisalign treatment as they offer for traditional braces, all plans vary but we will work with your insurance to get you the best options available for your insurance plan. Dr. Krull also offers convenient payment plans which we will cover during your initial exam.
Dr. Krull will go over how to care for your Invisalign aligners during your treatment. In most cases just washing them with warm, not hot water so you don’t warp the trays and then brushing the aligners with a toothbrush and toothpaste is enough. There are also Invisalign cleaning kits that can be used for more aggressive cleaning methods when needed.
The clear Invisalign aligners are easy to avoid staining but drinking or eating without brushing your teeth before putting your aligners back on can cause staining. Pasta or pizza sauce, blueberries or drinking coffee or red wine are some of the most common causes of staining the aligners. To avoid staining of your aligners or teeth all that is needed is to brush your teeth, give your Invisalign a wash of warm water and snap them back in.
If you break or lose an aligner call our office immediately so we can help keep your teeth aligning correctly. In some cases, Dr. Krull may be able to approve a patient to move to the next set of aligners, wear a previous set or order a replacement aligner tray.
If your teenager has all their permanent teeth, then Dr. Krull will do a comprehensive examination to make sure if Invisalign is right for your teenager or not. In most cases Invisalign will be recommended starting in the 9th grade.
There are many studies that show teenagers prefer the appearance of Invisalign because the correcting aligners are virtually clear, and they can eat or drink almost anything while being treated with Invisalign. These reasons help to ensure a more cooperative teenage patient with easy maintenance and less dental visits. Brushing and flossing is also easier which improves their oral health.
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