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Invisalign®


As the very term Invisalign® suggests, Chicago patients can align troublesome teeth with nearly invisible braces. This method, using a series of transparent aligners, is particularly popular among adults who desire to have their teeth straightened, but without an association being drawn to metal braces commonly seen on adolescents. Our patients find the Invisalign® system can help shift their teeth into a more desirable position. In addition to teeth misalignment, this treatment can address common orthodontic issues such as a crossbite, overbite, or underbite. If you believe the discreet Invisalign® system could benefit you, please schedule a consultation with our experienced cosmetic dentist, Dr. Dean Lodding.

Benefits of Invisalign®

There are the obvious cosmetic advantages, but can Invisalign® outshine traditional metal braces in other ways? Yes! Clinically, aligners avoid many of the side effects common to traditional fixed appliances. Almost all other types of orthodontic treatments will cause the roots of teeth to shorten, a demineralization of enamel, and/or teeth to decay when food particles are entrapped in the device. Invisalign® offers Chicago patients a healthier option. Unlike traditional braces, aligners are easily removed when a person desires to eat, drink, or brush their teeth. This allows an upkeep of oral health superior to that of traditional braces. Some of the commonly noted advantages of Invisalign® treatment include:

  • The option to remove aligners while brushing, flossing, eating, or drinking
  • No uncomfortable brackets or wires
  • Often more affordable than traditional braces
  • Typically less follow-up visits than with metal braces
  • Many patients experience a shortened treatment time when compared to traditional braces

An added bonus for patients using the removable aligners is there are no food restrictions like those specified to patients with metal braces.

Interestingly, a large-scale study of 408 patients with traditional braces in Indiana, USA, showed on average it took 36 months to reach treatment completion. Invisalign®, in comparison, required 12-18 months.

Invisalign® Procedure


At Smile for Life Dental, we can start by taking your dental impressions, dental images, and photographs. These can then be submitted to Align Technology, allowing for a 3-D model to be created. A treatment plan will be mapped out demonstrating each progressive stage. Once the plan has been approved, a series of implantable-grade polyurethane aligners will be constructed just for you.

Approximately every two weeks, simply graduate to the next prepared aligner. Periodically, you may be asked to come in for a brief appointment so we can check on the progress of your treatment. These are typically short and less frequent visits than those needed while wearing traditional braces. Before long, you’ll have attained that fantasized smile! Of course, the success rate for Invisalign® Chicago patients requires a commitment to wearing the subscribed aligners 20-22 hours per day.

Cost of Invisalign®

A treatment with Invisalign® is an investment in the function and appearance of your teeth. While this system boasts a relatively short treatment time compared to traditional teeth straightening methods, the results can pay off for years, if not decades, to come.

The Invisalign® procedure is customized to each of our patients’ needs, therefore the overall price of each treatment varies. However, we can provide some details on how the cost of the treatment is determined. Some of the factors will include the length of treatment necessary to meet your needs and the number of aligners that may be required. In your consultation with Dr. Lodding, he can determine if Invisalign® could be a successful procedure for you. He can then create a custom treatment plan that can help you reach your goals. Our highly-trained dental staff is available to discuss payment and dental financing options, as well as to determine if your insurance plan offers any coverage for your treatment.

Invisalign® FAQs

As one of our most requested cosmetic dentistry treatments at Smile for Life Dental, Invisalign® can spark some questions about certain aspects of the procedure. Below, we have outlined some of the most common inquiries from patients who are considering this treatment.

Can I take my Invisalign® aligners out?

Yes! One of the benefits of correcting crooked teeth with these clear, plastic aligners is that they are removable. Patients who wish to eat, drink, or celebrate special occasions without the aligners on can temporarily take them out. We recommend that, for the system to be effective in your quoted treatment time, patients should wear the aligners at least 20-22 hours per day.

Will my speech sound different with Invisalign®?

Your speech may sound different than normal while your mouth gets acquainted with the clear aligners. We have found that some of our patients speak a bit differently the first few days of wearing Invisalign® as the mouth and tongue adjust to the aligners’ presence.

How should I care for my clear aligners?

To clean your aligners, we suggest brushing them daily with a toothbrush and water. For a more thorough cleaning, the durable aligners can handle being scrubbed with a small amount of antibacterial soap on a toothbrush and rinsed until clean.

If you would like more information about the Invisalign® procedure, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lodding, please call our office today.