Invisible Orthodontics in Champaign & Monticello, ILThe steps taken to get Invisalign

At Huls Orthodontics, our mission is to help our patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles they’re proud to show off. As a leading provider of braces in Champaign & Monticello, we work hard to personalize care and tailor treatments to match our patients’ lifestyles, making the treatment process as convenient as possible. While conventional metal braces are still one of our most requested treatments, we also offer a variety of other treatment options including Invisalign and Invisalign Teen: two of the most popular alternatives among adults and teenagers.

What Is Invisalign?

Just as the name suggests, Invisalign is a form of orthodontic treatment that's virtually invisible. Instead of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten the teeth. These aligners fit directly onto the dental arch and are made of a nearly invisible polyurethane plastic material, making them nearly impossible to see from the outside. Furthermore, Invisalign aligners are completely removable. This means you can take them out when eating and cleaning your teeth, as well as for special occasions like family or school photos. This fundamentally different treatment method gives Invisalign a number of advantages over traditional braces, including:

  • Better Oral Hygiene: The removable nature of the aligners helps ensure that you’ll always find it easy to keep your teeth clean. You’ll never have to fumble around with floss threaders or other special cleaning tools because you simply take the aligners out and brush and floss as usual.
  • Very Discreet: If you’d prefer to keep your orthodontic treatment under wraps, that’s what Invisalign excels at! You can enjoy having good self-confidence for the entire time you’re improving your smile, knowing that the clear aligners you’re wearing are barely visible.
  • No Special Diet: When you have braces cemented to your teeth, you must avoid eating foods that can damage all those bands, brackets, and wires. But with Invisalign, you can continue to enjoy all your favorite foods and snacks because the aligners are meant to be removed when eating.
  • Increased Comfort: The smooth plastic aligners cannot irritate the soft tissues of the mouth like metal braces can. You’ll never have to deal with sore spots on the inside of your cheeks or lips because there aren’t any poking or rubbing parts present.

While Invisalign can be used to correct many types of alignment problems with the teeth, there are some orthodontic problems that are best treated with conventional braces. We’ll let you know if you make a good candidate for Invisalign during your first visit with us!

What to Expect During Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign treatment is a simple, effective process that follows a number of basic steps. First, you’ll need to undergo an orthodontic examination with Dr. Huls to find out if you have an orthodontic problem that can be treated with removable aligners. If you can be treated with Invisalign, we’ll use our digital imaging software to capture impressions and images of your teeth, creating a 3D computer model of your smile. We'll then use this model to plan out your treatment in detail, breaking it into two-week increments. Next, we'll send our detailed treatment plan to Align Technology, where your Invisalign aligners will be custom-manufactured to our exact specifications.

Once you receive your aligners, you’ll need to wear them for 22 hours per day, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. You'll wear each set for about two weeks before moving on to the next pair in the series, and with each new pair, you'll move closer to your final healthy smile. Once you finish with your last pair of Invisalign aligners, you’ll be left with an attractive and healthy new smile you’ll be proud to show off!

Invisalign Teen in Monticello, IL

The convenience and discreet nature of Invisalign have made it a hit for adult orthodontic patients, but now, we're excited to offer a form of Invisalign that's specifically made for adolescent orthodontic patients: Invisalign Teen. Invisalign Teen uses the same revolutionary system of aligners as traditional Invisalign, but it's designed to perfectly fit the modern teenager lifestyle. In addition to being virtually invisible, completely removable, and maintaining all the benefits of traditional Invisalign, Invisalign Teen includes a number of features that are custom-suited to today's teens:

  • Compliance Indicators: Built-in Blue Dot Wear Indicators help show orthodontists, parents, and teens themselves if the aligners are being worn long enough or if you need to be a bit more diligent with wear.
  • Eruption Tabs: We can manufacture Invisalign Teen aligners with special eruption tabs, which hold open space for any unerupted teeth.
  • Free Replacement Aligners: Every course of Invisalign Teen treatment comes with 6 replacement aligners, completely free – so there's no need to worry about losing or breaking aligners.

Schedule a Consultation for Invisalign in Monticello, IL

If the idea of improving your smile discreetly, comfortably, and conveniently has you excited, we'd be thrilled to help you do it. With two office locations in Champaign & Monticello, we make it easier than ever to revitalize your smile with the revolutionary convenience of Invisalign. So what are you waiting for? Take the first step: schedule a consultation for Invisalign or Invisalign Teen today!