How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Teeth? Your Questions Answered

How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Teeth? Your Questions Answered

Have you considered getting your teeth straightened but still aren’t 100% sure if you should invest in it?

You’re not alone.

I’ve met a lot of people who like the idea of a straighter smile but hesitate to take action.

They aren’t sure what kind of braces to get. They’re concerned that the process will take too long. And they worry that it will be difficult to talk and eat, not to mention how hard it might be to practice good homecare.

Those questions and concerns are perfectly valid. Investing in orthodontics is a major commitment of both time and money.

To help you determine what course of action is best for you, I thought I’d answer some common questions we hear regularly in our Mount Prospect dental office.

Life with Invisalign – How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Teeth and Other FAQs

How Long Does Invisalign Take to Straighten Teeth?

Typically, Invisalign is 50% faster than traditional braces. The average adult can be out of treatment within 12 months.

Of course, some cases are more difficult than others and require more time. Some people wear Invisalign aligners just as long as people in traditional braces.

When you have an Invisalign assessment, we’ll be able to determine how long your course of treatment will need to be.

Will Invisalign Work for Me?

This question requires more than a “yes” or “no” answer.

Each person is unique and has their individual needs.

People who have jawbone issues – like a crossbite, overbite, or underbite – are usually better candidates for traditional braces.

Many patients, though, respond well to the Invisalign process.

Here’s a little preview of how Invisalign works.

How Will the Invisalign Aligners Impact My Daily Life and Speech?

You’ll need to wear the aligners most of the day. In fact, the only time you should remove them is to eat or to brush and floss your teeth.

While the aligners aren’t super bulky, they will take some getting used to. However, it doesn’t take long before you’ll be talking like normal. Some people even forget they’re wearing them.

Do You Want a Healthy, Straighter, Gleaming Smile?

The next question you need to consider when making this decision is: Do you want to feel confident about your smile? how long does invisalign take

That may seem like a silly question. After all – who doesn’t want a nice smile? Let me assure you – you are worth the investment.

You have to look beyond the cosmetic components of orthodontics and look at the practical ones.

For example, straighter teeth make it easier to brush and floss, thereby reducing the risk of decay and gum disease.

That alone justifies the Invisalign cost for many.

We Believe You Deserve a Beautiful Smile and Want to Give You a Free Gift

My dental team and I believe that everyone deserves to have the smile they’ve always wanted.

That’s why, when my patients invest in Invisalign treatments this summer, they will receive a complimentary home whitening kit.

The kit includes custom-made trays that will perfectly fit your now-straight and beautiful teeth, Zoom whitening product and thorough in-office whitening instructions.

This kit will ensure that you not only get a straight smile, but that you have a bright one as well.

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Together, we can ensure that you get the brilliant, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

If you’re interested in achieving your best smile ever, I invite you to contact my office. My team and I will be happy to explain all about the cosmetic dental procedures that we offer and how you can benefit from them.

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Dental Health for Seniors: Simple Solutions Workshop by Dr. Tom Meyer

Dental Health for Seniors: Simple Solutions Workshop by Dr. Tom Meyer

Wednesday, May 16
10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
Frisbie Senior Center
52 Northwest Hwy
Des Plaines IL 60016

  • Do you have a lack of saliva?
  • Do you have trouble swallowing?
  • Do you take medications?
  • Do you miss eating certain foods?
  • Are you skipping meals because it is difficult to chew?
  • Do you have arthritis?
  • Do you have diabetes?

At our upcoming workshop at the Frisbie Senior Center in Des Plaines, I’ll be sharing many simple solutions to maximize your dental health and in turn your overall health.

These include the importance of managing dry mouth and how missing teeth can impact your health and confidence, amongst other topics pertinent to seniors’ oral health.

My goal is to show you that there are simple solutions to your dental needs and concerns.  Here’s a preview of what I’ll discuss. I hope you’ll be able to make this free event!

Dental Health for Seniors – Why We Need to Work Together to Manage Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is the bane of many seniors. In fact, the majority deal with it on a daily basis. It’s uncomfortable and makes eating and talking difficult.

And yet, I find that many people who come to my Des Plaines/Mount Prospect dentist office haven’t had this issue addressed. One of the main reasons this happens is because it’s often overlooked by the patients themselves or their caretakers.Happy elderly couple having breakfast in kitchen, smiling at camera.

Chronic dry mouth is an issue that should be addressed immediately. Xerostomia (dry mouth) can lead to significant health problems, including:

  • Dental caries and increased plaque
  • Oral candidiasis
  • Inflammation of the gums and mucosa
  • Difficulty speaking, eating, and swallowing
  • Painful tongue and taste disorders
  • Burning and stinging sensations in the mouth
  • Difficulty wearing dentures due to lack of lubrication from saliva

This is one of the main topics I’ll be discussing at my Simple Dental Solutions workshop. I’ll explain why seniors suffer with dry mouth (medications!) and I’ll also outline simple, refreshing ways to overcome symptoms.

Missing Teeth or Ill-Fitting Dentures Can Impact a Senior’s Overall Health and Confidence

Another topic I’ll be discussing at the workshop is missing teeth and dealing with ill-fitting dentures.

Studies have shown just how impactful losing a tooth can be on a person’s self-esteem.

Just because a person is in their golden years doesn’t mean that they aren’t affected by aesthetics. We should all be able to feel great about the way we look – at any age. woman-foy-dentures

Beyond our confidence level, we have to think about our health.

Losing a tooth can lead to jawbone recession. There’s nothing holding the jawbone in place or providing vital nutrients to it. When that happens, the jawbone shrinks. This can make eating and talking difficult.

What’s Wrong with Traditional Dentures?

Many seniors have expressed that they cannot stand wearing their dentures.

Traditional dentures can have a tendency of making people look older. For some, they are the answer to missing teeth. But for the advantages they offer (i.e. biting and chewing), dentures lack one important quality. They do not stimulate the jawbone. They offer no help to reduce the look of aging.

Essentially, the jaw ignores traditional dentures and continues to regress. The result of jaw bone resorption is the “sunken” appearance of the mouth and the chin.

At the Simple Dental Solutions Workshop, we dive into  how The Denture Fountain of Youth™ can give you back your youthful appearance and teeth that let you talk, eat, laugh, and smile  – knowing they are secure.

We Believe That All Seniors Deserve the Very Best in Dental Care

You can come to the Des Plaines Frisbie Center anytime between 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM to learn how you can eat, drink, and smile better with dentures and how to relieve health concerns such as dry mouth.

Afterwards, there will be a chance for you to ask questions. We are happy to discuss dental options for you that tailor to your specific and personalized goals.

We will have light breakfast treats and refreshments available for all to enjoy.

Will You Join Me for My Simple Dental Solutions Workshop?

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I hope to show seniors why they deserve the best dental care available. I want to show you that everyone at my Des Plaines/Mount Prospect dentist office commits daily to improving the health of those in our community.

There will be a lot of great information presented at this workshop. It will be informative and helpful. But most of all, it’ll be fun.

Please RVSP by calling our office at 847-827-6290, or emailing email@meyerdentalgroup.net, or just stop by!

 

Dr. Tom Meyer, D.D.S., F.I.C.C.M.O – Dentist Mount Prospect

 

 

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Children’s Dental Health Month: Dr. Tom’s Tips for Kids and Their Parents

Children’s Dental Health Month: Dr. Tom’s Tips for Kids and Their Parents

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Though the month is nearing its end, there’s still plenty we can do to promote dental health.

It is my goal to educate kids and parents help make next checkup a cavity-free one. I hope that these tips will lead to exceptional dental health for years to come.

If any of them are new to you or your kids, make sure to exercise patience. After all, you’re both developing a new habit – and we all know how long those can take to form!

10 Dental Tips to Remember or to Start

Here are some steps you can take to improve your children’s dental health during Children’s Dental Health Month.

  1. A child should see a dentist by the time they’re two years old to prevent cavities.
  2. Avoid putting your child to bed with a bottle, unless it’s full of water. Milk or juice can lead to baby bottle tooth decay.
  3. How long should you help your children brush their teeth? My rule of thumb: Help them brush until they’re able to tie their shoes alone.
  4. Make sure everyone in the family brushes their teeth for two minutes twice a day. Provide your children with fluoridated toothpaste. Make sure they use it whenever they brush.
  5. Floss at least once every day.
  6. Avoid giving your children sugary drinks, such as juice and soda pop.
  7. If you do give your kids sugary drinks as a treat, never put them in a sippy cup.
  8. Get your kids into my Mount Prospect and Des Plaines dentist office for sealants. It’s a great way to prevent decay.
  9. The deep cracks in the back teeth are hard to clean. Sealants form a protective barrier that prevents bacteria from getting into them.
  10. If you have an active child, we should make them a mouthguard. Wearing a guard while participating in sports can cushion blows. Without them, a hit to the mouth could result in broken teeth, injuries to the lips, and even jaw fractures.

Dentistry for Kids – Why Your Child Needs Regular Dental Checkups

Dental home care is important for everyone in the family. But it is only one piece of the puzzle. Another important part is setting up regular dental cleanings and examinations with Dr. Tom Meyer in Mount Prospect.

Dentistry for kids is vital to their overall dental health – not just now, but into the future.

A bi-annual checkup is the perfect way to make sure your child’s smile remains healthy. During this check-up they can receive an expert teeth cleaning from a skilled dental hygienist to achieve a high level of cleanliness.

Professional cleanings can get rid of built up plaque and tartar that you wouldn’t be able to clean yourself with a toothbrush. These cleanings can help prevent cavities, tooth decay, and other problems that can pop up from poor dental hygiene.

This could save you the time and cost of getting fillings or having other procedures done.

We can also offer you diagnostic tests with our arsenal of advanced dental technology. These tests are an excellent way to ensure you do not have any serious health concerns.

For example, diagnostic testing such as DIAGNODent laser therapy and digital x-rays can help us detect cavities and Vizilite screening can help catch oral cancer before it becomes a serious risk.

It’s always better to discover it sooner rather than later.

Other dental concerns we look for at our Mount Prospect dental office:

Monitoring a child’s dental health every six month allows me to be proactive. I can catch decay earlier, which means the treatment will be easier on your child.

I can see if their teeth are forming properly and evaluate whether they’re coming in the way they should. If not, we can take steps to care for your child’s needs sooner rather than later.

We want our younger patients like Anna’s future visits to be as stress and cavity free as possible. It starts with forming preventive habits early! 📖 Read Dr Tom’s top 10 tips for kids and patients on how they can keep their smile in tip-top shape for years to come. *Link in the bio*👧🏽👧🏼🧒🏻🧒🏼 #ChildrensDentalHealthMonth #NCDHM . . . . . #dentalhygiene #chicagoland #chicagomoms #chicago #cavities #chicagokids #chicagolife #bestofchicago #yelpchicago #desplaines #desplainesil #mtprospect #mountprospect #teethdecay #thursdayfeels #chicagohealth #chicagowellness #mountprospectil #dentalhealth #dentist #chicagodentist #bestofchicagoland #chicagoburbs #dentistmtprospect

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If a child doesn’t receive the treatment they need, they could end up with bigger issues down the road. These issues can be more costly and can possibly lead to discomfort or pain. It’s so much better to catch and treat dental issues early.

We Believe… Your Child Deserves the Very Best

As parents, we want to take care of all of our child’s needs.

At Meyer Dental Group, you can be rest assured that we will treat your child as if they were our own. We believe that every child deserves the very best health and dental care. It is the goal and mission of every single person on my dental team to provide dentistry for kids in a kind and caring manner.

Has your child seen a dentist in the past six months? If so, is their next cleaning scheduled? Regular dental examinations and cleanings are vital to your child’s health. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

Dr. Tom Meyer – dentist Mount Prospect

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How Regular Teeth Cleanings can Actually Save you Time and Money

How Regular Teeth Cleanings can Actually Save you Time and Money

We Believe that … Regular visits with a dental hygienist can help you save money and your oral health!

If it’s been a while since your last checkup, don’t wait to make an appointment. Bi-yearly teeth cleanings could save you trouble in the long run!

Coming in for a checkup just twice a year is a preventative measure against serious health issues. They can be costly to resolve if they are not dealt with early on. Good oral hygiene and bi-annual teeth cleanings will help you financially by making sure no serious problems arise in the first place.

What Regular Visits and Teeth Cleanings can do for You

Having good dental hygiene comes with a wide range of benefits, and we at Meyer Dental Group want to help you achieve optimal oral health.

A bi-annual checkup is the perfect way to make sure your smile remains healthy. During this check-up you can receive an expert teeth cleaning from a skilled dental hygienist to achieve a high level of cleanliness.  Professional cleanings can get rid of built up plaque and tartar that you wouldn’t be able to clean yourself with a tooth brush. These cleanings can help prevent cavities, tooth decay, and other problems that can pop up from poor dental hygiene.  This could save you the time and cost of getting fillings or having other procedures done.

We can also offer you diagnostic tests with our arsenal of advanced dental technology. These tests are an excellent way to ensure you do not have any serious health concerns. For example, diagnostic testing such as DIAGNODent laser therapy and digital x-rays can help us catch oral cancer  before it becomes a serious risk and expense. It’s always better to discover it sooner rather than later.

Let Us Help you be Healthy and Happy

At Meyer Dental Group, we are dedicated to maintaining the oral hygiene of you and your family. Bi-annual checkups can keep you healthy long term, saving you the time and cost of needing to correct health issues. We care about your overall health as well as your teeth. Make an appointment with us today and our skilled dental team will provide you with the care you need to achieve a brilliant smile!

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4 Things You Should Know About Sedation Dentistry

4 Things You Should Know About Sedation Dentistry

If you are hesitant about visiting the dentist, you are not alone! At Meyer Dental Group, we see many patients who require additional support to reduce anxiety and pain during an appointment or procedure.

Here are four things to know about sedation dentistry in Des Plaines, IL:

1. It Can Improve Pain Management and Help Reduce Treatment Time

Are you anxious about booking an appointment in case a dental procedure is required? Fear and nervousness can work our bodies up into a heightened state of anxiety. This state can make pain management and healing more difficult. Sedation encourages your body to relax, reducing stress and allowing pain medication or pain management therapies to work properly.
3>2. Not Every Procedure Requires Anesthesia

Not every dental procedure requires going under or receiving numbing injections. We keep up with advancements in technology to offer non-invasive solutions. Many dental crowns can be completed in one visit, limiting the need for a separate implantation visit and anesthesia. Special laser tools allow us to catch cavities early, and many shallow cavities can be treated with an air abrasion technique. This technique does not use a drill and often requires no injections.

3. There Are Non-toxic Solutions

Many patients suffer from dental anxiety but also do not want to be put under for dental procedures. After all, many common techniques involve chemicals and toxic substances. If you want a healthy solution, there are non-toxic, holistic options available that support whole body health. To read more about sedation alternatives, read our post about Dental Anxiety and NuCalm.

4. Relaxation Techniques Can Help

Common relaxation tools and practices include massage, neck warmers, noise-cancelling headphones, and listening to music. We also encourage the use of NuCalm, a four-part relaxation system that helps reduce anxiety and how people interpret pain. All of these tools can help reduce anxiety and how pain is perceived.

Talk to Us About Your Concerns

Do you still have questions about sedation dentistry in Des Plaines, IL, or the surrounding areas? Contact the Meyer Dental Group for more information or book an appointment today.