Invisalign® in Chicago

Invisalign® in Chicago, Evanston, & Skokie

Achieve a Perfect Smile with Invisalign in Chicago

Traditional orthodontic options, such as metal braces, are known for their effectiveness, but they often come with the drawbacks of being unattractive and uncomfortable. Fortunately, advancements in dental technology have given birth to transparent teeth aligners known as the Invisalign® system.

At Contos Smile Center, Dr. Peter Contos, our esteemed dentist in Chicago, IL, is delighted to offer this contemporary orthodontic solution to patients of all ages.

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign treatment is a groundbreaking orthodontic solution designed to straighten your teeth discreetly, free from the inconvenience and embarrassment of metal brackets and wires. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign clear aligners are not only comfortable but also removable, giving you the freedom to enjoy life without restrictions.

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign offers several advantages that set it apart from other orthodontic treatments. Here are some key benefits you can expect from Invisalign:

  • Discreet Appearance: Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, enabling you to achieve straighter teeth without sacrificing your beautiful smile.
  • Easy Maintenance: Unlike traditional metal braces that hinder effective teeth cleaning, Invisalign aligners are removable, making oral hygiene maintenance a breeze.
  • No Dietary Restrictions: Because Invisalign aligners are removable, you can savor all your favorite foods without worrying about damaging your orthodontic appliance.
  • Comfortable Treatment: Invisalign aligners are custom-designed for a natural, comfortable fit in your mouth, eliminating discomfort or irritation to your gums.
  • Short Treatment Time: Invisalign aligners can straighten your teeth up to two times faster than traditional braces, providing quicker results.

Invisalign Candidacy

If you’re wondering whether you’re a suitable candidate for Invisalign, consider factors that affect candidacy. Invisalign is a versatile orthodontic treatment, but its effectiveness depends on individual needs and circumstances.

Invisalign is often a good choice for people with:

  • Mild to moderate dental misalignments
  • Crowded or spaced teeth
  • Overbites, underbites, or crossbites
  • Those seeking a more discreet orthodontic solution

During an initial consultation, Dr. Contos will assess your orthodontic needs to determine if Invisalign will address your requirements.

The Invisalign Process

The Invisalign process is a straightforward and effective way to achieve a straighter, healthier smile. Here’s a brief overview of what to expect:

  • Initial Consultation: Your journey begins with a consultation with an Invisalign provider. During this visit, your orthodontic specialist will assess your oral health, discuss your goals, and determine if Invisalign is the right choice for you.
  • Custom Treatment Plan: If Invisalign is deemed suitable for your needs, Dr. Contos will create a customized treatment plan. This plan outlines the steps required to achieve your desired results.
  • Digital Impressions: Dr. Contos will take digital X-rays and impressions of your teeth to create your initial set of clear aligners.
  • Aligner Wear: You’ll be provided with a series of clear aligners. Wear each set for 20 to 22 hours, removing them only for eating and oral hygiene.
  • Progress Checks: Regular check-up appointments with your orthodontic specialist are scheduled, typically every six weeks, to ensure your treatment is progressing as planned. New sets of aligners may be provided as your teeth move into alignment.
  • Final Results: Once your treatment is complete, you’ll enjoy a beautifully aligned smile, and you can discuss post-treatment options such as retainers to maintain your results.

Invisalign® Options and Attachments

At Contos Smile Center, we provide various Invisalign options and attachments to cater to diverse orthodontic needs, including:

  • Invisalign Full: Ideal for treating complex bite cases, with aligners for both top and bottom teeth.
  • Invisalign Lite: Suitable when minimal tooth movement is required for the final straightening.
  • Invisalign i7: Targeting single or a few teeth that stand out in an otherwise orderly mouth.
  • Invisalign Teen: Tailored for younger patients and features a blue dot indicator to monitor compliance.
  • Invisalign Express: A faster, cost-effective choice for minor crowding or spacing issues, suitable for individuals who have had prior orthodontic correction.
  • Invisalign with Mandibular Advancement: Addresses overbites while straightening teeth.


Frequently Asked Questions


Is Invisalign better than metal braces?

Invisalign offers a discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional metal braces. It’s often preferred for its nearly invisible appearance, easy maintenance, and shorter treatment time, making it ideal for many. Consult with an orthodontic specialist to determine which option is best for you.

Does insurance cover Invisalign?

Many dental insurance plans provide some coverage for Invisalign treatment, but the extent of coverage can vary. Check with your insurance provider to understand your specific coverage and any associated costs. Additionally, some practices offer financing options to make Invisalign more accessible.

How long does treatment with Invisalign take?

The duration of Invisalign treatment varies from person to person and depends on the complexity of the case. In general, Invisalign treatment can be shorter than traditional braces and may range from several months to a few years. Your provider will create a customized treatment plan and provide a more precise estimate based on your needs.

What’s the best age to undergo treatment with Invisalign?

Invisalign is suitable for a wide range of ages, from teenagers to adults. The best age for Invisalign treatment depends on the individual’s orthodontic needs and oral health. Invisalign Teen is designed specifically for younger patients. For adults, there is no upper age limit, so it’s never too late to achieve a straight, healthy smile with Invisalign. Consult with an Invisalign provider to determine the ideal timing for your treatment.


Attain Your Dream Smile at Contos Smile Center

With a series of clear aligners that you can conveniently remove, there’s no need to contend with unsightly metal braces. Discuss your teeth straightening concerns with Dr. Contos to determine if Invisalign is the right choice.

To schedule a consultation, contact our office at (773) 973-0531 or our convenient online form. We welcome patients from Oak Park, Cicero, and Lincolnwood, IL.

Our Vision

We are dedicated to providing the highest level of service and quality to our patient community by cultivating strong relationships, communicating thoughtful treatment solutions, and providing an enjoyable atmosphere, we can empower our patients to take ownership of their oral health.

We are committed to researching and offering state-of-the-art dental solutions in order to deliver the most advanced treatment options to our patients.

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