Smile Shapers Chicago
A misaligned or crooked smile can develop during childhood and continue to shift during adulthood. Crooked teeth are not only damaging to confidence but can also make your teeth more prone to dental caries as there are more nooks and crannies present for food particles to collect and for bacteria to grow. While metal braces are an option for correcting misaligned smiles, new technologies are offering the same results with many additional benefits.
Dr. Fiss is excited to offer Smile Shapers as an alternative to traditional braces.
What Are Smile Shapers?
These invisible and translucent aligners are comfortable, discreet, and offer the correction of gaps, overcrowding, open bites, and crossbites. These aligners snap on and can be removed from your teeth easily and without discomfort. Most aligners are worn between 20 and 22 hours a day and are only to be removed when eating or cleaning.
Smile Shapers are crafted on Carbon 3D printers from Zendura, a completely clear, biocompatible thermoplastic that is stain resistant, hypoallergenic, and durable. These affordable, FDA-approved aligners will completely disappear when placed over teeth.
Smile Shapers are different from many other clear aligners in that they are individually fabricated to match the patient and their unique needs. These aligners require an extensive fitting and measuring process so that every patient receives exactly what their smile requires.
What Are the Offered Levels of Smile Shapers?
Smile Shapers are available at three levels, depending on the extent of dental correction that is needed.
- Level one of Smile Shapers involves the use of six aligners. This is ideal for patients requiring minimal realignment.
- Level two of Smile Shapers consists of the use of 12 aligners. This is suggested for patients requiring moderate realignment.
- Level three of Smile Shapers is designed for patients that require advanced smile alignment. This level offers an unlimited number of aligners. You will receive as many as needed to straighten and enhance your smile.
What Is the Smile Shapers Process?
During your treatment, Dr. Fiss will take a detailed and precise dental impression of your bite. This impression will be sent to the manufactures of Smile Shapers so that they can craft and personalize your aligners. These aligners will be sent back to Dr. Fiss for fitting.
The makers of Smile Shapers understand the importance of a close dentist-patient relationship. This is why Smile Shapers are only available through your dentist, and why your dentist is the one responsible for tracking your progress and the improvement of your smile.
The Smile Shapers treatment is comfortable and painless. You will not need to change your activity level or alter any aspect of your life. Enjoy foods as you would without braces, brush and floss your teeth as you would without braces, and enjoy the prospect of a straight and healthy smile.
Patients typically wear Smile Shapers aligners for an average of six months.
Why Not Just Use Traditional Metal Braces?
Metal braces were the go-to option for decades. While these are effective, they are not ideal for the lifestyle of every patient. For starters, braces are highly visible, and not many adults are wanting or willing to have a mouthful of metal for years of their lives. Metal braces stand out and can hinder confidence during social and professional engagements.
In addition to insecurities, braces also come with physical pain and dietary limitations. Applying, adjusting, and tightening braces is uncomfortable and often leaves your teeth sensitive and irritated. Braces can result in minor speech defects and can make standard at-home oral hygiene, like flossing, difficult.
Those with braces also have to be mindful of everything they eat. Foods that are chewy or crunchy can damage braces, while soft candies, caramels, and some fruits and vegetables can get stuck in the braces, causing additional problems and annoyances.
These drawbacks are not present with Smile Shapers, which offer a discreet and painless alternative that can create a perfectly aligned and beautiful smile.
Are You a Candidate for Smile Shapers?
Whether you have had misaligned teeth since childhood, or your teeth shifted as an adult, an un-straight smile can create dissatisfaction and stress. Smile Shapers are designed for adults suffering from long-stemming or newly formed dental insecurities. Healthy individuals who are hoping for a straighter smile with a proper bite are ideal candidates for Smile Shapers.
Dr. Fiss also offers ClearCorrect™ and Invisalign® to his patients. Call today to set up a consultation to determine which of these may best benefit you and your smile needs. You can contact our office by calling (312) 951-5230 or by filling out our online contact form.