Invisalign Faqs

What is the minimum age of a patient that a doctor can treat with Invisalign®?

Doctors can use Invisalign to treat the vast majority of patients with fully erupted molars. This usually occurs between the ages of 12 and 14. If you are younger than 14, talk to Dr. Fornatto to see if Invisalign will work for you.

I am currently wearing braces. Can I make the switch to Invisalign?
Doctors are treating a significant number of patients with a combination of braces and Invisalign. Consult Dr. Fornatto to determine the best treatment for you.

Does the procedure work on overbites?
An experienced doctor, like Dr. Fornatto can use Invisalign to treat overbites in the vast majority of adults and adolescents.

Are there certain dental conditions that automatically exclude someone from being an eligible patient?
Only your doctor can determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment.

Are bridges a factor in Invisalign treatment?
Because bridges firmly link two or more teeth together, they can offer significant resistance to tooth movement. Dr. Fornatto will be able to determine whether bridges will be a factor in your treatment.

Are crowns a factor in Invisalign treatment?
No, crowns are usually not a factor in Invisalign treatment. However, sometimes small composites called "attachments" are bonded onto teeth to help achieve certain movements. In these cases, the location of crowns must be carefully evaluated. To find out if crowns will adversely impact your orthodontic treatment, consult Dr. Fornatto, an Invisalign certified doctor.

Can Invisalign close gaps?
Yes. Spaces between teeth are generally easy to close with Invisalign.

Will TMJ affect Invisalign treatment?
TMJ refers to the temporomandibular (jaw) joint. People with a TMJ condition can have a number of problems with the jaw joint, some of which can be aggravated by appliances and treatments like Invisalign. To find out if your TMJ problem will adversely impact treatment, consult Dr. Fornatto, an Invisalign-trained doctor.

Since having my braces removed, my teeth have shifted. Can Invisalign correct this?
A number of Invisalign patients have undergone a previous treatment involving braces at some point in their past, often during their youth. Invisalign can usually correct the shifting that occurs after braces, and do so without having to go through the trauma and social awkwardness of wearing metal braces.

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Daniel J. Fornatto, DDS

(630) 834-0648

917 S York StreetElmhurst, IL 60126