I had been wanting to straighten my teeth for years, but didn’t want to wear the metal braces as an adult. I was told by my dentist at the time that Invisalign was not an option for me because of the extensive work that I needed, so I thought that a perfect smile was out of the cards for me.
I was referred to Innovative Orthodontic Centers by a friend and thought that I would give it a try to see what they could do. Not only did I start my treatment and get more and more excited by the amazing progress, but the treatment was extremely convenient and everyone was a joy to be around. I now have a beautiful smile for my wedding day and I couldn’t be more thankful for everything Innovative Orthodontic Centers has done to get me there.
Invisalign and Acceledent worked a miracle for my teeth and overbite. I had come to terms with the fact that I would always have a big overbite because I thought that it couldn’t be changed. But to my amazement, my Invisalign treatment transformed my mouth and I can’t stop smiling. Invisalign is such an easy and convenient process. I wish I had done it sooner.
Not a single picture taken on my wedding day or the day my children were born show a big toothy grin—happiest days of my life—but still no big toothy grin. Why? Because I learned years ago to hide my smile and my teeth; they were ugly and embarrassing. I would periodically look into orthodontics but was told I’d need jaw surgery, years in braces, who knows how much money spent and even then, a positive outcome could not be promised. As my dental problems worsened, my dentist, Dr. Piazza, suggested a consultation with Dr. Ibrahim, just to see what could be done with current technology.
My initial consultation had my misaligned jaw on the floor. Two years with Invisalign and Acceledent and I could have a beautiful and more importantly healthy smile? Sign me up! Six weeks later and I was picking up my first set of trays. Wearing my “chompers,” as my kids dubbed my Invisalign trays, quickly became my new normal. All of my family and friends saw my ClinCheck and went on this journey with me. And what a journey it has been!
I had no idea what to expect as I went in to Dr. Ibrahim’s office to get my first set of trays and I began to second guess my decision…I was 42 years old and clearly older than most patients and even some of the staff…what was I thinking? I must have looked like a flight risk because the staff quickly stepped in and put my mind at rest and began explaining the trays and how to use the Acceledent to me. The first month was a breeze…trays and Acceledent…I got this! Every night I had an excuse to sit quietly by myself for 20 minutes, the kids quickly figured out mom doesn’t talk with that contraption in her mouth. Ahhhh…..peace every night!! (I miss that!)
Over the next two years, my attachments changed and rubber band configurations changed in more ways than I can count. I had days when my teeth hurt and days when I forgot about just how awful my teeth had been in light of how much they had already improved. I became an expert at putting my rubber bands on with one hand in traffic and perfected the ability to remove my trays in front of others without making a big scene. I got to know Dr. Ibrahim’s staff well, always greeted by name and with a smile whenever I walked in. Everyone was vested in my treatment—new hires would be shown my original pictures to compare to where I was at in treatment. It was the closest I’ve ever been to being a celebrity! Even better, within a few months of starting treatment more than just my teeth were changing…my smile was starting to show up in pictures here and there. People were commenting on how awesome my teeth looked. Now, at the end of treatment, you’d be hard pressed to find a current picture of me that doesn’t feature that big toothy grin. My jaw pain is gone, my gums are healthy and my smile is gorgeous.
I had traditional braces over 20 years ago. I was recommended a night guard to prevent grinding by a dentist. It had completely opened my bite and ruined my smile. I developed a lisp and it was even hard to eat normally. I was told by two different dentists that I would need jaw surgery until I met Dr. Manal Ibrahim. She was a guest of mine at the salon I work in and had noticed my lisp and open bite immediately. She kindly recommended I come in for a consultation. At the consult she created a computer image of my mouth and showed me what my end result would look like, achievable with Invisalign.
I was skeptical, but also desperate since I did not want to have to have jaw surgery. I have to say that Invisalign was the best thing I could ever have done for myself. Just a few months in I started to notice my smile changing for the better. In only a short time my smile was back. I get so many compliments now. I am forever grateful to Dr. Manal Ibrahim and her entire staff. I would recommend her as well as Invisalign to anyone. I’m an extremely happy patient.
I had Invisalign treatment with Dr. Ibrahim for a year and a half. I wore aligners including rubber bands religiously with one goal in mind, to have beautiful straight teeth for life and for my wedding. Thanks to Dr. Ibrahim and Innovative Orthodontic Centers I could not stop smiling on my big day!
Posterior Cross-bite and Crowding
I had been contemplating getting braces for several years. I was at a point that smiling while keeping my mouth closed was the new norm. I knew my teeth were shifting but being in my mid-50s made me very hesitant. I did not think I was a good candidate for Invisalign and was worried about the prospect of wearing metal braces. After doing some research I decided to make an appointment with Dr. Ibrahim of Innovative Orthodontic Centers in downtown Naperville. Five minutes into my first meeting I knew I made the right choice!
Dr. Ibrahim took her time with me and showed me several options. Not only did I have an overbite, but I also had too much spacing in my bottom jaw because I was missing my molars. We both decided the best route would be to create more space in my bottom jaw and then proceed with two implants to fill in those spaces. And the best part, I could use Invisalign to accomplish this. Great news! Within just a couple of months, my teeth were shifting to where they should be. My smile was coming back to me!
Now for the implants! I was not expecting to hear that. How would I coordinate that with my own dentist? The answer, very easily. I made an appointment with Dr. LaVacca, who is Dr. Ibrahim’s husband, right down the hall. How convenient for me! Dr. LaVacca made the whole process so easy and I was so pleased with the results.
To say that my teeth were a run of the mill case was a huge understatement. But with Dr. Ibrahim’s and Dr. LaVacca’s expert care and well thought out plan for me, I cannot tell you how happy I am with my results.
I would highly recommend Dr. Ibrahim and Dr. LaVacca for any of your orthodontic and dental needs. Thank you, Dr. Ibrahim and Dr. LaVacca and your great staff for giving me my smile back!
I truly enjoyed having my Invisalign and had no problems with it. When my mom first told me I was going to the orthodontist to get braces I was petrified. I had been working as a model and actor at a very young age and feared getting braces would be the end of me booking jobs.
I knew I needed to get my teeth fixed because I had some weird spacing issues, plus sometimes during auditions, I would worry … “what if they don’t like my smile?”
A lot of print jobs would ask for a closed-mouth smile, but because of my overbite, I was never able to do it. This was very discouraging for me.
When I first met Dr. Ibrahim and everyone at Innovative Orthodontics they were all so kind and made me feel so comfortable. I thought it was the coolest thing when they made a three dimensional model of my mouth and I was able to see on the computer what was going to happen to my teeth. I vividly remember going to school and hearing my friends complain about brackets and wires and having their braces tightened. They complained about their teeth hurting after their wires were tightened, and there were so many foods they couldn’t eat. Even worse a friend of mine had a retainer once, an expander once, and braces twice in the last four years. That scared the heck out of me.
Luckily for me, I was able to get my Invisalign and Acceledent, and I never had to do any of that or have any pain. Having my Invisalign was super convenient allowing me to take my trays out if I was ever doing a show, and although I couldn’t really eat with my trays in, there were never really any other restrictions to what I could eat. I loved that the office had games and movies to help relax me before my appointments. Plus, the technicians were friendly, and the office had hot chocolate in their waiting room which makes everything better!
I always suggest Invisalign to kids in the acting or modeling business who know they’re going to need braces. I only had my trays for a little under a year and the end result was awesome! When they say innovative, they mean it. Innovative Orthodontic Centers are not only future-forward but interactive and kind.
Thank you Innovative Orthodontic Centers for giving me the confidence to keep smiling and doing what I love to do! You guys are truly the best!
Crowding and Impacted Canine
“My daughter Andrea, had a lot of overcrowding of her teeth with overbite and spacing issues. As a pre-teen professional model and actor, I was always worried she would not book the job because of her teeth. As a medical professional, I was afraid of all the braces horror stories and really wanted someone I could trust. A coworker recommended Dr. Ibrahim at Innovative Orthodontic Centers, and that was the end of my worries. Thanks to Innovative Orthodontic Centers her teeth were corrected stress-free, and she now has that beautiful smile that gives her the confidence to book any job!!
From beginning to end the Invisalign treatment process went smooth and was done in little under a year. My daughter never complained of any pain. I loved the convenience of being able to remove the Invisalign trays when my daughter was performing in a show or singing... yeah no lisp!! Plus the brackets for the Invisalign are so much more discreet than traditional braces in photos!!!
I highly recommend Dr. Ibrahim and the entire team at Innovative Orthodontic Centers. They offer convenient scheduling with fast check-in, and the staff is super knowledgeable and amazing! Appointments felt more like seeing family and friends rather than going to the orthodontist. We always left in a good mood after each visit, especially if we went around the holidays. They were always so festive. They have the best customer service ever, and you won’t be disappointed!!”Raquel W.C.Mom's Testimonial