About Clear Aligners in Hinsdale

Treatment with Spark® and Invisalign® aligners from Dr. Riccio, Dr. Blair, and our talented team in Hinsdale can give you not only straight teeth, but also a beautiful, and healthy smile without metal braces, brackets, or wires.

We're happy to discuss the differences and benefits of Spark and Invisalign compared to traditional braces at your free consultation! Call today to schedule your appointment today!

The Clear Aligner
Orthodontic Treatment Process

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If you've put off a straighter, healthier smile because you didn't want all the metal wires, bands, and hassle of braces, clear aligners are the treatment you've been waiting for.

The Invisalign and Spark systems are made of clear, lightweight, plastic aligners that fit over your teeth and are designed to straighten your smile. They're removable, which makes it easier to brush and floss and eat and drink whatever you want.

Many orthodontic patients have stated that clear aligners are much more comfortable than traditional metal or clear braces and can still give you stunning results. Since they are nearly invisible, you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing!

Dr. Nick Riccio and Dr. Susan Blair at Hinsdale Ortho are certified providers that take the time to analyze your teeth and create a personalized treatment plan based on their findings. They have treated many cases with both Spark and Invisalign! No matter which you choose, they can help you!

At your free initial consultation at Hinsdale Ortho, we'll use our high-tech iTero digital scanner to create a 3D image of your mouth without any goopy impressions. Dr. Riccio and Dr. Blair will make your first set of custom-fit aligners from these images, and you'll set off on your tooth-straightening journey. If you ever have any questions, our orthodontists are available to answer them through the entire treatment!

Barring extreme cases, you'll likely wear your aligners for 6-12 months, and will typically use 18-30 sets throughout the course of your treatment at Hinsdale Ortho.

You wear the trays for about 22 hours a day but can take them out to brush your teeth and eat.

Based on your individual needs, and the treatment plan put in place by Dr. Riccio and Dr. Blair, you'll wear several sets of trays throughout your orthodontic treatment. You'll start to notice a change in just a few months!

We're Clear Aligner Experts

As a Premier Preferred Provider of Invisalign and Spark, Hinsdale Ortho has proven experience in treating patients with Invisalign.

Our office has treated patients in Hinsdale and all the surrounding areas with both systems for 15 years and we know both the benefits and limitations of this type of treatment.

Dr. Riccio and Dr. Blair stay current with advancements in clear aligner technology and we have watched it become much more efficient over the years.

This means that many Hinsdale patients who were told that aligners was not a good option in the past can now take advantage of it!

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A Modern Approach to Straightening Teeth

Spark and Invisalign treatment aligners do away with the wires and brackets of braces altogether and take a modern approach to straightening your smile! Dr. Riccio and Dr. Blair use a series of aligners created for you and only you, made from smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible plastic that fits snugly and painlessly over your teeth.

Wearing the aligners will gently move your teeth into place little by little, based on the exact movements Dr. Riccio and Dr. Blair plan for you to minimize both treatment duration and soreness without compromising effectiveness.

With clear aligner treatment at Hinsdale Ortho, there are no metal brackets to attach, which means no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners every week or so until your treatment is complete.

At Hinsdale Ortho, you'll get a great smile without a treatment that gets in the way of your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won't even know you're straightening your teeth.

Your treatment time can also be significantly shortened with the use of AcceleDent® Aura, which is a device used for 20 minutes daily in conjunction with your other treatments. When using AcceleDent®, each aligner can usually be worn for half the time, often less than one week per aligner!

This nearly invisible option to straighten your teeth is truly changing the way people see orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Riccio and Dr. Blair have a lot of experience treating patients with Invisalign and Spark. We're excited to offer this technology to all of our patients.


This thin piece of metal runs from one bracket to another. Dr. Riccio and Dr. Blair will change the shape and curvature of the wire to move your teeth in the right direction.

The wire will attach all of your bottom or upper teeth together in many cases. We might occasionally shorten the wire if connecting just a few teeth is better for your treatment plan.


If Dr. Riccio and Dr. Blair determine that you need bite correction, elastics are essential. They're generally strung between an upper bracket hook and a lower bracket hook, and will gently pull the upper jaw backward to correct an overbite, or the lower jaw back to correct an underbite.

We may use rubber bands for many different situations, especially when we want to put extra shifting pressure on the teeth or jaws.

Orthodontic Bands

These are stainless steel rings that are attached firmly to your teeth using dental bonding agents. These bands can provide an anchor for your braces and orthodontic appliances, but they're not needed in every case.

Dr. Riccio and Dr. Blair will determine if your treatment will benefit from orthodontic bands at your initial consultation.


These small elastic "donuts" or rings can be used by Dr. Riccio and Dr. Blair to create space in between your teeth when needed, typically before bands are placed. They're also referred to as separators.

Which Clear Aligner Treatment Should I Go With?

Spark Aligners:

Spark aligners are designed to give orthodontists more control and flexibility. Orthodontists benefit from more predictable and efficient treatment planning, allowing patients to easily achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. Read more about why Spark Aligners might be your best choice!


When you hear "Clear Aligners", most people think of Invisalign. This is because it has been around for a long time and it has been tested and tried and proven it's self. Read more about how Invisalign could help you!

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Cost of Clear Aligners To Straighten Teeth in Hinsdale

We strive to make Invisalign affordable to everyone. You can get a beautiful, healthy, and straight smile for less than you spend on your monthly cell phone bill.

We offer:

  • Flexible payment available
  • Extended monthly payments to fit your budget
  • Various payment arrangements to coincide with your needs
  • Most major credit cards accepted

Dental plans that cover orthodontic treatment include Invisalign as a treatment option. Talk to your insurance provider to determine the extent of coverage for your treatment.

Talk to Us About Clear Aligners vs. Traditional Metal Braces

At Hinsdale Ortho, we can make your dream of having a new smile come to life.

As certified providers, Dr. Riccio and Dr. Blair give patients a “clearly” effective and incredibly comfortable way to straighten their teeth!

Contact our Hinsdale office today to schedule your complimentary consultation to learn more and determine if you, your teen, or your child are a candidate for Invisalign or Spark aligners.