At Anthony Markiewicz DDS, we strive to be your choice when you’re looking for a dentist around Hawthorn Woods or Mundelein, IL. We’re glad to offer a variety of preventive dental treatments in order to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime. From general dentistry to cosmetic dentistry, it’s our goal to make your smile the healthiest it can possibly be. As your trusted choice in Mundelein, IL we’re also proud to offer the latest in orthodontics, including Invisalign and Invisalign Teen.


Invisalign is the alternative to braces, using advanced 3D computer technology to create a series of aligners that straighten teeth. These aligners are personalized for a patient based off of X-rays, images, and impressions of a patient’s teeth. Each set of aligners is meant to be worn for two weeks in their prescribed order as they gradually shift a patient’s teeth. The main draw of the aligners is that they’re made of a clear plastic, allowing for a virtually invisible orthodontic treatment.


While Invisalign has been available for adults for over a decade, it hasn’t been until recently that Invisalign has been recommended for teenagers as well. There had been two major problems with the usage of Invisalign for younger patients. The first problem was that many teens still have permanent teeth that are erupting. This could cause the precisely planned movement of the teeth to be disturbed. The other problem was the worry that teenagers wouldn’t actually wear the aligners as much as they were required.

Thankfully, Invisalign Teen is here to fix those two problems! Invisalign Teen comes with eruption tabs built in that are designed to hold space for teeth that haven’t yet erupted. Also, Invisalign Teen features compliance indicators (colored dots on the back of the aligners) that let you know if your teen has been wearing his or her aligners for the appropriate amount of time as prescribed. These new features allow Invisalign to be just as effective for teenagers as they are for adults.


Some of the benefits of Invisalign include the following:

  • Invisalign’s aligners are clear, allowing for a discreet orthodontic treatment method.
  • The aligners are also removable, meaning that you can take them out for cleaning your teeth, eating, or special occasions.
  • Because you remove your aligners before you eat, you won’t have to avoid certain foods like you would with traditional braces.
  • Traditional braces are made out of metal that can cause irritations to your mouth and gums while Invisalign is made of a more comfortable plastic.
  • You won’t have to schedule appointments for loose or broken wires or brackets.


If you’re in or around Hawthorn Woods or Mundelein, IL and you’re interested in Invisalign or Invisalign Teen, please feel free to give us a call at (847) 566-2811. Alternatively, you can fill out our online appointment request form. If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact us. We look forward to helping you achieve a straighter and healthier smile!