Traditional braces involve painful metal brackets and wires that can dig into your cheeks, but you don't have to worry about rubber bands or tightening sessions with Invisalign® clear braces. Invisalign® quickly revolutionized orthodontics when it was invented nearly 20 years ago. There are many adults who avoided braces when they were younger who are now opting to straighten their teeth with this translucent alternative. Many teenagers are choosing Invisalign Teen over metal braces as well.
If you're wondering if you're a candidate for Invisalign®, contact Dr. Charles Janes at Innovative Dental of St. Louis today at 636-778-3355 to schedule your consultation. Our team is dedicated to providing you with a healthy smile. We offer cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry to clients in St. Louis and Chesterfield, Missouri.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
The Invisalign® process involves a series of aligners which are switched out by you every two weeks. The first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Janes and create an impression of your teeth. From this mold, the aligners are created specifically for you out of BPA-free plastic. Each aligner gently moves your teeth closer to their proper destination. Some patients require clear brackets on their teeth in order to hold the aligners in place, but, like the aligners themselves, these attachments are virtually invisible.
Our office uses state-of-the-art dental technology to give you the latest and most effective orthodontic options. Straightening your smile could take anywhere from three months with Invisalign® Express to over one year with Invisalign® or Invisalign Teen.
The Benefits of Invisalign®
There are several advantages Invisalign® offers over traditional metal braces. These benefits include:
- Removable aligners. The aligners must be worn for at least 20-22 hours of each day, but they are removable for meals and to brush and floss your teeth.
- No change in diet. The rubber bands and metal brackets that come with traditional braces require you to give up certain foods such as popcorn or gum, but with Invisalign® you can continue to eat your favorite foods. Just make sure to brush and floss before placing the aligner back in your mouth.
- Less Painful. Invisalign® is less painful and requires less maintenance than traditional braces. You may experience mild discomfort at first, but this should subside as your mouth adjusts to the aligners.
- Less Noticeable. The best part of Invisalign® is your friends and family most likely won't notice you're wearing braces. You can still show your teeth and smile without being self-conscious.
What Dental Problems can Invisalign® Correct?
Adults and teens often don't realize they're great candidates for Invisalign®. These aligners can correct several orthodontic issues including:
- Gapped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Under or over bite
- Open bite
- Cross bite
Invisalign® is a great way to straighten your teeth. Adults and teens no longer have to worry about embarrassing metal braces. You can have the perfect smile you've always wanted with these nearly invisible aligners. Our office can help you with financing your Invisalign® treatment.
If you're interested in Invisalign®, please contact Dr. Janes in St. Louis today at 636-778-3355 to schedule your dental exam. Innovative Dental of St. Louis serves clients in St. Louis and Chesterfield, Missouri and surrounding areas.