Platte City, MO
Having crooked teeth can have a significant impact on the quality of your smile, and your confidence. Crooked teeth can also have a major impact on your oral health, causing bruxism, temporomandibular joint disorder, and neck pain. Traditionally, crooked teeth have been straightened with metal braces. At Platte Valley Dental Care, we offer an alternative treatment with Invisalign.
Traditional BracesFor a long time, the only treatment available for crooked teeth has been metal braces. Braces are a highly effective treatment that is still used today. This particular treatment uses brackets and wires to realign your teeth, improving your smile and your oral health. Brackets are bonded to the front surfaces of each of your teeth. A wire stretches across your entire arch of teeth, affixed to each bracket with an elastic O-ring called a ligature.
The wires do the bulk of the work, moving your teeth to where they need to go and stabilizing them once they get there. While braces are very effective, they do have some significant disadvantages. First, the metal braces are silver and very visible in your mouth. For many individuals, this can be more embarrassing than crooked teeth. Metal braces can also be uncomfortable. Brackets can rub the soft tissues in your mouth causing sores. Sores can also be caused if the wires break and prod your intraoral tissues.
What Is Invisalign®?Invisalign Treatment is the process of wearing a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. No brackets and wires, and none of the restrictions that come with metal braces.
How Invisalign® WorksInstead of brackets and wires, the aligners are created specifically to realign your teeth. You go through several sets of aligners during treatment. Each set is meant to be worn for only two weeks at a time, and every set is slightly different from the one before it. These slight differences help to gradually guide your teeth into proper alignment. Depending upon your situation, you may go through anywhere from 18 to 30 sets of aligners. Once treatment is complete, you are provided with a retainer to maintain your new smile.
What are the primary benefits of Invisalign® treatment?
||Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible, people may not even notice you're wearing them. You can remove them to eat and drink, to brush and floss, or for special occasions. There are no metal brackets or wires that could irritate your mouth or break.
|| Unlike other brands, Invisalign clear aligners are made from patented SmartTrack material, which is more comfortable and provides a better fit.
||Invisalign aligners are also trimmed based on your gum line for comfort and appearance. As the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, we have successfully improved over 12 million smiles, including 3 million teen smiles.
Who is Invisalign® treatment for - Is Invisalign® treatment right for me?Yes! Invisalign treatment can be a great solution for both adults and teens looking for a virtually invisible method to improve their smile. Our innovations and technological advancements make it possible to fix nearly all common teeth straightening and bite issues, from simple to complex — all without interrupting your busy life. And, thanks to a discreet blue dot on the outside of teen aligners, parents can be sure their child is wearing their clear aligners enough.
What is the treatment process?Invisalign Treatment starts with a consultation with an Invisalign-trained doctor. Your doctor will evaluate your smile and then map out a precise, customized digital treatment plan that showcases the step-by-step transformation of your smile. Once you approve your plan, your unique aligners will be created. You will wear each set of aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, changing to a new set of aligners every 1 to 2 weeks, as directed by your doctor. Each set of aligners will gently and gradually shift your teeth into place, according to your treatment plan, until you reach your beautiful new smile.
If you have crooked teeth but want to avoid treatment with braces, Invisalign can help. For more information, and to find out if Invisalign® is right for you, call Platte Valley Dental Care today at (816)858-2027.