Just because you have crooked or crowded teeth doesn’t mean metal braces are your only choice to enjoy an even smile. We understand the concerns about the appearance of braces and are happy to offer our Smithville, MO, patients access to a comfortable and barely noticeable alternative. Let’s talk about how Invisalign® offers a cosmetic solution to misalignment.

What Makes Misalignment An Oral Health Danger?

Misalignment isn’t just a cosmetic issue. When we have uneven teeth, this often increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, as thoroughly cleaning your teeth when you brush and floss becomes difficult. Not only that, but alignment could impact your bite and jaw joints, allowing TMJ disorder and bruxism to form, further endangering your smile’s health and appearance. Finally, the issue could impact your social life as yes, for most of us misaligned could lead to embarrassment or issues showing our smile when we smile or laugh.

Creating Your Aligners

We want to help you enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile you’ll feel confident showing the world. Instead of prescribing braces, we will take detailed digital impressions of your smile, which will be used in an Invisalign® lab to create a series of aligners. Created from clear plastic, these will be barely visible when worn. The patient will receive the aligners once completed and then begin the treatment process.

The Invisalign® Treatment Process

You will need to wear the aligners as the dentist prescribes, which is usually between 20 and 22 hours each day. For teen patients, the aligners may include small blue dots that wear away if the aligners are worn as prescribed, allowing use to be monitored. Around every two weeks, you will upgrade to a new set. Over the course of a year to 18 months, your teeth will be repositioned, correcting your smile and improving oral health and appearance. Of course, you can still remove them occasionally, such as for special events. You can also take them out before you eat, so you don’t need to avoid certain foods as you would need to do if you wore braces. Their removable nature also makes brushing and flossing much easier, improving oral health throughout the treatment process. If you have any questions about addressing misalignment or about the Invisalign® process, then please contact our team today. We want to ensure our patients enjoy healthy and stunning smiles, one they’ll feel proud to showcase with a smile!


At Bailey Dental Care, cosmetic dentistry enables our team to offer a comfortable and unique alternative to braces. To learn more about our cosmetic clear aligners, please schedule a consultation, call Bailey Dental Care in Smithville, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.