Just because you have crooked or crowded teeth, doesn’t mean that metal braces are the only treatment option available. In fact, your Smithville, MO, dentist provides a cosmetic alternative, one that fits comfortably and helps kids and adults alike enjoy more even and healthy smiles. Let’s look at how we correct misalignment with cosmetic braces using the Invisalign® system.

The Invisalign® Difference

Metal orthodontics require brackets to be placed onto the front-facing sides of your teeth. A wire connects these brackets and adjustments to the wire’s tension repositions the teeth. The entire process takes about two years. However, with Invisalign® there are no brackets and wires at all. Instead, we take detailed impressions, images, and x-rays of your smile, using the information to design a series of aligners from a BPA-free acrylic material. The aligners will gradually shift the positions of your teeth and correct misalignment, often in as little as a year.

Wearing Your Aligners

The aligners will fit comfortably and offer barely noticeable smile correction. You should wear a set for between 20 and 22 hours every day, only removing them briefly throughout the day. After about two weeks, you will move on to the next set in the series. Over the course of about a year (or up to 18 months for teens) the teeth will be moved to optimal position, correcting misalignment and improving overall smile health and beauty. Now, to see the results in the timeframe you discussed with your dentist, you must wear them as prescribed. Otherwise, your teeth won’t be repositioned properly.

The Benefits of Removable Braces

First, you can remove them before you eat. This means no need to change how you eat, and no worries about food becoming trapped in your orthodontics. You also have the ability to remove them prior to brushing and flossing, which makes caring for your smile during treatment much easier than if you were wearing braces. As long as you meet your specified amount of time per day, you can also take them out for special occasions, such as graduation, dates, or job interviews. They will help you avoid the gum and cheek irritation often encountered with braces, and require fewer office visits as well. If you have any questions about enjoying a more even smile with clear aligners instead of metal orthodontics, then please contact our team today to learn more.

Do You Have Uneven Teeth?

Our team can correct crooked and crowded teeth using a series of clear and comfortable aligners. A straighter smile means a lower risk of cavities, gum disease, TMJ disorder, and more! To learn more about our cosmetic orthodontic treatment option, then schedule a consultation by calling Bailey Dental Care in Smithville, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.