Many patients want a straighter smile, but are hesitant to undergo orthodontic treatment because of traditional metal braces. However, modern dentistry provides new, cutting-edge options to improve your smile with comfortable, discreet treatment. Invisalign® clear aligners can treat gapped, crowded, and otherwise misaligned teeth using clear aligners. Unlike traditional bracket-and-wire braces, Invisalign trays blend with your smile, providing results in an average of only one year. John Goodman, D.D.S. can tailor this treatment to your unique needs at our Kansas City, MO, office.
What Invisalign Can Treat
The Invisalign system uses patented technology to create a series of clear aligner trays. Each tray is slightly different in shape. By slowly changing the alignment and position of each tooth, Invisalign can straighten your smile, close gaps, correct overlapping teeth, and make smiles more symmetrical and evenly balanced. This treatment can correct minor bite issues as well.
Any adults or older teens with mild to moderate malocclusion can take advantage of Invsalign treatment. Patients who choose Invisalign tend to be highly motivated to improve their appearance, as patient compliance is critical to successful treatment. Since Invisalign aligners must be worn for most of the hours of the day, those who are not vigilant about replacing their aligners after meal times and cleaning will not achieve the desired results on the projected timeline.
Advantages of Invisalign Over Traditional Orthodontics
One of the most apparent benefits of Invisalign is that it can correct a crooked smile without the obtrusive appearance of bracket-and-wire braces. In addition to being a less noticeable treatment than traditional braces, Invisalign is also more convenient. There are no dietary restrictions, since aligners are removed for meal times. You can continue to enjoy all your favorite foods without worrying about food getting stuck in wires or dislodging brackets.
Invisalign can also be removed for special occasions, such as photographs, athletic sports, first dates, proms, weddings, and other important events. As long as the aligners are worn for 20-22 hours per day, you have some freedom to choose when you remove your aligners. With Invisalign, treatment is often much shorter than with traditional orthodontic solutions, and will typically last only 12 to 18 months.
Another benefit to Invisalign is fewer trips to the dentist. With traditional braces, you must visit the dentist’s office every four weeks to have wires tightened. with this advanced treatment, you will only need to see Dr. Goodman once every six weeks to ensure treatment is progressing as planned. The Invisalign trays can also provide more comfortable treatment experiences. The smooth trays will not irritate soft tissues, and shifts are gradual, eliminating much of the pain and discomfort after tightening appointments with traditional braces.
What to Expect
During your initial consultation, Dr. Goodman will assess the health of your teeth and gums, to make sure there are no pre-existing issues that need to be addressed with restorative procedures before starting Invisalign treatment. Our team will conduct diagnostic scans, and will take detailed impressions of your teeth. Invisalign technicians will use our precise measurements to create a set of customized aligner trays, which you will receive from our office when they are ready.
With discreet Invisalign treatment, we can make the smile of your dreams a reality.
Each tray will put gentle but constant pressure on the teeth to shift them into new positions. You will typically move onto the next aligner every two weeks. Every six weeks, you will come to our office so we can assess whether the changes to your alignment are following the treatment timeline appropriately and to provide your next sets of aligner trays. When treatment is complete, you will be given a retainer to wear to make sure your teeth do not revert to their original positions.
Achieve a Straighter Smile
With discreet Invisalign treatment, we can make the smile of your dreams a reality. Begin achieving your smile goals by calling us at (816) 842-8585 or reaching out online.