There are not many people who find braces visually appealing. After all, with all the wires and brackets, they are not the most attractive look. Unfortunately, if you have a problem with your bite or the alignment of your teeth, you may believe that traditional braces were the only option. Fortunately, there is Invisalign, and patients of Katie Meister, D.M.D in St. Louis, MO can visit our dental office to discuss this option.
Braces are in the realm of orthodontists and as a specially trained cosmetic dentist and general dentist, Dr. Meister can also help our patients discover if Invisalign will help them with their needs.
How Invisalign Works
If you have visited us as your cosmetic dentist only to discover that some of the functional and esthetic issues cannot be remediated through cosmetic treatments, you may learn that Invisalign is an alternative. The way this system works is simple and effective, and it can be used to address:
- Smiles with gaps between the teeth
- Overcrowded smiles
- Smiles with overbite and/or underbite issues
- Smiles that suffer from crossbite issues
As you might already know, this list represents issues that are often addressed using unsightly braces. Fortunately, the Invisalign system can also address these same problems. The main difference is that the aligners are naked to the eye and entirely comfortable to wear. Not only will you never suffer the discomfort of the wires and brackets cutting into the soft tissue or causing irritation, but you also get to eat like normal.
That is because the aligners are removed each time you drink or eat. You can enjoy optimal oral hygiene because of this as well, easily brushing and flossing, and then simply cleaning the aligners and returning them to your mouth. Safe to wear during sports, as you sleep and throughout the day, they can be removed for up to two hours in total during any 24-hour period.
Getting Your Aligners
To use the system, you simply come to our dentist office and have your treatment plan designed. This results in computer models creating a series of aligners. You wear each for a few weeks before getting approval to switch to the next aligner tray. Most patients put in a new tray every two weeks and visit our office for periodic checkups in between. Over time, your trays are going to slowly pull and push your teeth into perfect alignment. In as little as six months, and often within a 1.5 to 2-year window, your smile will be perfectly aligned and all of your functional and cosmetic issues erased. And the best part is that only you know you are wearing your invisible braces.
In addition to Invisalign, we also offer Propel, a technique used to accelerate orthodontic treatment. With Propel orthodontics, patients use this in combination with their current orthodontic treatment. Propel works by stimulating bone, helping remodel and making teeth move faster and more predictably. This method can cut orthodontic treatment time in half!
Experience the Alternative to Braces
Now that you know a bit more about Invisalign, it is time to talk with a dentist in St. Louis about the treatment. Get in touch with us today by calling 314-968-7979 or by visiting our contact page.