Whether you or your child have heard the news that they need orthodontics, don’t sweat it. Metal braces are no longer the only option when it comes to straightening your teeth. You don’t have to wear a mouth full of metal for years while avoiding delicious foods and worrying about wires poking you in the cheek. At Dr. James Schmidt and Associates Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, our dentists can provide you with Invisalign clear braces to treat your teeth. Discover if Invisalign in St. Louis is right for you.

What is Invisalign?

Before we dive into the deep details, it’s important to understand just what Invisalign is. Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic aligners to straighten your teeth. The aligners are worn for two weeks at a time and then switched out for a new pair to gradually move your teeth into position. You are to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours per day, only to remove them for eating and cleaning your teeth. The treatment can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years to complete depending on your particular case. Our St. Louis dentist will need to verify that you’re a good candidate for Invisalign treatment before giving you a time frame.

Invisalign treatment begins with a dental examination from our dentist to verify that your teeth are healthy and that you are a good candidate for the procedure. From there, our dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send all information to the Invisalign lab where your aligners for your entire treatment will be created. You will wear your aligners for two weeks and then change them. Once you’re towards the end of your treatment, our dentist will determine if any additional aligners will be needed to achieve results. Once your treatment is complete, you will still need to wear a retainer to maintain your beautiful smile.

Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?

Not every patient is a good candidate for Invisalign treatment. In most cases, Invisalign can only treat mild to moderate problems in the mouth. If you have gapped, crooked, or crowded teeth or an underbite, overbite or crossbite, you’re most likely a good candidate for Invisalign clear braces. Our dentist will examine you to find out for sure.

What are the Benefits of Invisalign?

There are lots of benefits of Invisalign. First, you can eat anything you want during treatment because you remove the aligners first. Next, brushing and flossing are the same as it was before treatment. Most importantly, Invisalign is much more comfortable. There are no metal wires or brackets scraping up your mouth or poking your gums and since your aligners change every 2 weeks instead of the traditional 6-week visits with metal braces, your mouth will feel less sore.

Visit Our St. Louis Invisalign Dentist Today

If you think Invisalign might be the right treatment for straightening your teeth, don’t wait. Give our St. Louis Invisalign dentist a call or fill out our online form to request an appointment today!