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St. Peters MO Clear Braces for AdultsAt Cardinal Dental, we understand that you want to look your best. After all, your smile is often the first thing that people notice about you. When you smile, do you feel confident? Many of our patients approach us wanting to improve the appearance of their smiles with orthodontics, but do not want to commit to the traditional bracket-and-wire braces that are noticeable and can be inconvenient.

Let’s face it, most adults these days have busy professional and social lives that traditional orthodontics might not fit into. That is why Dr. Cynthia Blalock sought out a more convenient option to improve the appearance and function of your smile.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an innovative and discreet way to straighten misaligned teeth. Whether you dislike the appearance of your smile or you have difficulty with your bite due to overcrowding, overlapping, or oddly spaced teeth, Invisalign may provide the solution you have been looking for.

Using clear plastic aligner trays, Invisalign gradually moves your teeth using constant low-force pressure. As long as you are wearing your Invisalign trays, your teeth are moving. For the best results, you should wear your trays for at least 22 hours each day. 

About every two weeks, you can trade in your aligner trays for new ones that take you one step closer to your ideal smile.

How Does Invisalign Work?

When you visit our St. Peters, MO dental office, Dr. Blalock will perform a complete oral evaluation to make sure Invisalign will work for you. It works best for older teen patients and adults who want to solve simple orthodontic issues without braces.

Once we determine you are a good candidate for Invisalign, we will take impressions, digital x-rays, and diagnostic images to send to our trusted dental lab where they will create your clear aligner trays.

When you receive your trays, we will recommend that you wear them for about two weeks before trading them in for the next set of trays in the series. Wearing your aligner trays as recommended is essential to the success of your treatment.

As your treatment progresses, we will schedule periodic exams to make sure your treatment is on track.

Once you complete treatment, you will need to wear a retainer, as with any orthodontics, in order to keep your teeth from drifting to their original location. Wearing your retainer is part of your orthodontic treatment and will protect your new smile!

Benefits of Invisalign

  • Because your clear aligner trays will fit your teeth tightly and stay put, speaking will not be a problem. 
  • Since they are made of smooth plastic, you can avoid the sores on the insides of your cheeks that come from sharp brackets in traditional orthodontics.
  • Invisalign utilizes low force pressure, so you can avoid “tightening” appointments.
  • You can remove your aligner trays to brush and floss your teeth for convenient home care.

Are You Ready to Find Out if Invisalign Is Right for You?

Contact our office today to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Blalock. Our entire team at Cardinal Dental looks forward to welcoming you to our St. Peters dental office!