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.
The Importance of Straight Teeth
Crooked or gapped teeth undoubtedly affect your smile appearance. However, straight teeth offer far more than desirable aesthetics. Teeth that are well-spaced and aligned are also healthier. This is due to the fact that crooked or crowded teeth are harder to keep clean. In addition, straight teeth help your jaw to function properly. Misalignment can put unnecessary strain on certain jaw muscles, putting you at risk for TMJ discomfort down the road. To boost your smile appearance and protect your oral health, consider straightening your teeth with Dr. Blalock in St. Peters.
Cardinal Dental offers orthodontics for teens and adults who are good candidates. We always pursue the latest technology and techniques in modern dentistry, which often means safer, faster and more comfortable treatments for our patients. Contact our St. Peters office today to schedule your consultation for clear orthodontics.