Have you always wanted to straighten your smile, but don’t want to deal with bulky, traditional braces? Well, you are in luck. With the introduction of Invisalign in 1999 by Align Technologies, straightening your teeth with bulky, metal braces has become a thing of the past.
Invisalign incorporates a series of removable aligners that are designed to be esthetically pleasing, unlike many conventional wire-and-bracket braces. The clear aligners are specifically created for each individual, which means no aligner is the same for any patient. If you are a candidate for Invisalign in Overland Park, straightening your teeth can be an easy and invisible process.
The Invisalign Treatment
Using an advanced 3-D computer imaging system, our Overland Park, KS dentist can custom-design your Invisalign aligners to perfectly fit your teeth. The Invisalign treatment involves using a series of clear, removable, custom-made aligners that gradually move your teeth into the correct position over time.
Each aligner is designed to fit your teeth perfectly at each stage of the Invisalign treatment process. After approximately two weeks, the aligners are replaced with the next series, gradually shifting your teeth until the final position is achieved. The application of treatment varies for each patient, but is generally faster than traditional wire braces. Whether your teeth are crowded, crooked, gapped or have shifted since wearing braces, you'll have a reason to smile at the end of your Invisalign treatment.
Benefits of Invisalign
To begin, Invisalign’s clear aligners make treatment nearly invisible. Many patients want to repair their crooked smile, but don’t want to deal with the embarrassment of noticeable wire braces. Invisalign trays are clear and discreet, which means your smile will get straighter without anyone knowing.
Traditional wire braces can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful for your lips and gums, but Invisalign allows you to participate in sports and other activities without having to worry about cutting your lips and gums on sharp, pointy wires and brackets. Not to mention that Invisalign aligners are removable, which means you can brush, eat and floss normally, or just enjoy a special occasion.
Taking good care of your teeth is especially important when undergoing dental treatment, and Invisalign makes it easy to maintain good dental health. As long as you wear your aligners for the required number of hours every day, you’ll have the flexibility to remove your aligners as needed.
What Conditions does Invisalign Treat?
One condition that Invisalign can commonly treat is overly crowded teeth. When your teeth are too close together they don’t have the ability to sit in a straight line because there is not enough room in your mouth. With Invisalign, the goal is to open up the space between your teeth to give them room to sit next to each other, rather than overlapping with each other.
In addition to overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth can also benefit from Invisalign. When there is too much space between your teeth because of abnormal growth of your jaw or a shift in your teeth due to missing teeth, you develop widely spaced teeth.
In addition, Invisalign can treat:
Not all instances of misaligned teeth can be treated with Invisalign, so a proper consultation with our dentist in Overland Park, KS is needed. We will examine your teeth and advise you on the best treatment option.