Just because you have crooked, crowded, and overlapping teeth, doesn’t mean that metal braces are the only option for a straight and even smile. Instead, your Kansas City, MO, dentist can offer treatment with a series of clear and cozy plastic aligners. In today’s blog, we’re looking at the benefits of invisible orthodontics.
Designing Your Aligners with iTero®
At one time, the only way to design aligners like these would involve physical impressions. You essentially bit down on a metal mold filled with a sticky material, and held this bite for several minutes. The process often had to be repeated to get a usable impression. However, we opt for a digital alternative! Using a tiny camera at the end of a thin wand, we take multiple pictures from several angles of your smile quickly and comfortably. Using iTero®, we then combine them into a 3D computer model, one that offers an impression with greater precision and accuracy. We use this to design and craft the aligners in a lab setting.
The Invisalign® Treatment
You will receive a series of clear plastic aligners, made from a BPA-free material. A set is worn for 20 to 22 hours a day over a period of two weeks. You then upgrade to the next set in the series. This process continues for about a year to 18 months, depending on how severe the misalignment actually is. This then gently and gradually shifts the teeth into proper position, correcting misalignment and offering you a healthier smile, one that looks great too!
Benefits During Treatment
First, these orthodontics are clear and practically invisible, so they don’t make major changes to your appearance during the treatment period. They also fit comfortably, helping you avoid gum and cheek irritation during care. You can remove them before each meal too, so you don’t have to avoid certain foods or worry about them being trapped in your orthodontics. In addition, being removable makes brushing and flossing your teeth easier, so you maintain a bright and healthy smile throughout the treatment process. Optimal results are also possible much faster than with metal braces, and you also need fewer office visits too.
If you want to know if Invisalign ® is right for your smile, then please contact our team today to learn more. We would love to help you start your journey to an even smile in 2022, so you can smile with confidence!
Your Kansas City, MO Dentist Offers Invisalign®
Our team is ready to work with you to straighten your smile and improve oral health and function. If you would like to learn more about our cosmetic orthodontic treatment option, then contact your Kansas City, MO, dentist, Dr. Murphy, by calling (816) 531-8000.