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St. Louis Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign, also called invisible braces, is a gradual teeth straightening process using customized trays or aligners. Invisalign allows patients to avoid the pain and embarrassment associated with traditional braces. 

Invisalign braces are removable, allowing patients to eat normally and practice effective dental hygiene.

Who qualifies?

Invisalign is an alternative for braces for adults and teens who have full second molars. Due to the practically invisible trays, Invisalign allows adults and teens to gradually straighten teeth without the self-conscious feelings caused by prominent metal braces.

Not all dental conditions are treatable with Invisalign, and your dentist will have to conduct an evaluation of your specific case. Some dental conditions that can be improved with Invisalign are:

  • Gapped Teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Open bite
  • Over crowding
  • Crossbite 

 

The Invisalign Process

If you think you are a candidate for Invisalign, contact Webster Dental Care today. The first step to a healthy, beautiful smile is a consultation with an Invisalign expert. Your dentist will determine whether you are a candidate for Invisalign after a careful evaluation of your needs. 

Invisalign is not a short process. Your dentist will use x-rays and careful planning to determine the exact movements of your teeth. This plan will be used to determine the necessary length of treatment. Many adults can expect treatment to last approximately one year. Teens may experience treatment lasting two or more years. 

The x-rays taken during the evaluation and planning will be used to create custom aligners. The aligners are smooth and clear. They do not lead to the swelling and irritation caused by metal braces. The aligners are replaced every two weeks to gradually shift the position of the teeth. 

Dentists encourage patients to wear Invisalign aligners for more than 22 hours per day - removing them only to eat and complete daily oral hygiene. Your dentist will evaluate the progress of the treatment at several points. 

Once treatment is complete, patients will receive retainers to help keep the teeth straight and protect your straight smile.