Invisalign Clear Braces
Many of the adults we service in our Leawood, KS dental office want straight, beautiful smiles but the idea of brackets and wires just don’t fit into their active professional or social lives. Metal hardware, dietary restrictions, and the extra care that braces require are too big a sacrifice for many.
Dr. Abbie McKnight and Dr. Megan Konz wanted to make orthodontic treatment available for adults who experience orthodontic relapse or who did not have the opportunity for braces in childhood to finally have the straight, beautiful smiles they deserve, which is why they offer Invisalign clear braces here at McKnight Signature Dental.
Invisalign Clear Aligner Orthodontics
Rather than metal brackets and wires, Invisalign braces rely on a series of crystal clear aligners to gradually nudge teeth into alignment over the course of treatment.
Invisalign addresses many alignment issues including:
- Overlapping or overcrowded teeth
- Irregular spacing and gaps
- Overbite or protruding teeth
- Non-uniform appearance to the smile
In addition to having a straight smile for cosmetic reasons, properly aligned teeth are also easier to clean, provide more restorative options, and result in an ideal bite. When teeth are aligned properly, uneven wear and TMJ (temporomandibular joints) result in fewer painful jaw symptoms, headaches, and teeth grinding.
If you are a patient seeking a smile makeover, our dentists may recommend Invisalign as part of the first phase of treatment for better overall results.
How to Get Started with Invisalign
To determine if you are a good candidate for clear braces, a full evaluation of the bite, jaw, teeth health, and gum health with one of our experienced dentists is necessary. They will go over your options and what you might expect as a final result.
Invisalign treatment times depend largely on your orthodontic needs and goals for your smile.
Once you decide to proceed with treatment, we will take photographs of the face and profile, a series of x-rays, and digital iTero impressions to precisely plan treatment. Your dentist will send the information we gather to our Invisalign dental lab to create your custom aligners.
Guidelines for Invisalign Braces
Once you receive your Invisalign aligners, we will fit them and make sure they feel comfortable. In some cases, tooth-colored “buttons” or attachments on the teeth will help guide movement. These are temporary and barely noticeable.
You will notice right away that your Invisalign aligners are smooth and comfortable. You can remove them for an hour or two per day to eat and clean your teeth, but you should wear them for at least 22 hours per day to keep your treatment on course and get to your new smile faster.
Would You Like a Straight Smile?
If you are considering cosmetic dentistry or want to resolve painful jaw issues by straightening your teeth and want to know which options will give you the smile you have always wanted, contact us to arrange an appointment with Drs. McKnight or Konz, and get the answers you need to make an informed choice.