Invisalign in Festus

A Clear Alternative to Braces

What is Invisalign?

If you’d like to straighten your teeth, but wish to avoid wearing traditional metal braces, Invisalign from Williamson Dental may be right for you. Thanks to modern orthodontic innovations, braces are no longer the only way to straighten your teeth! Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to shift your teeth gradually without affecting your appearance.

  • Get a Healthy, Beautiful Smile- Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign will provide you with a more beautiful smile and improve your overall oral health.
  • No Bulky Braces- Invisalign is nearly invisible when worn, allowing your smile to be subtly and discreetly corrected.
  • Get Fast Results- Invisalign treatment usually takes only about a year, which means you can correct your smile more quickly with Invisalign than with braces.
a teenage girl holding up a model of braces in one hand and in the other a top set of invisalign

Straighten Your Smile Without Braces

How Invisalign Works

 Invisalign works by using a series of custom, clear plastic aligners. These aligners look sort of like a retainer, or a night guard that’s used to protect against teeth grinding. They fit tightly over your teeth, and exert constant, gentle pressure that shifts them slightly and moves them into the proper position.

By gradually switching through a series of aligners, Invisalign can correct a wide variety of orthodontic issues, ranging from gaps in your smile to crooked, uneven, and rotated teeth. By the end of treatment, your smile will look straight and beautiful. 

Why Choose Clear Aligners?

The Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign is a discreet option as it is nearly invisible when worn and does not affect your speech. This means it’s a great choice for older patients who may wish to straighten their teeth, but do not like the aesthetics of traditional braces.

Invisalign is also completely removable so you can continue your normal brushing and flossing routine. This means it will be easier for you to avoid plaque build-up and tooth decay than with traditional braces, keeping your smile healthy. Also, because you will take your aligners out to eat, there are no dietary restrictions as with traditional braces. 

Invisalign is usually more comfortable than braces as there is no metal to irritate or poke your mouth, and the pressure exerted by Invisalign is more gradual, gentle, and even compared to braces. Plus, most patients can complete their Invisalign treatment within just a year, making it a quicker treatment than the typical 18-month process of traditional braces.

someone putting in invisalign

What to Expect

The Invisalign Treatment Process

First, you’ll come to Williamson Dental for a consultation, and to see if Invisalign is right for you. Then, one of our doctors will take impressions and images of your teeth, and begin working on your Invisalign treatment plan. 

It usually takes about a month to complete your treatment plan and get your first set of aligners from Invisalign. Once they arrive at our office, you’ll come back to pick up your first several sets of aligners. 

From then on, you’ll wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day. You should only take them out to eat, drink, brush, and floss. About every 2 weeks, you’ll switch to a new set of aligners. Every 6 weeks or so, you’ll come and see our team for a check-up, and to get your a few more sets of aligners. 

This process will continue until your treatment is complete. Most patients require somewhere between 20 and 24 sets of aligners to correct their smiles, but this may vary based on your own orthodontic needs.

Proper at-Home Upkeep

How to Care for Your Invisalign Aligners

 It is important to rinse your aligners and brush your teeth after every meal, and avoid eating or drinking (except for water) while wearing your aligners. Chewing while wearing your aligners will damage them, and drinking beverages other than water will stain your aligners. Whenever you remove your aligners, be sure to put them in your Invisalign carrying case to protect them from damage or breakage. If you lose or damage an aligner, your treatment may be delayed. It is also important to clean your aligners at night before you go to sleep. Brush them gently with a fragrance-free soap that rinses away cleanly to remove bacteria and plaque from your aligners.

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