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Can You Correct My Smile Without Braces?

September 22, 2017
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A smile with a challenge like misalignment, malocclusion, or crooked teeth may make you feel insecure. Perhaps you are an adult that wants to correct these situations, but you have trepidation about the appearance of braces.  Depending on the corrections that you need, you may be able to get the smile of your dreams using nearly invisible, clear, plastic aligners by Invisalign® . With Invisalign® your dentist can customize treatment that can get you the smile that you are looking for without the appearance of traditional metal braces during the process.

A Straight Smile Without Braces

If you and your dentist determine that Invisalign® treatment is right for you, you can start the process nearly immediately. First, your dentist will create a series of custom-made Invisalign aligners that will move your teeth in a sequence determined in your treatment plan. Each different aligner will slightly adjust your teeth in order of the sequence. The aligners can be removed when you eat, drink, brush, or floss, but the aligners need to stay in your mouth at least 20 hours a day to be effective. Each aligner will be worn for approximately two weeks before moving to the next aligner in the sequence. The treatment controls both the force and timing of the movement of your teeth.

How Long Will It Take To Correct My Smile?

Worn correctly as directed, the average treatment takes about 12 months. This treatment time may vary though depending on your situation. The time frame will be mapped out by your dentist, and this time frame will include regular checkups. These checkups may happen every four to six weeks to allow for your dentist to check the process and to verify that the progress is going as planned.

Benefits Over Braces

As stated above, the clear aligners are nearly invisible and are removable. This makes maintaining your oral hygiene a bit more manageable than it can be with traditional metal braces.

Are You Ready to Correct Your Smile?

To find out if you qualify for clear aligners, schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.