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Independence, MO 64055
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October 15, 2018

Invisalign® for a Smile You’ll Be Proud to Share

Invisalign® is a system of clear aligners that slowly move your teeth into place. The clear braces system is not for everyone, but could be what you have been looking for if you are not happy with your grin.

Having a smile that you are self-conscious about doesn’t do much for your self-esteem. Covering your mouth when you talk or when attempting a half smile is a dead giveaway that you are not happy with your reflection.

According to your dentist in Independence, a healthy, beautiful smile does wonders for your confidence and your overall health.

If you follow Dr. Schaefer’s Blog, you will know that research has indicated a link between gum and tooth health and overall health. You may think that a straight smile is purely cosmetic, but it really is much more than that.

A healthy straight smile prevents food particles from lodging between cracks and crevices that would not be there with a straight smile. Invisalign® is the answer if you have been considering clear braces.

What Does Invisalign® Work For?

  • Correcting overbites, crossbites and underbites
  • Closing gaps
  • Evening out teeth that are crowded

Are Clear Braces Better than Wires and Brackets?

Although both have advantages and disadvantages, Invisalign® is better at preventing cavities as the aligners are removed when you eat, brush, and floss.

You also have to be careful of the foods you eat or risk a broken bracket or wire. Anyone who has or is wearing conventional braces understands the embarrassment of giving a presentation with something stuck in the wires and brackets.

Less Time with Invisalign®

With invisible braces, you will enjoy fewer visits with your cosmetic dentist in Independence. You will only have to see Dr. Schaefer every six weeks to make sure your treatment is working to plan.

If a straighter smile is on your bucket list, do it now and schedule complimentary Invisalign® consultation with Dr. Schaefer. Your Independence dentist is a preferred Invisalign® provider and can help you like your reflection again.

Call or click for an appointment today.

November 15, 2017

Are Invisible Braces Better than Wires and Brackets?

Could invisible braces boost your self Esteem? Is your crooked smile making you self-conscious? Is your closed mouth smile preventing you from that promotion, if you are shaking your head up and down, maybe it’s time you scheduled an appointment with Dr. David Schaefer for invisible braces.

Conventional braces have changed with dentists and orthodontists fitting patients with colored and clear wires and brackets, but are they really that much different than they were before?

According to Dr. David Schaefer, there are a few things to remember if you are considering conventional braces:

Tooth Decay

Old school wires and brackets can cause tooth decay. With Invisalign®, you remove your clear plastic aligners when you enjoy a meal and before you brush and floss. It is impossible to remove braces when you brush and floss. This can cause bacteria and food particles to collect under the wires and brackets leading to tooth decay. People who wear braces are in the high-risk category when it comes to dental caries.

Discomfort

Because your dentist or orthodontist doesn’t have to push and pull your clear plastic aligners, you will be more comfortable during your Invisalign® treatment. Although the discomfort will wear off after a month or so, wires and brackets will cause more discomfort than clear braces. Invisible braces are the comfortable way to a beautiful smile.

Oral Appliance Problems

Just like any other appliance, things can go wrong with conventional braces. Some of things that you may experience include:

• Broken Wires
• Broken Braces
• Loose Braces
• Loose Bands
• Wires That Stick Out

Although a spacer may be able to be repaired on the spot, loose or broken wires, loose bands, or broken brackets will take some time to repair. Although your dentist may be able to reattach the brackets and wires or reposition the braces, they may need to be replaced.

With Invisalign®, you never have to worry about broken wires or brackets as the clear plastic aligners are pliable and resistant to wear and tear.

More Time

Conventional braces can take up to two years to do what they are supposed to do. Invisalign® patients can expect to see results in as little as 6 months with the average Invisalign® patient enjoying a straighter smile in 12 to 18 months.

Visability

Even if you choose clear brackets and clear wires your braces will show. Every time you smile people will see your conventional wires and brackets. Invisalign® uses a series of between 11 and 31 sets of clear plastic aligners that are almost invisible. Nobody will know you are wearing your invisible braces unless you tell them.

If you would like more information regarding clear braces, call or click and schedule a no obligation Invisalign® consultation with Dr. David Schaefer today.

Just think, this time next year you could have the smile of your dreams. Call or click now.

3904 South Lynn Court, Independence, MO 64055 USA
David A. Schaefer, DDS Independence MO dentist (816) 252-0055