March 15, 2020
If you have been thinking about mail order braces, think again. According to Dr. David Schaefer, a preferred and licensed Invisalign® provider, mail order braces may seem like a good idea at the time, but for most patients they are anything but.
What are Mail Order Braces?
Mail order braces are meant to provide a low cost solution to clear plastic aligners. While they are less expensive, the damage they can cause could be permanent and very expensive.
The Mail Order Braces Process
Most clear braces companies provide you with an impression or mold kit along with a special putty for about $100.00. You may also be asked to take photos of your smile.
Once the company receives your order, an orthodontic professional will review and decide on treatment for your mild to moderate crooked teeth. The company will mail back your aligners with instructions requiring you to wear your aligners for one to two weeks before swapping for a new set.
The Invisalign® Process
Like mail order braces, Invisalign® is a series of custom-made clear plastic aligners that you wear for 22 hours every day. Unlike mail order braces, you get to see Dr. Schaefer in person. This eliminates any guesswork in the process.
After digital pictures are taken, they are sent to the Invisalign® software for your dental blueprint. Once your aligners are ready you will wear as you would mail order braces, however, you will see Dr. Schaefer every 6 weeks to make sure everything is going to plan. With mail order braces, you never see anyone.
Invisalign® and Issues Online Braces Don’t Address
Many issues exist below your gumline and in the jaw. Those issues can’t possibly be addressed using the mail order braces systems. Mail order braces can’t widen your jaw or align your bite. Without professional advice, you could cause permanent damage.
If you are considering clear braces, get a professionals advice and schedule an Invisalign® consultation with Dr. David Schafer today.
June 15, 2019
If you know someone who looks like they have had their teeth straightened, but you never saw them in braces, they have probably just completed an Invisalign® treatment.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is a clear braces system that is nearly impossible to see. In fact, the only people who will know you are wearing Invisalign® will be you and your dentist in Independence.
Invisalign® utilizes 11 to 31 sets of clear plastic aligners. Dependent on your prescription and plan, you could wear your clear braces between 9 and 18 months. Some patients have great results after just six months. Old school braces may need to be worn as long as two years before results are seen.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
According to Dr. David Schaeffer, a preferred Invisalign® dentist, Invisalign® is a system used to straighten teeth. Instead of pushing and pulling like conventional wires and brackets, the invisible clear aligners gently move your teeth into position. Because you swap out your aligners every 7 to 14 days, you won’t have to see your Independence cosmetic dentist as often.
With Invisalign® you will only need to schedule dental appointments in Independence every six weeks. If you are wearing conventional braces, you will need to see your dentist or orthodontist every two weeks for uncomfortable adjustments.
Is Everyone a Candidate for Invisalign®?
Not everyone is a good candidate for invisible braces. People who have severely tipped or rotated teeth, or a serious under or overbite, see better results with conventional wires and brackets. Dr. Schaeffer will be able to recommend the procedure that would be best for you.
People with slightly rotated or tipped teeth and teeth with small gaps are perfect candidates for Invisalign®.
If you would like more information regarding clear braces, call and schedule an appointment with your cosmetic dentist in Independence.
Dr. Schaeffer is ready to give you the smile you deserve. Call and schedule an appointment today.
October 15, 2018
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.