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.
November 15, 2017
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
February 15, 2017
Having a beautiful smile really is possible, and when you schedule an appointment with a preferred Invisalign® dentist, you can be one-step closer to achieving the perfect toothy grin that you have always dreamed of having and best of all, it won’t take two years to complete your treatment program.
Invisalign® is the clear alternative to braces, and if you have always wanted straight teeth, Dr. David Schaefer, your Independence MO dentist, can help.
With Invisalign®, you no longer have to resort to wearing bulky metal braces that can be uncomfortable and downright unattractive. Metal braces have changed, but are still more cumbersome than Invisalign®.
Invisible braces have revolutionized the world of orthodontics using trays that are custom made. After wearing a series of plastic aligners your teeth with begin to shift into their proper position giving you that Hollywood Smile that has been eluding you for years.
Manufactured out of the highest-grade polyurethane resin, Invisalign® is nearly invisible and extremely comfortable. With reduced enamel wear, Invisalign® really is a great option if you are considering braces.
When you wear the aligners, without metal wires and brackets, your teeth will gradually begin to shift based on the movement that Dr. Schaefer has planned for you.
Every week, or depending on your progress, your Dentist in Independence will give you a new set of Invisalign® aligners that will not interfere with your daily life. In fact, friends, family members, and complete strangers will have no idea that you are in the process of having your teeth straightened.
Because your aligners are removed when you eat, you can enjoy the foods you like without restrictions. Metal braces often prevent you from eating certain types of food and can be quite troublesome.
Brushing and flossing is easy with Invisalign® and because they are removable, you can clean your teeth as you normally do.
Dr. Schaefer recommends wearing your new aligners 20 to 22 hours every day. Throughout your entire Invisalign® treatment, you will see your dentist for regular checkups every six weeks depending on your particular treatment protocol.
Schedule a no obligation consultation with your Independence, MO Dentist who can determine if you are a good candidate for Invisalign®. Call or click today.