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March 15, 2020

Mail Order Braces Not the Next Best Thing

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?

Invisalign_dentist_IndependenceMail 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.

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.

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