If you are dissatisfied with the straightness of your teeth but don’t really want the train-tracks look of traditional braces, Invisalign® could be the solution for you. An issue of teeth alignment is not only a matter of aesthetics, but also one of function and oral health. For example, if your dental arches are too narrow there can be an airway issue that can lead to problems such as sleep disorders and allergies. Straightening teeth can solve problems with gum irritation, uneven wear on teeth, painful jaw and joint disorders, and even bone loss.
There are many bite issues Invisalign® can help with, including overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, crossbite, overbite and underbite. Even if all you are concerned about is the appearance of your teeth, this treatment can still help you with any minor or major concerns you might have. Contact us in Ballwin, near St. Louis, today to learn how Invisalign® can help you get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® consists of a series of custom-made aligners that gradually shift your teeth into place without the use of brackets, cement, metal, or wires. The trays are individually manufactured not to rub on your cheeks or gums, and they are virtually invisible so that barely anyone will even know you are straightening your teeth. You can remove the aligners to eat, drink, brush or floss, or even for special occasions.
How will Invisalign® work?
At the initial appointment in Ballwin, Dr. Postol will take precise impressions to assure that your aligners are customized perfectly for your teeth. Invisalign® will involve a series of trays that you will switch out about every two weeks, consulting our Ballwin office at regular appointments approximately each four to six weeks. The treatment will last on average between nine and fifteen months, depending on the state of your mouth and what results you would like to achieve.
Will they affect my day-to-day life?
Invisalign® is designed to have the least amount of impact on your life possible. The aligners are virtually clear and offer a much better alternative to traditional metal and wire braces. They will not rub painfully on your sensitive mouth tissues, and most patients experience only mild pressure from the changes in their teeth alignment. While your tongue gets used to the presence of the trays, you may have a slight lisp, but this disappears quickly in most patients. The trays should be worn at least twenty hours a day, but can be taken out when needed and will not have any effect on what you eat or drink.