Invisalign Clear Braces

It’s easy to admire a perfectly straight and uniform smile.  Having correctly aligned teeth goes further than just appearances and increased confidence.  Straight teeth are often healthier teeth because they do not overlap and are easier for you to keep clean.  You'll also find that straight, even teeth are easier to brush and floss, and you can do a better job of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. In addition, they also evenly distribute the forces caused by chewing, reducing excessive wear.  Aligning teeth may also help prevent unnecessary wear from teeth grinding by addressing issues like overbites, underbites, and crossbites.  Minimizing or distributing chewing forces helps protect your teeth so they may last a lifetime.

Clear Aligners in Ballwin, MO

Invisalign clear aligners are incredibly convenient because you can remove them to brush and floss your teeth.  They may also be removed so you may enjoy your favorite foods. No one will notice you're wearing Invisalign Clear Braces because your custom trays are prescription fabricated from clear plastic so your treatment can remain discreet. Since the aligners are made of smooth plastic, they won't irritate the inside of your mouth.

Invisalign is perfect for:

  • Adults
  • Teens
  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Overlapped teeth
  • Gapped teeth

Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign utilizes a series of clear plastic aligners to gradually move teeth into alignment. Fortunately, the materials available to us have advanced to the point where adults who want straighter teeth are no longer limited to only metal brackets and wires.   In some cases, small tooth-colored buttons will be temporarily placed on the teeth to assist with movement, but we will remove them once your Invisalign treatment is complete.

Benefits to Invisible Aligners

If you are an older teen or adult, the idea of a mouth full of brackets and wires may seem unappealing. It is for this reason that Dr. Mahlin sought certification in Invisalign braces treatment, which provides a more discreet way to achieve a beautiful, straight smile. Our team has years of experience helping people achieve their ideal healthy smiles.

Aside from being nearly invisible, Invisalign aligners have several benefits that people appreciate.  Invisalign Aligners are smooth and comfortable to wear, often faster than traditional braces, require fewer appointments, and newer CAD/CAM technology allows for more accurate and precise treatment.  Of course, the most popular feature, and the reason so many of our patients choose Invisalign invisible braces, is because they can keep their orthodontic treatment a secret.

Dr. Mahlin’s Invisalign treatment will provide you with specific instructions for your unique case, but here is an idea of what to expect with Invisalign treatment.  We request you wear your aligners for a minimum of 22 hours per day.  The clear aligners will need to be removed only to eat, drink hot liquids, or clean your teeth.  The aligners may be cleaned with soap and water or a mild cleanser designed for dental appliances.  Wear each set of aligners for 1-2 weeks and then switch to the next in the series.  You will need to avoid hot water and hot cars, which can warp aligners causing them not to fit or damage your teeth.  Always remember to keep your aligners away from your pets.  If you should lose a set of aligners, please contact our Chesterfield dental office.  Most importantly, maintain your regular dental exams, cleanings, and home care.

Treatment times with Invisalign are similar to those for traditional orthodontics, but compliance is the key to success. You will need to wear your aligners for 22 hours a day, as Dr Mahlin recommends. It can be tempting to leave your aligners out for longer periods, but doing so will only extend your treatment time. 

Upon completion of your Invisalign treatment and attaining your dream smile, you will need to wear retainers.  In fact, no matter what type of orthodontic treatment you have, a retainer will keep your teeth in place and avoid drifting, also known as orthodontic relapse.

Free Complimentary Consultation in Chesterfield, MO

If your teeth are crooked, crowded, or overlapped, or you have problems with your bite, Dr. Mahlin will tailor your treatment plan to help you get the straight, healthy smile you've always wanted. To find out more about Invisalign treatment, you can receive a free complimentary consultation in our Chesterfield dental office. This consultation is for orthodontic treatment and will not include a dental exam or cleaning, but we are happy to arrange an appointment for that too. Just let us know when you schedule or book online