Wildhorse Dental is happy to offer Invisalign at our Chesterfield, MO dental office. Invisalign is an innovative alternative for adults and teens looking to improve their smiles without dealing with the hassle of normal braces. Invisalign straightens your teeth discreetly without disrupting your daily life, with the use of virtually invisible, 1 mm thick, clear aligners. If you had braces as a kid but didn’t wear your retainer, or you have never had any sort of orthodontic treatment, Invisalign may be a great option for those with mild to moderate orthodontic needs.
The key differentiator between Invisalign and orthodontic treatment, such as traditional braces or clear braces, is that while braces are permanently attached to your teeth for months at a time, Invisalign aligners can be removed at your discretion. Invisalign aligners still need to be worn for about 20 hours every day to effectively shift teeth into place. Dr. Miller only recommends removing them for eating and brushing your teeth.
1. Initial Consultation: Contact our office to reserve an orthodontic consultation and to meet with Dr. Miller what you would like to achieve in your orthodontic endeavors. Dr. Miller will take a digital scan of your teeth and the scans will be sent to Invisalign.
2.Making the Aligners: After you and and Dr. Miller have approved the consult, Invisalign will fabricate the custom aligners that are designed to shift teeth gently and incrementally.
3. Fitting Aligners: About 2 weeks after approval, aligners will be ready to be applied. At the first appointment, clear “attachments” may be bonded to some of your teeth so the aligners can move your teeth more effectively.
4. Wearing the Aligners: Removing the aligners only to eat and clean your teeth, each set is only worn for around 2 weeks each.
5. Completing Treatment and Retainers: Once your teeth have been aligned and your new smile makeover is finished, retainers are used to keep your teeth straight and to keep your smile right for years to come.