Are There Any Cons To Invisalign?

Straight teeth that are properly aligned make for an attractive and inviting smile. They also promote good overall dental health as they are easier to clean, make eating and speaking easier, and provide a good impression to offer to others. Invisalign is a popular orthodontic treatment system that provides a virtually invisible option to wearers so that they do not have to sacrifice aesthetics while improving the appearance of their smile. However, as with any option, there are certain “cons” or disadvantages that must be considered before choosing Invisalign orthodontic treatment. Continue reading

Invisalign® vs. Braces

St. Louis MO Invisalign ProviderWhen it comes to orthodontics patients generally have two options: braces or Invisalign® . Both of these two options have their benefits as well as their restrictions. With both of these options providing a way to achieve a beautiful smile, it is necessary to compare them one on one to determine which option is right for you. Both Invisalign® and Braces provide effective means for straightening the teeth and achieving an attractive smile. There are many ways to compare Invisalign® and traditional braces.
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Invisalign® for Children

Brentwood MO Invisalign ProviderIf you Google “Invisalign for Children,” there will be a mix of reviews on whether or not this type of orthodontic treatment is the best for a child. At Clear Braces STL, we want parents to know that if a child is ready for orthodontic treatment, then Invisalign® can be a great option.

Every child is different just as every mouth is different. Traditional metal braces have been around for decades, and they have provided fantastic results for millions of wearers. However, not everyone wants to walk around with a mouth full of metal that advertises that they are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Continue reading

Smoking and Orthodontic Treatment

Brentwood MO OrthodontistSmoking is harmful to your overall health, being proven to contribute to breathing problems, heart disease, oral cancer, and lung cancer. The negative effects that smoking causes on the health should be enough to stop people from picking up a cigarette. However, many people, especially those who are young, tend to think that they are invincible to the negative health effects of smoking. If lung cancer and heart disease are not enough to scare you away from smoking, perhaps vanity will be. Continue reading

Invisalign® Braces

Brentwood MO Invisalign ProviderBrides want nothing more than to look radiant on their wedding day. They spend months preparing for a beautiful day – the venue, the dress, the bridesmaid dresses, the flowers, and the decorations – hoping to have everything perfect for the wedding ceremony and reception. One other area that many brides-to-be want to assure is just right is their smile. Continue reading

My Aligner Cracked, What Do I Do?

InvisalignSurprises occur throughout life, and some of these surprises are better than others. Invisalign® patients often ask about what to do if something goes wrong with their aligners. While the Invisalign® aligners are strong, they are not invincible. Knowing what to do ahead of time should one of your aligners crack will help you remain calm and trust that your smile will still achieve its goal.

If a crack occurs in one of your aligners, what to do will depend on the severity of the crack and when it occurred in the timing of your treatment. If the crack is not severe, you may be able to continue wearing your aligner without a problem. A tiny crack should not alter the support that it applies to your teeth. However, if your aligner is cracked severely or completely split, it will not provide the necessary treatment. Continue reading

Is There a Right Age For Braces?

St. Louis MO OrthodontistParents, teens, and adults often assume that there is a “right” age for braces. With that reasoning, then there must be a “wrong” age as well. While there may be a more opportune time for braces, there is no single time in life where a person must get braces or if they do not then his or her teeth will be destined for misalignment forever. The truth of the matter is that with great advancement in dentistry and orthodontics, people have been able to correct their smiles at almost any age with great results. Continue reading

Is Invisalign Right For Me?

St. Louis MO Invisalign ProviderWhen patients come into the office looking for a solution to help them achieve a more attractive smile, one of the first questions that is often asked is, “What about Invisalign? Will it work for me?”

Invisalign is a revolutionary orthodontic treatment method that uses clear aligners in specific intervals to shift the teeth into their desired position. Adults and teens alike are drawn to Invisalign because this system provides effortless teeth alignment in a virtually invisible manner. Not having to wear traditional metal braces, or even clear braces, takes away the awkward appearance of orthodontic treatment; it also alleviates the continual need for wire adjustments and discomfort. Invisalign’s innovative treatment can correct many problems with the teeth in order to improve your appearance and create a new, stunning smile. Continue reading

Wellness Benefits of Invisalign®

St. Louis MO Invisalign ProviderInvisalign® clear aligners offer many benefits to users in regards to how they straighten the teeth and how minimally they impact your overall appearance and confidence. With Invisalign®, patients not only achieve a straight and beautiful smile, but they also receive greater wellness benefits during and following their orthodontic treatment.

Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to care for. Crooked teeth allow bacteria, plaque, and tartar to become trapped in the spaces where the teeth are gapped, overlapping, and crooked. These spaces are difficult to clean with floss and a toothbrush because they do not provide a smooth surface that is easily reached. The gums of misaligned teeth also have negative effects because they are more easily susceptible to becoming swollen, red, tender, bleeding easily, and gum disease. Teeth that are properly aligned have healthier gums because the gum tissues fit tighter around the teeth, are they are less vulnerable to the plaque-laded bacteria that builds up around crooked teeth. Continue reading

Personal Benefits of Clear Aligners

St. Louis MO Invisible BracesThere are many benefits to having a straight smile. A straight smile is easier to keep clean than a misaligned smile. A straight smile is an attractive smile, and it is more appealing to others in both personal and professional settings. Thanks to the many advances made in dentistry and orthodontics in the last decade, people now have different choices for how they choose to align their teeth. Each option has its own advantages, and it is important to do your research to find out what will be best for your needs.
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