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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Propel Orthodontic Acceleration

St. Louis MO OrthodonticsWe live in a society where people want fast results. When it comes to improving the appearance of your smile, many people have the dreaded expectation that they will have to suffer through traditional braces for 2-4 years. However, that is not the case anymore. Not only are there other options besides traditional metal braces, but there is another option out there that can speed up your orthodontic treatment and provide you with the results you want even faster.
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Dental Impressions

smile-191626_640As adults over the age of 30, most of us remember the dreadful experience of having to have molds made of our teeth. Whether it was for braces, retainers, or custom mouth guards – having to bite down on that oozy, gooey impression material and then hold it in the mouth for 5-10 minutes until the mold set was an awful experience. Thankfully, digital impressions have completely changed the way that impressions are made of the teeth – making them quick and easy for patients of all ages.

Digital impressions are one of the latest cutting-edge technologies that have allowed dentists and orthodontists to help create beautiful, lasting smiles. Continue reading

What to ask Before Invisalign Treatment

St. Louis MO Invisalign DentistTraditional braces are no longer the only option for those who desire to have straighter teeth. Invisalign® clear aligners are a great option for those who wish to correct certain orthodontic issues without the obvious signs of orthodontic treatment.

Before considering Invisalign® treatment, there are important questions to ask your dentist or orthodontist. Here is a list of questions to ask in order to help you get your questions answered and the information necessary to determine whether or not Invisalign® clear aligners are the right orthodontic treatment for you. Continue reading

Caring For Your Aligners

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Making the decision to correct the alignment of your teeth or your child’s teeth is never a light decision. Orthodontic treatment of any kind is expensive, thus requiring commitment to the process in order to ensure successful treatment. The same is true with Invisalign® aligners. Commitment to the care of your aligners and to wearing them as often as you should is the best way to ensure that the investment of your time and money is well spent.
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