Invisalign is a highly sought after orthodontic treatment for a good reason. It yields exceptional results and allows users to straighten their teeth invisibly so that they don’t have to suffer through the embarrassment of traditional braces. Our St. Louis Invisalign dentist provides the treatment to teens and adults and has undergone specialized training that allows him to administer these popular orthodontic treatments for our thankful patients every day. As popular and effective as Invisalign is, it may not be the right choice for everyone. Invisalign is recommended for patients with teeth that have mild to moderate orthodontic issues.
How Do I Know If I Can Benefit From Invisalign?
So how would you know if you have a moderate orthodontic issue or a more serious one? The first step would be to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chris Hill so that he can examine your bite, take x-rays, and evaluate your overall oral health. After this diagnosis he will be able to determine if you can benefit from Invisalign or recommend an alternative cosmetic or restorative procedure that meets your smile goals.
What Are My Options If Invisalign Is Not for Me?
Fortunately for St. Louis dental patients Dr. Hill and the staff at City Smiles are trained to administer dental treatments that can have you looking and feeling good. We also offer Six Month Smiles and Veneers, both cosmetic dentistry treatments that are designed to improve the appearance of your teeth with the added component of optimum oral health. Most patients will find that the treatments that we offer will satisfy whatever their smile goals are and allow them get on the path of perfect teeth and great dental health.
Invisalign is a clear orthodontic appliance that is a popular alternative to traditional metal braces. Its popularity stems from the plastic aligners that perform the treatment that allow people to maintain their mature appearance as they straighten their teeth. Invisalign is recommended for orthodontic situations with mild to moderate spacing or crowding. They are virtually undetectable, easy to use and comfortable to wear and have been proven effective.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign uses a series of aligners that are custom made for the patient and designed to gradually move teeth into their ideal position. Dr. Chris Hill will first take an impression and photographs of your teeth during the initial consultation. The results are then sent to the Invisalign lab and used to create a three-dimensional computer projection of how the teeth could be moved incrementally. Dr. Chris Hill works with Invisalign to form the basis of developing a treatment plan designed to accomplish this movement. Once the treatment plan is approved and in line with your dental goals, the plastic resin aligners are manufactured for each stage of the treatment process.
The aligners are comfortable, easy to clean, and removable. You can take them out to eat a meal and brush your teeth. You simply re-insert them to continue straightening. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift teeth into place, based on the exact movement Dr. Chris Hill has planned out. Patients must understand that they need to follow the guidelines put in place for the treatment to work as planned, otherwise they may risk longer treatment times or unfavorable results.
The average treatment time for Invisalign is about one year, provided the patient wears the aligners the recommended 20 to 22 hours a day. Treatment times may be longer if a more complex treatment is necessary.
Invisalign is only available through dentists who have been approved by Invisalign and have undergone specific and extensive training. If you would like to learn more about Invisalign or see if you are a candidate for this treatment, please call (314) 375-5353 in downtown St. Louis, (314) 678-7876 in Clayton or email us to schedule an appointment today.