Invisalign – Kansas City, MO
Get a Straight Smile with Clear Aligners
Did you know you can achieve a straight smile without brackets and wires? Invisalign is the preferred orthodontic treatment among teens and adults because it’s virtually invisible. Clear aligners apply continual pressure to the teeth, gradually moving them into alignment. You’ll enjoy a discreet solution to help you feel confident throughout your treatment. Dr. Byars will create the customized plan you need to invest in a straight, healthy smile.
Why Choose Dr. Michael C. Byars for Invisalign?
- More reliable & comfortable than mail order aligners
- Individually designed for every patient
- Able to help adults & teens alike
How Does Invisalign Work?
Brackets and wires pull your teeth into position, which is effective in correcting even the most complex issues. Unfortunately, braces can be very noticeable. Invisalign resolves the common complaints of metal braces because it doesn’t involve any brackets or wires.
Instead, impressions of your mouth are taken, which integrate with state-of-the-art technology to map the movement of your teeth. The information is transferred to a series of aligners you’ll wear over your teeth to move them into position. You’ll need to commit to wearing the aligners for at least 22 hours per day. You’ll switch to the next aligner in the series after about 1 week. On average, it takes 12-18 months to finish the treatment.
Indications for Invisalign
Invisalign is effective for correcting a variety of bite and alignment issues that can lead to dental problems, including:
Teeth that overlap or are crowded are difficult to clean, increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Spaces Between Teeth
Food particles and plaque can get trapped in large spaces between the teeth.
Bite issues can lead to jaw pain, dental concerns, and even difficulty biting, chewing, or speaking.
What are the Benefits of Invisalign?
When compared to traditional braces, Invisalign offers a variety of benefits, including:
- Nearly invisible
- Doesn’t irritate the inside of the lips or cheeks
- Quicker results
- No dietary restrictions
- Easy maintenance and care
- Less time in the dental chair
What is the Cost of Invisalign?
There isn’t a set fee for Invisalign because the cost is determined by your specific treatment plan, like the number of aligners you’ll need. On average, complex cases will require more aligners than what’s needed when making simple adjustments.
We’ll work on your behalf with your insurance carrier to file the necessary forms to lower the amount you pay out-of-pocket. A member of our team will work with you to help you find the solutions you need to achieve a straight smile without breaking the bank.
Invisalign Aftercare Tips
Clear aligners can be the ideal option to fix your smile if you keep a few tips in mind:
- Wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day
- Switch to the next aligner in the series on time
- Don’t eat or drink anything except water while wearing them
- Brush your teeth and rinse your aligners before placing them back into your mouth
- Clean your aligners daily
- Maintain your check-in appointments
When you consider all of the benefits that Invisalign has to offer, it’s no wonder than more and more people are choosing to straighten their smiles with this method rather than traditional braces. However, it’s perfectly natural to have a few questions about the treatment process. That’s why we’ve included this section with some frequently asked questions about Invisalign. Don’t be afraid to call us if you have any further questions. Our team would be more than happy to help!
How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?
The length of your treatment will depend on several factors, such as how misaligned your teeth originally were and how dedicated you are to wearing your aligners for 22 hours a day. Older patients generally have to wear the aligners much longer, as their teeth are more firmly established in their jaws.
Most patients finish Invisalign within 12 to 18 months. While that might sound like a long time, it’s worth mentioning that traditional braces often take 24 to 36 months. We’ll develop a customized treatment timeline for you during your consultation.
Will I Be Able to Speak Clearly While Wearing the Aligners?
Initially, the trays will feel like a foreign object in your mouth, so it will take a few days to get used to them. Some people have no trouble speaking clearly, while others may have a slight lisp at first. It shouldn’t take more than a week for your tongue and lips to grow accustomed to talking while wearing the aligners.
What Happens If I Lose One of My Aligners?
You’ll wear every set of trays for about two weeks. We usually recommend hanging on to your previous trays just in case you lose your current pair. That way, if you misplace your aligners, your most recent set will act as a temporary retainer to prevent your teeth from shifting out of place.
As soon as you lose a tray, call us and begin wearing your previous set. We’ll contact the Invisalign lab and have them make a new pair, which might take a couple of weeks. Although your treatment time will be prolonged, at least your teeth won’t move back to their initial positions.
Can I Still Wear Invisalign If I’ve Already Had Braces?
Most likely. Many people who had braces had their teeth move back, at least partially, after not wearing their retainer. In most cases, Invisalign is a great choice, since the braces typically corrected the major alignment problems. Plus, your treatment might take even less time than patients who have never worn braces.
Will I Have to Wear a Retainer After I’m Done with Invisalign Treatment?
Yes. Otherwise, your teeth will revert back to their original position since that feels most natural to them. With Invisalign, your retainer will be another set of clear trays that look and feel like your aligners. At first, you’ll wear them for 20-22 hours a day, but later on, you can switch to only wearing them at night.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
You can achieve a confident, straight smile without brackets and wires. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for clear aligners.
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