Cosmetic Dentistry | What are Invisalign Clear Aligners?


Your mouth is at its happiest when it’s clean and sparkling. Whenever your teeth are clean, it’s a great feeling that leaves you fresh and ready to take on the world with a smile. There are times, however, when acquiring that clean, bright feeling for your teeth requires help from devices. Braces, a go-to appliance, are effective in protecting and adjusting your teeth, but far from aesthetically appealing and can make you insecure about how you look. But what if those braces were clear or invisible? No way, you say. With Invisalign clear aligners, you can now enjoy the benefits of braces without the bother.

How Can Braces Be Invisible? 

When you think of braces, you probably think of them as clunky pieces of metal that take the fun out of moments a mouth can enjoy, such as eating and kissing. How are invisible braces even possible?

Invisalign’s invisible braces are devices used to straighten teeth using clear plastic aligners. Otherwise termed as ‘removable braces,’ these transparent devices allow your teeth to be adjusted without any added attention or hassle. They will make any issues you have with your teeth disappear, including gaps, overcrowding, and crookedness. Thanks to advanced technology, these invisible braces (otherwise known as clear aligners) are barely detectable by the naked eye, making it a very popular alternative for tooth maintenance.  

Numerous Advantages

Over 8 million people have used Invisalign, according to their website. Whether you’re a teen or an adult, Invisalign can be a great option for you to restore your smile in no time. Invisalign SmartTrack Clear Aligners are:

  • Convenient: Want to eat comfortably? Just take out your aligners to eat. Each aligner will be created to fit your mouth and gently move your teeth over time. They’re easy, don’t require multiple trips to the dentist, and are low maintenance.
  • Predictable: Using their technology, each aligner is custom made and produces great results.
  • Discreet: Unlike traditional, embarrassing braces, Invisalign Clear Aligners are nearly invisible, clear, and discreet when worn. This makes it so easy to straighten your teeth without any stress or embarrassment.

Why Invisalign Over Regular Braces? 

Aside from the aesthetic benefits, invisible braces don’t require the kind of time commitment that regular braces do. Regular braces need to stay in your mouth for at least two years on average compared to Invisalign, which can take anywhere from 6 to 18 months. Treatment can be up to 50% faster, and these magical clear aligners can straighten your teeth with 75% predictability.

Add the fact that you won’t have issues with wires or food getting stuck in them, Invisalign clear aligners offer you a smoother transition. You will have to remove them while eating or drinking anything except water, and it is suggested that you brush after every meal. Furthermore, you’ll have to wear them for most of the day, but not necessarily all day, every day like the traditional metallic counterpart. The pros far outweigh the cons. If you or your teenager are looking for a smooth solution to keep your teeth in check while maintaining your appearance, Invisalign is your answer.  

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What Does Invisalign Treat?

Invisalign clear aligners can treat a multitude of dental issues; however, if a case is too severe, Invisalign may not be able to treat the problem and traditional braces may be a better option for you. Simply talk with your dentist about your dental issues to determine the best course of treatment. If your dentist determines that Invisalign is right for you, you can experience the result of traditional braces, without the look and feel of metal wires and brackets.

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Here are the most common dental issues that Invisalign can treat:

  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Crowding
  • Spacing/gapping
  • Crookedness

When and When Not To Wear Invisalign 

Invisible braces are more comfortable, offer up faster treatment, and cost about the same as regular braces. If you like playing contact sports or are often involved in physical activity, you can still wear them. Remember, We Choose Invisalign; Your Smile is Not a DIY Project — that’s why you want to work with a team of professionals to correct your smile.

However, if you have bridgework, issues with back tooth bite as well as having to rotate canines or premolars, Invisalign may not be a suitable option for you.

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If you are seeking a way to straighten your teeth, without barriers to your confidence and lifestyle, contact our team for information about Invisalign clear aligners or schedule your consultation at one of our Kansas City offices. Trust your smile with the Invisalign experts at Thomas L. Anderson, DDS and Associates. Call 816-373-4440 to schedule your smile consultation today.

Contact us today to schedule your dental appointment and meet with our skilled dentists at one of our three conveniently located dental office locations within the Kansas City area, including Lee’s Summit / Independence, the Country Club Plaza and Downtown Kansas City. The gentle dentists and expert team at Thomas L. Anderson and Associates look forward to working with you to treat your dental emergency, achieve proper oral health and a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. If you have any questions about your dental insurance benefits, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are happy to review your policy! Please give us a call today to schedule an appointment and become part of our dental family.