Oral Care and Invisalign

Any time a dental patient is undergoing orthodontic treatment, it is important to put an extra emphasis on oral care. Having braces, wearing retainers or aligners, or any other type of device that is associated with orthodontic treatment requires extra diligence for keeping the teeth clean and healthy. Luckily for those who choose Invisalign orthodontic treatment, oral health care is relatively easy and normal – it is just imperative that you make your oral health a priority. Continue reading

Does Invisalign Act Like a Mouth Guard During Sports?

Invisalign® is a custom-made, revolutionary orthodontic treatment that utilizes clear aligners to move the teeth into their ideal positions. These aligners are engineered to exert the right amount of force in the right places at the right time. This orthodontic treatment is helping millions of people achieve the smile of their dreams without the obvious signs of metal brackets and wires.

Invisalign® is a popular choice among teens and young adults because of the discretion that clear aligners provide. Due to the popularity of sports participation among this age group, it is important for teens and young adults to realize that Invisalign trays are NOT designed to protect the teeth like an athletic mouth guard. Continue reading

Health Benefits of Invisalign

Brentwood MO Preferred Invisalign ProviderThere are many benefits for candidates who are able to wear Invisalign clear aligners as their orthodontic treatment choice. One of the greatest benefits is that it provides a very discreet way in which to achieve a straight, beautiful smile. For teens and adults who do not want to advertise their orthodontic treatment, for adults who are in the professional realm and feel that metal braces will hold them back in their job opportunities, or for those who do not feel comfortable having a mouth full of brackets and wires, Invisalign is a brilliant choice.

Invisalign also offers comfort and convenience to those who have made the decision to achieve straight teeth. Invisalign allows you to “live your life the way you want to.” You can smile confidently knowing that your orthodontic treatment is virtually undetected by those around you. They may begin to notice your straight teeth, but it could just be from you smiling more because of the confidence that you have to smile. While there may be some adjustment to new aligners each time you replace old ones, Invisalign clear aligners are known to be much more comfortable than brackets and wires. The aligners are smooth, so they do not rub against the lips or cheeks, causing irritation or sores. Continue reading

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