Invisalign Clear Aligners in St. Paul, MN
Are crooked teeth tarnishing an otherwise lovely smile?
A straight smile is undoubtedly beautiful and can light up the room, but it goes beyond just good looks and cosmetic dentistry. Did you know that teeth with proper alignment are also healthier and easier to care for? It's true. Overlapping and crowded teeth can collect plaque and bacteria. Crooked teeth also wear unevenly and might cause jaw joint or bite issues.
At our St. Paul dental office, we offer Invisalign as an alternative for our adult and older teen patients who want straight smiles without metal brackets and wires. Invisalign clear braces let you have a straight smile with orthodontic treatment that's easy to keep secret.
In addition to creating a less attractive appearance, crowded, widely spaced, or otherwise misplaced teeth can create other serious problems for your oral health.
Our Saint Paul dentists are certified Invisalign providers. Invisalign clear aligners use a series of plastic aligners to shift your teeth gently. This orthodontic treatment is excellent for anyone who wants to enhance the appearance and alignment of their teeth without having to use traditional brackets and wires.
Invisalign is used to treat mild to moderate cases; our Invisalign dentist will be able to plan out the best smile treatment for you.
- How Invisalign Clear Aligners Work
- The Impact Invisalign Has on Your Smile
- Why You Should Fix Crooked Teeth
- Why Our Patients Love Invisalign
- Guidelines for Invisalign Treatment
- Would You Like Straighter Teeth?
How Invisalign Clear Aligners Work
Instead of brackets and wires that require adjustments, Invisalign braces rely on clear aligner trays that gradually move teeth into proper alignment. In most cases, small tooth-colored buttons on the teeth give the aligners more power to straighten teeth fast – often far shorter times than traditional braces. Once treatment is complete, we remove the small attachments from the teeth, and no one will know they were ever there.
Here's how easy it is to get started with Invisalign: You'll have an orthodontic exam with Dr. Norah Hoverson or Dr. Terry O'Neill. They will take x-rays, photos, and impressions of the teeth for your treatment plan. We will send this information to our Invisalign lab.
You'll have an Invisalign consultation with Dr. Hoverson or Dr. O'Neill to discuss your timeline. You'll come to our dental office to receive your aligners and begin treatment. Regular appointments with your Invisalign dentist at our St. Paul dental office will ensure that your Invisalign treatment stays on track. In most cases, we will need to book far fewer appointments than with metal or ceramic braces.
The force used to move your teeth gently is very mild, and the plastic aligners are comfortable to wear. Once it's time to move to the next set in the series, you simply switch to the new aligner. You don't have to worry about coming to your orthodontic dentist to tighten wires or deal with broken brackets. Because you can easily remove your aligners, your lifestyle remains the same. You can eat your favorite foods and take the aligners out for photos and special events. Brushing and flossing are incredibly simple, and you won't need to use special instruments to clean them.
The Impact Invisalign Has on Your Smile
Have you ever seen a person light up a room? Chances are they have a brilliant smile that is contagious. While you don't have to have straight teeth to have an attractive smile, they certainly help enhance it!
A straighter smile helps with maintaining oral health since your teeth are easier to brush and floss. Are you wondering what kind of smile problems can be improved by orthodontic treatment? Invisalign can treat most moderate issues, including:
- Crowded teeth
- Oddly rotated teeth
- Spaces between teeth
If you are considering Invisalign as a gift to yourself, give your Invisalign dentist in Saint Paul, MN, a call to schedule your evaluation!
Why You Should Fix Crooked Teeth
Crooked teeth are breeding grounds for bacteria and can increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Overlapping teeth make it difficult to floss and brush properly. Imagine trying to clean a counter that's partly hidden from view; you just can't reach all the little corners and edges where debris starts piling up. When this debris settles beneath the gums that can lead to gum disease.
Teeth that have significant gaps or spaces between them can become food traps that allow bacteria to settle in for a while. This extended contact with your teeth increases your risk for cavities and gum issues. Gum issues and tooth decay have been linked to severe health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and more. In short, straightening your crooked teeth isn't just for looks; it keeps you healthy as well!
Invisalign fixes misaligned smiles like overbites, underbites, or crossbites. A bite that doesn't line up correctly can put pressure on your teeth that they aren't designed to handle, which can cause your teeth to shift, fracture, erode, or even become loose.
Why Our Patients Love Invisalign
Invisalign clear aligners have several advantages over traditional braces. Rather than fixed brackets and wires, Invisalign clear aligners are removable. You can take them out to eat and clean your teeth. This can mean less of a chance of developing decay and gum disease during treatment because keeping your teeth clean and free of food debris is so much easier.
Patients also love that they don't have to give up their favorite foods. Invisalign lets you eat all of the crunchy fruits and vegetables and popcorn you like without worrying about breaking an orthodontic wire. This is because you are able to remove your trays to eat and to drink hot liquids.
Many busy adult professionals and teens heading off to college don't want the world to know that they have braces. Invisalign gives our St. Paul dental patients convenience and privacy when it comes to their smiles. We have chosen to offer Invisalign at Highgrove Dental Care because of the advanced treatment planning options and time-tested results.
Guidelines for Invisalign Treatment
Following a few basic guidelines will ensure that you get the most out of your Invisalign treatment.
- Wear aligners for approximately 22 hours per day
- Keep aligners clean to prevent decay and gum disease
- Keep aligners out of hot cars and away from pets
- Stay on schedule with changing your aligners – about every one to two weeks
Let us know if you lose or damage your aligner trays. Be sure to use your retainer once the treatment is complete.
Contact Our St. Paul, MN Dental Office If you want a straight smile that looks and feels incredible, contact us for an orthodontic exam with Dr. Hoverson or Dr. O'Neill and learn more about your options to fix crooked teeth and enjoy better dental health
Would You Like Straighter Teeth?
If you're tired of having crooked, overlapping teeth, or a snaggletooth, our Invisalign clear aligners can gently and efficiently redesign your smile.
Beyond the obvious benefit of having an attractive and stunning smile, straightening your teeth leads to better health in Saint Paul, MN. Getting orthodontic treatment is a big decision; our dentists will work with you through each step of the process.
Give us a call today to schedule an Invisalign consultation at Highgrove Dental Care.