One of the primary concerns people often have about traditional braces is the aesthetic impact on their smile. Especially for adults, the idea of wearing unattractive metal braces for long periods of time can be very discouraging. Invisalign® offers an almost invisible aligning system that straightens teeth quickly and contains no metal.

Invisalign® treatment consists of a series of custom-made aligning trays. During the treatment period the trays will be removed and replaced every 1-2 weeks. In addition to the reduced visual impact, Invisalign® aligning trays can be temporarily removed for important occasions – meaning that treatment duration is patient-controlled. A great number of people report complete satisfaction with both the Invisalign® treatment and the stunning results.

What kind of bite problems can Invisalign® correct?

Invisalign® corrects the same dental problems as traditional metal braces; the only difference is that Invisalign® trays are almost invisible to the naked eye, and can be removed at will. Here are some problems that are commonly corrected with Invisalign®:

  • Overcrowding – This occurs when there is too little space for the teeth to align normally in the mouth. Overcrowding can cause tooth decay and increase the likelihood of gum disease.
  • Large gaps between teeth – This can sometimes occur because teeth are missing or because the jaw continues to grow abnormally.
  • Crossbite – This common dental problem occurs when one or multiple upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth. As a consequence, uneven wear can lead to bone erosion and gum disease.
  • Overbite – This problem occurs when the upper teeth project further than, or completely cover, the lower teeth. Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ may occur.
  • Underbite – This is the opposite of the overbite; the lower teeth project further than, or completely cover, the upper teeth.  Eventually, jaw pain and TMJ may occur.

What advantages does Invisalign® offer over traditional braces?

Traditional dental braces and Invisalign® are different ways to perfect the alignment of the teeth. There are many different considerations to make when deciding which treatment will be best, and each of these options works in certain situations.


Invisalign® differs from traditional braces in that the aligning trays are fully removable, laser cut for a precise fit, and very comfortable. This means that although more discipline and commitment is required from the patient, the rewards are better esthetics and relative comfort during the aligning process. Almost identical results can be obtained by using either treatment.

What does Invisalign® treatment involve?

First, the dentist needs to devise an initial treatment plan before creating the special aligning trays.  Three-dimensional digital images or impressions are taken of the teeth.  This allows the dentist to make a “virtual model” of your teeth. The dentist can then move specific teeth on the screen, view the jaw from different angles, and also foresee what the face might look like in years to come.  In essence, this technology can show how Invisalign® trays will change your smile.

Once planning is complete, a unique set of aligners is made.  The total amount of aligners required varies with each individual case, but 90% of cases take 6 – 12 months.

What are some considerations when wearing Invisalign® trays?

The trays should be worn constantly, except when eating and drinking. It is important to remove the trays when consuming food or drink because food can become trapped between the tray and the teeth, causing tooth decay.

Usually, new trays are necessary every one to two weeks and only take a day or two to become accustomed to. Progress between appointments can be seen with the naked eye. There is no doubt that Invisalign® aligning trays have revolutionized orthodontics. Invisalign® is renowned for being both comfortable and effective.

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Shawnee Location

6852 Silverheel Street
Shawnee, KS 66226
Phone: (913) 721-6477

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5830 Nall Avenue
Mission, KS 66202
Phone: (913) 432-3112

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