Invisalign® Clear Braces in Mound and Chaska

For those of us with crooked or misaligned teeth, adult braces can be intimidating. Metal brackets are quite visible, leaving many feeling uncertain if they really can achieve their smile goals. Luckily, with Invisalign clear aligners, you will be able to straighten your teeth while maintaining your privacy!

With Invisalign clear aligners, you will receive all of the benefits of traditional braces without all of the fuss. The Invisalign treatment works by using a series of clear trays that are custom-made to fit your unique needs, making them nearly invisible as you go about your day. You can even remove them for up to 2 hours at a time for eating, brushing, and playing sports.

At West Lakes Dentistry, we are here to help you get the smile of your dreams. Our kind staff wants to welcome you into our offices in either Mound or Chaska. We utilize advanced technologies to create a custom smile road map for you and your family, you will be able to see 3D scans and X-rays in mere minutes!

Are you ready for a straighter, brighter smile? Call us today!

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    Crooked or Crowded Teeth

    Our teeth do more than just look good when we smile and laugh, they are essential to the way we speak and even how we eat. It can be uncomfortable with teeth that are difficult to properly clean and maintain. Overcrowding can be a great place for bacteria to build, causing cavities and even infections.

    It’s not uncommon for crooked or crowded teeth to become sensitive over time. They can even become loose or change color. This is a clear sign that your crooked teeth are putting your oral health at risk for more serious complications. Straighter teeth aren’t just cosmetic, they provide a healthier environment for our overall health and wellness.

    Clear Braces for Adults

    What makes Invisalign orthodontics so popular among adults and teens alike?

    • Discretion: With clear aligners, it’s nearly impossible to tell you’re wearing them!
    • Removable: Take them out when you eat or drink up to 2 hours a day.
    • Easy to Use: It’s a breeze to maintain and clean your trays.

    If you’ve been holding off on braces, now is a great time to come and chat with one of our experienced professionals about clear aligners! The Invisalign system is a series of custom-made dental trays that slowly move your teeth into proper alignment just like traditional, metal braces but without all of the fuss.

    Each set of dental trays is meant to be worn for about 6 weeks before starting a new set. The average amount of time it takes to complete the treatment is around 12 months. Each person has a unique set of teeth, so treatment may vary depending on your specific goals. Our dentist will walk you through your options and available treatment plans.

    Why Come to West Lakes Dentistry?

    At West Lakes Dentistry, our patients are our priority. We offer a range of services including implant placement and restorative treatment plans. Whether you need emergency dental services, teeth whitening, or replacing a lost tooth, we are here for you and your family for the entire journey.

    Our experienced staff understands that a trip to the dentist’s office can be anxiety-inducing for some. We offer many comfort options to help patients be more relaxed with us. We maintain a clean, fully stocked lobby with refreshments to welcome you to your appointment. There are also gentle sedation accommodations available to our patients so you can receive the care that you need in comfort.

    We also use advances in technology to provide faster treatments with higher accuracy than traditional methods. With the iTero intraoral digital scanner, you won’t ever have to bite down on impression molds to get a model of your teeth. The scanner will create a 3D image of your mouth in just minutes, allowing our dentists to show you the results almost instantly!

    Benefits of Invisalign Clear Braces

    Invisalign clear aligners give you the freedom and flexibility of having near-invisible, removable dental trays that slowly straighten your teeth over time. It’s a popular choice among adults because it allows you to keep your privacy while sticking to a custom treatment plan that works for you!

    Bite Correction

    Your bite is what allows you to eat and speak properly. Misaligned teeth can cause issues with digestion and your ability to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Overcrowding commonly causes cavities which can lead to further damage within the tooth which may result in the loss of the tooth entirely.

    Common Bite Issues:

    • Crossbite. This is when the upper teeth cross over the lower teeth. It can affect just one tooth or an entire row of teeth. This can cause the jaw to shift to one side.
    • Open bite. This happens when either the back teeth can close but the front can’t, or vice versa. Usually, this is caused by excessive sucking and can create issues with speaking.
    • Crowding. When there isn’t enough space for each tooth to be in alignment, this results in teeth that overlap, rotate, or become crooked and difficult to clean.
    • Deep bite. If you close your mouth and the front teeth cover the bottom too much it can cause you to bite into the lower gums and/or the roof of your mouth.
    • Protrusion. It’s easier to damage teeth that stick out. They can also cause issues with speaking abilities.
    • Underbite. When the lower jaw sits in front of the upper jaw, it can put unnecessary stress on the jaw joints, and the appearance of the face can be altered.
    • Spacing. Gaps between teeth can be from missing teeth, undersized teeth, or oversized jaws. It’s easier to have debris caught in these areas, leading to gum disease.

    Invisalign Braces vs Traditional Braces

    Invisalign clear aligners offer all the benefits of traditional braces without the use of metal. Our dentist can more appropriately advise each patient for their specific needs, but here is a quick comparison of the two methods so you can make the best decision for you and your family.

    The Benefits of Invisalign Clear Braces:

    • Nearly invisible: With clear aligners, it’s nearly impossible to tell that you’re wearing anything at all! This allows you to be confident and comfortable while following your custom treatment plan.
    • Removable: You can remove your dental trays for up to 2 hours a day to eat and drink. This makes it easy to keep your braces and your teeth clean. Invisalign aligners give our patients flexibility with their braces.
    • Easy to maintain: Invisalign clear aligners come with a portable, discrete case so you can join that lunch meeting with the peace of mind of knowing your Invisalign trays are safely stored away until they’re ready to be worn again.
    • Great for mild to moderate cases: Invisalign treatment is designed for mild to moderate cases of misalignment. Our dentist will assess the current condition of your teeth and offer the best course of action for your goals.

    The Downsides of Traditional Braces:

    • Use metal brackets: Metal brackets are glued onto the tooth’s surface and threaded with a wire to move the teeth into position. These devices can sometimes break, or have sharp bits that poke into your cheeks.
    • Require multiple visits: With traditional braces, you will have to visit the dental office frequently to have them adjusted as the treatment goes on. With Invisalign aligners, visits are less frequent and faster.
    • Difficult to clean: Because traditional braces are not removable, debris can be caught beneath the wire, or even against the brackets themselves. Special flossing devices are needed to remove these annoyances.
    • Convenient only for severe cases: Traditional metal braces work best for more serious conditions that require a lot of minute adjustments. If you have mild to moderate needs, Invisalign trays are a much more popular choice.

    Perfect for Both Adults and Teens!

    The Invisalign system is for anyone who has all of their adult teeth. On average, people qualify for Invisalign treatment at the age of 12 or 13. Both teens and adults can appreciate the discretion of clear aligners with the freedom of easy maintenance and storage.

    Improve Overall Oral Health

    Our teeth aren’t just for looks. Prevent cavities, inflammation, and even pain from TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder with clear braces. Straighter teeth allow our mouths to function as they should. Invisalign clear braces can give you the ability to eat without discomfort and speak clearly.

    How Does Invisalign Work?

    At West Lakes Dentistry, we believe in being transparent with our patients and their families. Below is a list of steps involved in the Invisalign process:

    1. Primary Design Consultation. During your first visit with us, our dentist will do an overall examination of the current condition of your mouth and recommend the treatment plan that is right for you and your budget.
    2. Custom Aligner Fabrication. Invisalign clear aligners are custom-made to fit each patient. This is done with 3D scans of the mouth that are sent to a lab for fabrication which takes about 4 weeks.
    3. Wear the Aligner. The clear dental trays are easy to fit over your teeth and are just as easy to remove to allow you to eat unhindered. You can remove your Invisalign clear aligners for up to 2 hours a day.
    4. Change to the Next Aligner. Every 1 to 2 weeks you will change your aligners for a new set as your teeth are slowly moved into position. Our dentist will set up follow-up appointments periodically to check on your progress.
    5. Maintain Alignment. It is usually recommended that patients wear a retainer for 12 to 22 hours a day after their Invisalign treatment is complete. This allows your teeth to situate in their new positions without moving.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign Orthodontics

    Will Invisalign Braces Work for Me?

    At West Lakes Dentistry, we want to help our patients succeed with their health and smile goals. Every person’s teeth are as unique as a fingerprint. Invisalign treatment works best for those who need mild to moderate adjustments to their smile. Our experienced doctors will walk you through the best course of action for your specific needs.

    Just like with traditional braces, you can expect your smile to last a lifetime with proper care and hygiene routines:

    • Schedule semi-annual appointments with us for cleanings and check-ups.
    • Follow our doctor’s directions and wear your aligners accordingly.
    • Remove the aligners when you eat or drink, but wear them for 22 hours a day.

    Why Visit an Invisalign Dentist?

    While there is no shortage of invisible aligner companies, you don’t want to trust your smile to just anyone. A trained Invisalign dentist is your best bet at getting the smile you want with no complications.

    At West Lakes Dentistry we believe in our patients and their goals. It is our job to assess your current condition and provide the right treatment plan that works for you! With the use of advanced technology, such as the iTero Intraoral Digital Scanner, our doctors can show you what they see in just a few minutes with a flexible screen.

    How Affordable Are Invisalign Clear Aligners?

    Invisalign clear braces may be covered by your health insurance provider, and West Lakes Dentistry accepts a range of health insurance plans as well! Are you worried because you don’t have insurance? No worries! West Lakes Dentistry offers a variety of payment plans and even insurance plans for our patients.

    Don’t wait on getting the health care that you need and deserve. If money is the problem, talk to our receptionists and they can inform you of our payment options.

    Is Invisalign Treatment Permanent?

    When worn accordingly and consistently, your teeth will shift into alignment just like they would with traditional metal braces. Invisalign clear aligners are designed to give you a straighter smile that will stay with you for the rest of your life. You may have to wear a removable retainer to keep your teeth in place.

    The best way to keep your smile healthy and happy is to come visit us every 6 months. We will clean your teeth and check your overall oral health, making sure that you’re on the right track and catching any issues early before they become a problem.

    Schedule Your Appointment

    No matter your age or how long it’s been since you’ve seen a dentist, you deserve a smile that makes you feel confident, secure, and happy. Your success is our priority, so give us a call today to schedule your Invisalign appointment!

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