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When Invisalign is an alternative to conventional braces for Wichita KS patients

An attractive facial appearance is highly valued in our culture, and your smile plays an integral role. Even if your teeth are healthy and white, your smile won’t look its best if your teeth are crooked. Historically, getting teeth into straight, even alignment meant wearing braces (brackets and wires). Today, other alternatives are available to patients in Wichita KS and surrounding areas, including Invisalign.

Your options

The Invisalign system creates an extremely precise three dimensional image of your mouth from impressions taken at our office. A robust computer program designs a series of clear plastic aligner trays to move teeth gradually from the original impression positions to an ideal smile. You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, before progressing to the next set. For best results, Invisalign must be worn at least 22 hours daily. However, the aligners may be removed. That allows you to the foods you love and keep your mouth sparkling clean. Each case is unique, but typically, an Invisalign treatment plan lasts about 18 months.

Straight wire orthodontics employ memory wire, shaped to the curve of the mouth arch and it is held in place by brackets, to persuade teeth into alignment. This method is gentle but very effective. Again, every case is different, so treatment may take 6 to 36 months. During that time, dental visits are required for adjustments to the braces.

Invisalign vs. Orthodontics

Both of the methods described above are safe, effective, and appropriate for certain situations. At EastWichitaDentist.com, we understand that no two patients' mouths, lifestyles, or budgets are alike. After a thorough examination, the Doctor will help you determine which straightening process is best for your situation.

Invisalign technology is constantly evolving. Initially it was considered suitable only for minor cosmetic misalignment. Today we are able to treat considerable malocclusion and bite problems in teens and adults with Invisalign. This system makes good sense for the patient who is very concerned about the appearance of braces, who will wear the aligners as directed, and who values ease in brushing and flossing as usual.

Our straight wire orthodontic technique can be used for children, teens, and adults. It addresses cosmetic misalignment quickly, and is very effective in resolving significant bite problems with additional time. This can be a good choice for the patient who is committed to the oral hygiene requirements of brackets and wires, or for one who may not wear removable aligners responsibly.

Are you ready to face the world with a naturally gorgeous smile? Call EastWichitaDentist.com at (316) 686-7395 to learn more about your choices in orthodontic care.
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