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What Is Invisalign®? How Does It Work?

Invisalign® is a highly customized appliance that features a series of  clear trays (called aligners) to move your teeth gradually towards the desired position.

This system is available to adult and teen patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. If you want to know more about Invisalign® and find out if you are eligible for this treatment, ask Dr. Moshiri, as he is a Certified Invisalign® Elite Provider and he will determine if this treatment is an effective option for you.

Once it has been determined that you are a candidate for Invisalign®, digital scans (no more messy molds) of your teeth are obtained and submitted to Invisalign®. The aligners you will receive are made of a thermoplastic material, unique to the Invisalign® treatment plan. They look similar to teeth-whitening trays. The aligners are effective because a 3D model of your teeth is made using highly sophisticated software.

Dr. Moshiri uses the information from a special software, in combination with your diagnostic records and your 3D model to communicate with our very own dedicated technician to customize your treatment and make sure prescribed movements are set up properly.

What is the difference between Invisalign® and braces?

Generally speaking, Invisalign® is more a more hygenic appliance and exerts less pressure than braces. For specific scenarios, Invisalign is a more precise appliance due to the vast amount of technology incorporated versus braces, thus allowing for shorter treatment times for certain patients.

With Invisalign®, the aligner trays are not only smooth and comfortable to wear, but they’re also removable. That means you can continue doing all the things you normally would, from brushing and flossing, to eating whatever you like. With other devices, brushing and flossing properly can often take up to 30 minutes!

What Is It Like To Live With Invisalign®?

One of the best things about Invisalign® is the minimal impact it has on your everyday life. Since the aligners are so comfortable, you should be able to wear them for the recommended 20 to 22 hours a day without much effort. 

Here are some advantages of Invisalign®: 

The aligners are easily removable, so you can continue to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would. 

You’ll also remove the aligners each time you eat. This means that you can continue to eat all the foods you love without any restrictions or worrying about food getting stuck in your wires and brackets. 

For those who are active in contact sports, Invisalign® allows you to continue wearing your aligners without having to worry about any sharp brackets cutting your mouth. 

Your bedtime routine can continue as before, with the simple addition of cleaning your aligners.

How much does Invisalign® cost?

The costs for Invisalign® treatment will vary for every patient depending on a variety of factors, namely the estimated length of time it will take to achieve the desired result based on the severity of crowding and jaw misalignment.

Most dental insurances offer an orthodontic benefit towards orthodontic treatment. We are happy to check your benefits for you to help you navigate how much money may be allocated towards your treatment. Additionally,  Moshiri Orthodontics offers a wide variety of flexible payment plans to pay off the remaining balance which insurance does not cover. Contact us for more information about the payment options available at our practice.

Why should you consult an Invisalign® Elite Provider?

Moshiri Orthodontics is proud to be an Invisalign® Elite Provider of the Invisalign appliance system in St. Louis MO, Lake Saint Louis MO, Springfield MO and surrounding Missouri areas.  We take great pride in carefully planning your treatment with this customized appliance to help our patients towards their goals of beautiful smiles, and a healthy, functional bite.

Furthermore, we are considered experts in the country for our skills and expertise with the Invisalign® product.

Dr. Maz is an AlignTech faculty member, lecturing across the country and in orthodontic residency programs to spread wisdom on the proper use of the Invisalign® appliance system.

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If you’re interested in Invisalign® treatment and get a perfect smile in record time, St. Louis Orthodontist Dr. Maz Moshiri will be more than happy to help you! 

To learn more from the creators of this appliance, visit Invisalign.com