How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign clear braces use the same technique as traditional braces: they apply light pressure to your teeth to gradually move them into their new position. The main difference is that traditional braces use brackets and wires to move the teeth while these use a series of plastic aligners instead.

After a consultation with Dr. Pribyl to determine if Invisalign is right for you, we will take x-rays and impressions of your smile to send to the Invisalign lab. Dr. Pribyl will map out your entire orthodontic plan using his computer and work alongside the Invisalign lab to create your aligners for every step of the treatment. Once the aligners arrive from the lab, you will wear each set for the recommended amount of time by Dr. Pribyl before moving onto the next set. It’s important to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours per day and only remove them to eat, drink or brush and floss your teeth.

Every new set of aligners will slowly shift your teeth into their ideal position. Most patients require 6 months to 2 years to complete their treatment. Dr. Pribyl may also include the use of MOPS or VPRO+ to expedite the treatment duration. These treatments are techniques that stimulate the bone around the teeth to promote faster movement.

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign treatment offers a handful of benefits that make it an appealing treatment for any age or any lifestyle.

Appearance

One of the most important benefits of Invisalign is its discreet appearance. The clear aligners help keep your treatment discreet. Nobody will even notice you’re wearing the clear aligners. The discreet appearance can help you stay confident throughout your entire treatment.

Comfort

Although your teeth might feel sore when you’re switching to a new aligner, you won’t experience any discomfort otherwise. Invisalign uses smooth, thin plastic aligners that rest comfortably in your mouth. Patients can comfortably play wind instruments or contact sports without worrying about something sharp scraping them in the cheek or cutting their tongue. Invisalign is comfortable to wear throughout the entire treatment.

Convenience

You don’t have to say goodbye to your favorite foods while going through Invisalign treatment. The removable aligners make eating and brushing and floss your teeth a breeze! Simply remove your aligners to enjoy your favorite foods or clean your teeth. Invisalign is completely convenient for every lifestyle. 

Better Oral Health

Another benefit of Invisalign is that it offers better oral health benefits than traditional braces. This is because the aligners are removable which allows patients to easily brush and floss their teeth. It also makes going to dental cleanings much easier and convenient. Simply remove your aligners and let Dr. Pribyl and Kloeppel start your cleaning and exam. With easier access to brush, floss, and receive dental cleanings, you can enjoy good oral health throughout the duration of your treatment. Invisalign makes it easy to achieve better oral health and avoid problems like cavities and gum disease.

Fast Results

Invisalign in Lee’s Summit also offers fast results! You will change your aligners about every two weeks, or as instructed by Dr. Pribyl, to slowly shift your teeth into their ideal position. By making smaller movements in shorter increments, it can help you achieve your desired results much faster than alternative orthodontic treatments. 

Fewer and Shorter Office Visits

If you’re short on time, Invisalign is the ideal orthodontic treatment for you then. Since you have all the aligners already, you don’t need to visit our office all the time to ensure your treatment moves along at the correct pace. Instead, you will visit our Lee’s Summit dental office about every six weeks so we can check your progress. These appointments are quick so you can easily visit us on your lunch break so you don’t have to take additional time out of your schedule to accommodate your treatment. 

Who is a Good Candidate?

Wondering if Invisalign is right for you? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Larry Pribyl at our Lee’s Summit dental office to find out. Typically, Invisalign can treat the following problems:

  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Crooked teeth
  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Open bite

Most patients are a good candidate for Invisalign as long as their issues aren’t too severe. We also require patients to have good oral health and be free of cavities and gum disease. If you do have any underlying dental problems, we can treat these to help you become a good candidate for Invisalign.

Get Invisalign in Lee’s Summit Today

If you’re ready to start your journey to a straighter, healthier, and more beautiful smile with Invisalign treatment, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Larry Pribyl to find out if Invisalign is right for you. We’re here to design a better quality of life for you! Please schedule a consultation by calling us at (816) 795-1000 today.