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Invisalign  – St. Peters, MO

Clear Braces for a Straighter Smile

A young woman smiling while holding Invisalign in St. Peters

Unlike traditional metal braces that shine a spotlight on your orthodontic work, Invisalign in St. Peters is a truly revolutionary way to straighten your teeth without compromising your daily appearance. At Cayo Dental Care, Dr. Krista Cayo understands the negative impact crowded or gapped teeth or a misaligned bite can have on your oral and overall health. By offering clear aligners to shift teeth in the right direction, you can embrace a more discreet orthodontic solution that is far more flexible than metal and produces quicker results. If you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign and if it’s the right solution for you, contact us today to schedule an appointment!

How Does Invisalign Work?

An Invisalign aligner in St. Peters going on over the lower arch of teeth

Invisalign is a clear aligner system created by Align Technologies. Crafted from SmartTrack material, it offers a more comfortable way to realign teeth as well as produce predictable outcomes. This makes it much easier for patients to feel confident in their orthodontic treatment, knowing how long they can expect to wear Invisalign and what kind of results they will see when finished. With customized aligners designed to be worn 20-22 hours each day, patients wearing Invisalign are required to swap them out for a new set every 1-2 weeks. This timeframe is dependent on your case and the recommendation by Dr. Cayo. After you’ve finished all the sets in your series, you’ll notice a dramatically different smile.

Indications for Invisalign

A woman smiles while holding an Invisalign aligner in her left hand in St. Peters

Versatile in its ability to address all types of tooth misalignment, Invisalign can treat the following problems:

Crowded Teeth

If your teeth appear too close to each other, you may notice a serious problem when trying to brush or floss. Inadequate oral hygiene can lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. By allowing Invisalign to move and create space between these teeth, you will notice an improvement in your oral health as well as greater confidence in the aesthetics of your smile.

Gaps Between Teeth

Unlike crowded teeth, those teeth that are gapped can experience many of the same problems. Trapped food and bacteria can lead to an increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease, and the excess space can cause you to feel embarrassed by your appearance. Fortunately, Invisalign can shift these teeth closer together, effectively eliminating the gap and giving you a healthier, happier smile.

Bite Alignment

Misaligned bites are notorious for causing excessive wear and tear on tooth enamel as well as chronic jaw pain over time. To avoid these problems, Dr. Cayo can recommend Invisalign to shift your teeth and jaw and create a more harmonious, balanced smile.

The Benefits of Invisalign

A female inserts an Invisalign aligner into her mouth to straighten her smile in St. Peters

When comparing Invisalign to traditional metal braces, the benefits of clear aligners far outweigh those that are permanently affixed to the surfaces of your teeth. Some of the most common advantages of Invisalign include:

  • The ability to undergo treatment with a discreet solution that doesn’t attract attention to your smile while it is changing
  • A flexible orthodontic solution that doesn’t leave you picking food out of your braces or having to clean around your metal brackets and wires
  • An easy-to-clean option that allows for better oral health because you’re expected to remove your trays before brushing and flossing your teeth
  • Quicker results for most cases
  • A versatile treatment method that is capable of addressing many of the most common dental problems

Understanding the Cost of Invisalign

An up-close view of an Invisalign aligner in St. Peters

Attempting to pinpoint a specific price for Invisalign is impossible. Why? Because no two patients are alike, and it is necessary that you schedule a consultation with your dentist in St. Peters to determine how much your Invisalign treatment will cost. Depending on the severity of your case, how many aligners you will need, the retainer you’ll need to wear after treatment is over, and any preliminary treatments you might need before starting Invisalign (i.e., periodontal therapy, tooth extraction), the price tag can vary. Fortunately, our team is here to help you maximize your benefits and file any paperwork or claims with your dental insurance company. We’ll also be happy to accept flexible financing through CareCredit.