Invisalign aligners are clear, custom-made plastic trays designed to gradually move teeth into their desired positions. They are a popular alternative to traditional metal braces for orthodontic treatment. Each set of aligners is specifically crafted for an individual's teeth based on 3D imaging and treatment planning.

Benefits of Invisalign

Aesthetic Appeal

One of the primary appeals of Invisalign is its aesthetic advantages. The aligners are made from clear, medical-grade plastic, making them nearly invisible when worn. This feature appeals to adults and teens alike who wish to straighten their teeth discreetly without drawing attention to their orthodontic treatment.

Comfort and Convenience

Invisalign aligners are smooth and comfortable to wear, with no metal brackets or wires that can cause irritation to the mouth and gums. The ability to remove the aligners for meals allows patients to enjoy their favorite foods without restrictions. Additionally, oral hygiene is easier to maintain since brushing and flossing can be performed normally.

Predictable Results

The treatment process begins with a digital simulation that shows the projected movement of teeth throughout the course of treatment. Patients can visualize how their smile will progress and the final outcome before even starting treatment. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks, gradually shifting teeth into alignment according to the treatment plan.

Treatment Efficiency

Invisalign treatment typically requires fewer visits to the orthodontist compared to traditional braces. Patients receive several sets of aligners at each visit and change them at home as instructed. This reduces the need for frequent adjustments and allows for more flexibility in scheduling appointments.

Versatility of Treatment

Invisalign can address a wide range of orthodontic issues, including crowded teeth, gaps between teeth, overbite, underbite, crossbite, and mild to moderate cases of misalignment. Orthodontists at Healthy Smiles of Saint Louis customize treatment plans to meet each patient's specific needs and goals, ensuring optimal results.

The Invisalign Treatment Process

Initial Consultation

The journey to a straighter smile with Invisalign begins with an initial consultation at Healthy Smiles of Saint Louis. During this appointment, our orthodontists will evaluate your dental health, discuss your treatment goals, and determine if Invisalign is the right option for you.

Customized Treatment Plan

Using advanced digital scanning technology, precise impressions of your teeth are captured to create a 3D model. This model allows orthodontists to design a personalized treatment plan, showcasing the step-by-step movements of your teeth from their current position to the final desired alignment.

Fabrication of Aligners

Based on the treatment plan, a series of custom-made aligners are fabricated using state-of-the-art materials. Each set of aligners is designed to exert controlled forces on specific teeth to gradually move them into their ideal positions.

Wearing Aligners

Once the aligners are ready, patients wear each set for approximately 20 to 22 hours a day, removing them only for eating, drinking (except water), brushing, and flossing. Aligners should be changed approximately every two weeks as teeth move into their prescribed positions.

Monitoring Progress

Regular check-up appointments at Healthy Smiles of Saint Louis allow our orthodontists to monitor your progress and provide you with new sets of aligners as your treatment progresses. These visits ensure that your teeth are moving according to plan and that adjustments are made as necessary.

Completion of Treatment

Upon completion of the final set of aligners, patients may need to wear retainers to maintain their new smile. Retainers prevent teeth from shifting back to their original positions and are an essential part of ensuring long-term results.

Is Invisalign Right for You?

Invisalign offers a versatile and comfortable orthodontic solution for many individuals seeking to improve the alignment of their teeth. Ideal candidates include adults and older teens who have fully developed teeth and jaws. During your consultation at Healthy Smiles of Saint Louis, our experienced orthodontists will evaluate your dental health and discuss whether Invisalign is suitable for achieving your desired smile.

Maintaining Oral Health During Invisalign Treatment

Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial throughout Invisalign treatment to ensure the health of your teeth and gums. Here are some tips:

  • Brush and floss regularly: Clean your teeth after meals and before reinserting your aligners to prevent food particles from causing plaque buildup.
  • Clean your aligners: Rinse your aligners with lukewarm water and brush them gently with a toothbrush to keep them clean and clear.
  • Attend regular check-ups: Keep up with your scheduled appointments at Healthy Smiles of Saint Louis for progress checks and adjustments.
  • Follow care instructions: Follow the care instructions provided by your orthodontist to ensure optimal results and avoid damaging your aligners.


In summary, Invisalign aligners offer a comfortable, discreet, and effective alternative to traditional braces for achieving straighter teeth and a healthier smile. They are customized to fit each patient's dental needs and provide predictable results with minimal disruption to daily life.

To learn more about Invisalign aligners, contact Healthy Smiles of Saint Louis at 4224 Watson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63109, or call (314) 832-1366.

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