At The Dental Practice of Dr. Robert Davis, we are committed to giving our patients the confidence and appearance they desire. In many cases, teeth that aren't straight get hidden by closed-lipped smiles and fleeing from photos. But, with the help of orthodontics, we can give you straight teeth that you'll love to show off to anyone.
To discuss your orthodontic treatment options with Dr. Davis, please contact us at our Raytown Dentist Office (816) 358-0800 or at our Pleasant Hill Dentist Office (816) 540-3110. We are proud to serve clients in and around Sedalia, Missouri.
Find out more about orthodontic treatments:
- Do You Need Orthodontics?
- Benefits of Straight Teeth
- Metal Braces vs. Invisalign®
- How Does Invisalign® Work?
- How to Experience Success With Invisalign®
- Why Choose Our Dentist?
- Contact Us for Your Invisalign® Consultation
Do You Need Orthodontics?
Orthodontic treatments are usually recommended to improve your “orofacial” appearance. This is the look and interactivity of your facial structure with your jaw and teeth. It is also the overall appearance that includes how your teeth look. Orthodontic treatments are recommended for those with crooked teeth, twisted teeth, overbites, underbites, jaw disorders, and those with a jaw position that is out of alignment.
Benefits of Straight Teeth
Having straight teeth is wildly popular, but is about so much more than just your aesthetic appearance. Straight teeth and a proper bite can help you to have a healthy and beautiful smile for life. Additionally, ensuring that your jaw is in alignment and that you don’t have an overbite or underbite helps to keep your bite painless, comfortable, and reduces your risk for teeth grinding and TMJ.
On top of that, straight teeth are helpful for a person’s overall outlook on life and attitude. Studies by the American Dental Association (ADA) have proven that those with straight and white teeth have more confidence, are more likely to get hired, receive more raises, and be attractive to those with whom they have a romantic interest.
Straight teeth can also help your teenagers feel comfortable and have a sense of belonging rather than feeling embarrassed of crooked teeth.
Metal Braces vs. Invisalign®
Both metal braces and Invisalign® clear aligners work to straighten your teeth, fix your overbite or underbite, and help mobilize your jaw’s alignment. Metal braces are placed over the teeth that require treatment and are attached using metal brackets that are glued onto your teeth enamel. They are connected using metal wires and rubber bands and are left on your teeth for several months to years in order to straighten your teeth. While you wear traditional, metal braces, you must avoid certain foods that are too hard or too sticky as they could possibly rip the braces off of your teeth. Also, while wearing metal braces, you must brush your teeth using special toothbrushes that will clean around your metal braces. Finally, you must use special floss that fits in and around your braces in order to floss between your teeth.
On the other hand, Invisalign® clear aligners straighten your teeth, but give you a lot more freedom than metal braces. Invisalign® uses 3D computer technology to create a treatment plan specifically for your teeth and jaw. Your aligners are changed out every couple weeks to slowly straighten your teeth and align your jaw and bite. With Invisalign®, you can remove your aligners to eat and care for your teeth. This means that there are neither dietary restrictions nor the need for special dental care devices and products if you choose Invisalign®.
How Does Invisalign® Work?
Our dentist will utilize computerized technology to map your teeth and jaw and determine exactly how your teeth need to be straightened for you to have a beautiful smile and healthy bite. Then, using this technological blueprint, we will create a treatment plan that involves changing out your clear aligners every two weeks or so until your teeth gradually straighten out and your bite aligns into its proper place.
The aligners are molded specifically to your teeth and bite and are made of a strong, medical grade thermoplastic.
Typical patients will have Invisalign® aligners for anywhere between 9 and 18 months, though some will have a different time period.
How to Experience Success with Invisalign®
Invisalign aligners can be removed, which means that it is up to you to properly wear your aligners if you want your teeth straight in the fastest amount of time possible. Here are some of the best ways to ensure that your aligners will work properly, effectively, and efficiently:
- Wear your aligners unless you’re eating or brushing your teeth – at least 20-22 hours per day
- Always brush and floss after eating and before reapplying your aligners
- Maintain your regular dental health regimen while you’re being treated with Invisalign® – brushing, flossing, mouth wash, and regular dental visits
- Visit our dentist for your scheduled appointments so you never miss changing out your aligners for your next set
- Keep your aligners clean
- Store your aligners in their protective case so you do not lose them
- Follow the directions of our dentist
Why Choose Our Dentist?
When you are placing your trust in a dentist for either your own teeth or your child’s teeth, you can’t choose just anyone. You want a dentist that has experience and the level of training that ensures you’ll have a great experience and the results you desire. Dr. Robert M. Davis, DDS of our practice is highly-educated and experienced. He constantly seeks out continuing education and further certifications to provide you with the best care. He is trained and educated in the top-available technology and digital techniques involved in dentistry.
Additionally, Dr. Davis offers the best service, gets to know his patients individually and will make your comfort and satisfaction his priority.
Contact Us for Your Invisalign® Consultation
When you’re ready to schedule a consultation and discuss Invisalign® with our dentist, please contact The Dental Office of Dr. Robert Davis today. You can reach us by filling out the contact form on this page or call us today at our Raytown Dentist Office (816) 358-0800 or at our Pleasant Hill Dentist Office (816) 540-3110. We are proud to serve patients in Raytown, Pleasant Hill, Sedalia, and the surrounding Missouri areas.