Dr. Nelson Kanning is a Lawson, MO Invisalign® provider and can help you straighten your teeth using this unique clear aligner system. Short term orthodontics can be the perfect solution for teen and adult patients with mild to moderate orthodontic needs. A straighter smile is a healthier smile, supporting a comfortable and stable bite to minimize the risk of tooth damage, decay, and other dental problems. Dr. Kanning can meet with you to evaluate your needs, discuss your cosmetic goals and provide a personalized treatment plan.
Invisalign can be used to treat a range of occlusal concerns, crooked teeth and other cosmetic problems affecting the appearance of your smile:
- Over bite
- Under bite
- Cross bite
- Gaps between teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Misaligned teeth
Benefits of Invisalign
Orthodontic treatment is often considered inconvenient, uncomfortable and embarrassing for the older patient. Invisalign provides the unique opportunity to treat your orthodontic concerns or makeover your smile with discreet, easy and faster treatment when compared to traditional metal braces.
Key benefits of Invisalign include:
- Invisalign aligners are made of a hard-soft plastic material that does not irritate the gums and soft tissues of the mouth.
- Your aligners can be removed for up to 2 hours each day for oral hygiene and enjoying your favorite foods- no dietary restrictions.
- Removable aligners minimize the risk of developing tooth decay or tooth stains, allowing you to brush and floss normally twice a day.
- Most patients are able to complete treatment in about a year.
About the Invisalign Process
Straightening your teeth with Invisalign will begin with a consultation and dental exam. Dr. Kanning will thoroughly evaluate your teeth, gums and jaw joints to identify any bite imbalance or dental concerns that should be addressed with your orthodontic treatment. He will take the time to listen to your aesthetic goals and present a treatment plan for your consideration.
The next step is to take digital dental impressions using the handheld scanner. These images are used in the CAD/CAM software that will be used to design your custom aligners. the Invisalign lab will make them and when they are ready you will come in for the first fitting. Dr. Kanning and our team will place the first aligners on your teeth and go over your schedule for changing aligners and coming in for periodic checkups. Most patients change out a set of aligners every 2 weeks.
We will monitor the progress and success of your treatment and make adjustments as needed. Once treatment is complete, you should wear a retainer daily to maintain your new smile and prevent relapse of tooth position.
We hope to answer your questions during a consultation, but here are common and frequently asked questions about Invisalign aligners.
Is Invisalign covered by dental insurance?
Sometimes. We can work with you to check your dental benefits and determine if a portion of treatment cost is covered by your insurance carrier.
Is Invisalign uncomfortable?
Overall, the clear aligners are comfortable and you may not notice them after wearing them for a few weeks. It is common to experience mild discomfort related to tooth pressure when changing to a new set of aligners. This can be managed with an over the counter pain reliever.
How do I clean my aligners?
We will go over cleaning the Invisalign aligners during your first visit. Keeping your teeth clean through daily brushing and flossing is a key element in maintaining a healthy smile and clean aligners throughout treatment.