Invisalign® Provides A Clear (And Comfortable) Alternative To Braces

Don’t assume metal braces will be your only shot at correcting misalignment. In fact, we often help straighten smiles in Des Moines, IA, using the Invisalign® system. Instead of metal brackets and wires, we have clear acrylic aligners. Find out how this system helps teens and adults enjoy better oral health and a beautiful smile.

How Does the Invisalign® System Work?

When you receive your aligners, you begin wearing a set right away. They should be worn about 20 to 22 hours each day. After two weeks, you move on to the next set in the series, again wearing it for between 20 and 22 hours. After a period of a year to 18 months, depending on the severity of your misalignment, you will obtain optimal results. The aligners gradually and gently move your teeth into proper position, while helping you avoid gum and cheek irritation and offering a practically invisible option for smile correction.

Creating Your Aligners

Each set is custom-made specifically for your smile. We begin by taking a series of detailed digital images of your smile and recording measurements. At an Invisalign® lab, experts will employ the images and measurements we’ve gathered to design and fabricate your aligners. They will be created from a clear, BPA-free acrylic material, which means a comfy fit and an esthetically-pleasing appearance. Should a set crack or break during treatment, let your dentist know. Remember, obtaining optimal results in the original timeframe you discussed with your dentist means wearing them as prescribed! They can be removed for meals, special occasions, or before you brush and floss each day, but you still need to wear them for the minimum of 20 to 22 hours.

The Benefits of Addressing Your Misalignment

Straightening the position of your teeth does more than just improve your smile’s appearance. Correcting misalignment has been linked to a lower risk of tooth decay and gum disease, and even a reduced chance of TMJ disorder and bruxism forming. You avoid a number of uncomfortable symptoms, ranging from headaches and jaw pain to aching teeth and dental damage. If you have misalignment, whether minor or severe, please let us know. We will examine your smile and decide the best course of action to correct your uneven teeth. If you would like to learn more about Invisalign® and our other treatment options, then contact our team today.


Our team would like to help you on your journey to a more even and healthy smile by providing clear plastic aligners. To learn more about Invisalign® clear braces and other cosmetic options in Des Moines, IA, then please give us a call. To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (515) 244-9565.