Invisalign® Offers Straighter Teeth Without Metal Braces

clear invisalign alignersMetal braces are not the only way for you to enjoy a smile free of unsightly misalignment. In fact, your Des Moines, IA, dentist is happy to help people with minor and more severe cases of misalignment enjoy an even smile with the Invisalign® system. Find out how we create these aligners and improve the health, function, and beauty of your smile!

The Value of a Straighter Smile

Correcting your misalignment obviously gives a boost to your smile’s beauty, and can even instill a little confidence. But addressing poor alignment also helps improve overall oral health too. You see, poor alignment often provides places for food particles to become trapped. Even brushing and flossing daily could fail to reach and remove them. As a result, bacteria break them down, a process that creates plaque and then increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Not to mention the higher likelihood of developing TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding), which also accompanies untreated misalignment.

Creating Your Custom Aligners

If you’re ready to start your journey to a more even smile, then schedule a consultation. We will examine your smile to see if this is the best option for correcting misalignment. If so, we will take detailed digital images of your smile, which we use to create a detailed 3D model. These images and impressions allow our team to design and fabricate the aligners with precision and accuracy. When they’re complete, you start your treatment!

Treatment With Clear Aligners

At home, you will wear a set each day for between 20 and 22 hours on average. Every two weeks, you will move on to the next in the series as we correct your misalignment. The total treatment time will depend on the cause and extent of your misalignment, but usually falls between a year and 18 months for teen and adult patients. The aligners can be removed before meals, or prior to brushing and flossing. You can also take them out before special occasions, such as a date, job interview, or even a graduation, provided you also wear them daily for the dentist’s recommended amount of time. If you have any questions about whether Invisalign® is the right option for you, then contact our team today learn more. We would love to help you obtain an even and healthy smile; one you can feel proud to show the world!


Our team is ready to help you address your uneven teeth with a series of clear and comfortable aligners. To learn more about correcting smiles without relying on metal orthodontics, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.