Start Your Journey To Straighter Teeth With Invisalign®

des moines invisalignWe’re continuing our focus on cosmetic dentistry this week, with a close look at the benefits of the Invisalign® system. If you have crooked, crowded, or overlapping teeth, then these clear and cozy aligners can offer a nearly-invisible solution! In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist is discussing the advantages of clear Invisalign® aligners.

The Benefits of Correcting Uneven Teeth

Many people think of uneven teeth as only a cosmetic issue. While misalignment does impact your smile’s beauty, it also causes complications for your overall oral health. For example, the uneven nature of your teeth could provide places for food particles to become trapped, out of reach of your floss or toothbrush bristles. Bacteria then break them down to coat the teeth in plaque, eventually causing tooth decay and gum disease. For others, the pressure and strain on the jaw joints due to an unbalanced bite could mean higher risks of both TMJ disorder and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding).

The Invisalign® Difference

Invisalign® aligners don’t need metal braces at all. Instead of brackets, bands, and wires, we will create a series of clear and comfortable plastic orthodontics. They will be crafted based on detailed digital impressions and images we take of the entire smile, and crafted to fit comfortably and reposition your teeth gently. Each set is worn for about 20 to 23 hours a day, and a new set is worn every two weeks. For adults, the total treatment time could take about a year, while teens may need up to 18 months. You will require fewer office visits, and won’t worry about noticeable changes to your appearance during treatment.

Embrace Removable Braces

Another major benefit of clear aligners is their removability. Basically, being able to take them out means you don’t have to avoid certain foods, or worry about them becoming trapped in your orthodontics and impacting overall oral health. You eat like you did before, just taking out your aligners before your meal begins. You can also take them out to brush and floss thoroughly, reducing the risk of teeth stains, tooth decay, or even gingivitis and gum disease during your treatment period. If you have any questions about correcting misalignment with a series of clear aligners, or if you want a consultation to see if you can start the Invisalign® process, then contact our team today.


We’re offering a clear and comfortable solution to misalignment for our teen and adult patients with our clear braces. To learn more about our approach to cosmetic braces and a healthier, stronger smile, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.