Improve Oral Health With Invisalign®

des moines invisalignDid you know that correcting the position of your teeth and fixing misalignment could offer improvements for your oral health? In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist will look at the benefits of correcting uneven teeth, and how we accomplish this with a series of clear, esthetically-friendly aligners.

The Oral Health Complications of Misalignment

Why should you consider seeking treatment for an uneven smile? First, the position of your teeth could impact the beauty of your smile, so crooked, crowded, and overlapping teeth could mean feeling uncomfortable with your appearance. In addition, misalignment could also harm the overall health of your smile. Thoroughly brushing and flossing is much more difficult with uneven teeth, so the risk of increased plaque buildup, cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease is always present. The alignment issues could also strain your jaw joints and upset bite balance, a complication linked to the onset of TMJ disorder and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding). By addressing your smile issues, we help preserve your oral health and improve esthetics too!

Correcting Smiles with Invisalign®

How do we address your misalignment? Instead of using metal braces, we could provide a more esthetically-pleasing option with Invisalign®. To begin, we take detailed digital images of your smile and combine them to create a 3D model. In a dental lab, the model is used to design and craft a series of aligners from a BPA-free plastic material. You then begin wearing a set of these clear aligners for between 20 and 22 hours a day, over the course of two weeks. You then begin wearing the next set in the series, as your teeth are gently and gradually moved into optimal positions!

Benefits of Removable Braces

First, the clear plastic means they’re barely visible when you wear them. Being custom-made from plastic also ensures they fit comfortably and prevent gum and cheek irritation. The total treatment time is also shorter than with braces, with adults receiving optimal results in a about a year, and teens in about 18 months. Compare that to two or possible two-and-a-half years with metal orthodontics. They’re also removable, so they can take them out before meals and don’t need to alter your diet. You also have a much easier time keeping your teeth clean when you brush and floss with removable aligners. If you have any questions about this treatment option, then contact our team to schedule a consultation. We can see if Invisalign® is right for you!


Our team offers a cosmetic approach to correcting uneven teeth, with results available often in a little as one year. For more information on how we correct uneven teeth, or to schedule your appointment with our Des Moines, IA team, contact Gateway Dental Group by calling 515-244-9565 today.