Straightening Teeth With Clear Braces

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If you have an uneven smile, your misalignment could eventually cause poor oral health. To address your crooked, crowded, and overlapping teeth, your Des Moines, IA, dentist may suggest straightening your smile with orthodontics. Instead of using braces, we can help with a series of clear and comfortable Invisalign® aligners.

The Health Benefits of Even Teeth

Why should you consider addressing your misalignment? Well, in addition to impacting your appearance, they could cause problems for your oral health too. For example, misalignment often means that even thorough brushing and flossing cannot reach and remove all food particles. As bacteria break down these trapped particles, your risk of tooth decay and gum disease elevates. For others, misalignment could also impact the balance of your bite. Imbalance and jaw joint strain is a recipe for painful complications like TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). By correcting your uneven teeth, you can show off your teeth with pride and also avoid poor oral health!

The Invisalign® System

The system doesn’t need to use metal brackets or wires at all. Instead, you will wear a set of clear plastic aligners every day, usually between 20 and 22 hours. After around two weeks, you will upgrade to the next set in the series. This process will repeat throughout the treatment process. For adults, an even smile is possible after only about a year. Teens may need up to 18 months. Either way, this is a shorter time frame than is required for metal braces. We will provide instructions for cleaning and soaking your aligners, and we will examine your smile during routine visits to make sure treatment is progressing as it should!

Clear and Removable Braces

Each set is custom-made for your smile, crafted based on the detailed images and measurements we take of your teeth using digital technology. This means they fit comfortably, and that they provide treatment with precision and accuracy. In addition to being nearly invisible, they can also be removed periodically! Taking them out before you eat means you don’t have to avoid specific foods or later your diet. The removable aspect also makes brushing and flossing your teeth easier, which improves the health of your smile throughout the treatment process.

If you have any questions about the Invisalign® process, then contact our team today. We would love to answer your questions, and to schedule a consultation to see if this option is right for your smile.


Our team could help address your misalignment with a series of clear and custom aligners. To find out more about our cosmetic orthodontic treatment option, then please contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565. A straighter and healthier smile is possible, often in as little as one year!