Invisalign® Offers Cosmetic Smile Correction

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When you have uneven teeth, this could cause major oral health issues down the road. But to correct the smile, we could offer a cosmetic approach that improves smile beauty and health. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about the benefits of Invisalign®, and looks at who qualifies.

The Possible Impacts of Misalignment

Why should you consider treatment to address your misalignment? When you have crooked, crowded, or overlapping teeth, this could make brushing and flossing thoroughly difficult, and provide places for food particles to become trapped. This is a recipe for plaque buildup, cavities, and periodontal issues. Your malocclusion also alters bite balance, which means a greater risk of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding), causing painful symptoms and even damaging teeth. You may also simply feel embarrassed about your smile and take steps to hide it, which causes negative impacts on your social interactions and overall quality of life. For better oral health and improved self-confidence, then you should consider treatment!

Who Qualifies for Invisalign®?

We will carefully examine your smile to assess the cause and extent of your misalignment. We can then decide if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign®, which is often used in more minor cases of misalignment. If so, we will take detailed digital images of your smile from multiple angles and combine them into a 3D computer model of your smile. This detailed impression will allow your aligners to be created in a lab setting with precision and accuracy, so they fit well and provide quality treatment. For some, optimal results are possible in as little as one year!

Straightening Smiles

How do we use these clear plastic aligners to shift the smile? The process involves wearing a set every day for 20 to 23 hours, over a period of about two weeks. You then begin wearing the next set for the same amount of time, and the process continues until you have an even and beautiful smile. This can help teens and adults alike! The aligners can also be removed before you eat, so you don’t have to avoid foods out of fear of them being trapped in your orthodontics, and brushing and flossing is much easier too. You can even remove them for special occasions every now and then!

If you have any questions about how we correct uneven smiles with a series of clear and cozy plastic aligners, then contact our team today to learn more.


Our team wants to help teens and adults alike enjoy an evens mike with a cosmetic approach. If you have any questions about how we shift the appearance of your smile, then contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.