ST. LOUIS INVISALIGN® & CLEAR ALIGNERS

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Dougherty Orthodontics

THE CLEAR WAY TO STRAIGHTEN YOUR TEETH

Dougherty Orthodontics offers the latest in Invisalign® treatment and clear aligner treatment options, the modern way to straighten teeth without using messy impression trays or traditional metal brackets and wires. By incorporating the latest technology in 3D digital scanning techniques, aligners are custom-made for you and your unique orthodontic needs. Each aligner moves your teeth gradually over time, resulting in a beautifully aligned smile and a healthy, functional bite. 

The customized aligners are made from a durable, proprietary plastic that is smooth and easy to wear. The aligners are virtually invisible, guaranteeing a discreet clear aligner or Invisalign® treatment process.

Your aligner trays are changed every 1-2 weeks, depending on the schedule that Dr. Dougherty determines is the best for your treatment. As you change each tray to the next, you will gradually see your smile straighten. 

Aligners are a great treatment option to correct mild to moderate cases of overcrowding, overbite, underbite and gaps between teeth. Although they are more discreet than traditional braces, aligners require dedication on the part of the patient and should be worn exactly as prescribed by Dr. Dougherty. In general, your aligners need to be worn at least 22 hours a day to be the most effective and produce optimum smile results. 

TIPS & TRICKS FOR YOUR CLEAR ALIGNERS 

Just started your orthodontic treatment with clear aligners? Watch our fun and informative video for helpful tips on what to expect as you start your journey to a straighter smile. Plus find out how to make the most of your treatment to ensure your treatment is effective and goes smoothly!

BENEFITS OF CLEAR ALIGNERS

Clear aligner or Invisalign® treatment is a fantastic alternative to traditional metal braces. There are many additional benefits to wearing the clear straightening system, but perhaps the most advantageous is the removability. Other benefits include:

  • Faster treatment times – clear aligner treatment can straighten teeth up to 2x faster than traditional braces
  • Oral health – You will be able to maintain the good oral hygiene habits of brushing twice a day and flossing every day to ensure you have the best treatment results.
  • Easy to eat/drink – Clear aligners are removable, which means you can eat and drink whatever you like. No dietary restrictions while getting a beautiful smile!
  • Minimal discomfort – aligners don’t have any sharp edges or metal pieces that can irritate your lips and gums
  • Goop-free technology – The iTero scanner allows your orthodontic team to scan your teeth and mouth, making a realistic 3D impression in minutes, without any goopy, messy impression trays!
  • Faster treatment times – clear aligner treatment can straighten teeth up to 2x faster than traditional braces
  • Oral health – You will be able to maintain the good oral hygiene habits of brushing twice a day and flossing every day to ensure you have the best treatment results.
  • Easy to eat/drink – Clear aligners are removable, which means you can eat and drink whatever you like. No dietary restrictions while getting a beautiful smile!
  • Minimal discomfort – aligners don’t have any sharp edges or metal pieces that can irritate your lips and gums
  • Goop-free technology – The iTero scanner allows your orthodontic team to scan your teeth and mouth, making a realistic 3D impression in minutes, without any goopy, messy impression trays!

AM I CANDIDATE FOR CLEAR ALIGNERS? 

At Dougherty Orthodontics, we offer complimentary consultations to determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign® treatment or other clear aligner treatment options. After a thorough examination to evaluate your treatment needs, Dr. Dougherty will determine the best option for your orthodontic treatment. Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for clear aligner treatment, but you will know on the same day as your consultation if this treatment will work for you. If you are a candidate, we will discuss what to expect during treatment and what is required of you as the patient so you can make an informed decision

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TIPS FOR CARING FOR YOUR ALIGNERS

If you have recently received clear aligners to begin your orthodontic treatment, you are on your way to achieving a beautiful smile. Dougherty Orthodontics offers tips on how to clean and care for your aligners to keep them in top shape. Developing good habits and a regular cleaning regime will ensure that your clear aligners stay in the best condition. Never use caustic chemicals like bleach to clean your dental appliances, as bleach may ruin them. Here are the steps to follow when cleaning your clear aligners:

Ideally, after each meal you should brush the debris from the teeth and rinse the aligners before placing them back in the mouth. If you cannot brush your teeth, we recommend rinsing your mouth with water and placing aligners back in when you feel most of the food particles are gone.

Dougherty Orthodontics will provide you with an aligner case for you to safely carry your aligners with you. This will help prevent loss or damage to the aligners.

Using a small amount of toothpaste, lightly brush the aligners on the inner and outer surface gently as to not mar the finish of the aligner. 

 It is important not to place aligners in water that is hot or boiling as it will warp the aligner and it will no longer fit into its proper position on your teeth.

SOME CLEANING DONT’S

Following these guidelines will help keep your aligners in top condition and help maintain the aesthetic appeal of discreetly straightening your smile! We look forward to sharing more information with you about aligner treatment. If you are interested in learning more about aligners and are ready to transform your smile, call Dougherty Orthodontics for a complimentary consultation at (636)825-1000Dougherty Orthodontics recommends avoiding these ‘cleaning don’ts’ during treatment with clear aligners:

  • Do not place your aligners in hot or boiling water.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaners that might scratch or blemish the surface of the aligner.
  • Do not soak aligners in mouthwash, as it might discolor the aligners, making them more visible.
  • Do not soak your aligners in denture cleaning solution, as it is abrasive to the plastic.

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“Couldn’t say enough things about Dougherty Orthodontics! Dr. Dougherty is amazing, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the office is always beautiful & fresh. My son looks forward to the drawings they hold. Love this team & thankful for the impact they’ve had on my son’s smile & childhood!”

– Liberty

“My daughter has been coming to Dougherty Orthodontics since she was 8. Not only is the staff friendly and knowledgeable, but the office is very trendy and set up for a phenomenal customer experience. I would never feel this welcome and at home anywhere else. They truly feel like a family!”

– Katie

“We love everyone at this office! They are always so helpful and kind. Love that they are so involved in the community and committed to giving back!!”

– Kim

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