UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19

We hope that you, your families, and friends are staying safe at this time. As most of you are aware, my Dental Practice operates on a 6-month interval with regards to your ongoing regular Check-up and Cleaning appointments. We were forced to shut down last spring in late March and throughout April on the recommendation from the CDC and local government entities to help curb the spread of COVID-19. We are now entering the 6-month point (April to October) that will impact our scheduling. That being said, over the next few weeks we will have limited days that we will be scheduling appointments. Of course, emergencies will be treated as soon as possible. Upon calling the office (816-229-1433) we do encourage you to leave your name, number, and a message so that we may accommodate your Dental needs.

Whether you are a long-term member of our patient Family, looking for a new Dental Team, or experiencing a more urgent issue, please know that you are important to us!

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all continue to work through the impacts of these issues.

-Matthew A. Turner, DDS PC

Invisalign® vs. Braces: Which is Better Suited for You?

Many​ ​patients​ ​face​ ​the​ ​difficult​ ​decision​ ​of​ ​Invisalign​ ​vs.​ ​braces​ ​when planning​ ​to​ ​undergo​ ​orthodontic​ or other cosmetic dentistry ​treatments.​ ​The​ ​best​ ​option​ ​for​ ​you​ ​will ​depend​ ​primarily on​ ​your​ ​treatment​ ​goals​ ​and​ ​the​ ​severity​ ​of malocclusion.​ ​For​ ​patients​ ​in​ ​need​ ​of​ ​mild​ ​to​ ​moderate​ ​alignment,​ ​Dr. Matthew Turner​ ​can​ ​provide​ ​high-quality​ ​Invisalign​ ​treatment at our Blue Springs, MO,​ practice. ​Having undergone​ ​special​ ​training, he can ​​help patients​ ​achieve​ ​a straighter,​ ​more attractive​ ​smile.

Invisalign aligners and traditional metal braces
Traditional metal braces can be unsightly and painful, but Invisalign aligners are clear and discreet and are custom fitted to your teeth and gums for comfort.

Commonalities in Treatment Capabilities

Both Invisalign and traditional braces can be used to help people improve their smiles by addressing a number of orthodontic issues, including:

  • Crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Unevenly spaced teeth
  • Jutted or protruding teeth
  • Bite disorders (underbite, overbite, open bite, crossbite)

Invisalign is traditionally used to correct minor to moderate issues, while traditional braces are recommended when the level of misalignment or jaw disorder is more severe. Dr. Turner will perform a full evaluation to help determine which would be better suited for you and your orthodontic needs.

How They Differ in Treatment Process

For patients who choose traditional braces, metal brackets will be bonded to the front surface of each tooth. The brackets will then be connected with thin, flexible wires and held in place with ligatures (tiny rubber bands). Every four weeks, the dentist will tighten the arch wires at your monthly office visit so that gradual pressure can be applied to shift teeth into proper position. Braces may often require maintenance to fix broken wires or brackets if the patient fails to avoid the list of restricted food items or lifestyle habits, such as chewing on ice or eating sticky, hard, or sugary foods.

Invisalign is traditionally used to correct minor to moderate issues, while traditional braces are recommended when the level of misalignment or jaw disorder is more severe.

With Invisalign, you will be given a series of appropriate numbered aligners at the beginning of your treatment. The number of aligners you require will depend on the severity of your orthodontic issues. Aligners are designed to fit tightly over your top and bottom teeth and should be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day. They must be removed for eating or drinking anything other than water. Every two weeks, you will change out aligners for the next ones in the series. Office visits are generally every six to eight weeks. If an aligner is lost or broken, a replacement can be fabricated in about two weeks.

Pairing the Right Treatment Method with the Right Candidate

Invisalign is typically better suited for patients with minor misalignment needs who are self-conscious about the appearance of traditional metal braces. Aligners are virtually invisible and offer an inconspicuous solution to achieving a straighter smile. Because aligners are changeable, they can be easily removed for eating and easy maintenance. Adult patients who frequently have important business engagements find this feature beneficial. Adolescent patients may benefit from the advantages offered by Invisalign Teen. However, Invisalign is only as effective as how often the trays are worn. If you lack self-discipline or frequently lose items, you may receive greater benefits from metal braces.

Traditional metal braces are best for those with complex malocclusion, bridgework, rotation of canines, or for teenage or elderly patients who may have issues removing and replacing Invisalign trays throughout the day.

Factors that Influence Your Choice

We understand that lifestyle, budget, and timeline play important roles in deciding which treatment method would be best for you. Made from smooth, BPA-free plastic, Invisalign aligners will fit comfortably inside your mouth without causing mouth sores, as is frequently the case with metal braces. Most Invisalign patients can achieve results in approximately 12 months at a lower cost than traditional braces, which usually take about 18 to 36 months or longer. If comfort and subtlety are of great importance and your dental misalignment is not too severe, you could enjoy the benefits that Invisalign can provide.

Contact Us to Learn More

At the office of Matthew A. Turner, D.D.S., P.C., we are dedicated to helping you achieve a beautifully straight smile. If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign vs. braces, please schedule your consultation with Dr. Turner today by contacting us online or calling (816) 229-1433. 

Dr. Turner and his team

Matthew A. Turner, D.D.S, P.C.

At the dental practice of Matthew A. Turner, D.D.S., P.C., in Kansas City, MO, Dr. Turner and his team provide superior general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care. Dr. Turner is a member of several professional organizations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Missouri Dental Association
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • The Eastern Jackson County Dental Society

For more information on the services we provide, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us online or call (816) 229-1433.

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