Many of us want a smile we’re proud to show off, right? That’s why most patients that visit Dr. Winsome Henry-Ward looking to straighten out their smiles ask about Invisalign. Whether you had braces when you were younger and never wore that retainer, or you didn’t have the opportunity to invest in cosmetic dentistry until now—Invisalign can be a great option. If you’re ready to commit to a perfect smile, here’s what you need to know about Invisalign:

You have to wear Invisalign most of the day.

Anything worthwhile takes time, they say! Invisalign should be worn pretty much all the time to follow the treatment plan as recommended and see the best results. This means you’re wearing them unless you’re eating or drinking. But since they are clear and fit perfectly to your existing smile, no one will be able to tell the difference!

You may want to change up snack time.

You can only drink water with your aligners because food and drink can stain your Invisalign or food can get stuck causing odor and potential dental issues. We don’t want that, do we!? What we recommend is just penciling in your snack and meal times so you can plan with a quick brush afterwards. Easy peasy!

Invisalign treatment takes between 12-18 months.

Since Invisalign shifts your teeth just as braces would, treatment will take anywhere from a year to 1.5 years on average. The aligners slowly but surely reposition your teeth for that beautiful smile you have always dreamed of. All our patients rave about their new smile saying it’s so worth the time commitment!

You’ll want to take care of your Invisalign aligners just like your teeth.

Just as a retainer or any other appliance you put in your mouth, your aligners must be cleaned! To ensure you don’t run into dental and oral health problems, you need to clean your aligners each day when they’re taken out. A simple brush and rinse should do the trick to make sure your teeth are kept clean and healthy while being repositioned.

Invisalign corrects most dental issues.

Invisalign is truly designed to straighten your teeth, and while it can help fix most bite issues, every case is different. There are some bites that can’t be fixed with Invisalign and it’s important to be ready for that. But don’t worry, if it doesn’t fix your bite, we will be ready with alternative gentle treatment options to help!

All these considerations are regarded by most patients as worth the investment, because at the end you’ll have a smile you’re super confident showing off!

Dr. Winsome Henry-Ward’s Team Can Help You Build a Straighter Smile

Dr. Winsome Henry-Ward’s team can help answer any questions you have about Invisalign and discuss your options to build a straighter smile. If you want to schedule a consultation to get started on your Invisalign journey, call us today at 314-862-1118. We can’t wait to help you get the smile you’ve always dreamed of!

What Our Patients Say

Beginning in 1995 Dr. Ward took over my dental care. She has proven to be as painless as I believe possible. My bridges have performed perfectly. My extractions have been very few, and my partial is working without incident. I recommend that anyone needing dental work consider using Dr. Ward.

Rudolph Hughes

Dr. Ward, I want you to know how much I appreciate the care I have received here. I am so happy with the improvement in my gums, and it is because of your emphasis on preventive oral care. It has made a huge difference, and I thank you.

Dave Diaz

One day during my morning prayer and meditation I had to look up the word honorable. The word is rich in meaning and implies the purest, highest, noblest kind of goodness. Honorable means “lovely”, “winsome”, “gracious”, “noble” and “excellent’. Your name, Winsome, definitely describes your character and your practice. God bless and keep you!!!

Jan Paul

Since having my first traumatic experience as a 9 year old with an army dentist I was always anxious about going to the dentist; my muscles would get tense, and I would grip the arms of the dentist chair, anticipating the worst.
But what a difference Dr. Ward has made in my previously harrowing experiences with dentists. With her calm caring manner and soothing touch, I actually became more relaxed in the dentist chair. What a relief!

Then as a bonus, there are times she would softly hum a tune which even makes me more calm, like a mother soothing an anxious baby – I guess I must have been a big baby when it came to dentists, but not anymore! Thank God for Dr. Ward! And her friendly staff aren’t too bad either.

Deanna Little

Very gentle, very competent. I am very appreciative of your skill and skill of your staff. Thanks.

Shawna Silva