Richard Rhoads, Jr., DDS -  - General Dentist

Smiles By The Lake

Richard Rhoads, Jr., DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Overland Park, KS

Everyone wants a beautiful, straight smile, but not everyone is willing to spend months with a mouthful of brackets to get there. Luckily, Invisalign® aligners can offer many people the same benefits of orthodontic braces, without worry about changing their appearance or the discomfort that comes with traditional orthodontic treatment. To get the confident smile you’ve always wanted, visit Richard Rhoads, Jr., DDS, and his team at Smiles by the Lake in Overland Park, Kansas. Call the office today or request your appointment online.


What is Invisalign treatment?

Invisalign is an invisible alternative to traditional orthodontic braces, one that is becoming more popular every year. If you’ve always wanted a straighter, more aligned smile but have wanted to avoid the hassle, appearance, or discomfort of a mouthful of wires and brackets, Invisalign may be the right choice for you.

What are the benefits of Invisalign treatment?

Besides the obvious benefit of being nearly invisible, Invisalign has a lot of advantages over traditional orthodontics. No brackets and wires mean that Invisalign isn’t just a cosmetic upgrade over dental braces, but it also makes Invisalign trays a lot more comfortable and less likely to irritate your mouth.

Additionally, Invisalign trays are removable, so you can take them off to eat, drink, and brush your teeth, eliminating another common complaint of normal braces. Your trays will also be specially fitted for your mouth, and unlike other brands of invisible aligners, Invisalign uses a special proprietary SmartTrack plastic that will adjust and mold to your teeth better than any other material available today.

How does Invisalign treatment work?

The first step of Invisalign treatment is a consultation with Dr. Rhoads to find out how Invisalign aligners can help you. Dr. Rhoads evaluates your smile, identifies any potential obstacles, and determines where your aligner can apply pressure to help shift your teeth. Then, he makes a mold of your teeth and maps out a digital treatment plan, so you can see exactly how your teeth will shift over time.

Once you get your first aligner, you need to wear it for about 20 to 22 hours a day, removing it to brush and to eat. You get a new aligner every one to two weeks, depending on the plan you and Dr. Rhoads have made. These aligners will gently guide your teeth into their new positions over time, a process that typically takes between 12 and 18 months, although many people start to see results much sooner, sometimes in a matter of weeks.

If you’re interested in how Invisalign could give you the smile you’ve always wanted, call the office today or make an appointment online.