5 Steps To A Straight Smile With Invisalign

If you have an underbite, overbite, crooked, or misaligned teeth, Omni Dental in Council Bluffs and Carter Lake can provide you with clear Invisalign braces to straighten out your smile. The Invisalign process consists of a series of custom-made aligners that are designed specially for you. You will put in a new set of aligners every two weeks, and watch as they magically straighten your teeth gently and gradually. It’s that easy!


Step 1. Schedule A Consultation With An Invisalign Provider

Choosing to use Invisalign clear aligners is an important medical decision. We invite you to schedule a consultation with your Omni Dental team to evaluate your smile and confirm whether or not Invisalign is the right option to straighten your smile. Invisalign can address many dental cases, from simple to complex cases.


Step 2. Collaborate On A Customized Treatment Plan

Since Invisalign clear aligners are custom made to fit your mouth, we need a detailed understanding of your teeth before designing a treatment plan. This step will include taking x-rays and impressions, and creating a 3D model image of your teeth. From this model, we will show you how your teeth will adjust and align over time, and how long you can expect the treatment to last.


Step 3. Wear Your Custom Invisalign Aligners

Based on the personalized treatment plan, our team will create a series of custom-made, clear aligners just for you. The aligners will fit comfortably in your mouth and won’t cause irritation to your cheeks, due to the smooth BPA-free plastic material. The treatment is simple: wear the aligners throughout the day, and take them off only when you are eating, brushing, and flossing your teeth. The aligners will gently and gradually shift your teeth into the desired place.


Step 4. Advance Your Aligners Every Two Weeks

It’s easy to progress through your treatment without frequent visits to our practice. Every two weeks, you will begin wearing a new set of aligners, which will gradually lead you to a straighter smile. Check in with your Omni Dental team in Council Bluffs or Carter Lake approximately every six weeks so that we can monitor your Invisalign treatment progress and make adjustments to your treatment plan accordingly.


Step 5. Reveal Your New Smile

Once you’ve completed your Invisalign treatment, you’ll see a brand new smile and a more confident you! Your Omni Dental team will be with you every step of the way, and can’t wait to celebrate your new smile!


Considering Invisalign as the invisible teeth straightening option for you? Learn More About: How It Works, Benefits, Before & After, FAQ, and your Invisalign doctors by visiting invisalign.omnidentalcentre.com. Dr. Jones and Dr. Nensel look forward to providing you with a detailed smile assessment and Invisalign consultation at one of our two convenient locations in Carter Lake and Council Bluffs.



Good News for Chocolate Lovers this Valentine’s Day!

We all know that eating candy doesn’t typically mix well with keeping teeth healthy – but did you know that dark chocolate may actually be good for your teeth?

When you eat dark chocolate you’re actually consuming a variety of natural phytochemicals with powerful cavity-fighting and health-promoting properties, including:


Polyphenols are a class of naturally occurring chemicals that can limit oral bacteria. They are also able to neutralize the microorganisms that cause bad breath and prevent bacteria from turning sugar and starches into acid. Polyphenols have great promise for their apparent anticancer and anti-inflammatory effects as well as their ability to reduce hypertension and stroke.


Antioxidants are a group of molecules that keep your body healthy on a cellular level and chocolate contains a lot of them. In fact, dark chocolate can contain up to four times the level found in green tea. High amounts of antioxidants in saliva have been shown to fight periodontal disease.


Flavonoids, a group of plant-based antioxidants, have been shown to slow tooth decay. Further, a recent study by researchers at the University of California showed that a particular falvonoid called epicatechin displays a remarkable ability to reduce cholesterol, blood clots and clogged arteries.


Tannins are plant compounds that are found in many of the foods we eat. They’re also what give dark chocolate its slightly bitter taste and dark color. Tannins have been shown to help stop bacteria from sticking to teeth because their molecules bind to bacteria before plaque has time to form.

Chocolate should be at least 70% cocoa for most of these potential benefits to your teeth and body, and should be eaten in moderation, regardless of its health promise.  And of course, we always recommend that you brush and floss after you enjoy any sweet obsession.

So for all of you that love chocolate – enjoy the fact that it’s not just delicious – it may well be good for your oral health!