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Have you seen commercials or ads for Invisalign but aren't sure if it's a good choice for you? Dr. Chad Slocum and Dr. Sara Lundgaard at Penny Creek Family & Implant Dentistry in Mill Creek, WA, can help you decide if you're a good candidate for the innovative orthodontic treatment method.
How does Invisalign work?
Straightening your teeth doesn't have to involve metal braces and wires. The Invisalign system realigns your teeth using clear, removable aligner trays instead. You'll be given a series of aligner trays by your Mill Creek, WA, dentist and wear each tray in the series for about two weeks. Individual trays are designed to accomplish very specific straightening goals and must be worn in order.
Constant pressure is the key to any orthodontic system, including Invisalign. The trays exert gentle pressure needed to improve the position of your teeth.
Is Invisalign right for me?
Invisalign may be a good choice for you if:
- You don't like the appearance of traditional braces: Metal braces are an effective orthodontic option, but they're certainly not very discreet. Clear Invisalign aligner trays are designed to be virtually invisible.
- Your teeth are crooked or overlap: Invisalign treatment slowly realigns your smile, straightening crooked teeth and eliminating overlapping areas.
- You have a bite problem: Invisalign effectively treats the same bite problems that can be corrected with metal or ceramic braces. If you have an open bite, crossbite, underbite or overbite, the system will probably be a good choice for you. Although Invisalign is ideal for mild to moderate bite problems, your Mill Creek, WA, dentist may recommend metal braces if you have a complicated bite problem.
- Your teeth have shifted as you've gotten older: Invisalign treatment isn't just for teenagers. In fact, it's an excellent option at any age. Shifting teeth are a completely normal part of aging, although the change may not be welcome. Luckily, Invisalign treatment can improve your appearance.
- You don't want to spend 10 minutes brushing your teeth: Brushing and flossing are complicated when you wear metal or ceramic braces. You must carefully navigate around and under wires to avoid breaking them, which can be a time-consuming task. If you choose Invisalign, you'll remove your trays, then brush and floss normally.
Straighten your smile with Invisalign! Call your Mill Creek, WA, dentists, Dr. Slocum and Dr. Lundgaard, at (425) 337-7300 to schedule an appointment today!
Do you want to ask your Mill Creek, WA, dentist about discreetly straightening your teeth?
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is discreet. Invisalign consists of clear, plastic aligners. If a patient has minor tooth imperfection, like slightly crooked teeth, small gaps, or improperly positioned teeth, Invisalign is a great option.
More on Invisalign
Traditional braces may be necessary if there are major cosmetic issues, like severe overbite, or major crowding.
Invisalign works by applying forces to each tooth to place them in their proper position. The clear, flexible plastic is custom-designed using a specialized software. It is convenient for adults and older teens who have job interviews, weddings, or prom to attend.
The treatment may take about one year, depending on your dental needs, and consists of trays that fit your upper and bottom teeth. Trays should be worn for a minimum of 20 to 22 hours a day, and can be removed if you have an event, but that's unnecessary since they're invisible.
Caring for Clear Aligners
In order to take proper care of your clear aligners, you need to clean them out daily. Rinse them with lukewarm water and use a brush to remove food debris. Also, brush your teeth twice a day, at the very least, and floss at least once before bed.
Visit your Mill Creek, WA, dentist periodically during and after your treatment. You'll need to wear retainers given to you and have your teeth professionally cleaned to prevent plaque buildup and formation of cavities.
Advantages of Invisalign
Invisalign include allows you to have more dietary choices. Simply biting into an apple can ruin traditional wires, but you don't need to worry about that when it comes to clear aligners. Aligners are comfortable because the thin, flexible material of Invisalign doesn't irritate soft tissues in the mouth, unlike metal wires of braces. There's definitely an improved oral hygiene since Invisalign is removable. This means you can brush and floss your teeth with ease, as well as clean out the trays. If you have a teeth-grinding problem, clear aligners can act as a nightguard.
If you have any questions or need more information about Invisalign, call your Mill Creek, WA, dentists, Dr. Chad Slocum and Dr. Sara Lundgaard at Penny Creek Family & Implant Dentistry today!
Many adults these days are opting for clear aligners to correct orthodontic problems that have long bothered them. Katherine Heigl is a perfect example. She had one tooth that was out of alignment, and wanted to have it fixed before her wedding day.
“I got them [clear aligners] because of this wonky tooth,” Heigl told In Style magazine not long ago. “It's awesome because every two weeks you switch to a new retainer. Pretty much the perfect way to describe Invisalign is Netflix for your teeth.”
That's actually a pretty good way to describe this highly user-friendly form of orthodontic treatment. Clear aligners are transparent, plastic oral appliances that are changed every two weeks so that your teeth can be moved a little bit at a time, according to a carefully staged sequence. Though they cover your teeth completely, clear aligners are barely noticeable.
In fact, when Heigl excused herself before taking out her aligners to eat, her In Style interviewer said, “Who knew you wore them? I guess that's the point of Invisalign.”
Being able to remove the aligners for eating and, more importantly, teeth-cleaning, is another major advantage of this method of straightening teeth. Successful orthodontic treatment for adults depends on good periodontal health (“peri” – around; “odont” – tooth), and the best way to keep your gums and the underlying bone that supports your teeth healthy is to keep up an effective daily oral hygiene routine.
Clear aligners have been improved in recent years to correct more complicated malocclusions (“mal” – bad; “occlusion” – bite) than previously; they can even work well for teenagers. But there are still some cases that call for traditional braces. We would be happy to explore all the different options for orthodontic treatment with you, whether you have crowded teeth, an overbite or underbite, or just one “wonky tooth.”
If you would like more information about clear aligners, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about clear aligners in general by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Aligners For Teenagers.” Dear Doctor also has more on “Wedding Day Smiles.”
For adults with a reasonably well fitting bite, but mild to moderate crowding or spaces between your teeth, clear orthodontic aligners can be an ideal solution for straightening your teeth. This is why we offer this treatment option to our patients experiencing these issues. However, for those of you who are unfamiliar with what they are or how they work, this will give you a brief understanding.
Clear orthodontic aligners consist of a series of clear “trays” that fit snuggly over all teeth to slowly shift them into alignment. Patients are typically required to wear them 20 hours per day for about 2 weeks before progressing to the next tray. With each new tray, you are one step closer to achieving your goal of perfectly aligned teeth. The entire process usually lasts 6-18 months depending on how much movement is required to achieve the goals.
Each aligner is individually made from very precise molds of the patient's teeth to ensure proper fit. And we map out the entire alignment process using computer generation from each patient's initial molds so that we can identify the number of trays required. But best of all, clear orthodontic aligners are perfectly smooth with no rough edges like traditional braces, and you can remove them for eating, brushing, and flossing teeth as well as for brief social events.