Invisalign aligners are an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of transparent, removable trays to straighten teeth and correct bite issues gradually. Unlike traditional braces that use brackets and wires, Invisalign aligners are made of a clear, plastic material that is virtually invisible when worn. At Burien Family Dental Care, we have each set of aligners in the series custom-made to fit the patient's teeth and are designed to apply gentle, controlled forces to move the teeth into the desired position.
To create your custom aligners, our orthodontist will take digital scans of your teeth using a specialized intraoral scanner or make traditional impressions. These records provide a detailed 3D representation of your teeth, used to develop your aligner treatment plan. Based on the treatment plan, a series of custom aligners will be fabricated specifically for you. These aligners are made from a transparent, BPA-free plastic material.
Each aligner in the series is designed to fit your teeth at different stages of the treatment plan, gradually moving them toward the desired alignment. You will be instructed to wear each set of aligners for a specific duration, typically about one to two weeks, for 20 to 22 hours a day, only removing them for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. The aligners exert gentle, controlled forces on your teeth, gradually shifting them into the planned positions.
Throughout your treatment, you will have periodic checkup appointments with our orthodontist. These visits allow the orthodontist to monitor your progress, ensure the aligners work effectively, and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. You will receive a new set of aligners at each appointment to continue your progress.
As you progress through the series of aligners, your teeth gradually move into the desired alignment. Each new aligner applies slightly different forces to guide your teeth further along the treatment path.
Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible when worn, making them a more discreet treatment option. This particularly appeals to individuals who may feel self-conscious about having metal brackets and wires on their teeth. Invisalign allow you to undergo orthodontic treatment without drawing unnecessary attention to your smile.
Invisalign is removable, so you can take them out when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. This eliminates dietary restrictions that are often associated with traditional braces. You can enjoy all foods without worrying about damaging brackets or wires. Removability also makes it easier to maintain oral hygiene since you can brush and floss your teeth normally.
Invisalign is made of smooth plastic, generally more comfortable than traditional braces' brackets and wires. No sharp edges or protruding metal components can cause irritation or soreness to the soft tissues of your mouth. Invisalign offers a more comfortable orthodontic experience overall.
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Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment option designed to straighten teeth and correct bite issues. Made of transparent plastic material, these custom-made aligners fit snugly over your teeth, exerting gentle pressure to gradually move them into the desired position. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible when worn and can be easily removed for eating or brushing your teeth. Their discreet appearance makes them an excellent choice for individuals who want to improve their smile without drawing attention to their orthodontic treatment. While each set of aligners is typically worn for about two weeks before being replaced with the next set in the series, the total duration of treatment varies depending on individual needs and goals. With advances in technology and digital scanning methods, Invisalign aligner systems have become increasingly popular for achieving a straighter smile comfortably and inconspicuously.
Invisalign aligners are an excellent option for individuals seeking to straighten their teeth discreetly and comfortably. These innovative orthodontic devices are particularly suitable for teenagers and adults who have mild to moderate dental misalignments. Whether you wish to correct overcrowding, close gaps between your teeth, or address minor bite issues like overbite or underbite, Invisalign aligners can be an effective solution. Moreover, if you lead an active lifestyle or play sports that require mouthguards, Invisalign offers the flexibility of being removable during these activities. However, it's important to consult with a qualified orthodontist or dentist who can evaluate your specific case and determine whether Invisalign is the right choice for you.
The Invisalign treatment process involves a series of steps that gradually straighten your teeth and improve your smile. It all begins with an initial consultation where a dental professional will assess your oral health and determine if you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign.
If approved, digital impressions or physical molds of your teeth will be taken to create a 3D model that allows the development of personalized aligners using advanced computer technology. These custom-made aligners are then worn over your teeth, applying gentle pressure to guide them into proper alignment. You will typically wear each set of aligners for about one to two weeks before moving on to the next in the series. Regular check-ups with your dentist or orthodontist every six to eight weeks ensure progress is being made and adjustments can be made if necessary. This gradual shifting continues until desired results are achieved, which can take anywhere from several months up to two years, depending on individual circumstances. Throughout this journey, it's important to maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly, as well as cleaning the aligners themselves with mild soap or specialized cleaning agents provided by the manufacturer. Remember, compliance is key—wearing your Invisalign for at least 20-22 hours per day ensures optimal effectiveness in achieving that beautiful, confident smile you desire!
Yes, it is possible to undergo Invisalign treatment on either the top or bottom row of your teeth. Invisalign aligners are custom-made trays that fit snugly over your teeth and gradually shift them into their desired position. Whether you choose to focus solely on the top or bottom row depends on your specific dental needs and goals. Some individuals may have minor misalignments or cosmetic concerns limited to one arch, making it unnecessary to treat both rows simultaneously. However, keep in mind that a comprehensive orthodontic assessment by a qualified professional is crucial before deciding which approach is best for you. By evaluating factors such as bite alignment, tooth structure, and jaw positioning, an experienced provider can determine whether single-arch treatment will yield optimal results without compromising overall oral health.
Cleaning your Invisalign aligners is a crucial part of maintaining good oral hygiene and ensuring the effectiveness of your orthodontic treatment. To keep your aligners in pristine condition, it's recommended to follow a simple cleaning routine:
By diligently adhering to these cleaning practices, you'll ensure that your Invisalign aligners stay crystal-clear and odor-free and contribute effectively towards achieving that confident smile you desire!
Absolutely not. This is because you can remove the aligners before you eat whatever you want and put them back in after. Whether it's biting into a juicy apple, indulging in your favorite crispy snacks, or savoring a delicious steak, these aligners won't stand in the way of enjoying your desired food choices. With their convenient removability, you have the freedom to maintain your regular diet without any restrictions. However, keep in mind that it is essential to maintain good oral hygiene by thoroughly brushing and flossing both your teeth and aligners after each meal or snack to ensure optimal dental health throughout your treatment journey.
Get in touch with Burien Family Dental Care at 112 SW 160th St, Burien, WA 98166, or call (206) 244-6774 to determine if Invisalign is the right choice for you based on your specific needs and goals.