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Invisalign in Downtown Seattle
If there is something you don’t love about your smile and you want to avoid bulky, traditional braces, Invisalign from Seattle Dental Co. may be right for you. At our office, Dr. Song and Dr. Guerrero are certified in correcting smiles with Invisalign. This alternative to metal braces uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gently correct the position of your teeth. They are comfortable and similar to retainers. For patients with minor to moderate orthodontic issues, Invisalign can be a life-changing treatment!
Orthodontics for Any Lifestyle
The Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign is nearly invisible when worn, and does not affect speech. This makes it a top choice for adults who wish to avoid wearing highly visible traditional braces. Invisalign is also removable, so you can eat what you want throughout treatment, and clean your teeth with ease. Because Invisalign moves your teeth more gently than braces, it causes less discomfort. Plus, most Invisalign treatments only take about a year!
Will it Work for Me?
Candidates for Invisalign
If you have a healthy mouth and do not have major orthodontic issues, Invisalign may be right for you. This subtle orthodontic treatment is ideal for appearance-conscious teenagers and adults who would like to avoid wearing chunky metal braces. Traditional braces are tricky to clean. Since Invisalign allows you to brush and floss normally, you can more easily avoid potential plaque build up and tooth decay due to improper cleaning of traditional braces. However, if you have an issue like a serious overbite or a malpositioned jaw, traditional orthodontics may be a better choice to treat these kinds of problems.
What to Expect
The Invisalign Process
Once you’re approved for Invisalign, our doctors will begin designing your personalized treatment plan. We will work closely with an Invisalign lab to create your clear aligners, and you’ll begin wearing them as soon as they arrive at our office. Each set of aligners is worn for about 2 weeks, when you’ll switch to your next set. Typically, Invisalign patients will come in about every 6 weeks for a quick check-up to ensure that your treatment is on track. The average treatment usually takes up to 24 sets of aligners, so most patients are finished with Invisalign within a year. However, this will vary based on your orthodontic needs and personal usage.
Caring for Aligners
Get the Most Out of Invisalign
Typically, you’ll need to wear your aligners at least 22 hours per day. They should only be removed to eat, drink beverages (except water), and clean your teeth. Wearing your retainers for less than the recommended time will prolong your treatment and delay your results. It is important to follow all instructions given by Dr. Song and Dr. Guerrero to keep your treatment on track and to enjoy your new smile as soon as possible. To see if Invisalign will work for you, give us a call at (206) 284-4412 today!
How Invisalign Can Help
Invisalign can be used to treat a wide variety of orthodontic issues, and is appropriate for most patients who have minor-to-moderate problems with their teeth alignment, and minor jaw or bite issues.
Most commonly, Invisalign is used to treat issues like gaps between the teeth, uneven teeth, crooked and crowded teeth, and teeth that do not fit together properly. Invisalign is extremely versatile, and can be used to treat most of these problems.
In addition, Invisalign can sometimes be used to treat minor bite problems. If you have a bit of an overbite or an underbite, or even a crossbite or open bite, in some cases, Invisalign can be used to restore your smile and move your jaw and teeth into a healthier position.
However, it’s important to note the limitations of Invisalign. It is not intended to correct extremely crooked or misaligned teeth, or major bite problems. For these types of orthodontic issues, traditional metal braces are typically a better choice.
Braces are more versatile and can be used alongside oral surgeries, such as orthognathic (jaw) surgery and additional orthodontic treatments to correct almost any problem with your teeth or bite, no matter how severe it may be.
Invisalign for Top & Bottom Teeth
How it Works
It is possible for you to only get Invisalign for your upper or lower teeth, if these are the only teeth that need treatment. However, it’s exceptionally rare for this to be the case. In most situations, your upper and lower teeth both can benefit from correction, even if one arch of your teeth is more crooked than the other. For that reason, you will likely get better overall results by treating both arches of teeth.
How much does it cost
To Get Invisalign Treatment?
The cost of Invisalign treatment varies due to a number of factors, such as the severity of your orthodontic issues, the expected length of your treatment, and your oral health. The cost for each individual patient is different.
To find out whether you’re a good candidate and learn more about how much your Invisalign treatment will cost, schedule an appointment at Seattle Dental Co. Dr. Belinda Song or Dr. Amanda Guerrero can examine your mouth, and help you learn everything you need to know about Invisalign.