Our highly specialized staff takes a digital scan, then our orthodontists begin to plan the tooth movement using sophisticated software.
The tooth movements are planned to the 0.1mm and mapped out over a series of aligners. 3D printing technology aids in manufacturing all of the aligners and ensuring a precise fit and therefore an excellent result.
We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and high quality specialty Invisalign treatment at our Bellevue and Seattle offices.
After a thorough examination, our orthodontists will determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign therapy. You will have the chance to discuss all of your concerns and treatment goals. Our orthodontists and staff will obtain orthodontic records. They will then design a treatment plan just for you and your unique situation and bite.
Our team will give you your first set of aligners and show you how to take them in and out of your mouth. You will be able to brush, floss, and eat without the trays in, but they should remain in your mouth at least 22 hours per day. You then will progress to the next set of aligners every week.
Enjoy watching your teeth straighten! You will notice changes almost immediately in the way your teeth line up – but hardly anyone will notice that you are undergoing orthodontic therapy due to the clear aligners.
While the results may appear the same—a confident, beautiful smile—when you stop and actually compare Invisalign® to other teeth-straightening options, the advantages become quite apparent. Knowing the pros and cons of each option ahead of time will help you make a more confident decision.
|Effectively treats a wide variety of cases, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbite.||Yes||Yes|
|Straightens your teeth||Yes||Yes|
|Allows you to eat whatever foods you enjoy||Yes||No|
|Lets you remove the device when you want||Yes||No|
|Allows you to brush and floss your teeth normally for better periodontal health||Yes||No|
|Consists of smooth, comfortable plastic instead of sharp metal that is more likely to irritate your cheeks and gums.||Yes||No|
|Frees up your busy schedule, with office visits only every 8 to 12 weeks.||Yes||No|
Invisalign is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teen’s teeth without the restrictions that come with traditional braces. Rather than wires and brackets, Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners that have been custom-made for your teen’s teeth. Your teen simply wears them over his or her teeth and changes them out for a new set of aligners every week. Little by little, your teen’s teeth gradually shift into place, achieving that confident smile.
Yes. If our orthodontists recommend Invisalign for your teen, they have determined that it is a great treatment option. When the Invisalign trays are worn daily for approximately 22 hours a day, they straighten teeth gradually over the course of treatment.
Clear aligner trays are removable, making it easier to clean your teeth. Patients only need to be seen every 8-12 weeks, cutting down the frequency and number of appointments – a great option for busy families and busy teens. There are less emergency appointments because you no longer have to be seen for broken brackets and poking wires. There are less food restrictions because we are not worried about brackets coming unglued from the teeth.
Our orthodontists will determine if your child is an Invisalign candidate. They will be looking at many clinical findings in order to make the final assessment and they will discuss all of their findings with you at your consultation appointment.
Invisalign and braces for teenagers tend to be about the same length of time. However, Invisalign can be faster in some instances because we see less broken brackets and improved oral hygiene.
Invisalign costs about the same as traditional braces. The savings to you is the less frequent visits and the less frequent appointments for broken appliances.
Invisalign is most effective when worn 20 to 22 hours per day and changed every two weeks. We find that our teenage patients are committed to having a great smile and we see great compliance with our patients.
Invisalign often requires less time in our office. Typically, we can space out your appointments to every 8-12 weeks, compared to every 6-8 weeks for typical braces patients.