Invisalign Specialist In Kent and Issaquah
Think that a straighter smile means months of metal braces, rubber bands, and wire tightening? Think again! Invisalign is a clear, practically invisible way to straighten your teeth, using plastic trays called aligners. Not only is Invisalign virtually undetectable, but the system offers the comfort and convenience you need to match your busy, active lifestyle. Invisalign is great for adults who want to straighten their smile without the appearance of braces and teens who want to maintain their active lifestyles. Interested? Ask Dr. Dudley, your Issaquah Invisalign expert, about Invisalign today!
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses a series of custom-made retainers, called aligners, to gradually straighten your teeth. Invisalign aligners are completely clear, smooth, and removable. This means no irritation from metal braces, no off-limits foods, and no interference with your life! Each patient is different, but treatment typically takes a 9 to 15 months for most adults. Teens can expect to wear Invisalign as long as they would traditional braces.
Your treatment begins with X-rays, pictures, and impressions, which Invisalign uses to produce a comprehensive 3D image of your smile and bite. Dr. Dudley will use this 3D image to develop your custom treatment plan, including an estimated duration of your treatment time. Using this 3D image, you’ll even see a virtual representation of the movement of your teeth in each phase of aligners. After we study every inch of your smile and develop a treatment plan, a series of custom-made aligners is created just for you.
Your first aligner is a slightly straighter version of your smile starting out. You’ll wear the aligners throughout the day, removing them to eat, brush, and floss. The aligners will completely cover your teeth, and we bet no one will be able to tell you’re wearing them… unless you tell them! After approximately one to two weeks, you’ll receive a new set of aligners to wear. Each subsequent set is a slightly straighter version of the last set, allowing your teeth to gradually and gently shift into a final, perfect smile.
Invisalign treatment plans can include between 10-50 aligners, based on your current smile and bite. You’ll meet with Dr. Dudley, your Kent Invisalign expert, approximately every six to ten weeks to check on your progress with Invisalign. Of course, you can always call us if you have any questions in the meantime! Once you’ve completed the initial series of aligners, Dr. Dudley will determine if an additional series of aligners is necessary to perfect your smile. Once you finish, it’s time to celebrate that brand new smile! Dr. Dudley will let you know how to wear your retainers, so you can keep that beautiful smile in place. Interested in Invisalign? Give us a call at the Kent office at 253-852-7331 or at the Issaquah office at 425-404-2350.