Invisalign in Renton

Everyone wants to have a beautiful smile full of straight, healthy teeth. If your teeth are misaligned, it could affect your health as well as your appearance. Straightening your teeth is easier than ever thanks to Invisalign, a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces.

Why Choose Invisalign

Invisalign is a popular choice to straighten teeth, no matter your age. Adults are loving treatment with Invisalign. As your dentist can tell you, Invisalign offers a multitude of benefits compared to traditional braces. Along with straightening your teeth, Invisalign can also correct your bite and give you an easier experience when taking care of your teeth. During treatment, you can expect the following benefits, which are tailored to the needs of adult patients.

Near Invisibility

  • The biggest benefit to choosing Invisalign is the clear, plastic aligners that are used to straighten teeth. Unlike traditional braces with metal brackets and wires, these nearly invisible aligners straighten your teeth as you go about life feeling fully confident in your smile. Your dentist will fit you with a series of aligners, and, over the next year, your teeth will slowly straighten. You will be able to talk and smile normally, and the only things people will notice are your straight teeth and beautiful smile.

Easy Eating

  • With metal braces, there are certain foods you have to stay away from. Eating these foods—popcorn, hard bread, and caramel, to name a few—can seriously damage the metal brackets. You will not have that problem with Invisalign. You simply pop out the aligner when you are eating, and you put it back in when you finish. Adults appreciate this easy eating experience because they have developed a taste for certain foods that may not work well with metal braces. With Invisalign, no food is off-limits.

Better Hygiene

  • Traditional braces make it difficult to maintain proper dental hygiene, and many adults do not have the time to spend brushing and flossing around their braces. Since Invisalign aligners easily pop out, you can maintain your dental hygiene without difficulty. Remember to brush at least twice a day for two minutes, and floss every day. You should also continue to check in with your dentist to ensure that Invisalign is working as planned.

When is the right time for Invisalign

There is no wrong time to talk to your dentist about Invisalign. It is never too late to seek out restorative and orthodontic care for yourself. If you are curious about how Invisalign can help straighten your teeth and restore your smile, then ask your dentist if Invisalign is right for you.

  • Invisalign is best used for mild to severe spacing issues. It can correct these issues, as well as treat crooked and misaligned teeth. If you have gaps between your teeth, then speak with your dentist about how Invisalign may work for you.

  • The plastic aligners which make Invisalign so revolutionary are constantly evolving and becoming more technologically equivalent to metal braces. If you have bite issues or misaligned teeth, then Invisalign can correct these problems.

  • Wearing metal braces may be embarrassing. With the virtually invisible aligners, Invisalign can correct your smile and help you stay confident in yourself throughout the entire process.

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How does Invisalign work

Invisalign treatment is different for every patient, so the first step is to meet with your dentist and discuss your situation. Your dentist will ensure that you are a good candidate for the procedure and that you understand how the process works. He or she may also take pictures or impressions of your teeth using X-rays and other imaging technologies. By the end of this meeting you should have some idea of how long it might take for you to complete your treatment. In the case of adults, this timeframe is usually about a year.

Get to Know Your Aligners

Your treatment officially begins when you receive your first set of aligners. Aligners are the clear plastic trays that will be used to guide your teeth into place throughout the course of treatment. These trays are difficult for other people to detect, and this discretion is part of the reason Invisalign has become so popular. Since each set of aligners comprises just one stage of treatment, you will need to go through several sets before you are finished. Your dentist will have you switch to new aligners every two weeks or so. Each set of new aligners will be slightly different than the last and closer to the final goal. Remember to wear your aligners for all but two to four hours of the day.

Maintain Your Results

Before putting your aligners in, be sure to wash your hands and the aligners. Use a soft toothbrush and approved toothpaste on your aligners. Once the aligners are in, you can go about your day without concern. You can easily drink water with the aligners in, but if you drink anything else or eat, you risk discoloring or damaging the aligners. It is safe to remove the aligners before eating. Just be sure to put them back in when you have finished.

Once you have made it to your last set of aligners, your teeth should be in proper position. It is possible for them to shift again, however, so ask your dentist if you should use a retainer.

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