Invisalign in Seattle
by Lance Timmerman, DMD
Do crooked teeth make you uncomfortable smiling in public? Do you want to get them straightened, but don’t like the thought of having a mouth full of metal? Are you dreading the thought of all the foods you would have to give up if you get braces, or all the extra steps to clean your teeth? Invisalign lets you straighten your teeth without any of the problems associated with traditional braces. Clear, comfortable, and removable, Invisalign is the 21st century orthodontic solution that is ever-growing in its popularity.
Invisalign isn’t right for everyone, but it might be right for you. To learn whether you’re a candidate, please call (206) 965-9871 or [link id='3' text='email'] Dr. Lance Timmerman in Seattle today.
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a new way to straighten your teeth. It uses clear plastic, BPA-free aligners instead of metal braces to move your teeth into alignment. Invisalign is available for adults and teens, and even has an Invisalign Express option for people who are looking to make minor changes or restore previous orthodontic results lost due to retainer disuse.
Advantages of Invisalign
Invisalign offers many advantages over traditional braces. These include:
- Nearly invisible aligners
- No diet restrictions
- No special cleaning
- Smooth, comfortable plastic rather than metal wires that can nick cheeks
These advantages are why more and more people are turning to Invisalign rather than traditional braces. The discreet appearance of Invisalign is especially important to professional adults and image-conscious teens.
How Invisalign Works
Invisalign works using the same basic principles of tooth movement as traditional braces. By putting constant, gentle pressure on your teeth, it encourages your body to alter the bone around your tooth, allowing it to move.
However, the Invisalign process is very different. First, a digital impression is taken of your teeth. This detailed 3-D picture is then sent to the Invisalign lab where a computer will work out the precise steps by which it is best to move your teeth into position. Then it creates a series of clear plastic aligners to move your teeth through those steps.
We will fit you for your initial aligner and make sure it seems appropriate. You will wear this aligner for about two weeks, then switch to a new aligner. We may ask you to come in for the first few aligners, but eventually we will give you several aligners at a time so you don’t have to visit the office as frequently.
When you move to a new aligner, you may experience some tightness or discomfort, but most of the time this is minor and can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medication. Although your aligners are removable, you should try to keep them in for at least 20 hours a day to make sure they can accomplish the necessary tooth movements.
If you have additional questions or want to learn whether you’re a candidate for Invisalign, please [link id='3' text='contact'] Dr. Lance Timmerman in Seattle.