Invisalign Treatment in Kent, WA
If you are looking to straighten your smile but you hate the idea of wearing traditional metal braces, then you are in luck. Here at C & R Dentistry in Kent, WA, we understand that as an adult or late teen it isn’t really ideal to sport a mouth full of braces. Despite all the benefits of having a straighter smile, we realize that it's unlikely that someone who is in college or in the working world will want to wear traditional braces. Fortunately, you can fix dental malocclusions and get a straighter smile without other people noticing when you choose Invisalign.
Custom Treatment Plan
Invisalign is made up of a series of clear thermoplastic aligners that are customized to fit over your teeth. These aligners look similar to whitening trays and each aligner is specifically designed to shift certain teeth throughout the course of your treatment. Once we decide that Invisalign is right for you, we will map out your treatment plan, which we will then send to an Invisalign lab so they can begin designing your aligners.
Through Invisalign’s advanced computer technology we can determine which teeth need to move in order to achieve the proper smile. From there, each aligner is made to promote certain tooth movements. Invisalign treatment can address minor to more severe tooth movements, but can’t handle issues that require complicated or complex jaw or tooth movements.
You’ll wear these aligners for about 22 hours out of the day, only removing them to eat, drink, brush and floss.
Oral Care & Your Invisalign Aligners
Aligners will need to be properly cleaned, but because they can be removed you won’t have to make any drastic changes to your diet or oral care routine (which you would have to do with braces). You won’t have to worry that certain foods will damage brackets or wire. Just remove your aligners prior to mealtime and you’re all set.
The same goes for your oral care routine. Just remove your aligners prior to brushing and flossing. It’s that simple. Now you won’t have to worry about carefully trying to brush around your traditional braces, where food and bacteria can easily hide. Flossing can also be a challenge with traditional braces, but Invisalign makes it easy to continue caring for your teeth and gums without changing your daily routine. Invisalign fits seamlessly into your lifestyle.
Are You A Good Candidate For Invisalign?
Most adults and older teens are great candidates for Invisalign. If you have crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, crowding, overbites, underbites, crossbites or an open bite, then Invisalign could be right for you. On average, most adult’s Invisalign treatment takes about one year. For teens who choose Invisalign, their length of treatment may be comparable to that of traditional braces.