Invisalign® Clear Aligners
Invisalign® is a type of clear aligner treatment that acts like an orthodontic device to adjust the position of your teeth. Whether you have a couple of crooked or bunched up teeth or if you need more extensive work and want to avoid getting old-school metal braces, contact us at Watermark Dentistry to schedule a consultation and we can review what options are available for your situation.
A Grown-Up Alternative to Braces
Many adults put off seeing a dentist about misaligned teeth because they do not want to undergo the experience of getting braces. Whether it is the pain of getting them installed and tightened, or if they are self-conscious about how they appear, many people would rather just deal with crooked teeth.
Enter Invisalign and their clear alternative to braces. Instead of using metal brackets and wire attached to your teeth to move them into the right place, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic molds that you can put on and take off yourself. They fit over your teeth and look similar to a mouthguard.
They are not recommended for children and may not be able to treat serious orthodontic issues.
As the name implies, Invisalign molds are nearly invisible. They are also meant to be taken off when eating so that they don’t interfere with your diet in any way. You will also take them off when brushing and flossing your teeth so you can keep up with your regular oral hygiene habits.
How it Works
Unlike braces, which stay in your mouth permanently until your orthodontic treatment is finished, your Invisalign molds will be changed out every couple of weeks. Each set of molds will help to gradually shift your teeth into place until you finish treatment.
How long the treatment lasts, and how many molds you will need, varies between patients. The main factor that will be taken into consideration is how much your teeth need to move in order to get them into the correct spot along your jawline. The dentist will review all of this information with you before you start Invisalign treatment and will be able to update you throughout the process as progress can be observed.
The average treatment period for Invisalign is 12 to 18 months. This is all based on you wearing your mold consistently and for enough hours each day. If you don’t wear the molds for long enough each day, at least 22 hours in most cases, your teeth may not move or could even shift back to their original crowded positions.
After you are done with the Invisalign treatment, the dentist may recommend you wear a retainer for a period of time to help keep your teeth in their new location.
If you aren’t confident about your smile because of crowded or crooked teeth, contact Watermark Dentistry to see if Invisalign treatment is right for you. With Invisalign, you could start seeing results in as little as a couple of months, all without having to have uncomfortable metal braces attached to your teeth. Call us at (206) 242-5808 today and we can set up a consultation with an Invisalign specialist.