Invisalign Specialist

Smile Now Dental

Thomas Pham, DMD

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Arlington, WA

18 months or more with a mouth full of metal is enough to make anyone reconsider their decision to get braces. That’s why the experienced team at Smile Now® Dental in Spanaway, Tacoma, and Arlington, Washington, offers a better solution to straighten your smile: Invisalign® clear aligners. Invisalign straightens your teeth without bulky metal brackets and wires. For more information on these groundbreaking clear aligners, call Smile Now Dental or book an appointment online today.

Invisalign Q & A

What are Invisalign clear aligners?

An Invisalign treatment plan uses a set of custom clear aligners to straighten your teeth gradually, without the bulkiness and discomfort of traditional metal braces. They are clear, seamless, and removable, offering patients maximum comfort while straightening their smiles.

How is Invisalign different than traditional braces?

Both Invisalign and traditional braces are designed to straighten crooked teeth, but they achieve their desired results in different ways:

Traditional braces

Traditional braces use metal brackets, wires, and rubber bands to straighten your teeth over the course of 18 months to three years. These brackets adhere to your teeth, so they can only be changed by your orthodontist. The main advantage of metal braces is that they are able to treat complex dental issues faster than clear aligners.

Invisalign

Invisalign clear aligners are seamless, removable, and comfortable. Unlike metal braces, they don’t cut the sides of your cheek, and are far easier to keep clean. Clear aligners must be removed when you eat, so they are more hygienic than braces. Invisalign clear aligners straighten crooked teeth gradually over the course of six to 18 months, so they are ideal for adults and older teens looking to straighten their teeth in a short period of time.

How do Invisalign clear aligners straighten my teeth?

X-rays and extremely accurate digital scans are used to serve as models for your aligners. Most dental offices use the iTero Element® scanner to take these digital scans, eliminating the need for uncomfortable, messy physical impressions.

Next, those scans are sent to the ClinCheck® software system, which helps your Smile Now Dental professional map out your individualized treatment plan.

Your dentist changes your clear aligners every two weeks as your teeth begin to straighten. Each set is perfectly designed to make minor changes in your teeth, straightening them gradually with each visit.

What can I do to keep my Invisalign progress on track?

One major difference between traditional braces and clear aligners is that you have more freedom with aligners. They are entirely removable, so you can take them out to eat, drink beverages, and brush your teeth after meals.

To ensure that your Invisalign clear aligners are doing their job, you must wear them for 20 to 22 hours, including at night. It’s also important to schedule regular appointments with your dentist to track your progress and change your trays.

Invisalign clear aligners are a great solution to straighten your crooked teeth. To find out if Invisalign is right for you, call the experienced professionals at Smile Now Dental or book an appointment online today.