Invisalign Everett

Invisalign is the talk of the dental community as it has quickly emerged as a replacement for braces. It is no longer necessary to place traditional braces on crooked or improperly spaced teeth now that Invisalign is available. Invisalign looks similar to natural teeth, works faster than braces, and proves comparably comfortable.

The Magic of Invisalign

Whether your teeth are misaligned, crooked, or have gaps, there is a good chance you can benefit from Invisalign. This nearly-invisible means of straightening your teeth is surprisingly easy and fast. The process begins with the taking of dental impressions. The orthodontist will use an intra-oral scanner to scan your teeth. This process creates a digital impression of the teeth that allows Dr. Katz to create your treatment plan.

X-Rays and Photographs

The use of Invisalign requires a visual analysis of root positioning. The orthodontist will also have to gauge your jawbone and tooth health to boot. There is no reason to fear the X-ray process necessary for such an analysis. X-rays are perfectly safe. The masterminds behind Invisalign need eight photographs of patient teeth including close-up photographs of the teeth along with images from different sides of the face. There is no reason to be intimidated by this requirement as it will merely take an hour or less. In some cases, the work can be completed in half an hour or less.

Aligner Manufacturing

Once the impressions, X-rays, and photos are taken, the next step is making the Invisalign clear aligners. All of the information is provided to Align Technology, the group responsible for the Invisalign aligners. This group turns the impressions into digital data, generating a three-dimensional on-screen model of the teeth. A simulation for treatment is rendered to map the course of action, ultimately providing a roadmap of sorts for straightening crooked teeth or moving gapped teeth closer to one another. Our dentist reviews this treatment plan and gives the go-ahead for the creation of your Invisalign aligners.

The Teeth-straightening Process

Our dental office will likely receive the Invisalign aligners within a couple of weeks or, at most, upwards of a month and a half from the point at which they are ordered. The specific number of aligners necessary for your teeth is determined by your unique oral health challenges. Even the length of time necessary to wear a tray differs by each patient. Some patients require attachments. These are diminutive translucent buttons that help anchor the aligners in place. However, plenty of patients do not need such attachments.

Invisalign aligners are made with thermoplastic that moves the teeth vertically and horizontally. In fact, this design can even rotate the teeth if necessary. The nuances of the orthodontic plan dictate which teeth are gradually moved in a precise manner across each stage of the progression. Invisalign gradually moves the teeth into the proper positions through a series of small shifts. If it feels as though the aligner is a tight fit or slightly difficult to get in/out of your mouth, don’t panic! This is exactly how the aligner is supposed to feel.

The initial aligner is designed to move the problematic teeth in accordance with the design of that unique aligner. The next aligner’s design gradually shifts the teeth to the subsequent position. The next aligner slowly shifts the teeth another step toward the optimal position and so on. Though this might sound like a lengthy process, the bottom line is Invisalign works much faster than braces. As long as you keep your Invisalign aligners in your mouth 22 hours per day, these aligners will move your teeth into the desired position.

The Invisalign Timeline

While traditional braces typically require upwards of several years to slowly move the teeth into the intended position within the mouth, Invisalign works comparably quickly. Invisalign provides a precise level of pressure to the teeth to move them into the targeted positions. The force applied by the Invisalign aligners hinges on the manner in which they fit over the teeth. The perfect fit will produce a much more timely result.

A new Invisalign aligner set is provided every two weeks. However, this dental technology is improving as we speak so it might take less time than anticipated to produce straight and perfectly-spaced teeth. This cutting edge technology applies gentle pressure, ultimately producing the intended results in a year’s time. At most, Invisalign will take upwards of 18 months to produce the intended result. Be patient, allow your Invisalign aligners to make minor adjustments in the months ahead and you will eventually have the straight teeth you covet.

The End of Treatment

Once your Invisalign aligner progression ends, your teeth will be exactly where you desire. However, there is a small chance your teeth will not be perfectly positioned. If this is the case, the dentist will apply a set of refinement trays. These trays should be viewed as a finishing touch that gets your teeth just right.

Once Invisalign treatment is complete, you will likely need a retainer. Though Invisalign somewhat resembles a traditional dental retainer, it is not a retainer. Invisalign serves the same purpose as conventional braces rather than the retainer’s purpose of keeping the straightened teeth in the proper position within the mouth. The dentist will provide you with a clear plastic retainer that looks fairly similar to an Invisalign tray. Use this retainer as directed and you will be more than happy with the outcome of your Invisalign teeth-straightening process.

Schedule an Appointment at Silver Lakes Orthodontics

If you would like to learn more about Invisalign, find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign or schedule an examination and cleaning, reach out to our office today at (425) 448-7900. You can also schedule an appointment online.