The days of bulky metal braces are gone. Today, you no longer need metal braces to straighten your teeth and improve your smile. Hanbit Chi, DDS, and Sarah Park, DDS, at Alki Dental in Seattle, Washington, provide patients with Invisalign®, the revolutionary orthodontic treatment that uses clear, removable aligners. Invisalign straightens your teeth faster and more conveniently. Schedule a consultation by calling the West Seattle office or using the online booking tool to find out if you're an ideal candidate.
Invisalign utilizes clear, thermoplastic aligners to straighten your teeth and perfect your smile. Each set of aligners is custom-made to fit over your teeth and apply a controlled force that facilitates tooth movement.
Your aligners are clear and removable, so treatment with Invisalign is discreet and convenient for practicing good oral hygiene. This facilitates eating and brushing, which can be more complicated when you have traditional metal braces.
Invisalign has helped over 6 million men, women, and teens achieve straighter and healthier smiles worldwide, making it one of the most popular orthodontic solutions available today.
When you start Invisalign treatment, the Alki Dental team creates a detailed plan to map out how your teeth will shift into alignment. You’ll then receive your first set of removable, clear aligners. Your dentist recommends wearing them at least 22 hours daily to ensure the best possible results.
Every 2-3 weeks, you’ll need to get a new set of slightly adjusted aligners that will help continue the movement of your teeth. Each new set of aligners is progressively tighter and more form-fitting. The tightness of aligners will gently and gradually move your teeth throughout the treatment process.
While Invisalign can improve the aesthetics of your smile, it can also provide additional benefits. Straightening your teeth is vital to the future of your oral health. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean and healthier than teeth that are improperly spaced and crooked.
Invisalign is also more discreet than traditional orthodontic techniques like metal braces. Your aligners won’t attract unwanted attention to your smile when wearing them. People won’t even be able to notice you’re wearing a dental appliance. You can smile with confidence during Invisalign treatment.
The length of your treatment plan with Invisalign varies depending on factors like the positioning and alignment of your teeth. If you have minor orthodontic problems, you might need to wear your Invisalign aligners for less than a year or maybe even a few months. In cases involving more serious orthodontic issues, Invisalign treatments can exceed a year in duration.
On average, treatment with Invisalign takes about 12 months. Overall, Invisalign treatment is usually faster than conventional orthodontics.
To schedule an Invisalign consultation, call the office or use the online booking tool today.