What is invisalign?

Invisalign is an alternative for folks who wanted to straighten their teeth without traditional braces. Rather than metal brackets, glue and rubber bands, invisalign leverages 3-D computer imaging technology to create custom plastic aligners that you can pop in and out to straighten your smile.

How does invisalign work?

First, you’ll want to meet with your dentist, orthodontist or doctor to discuss your needs and determine if the invisalign system is right for you. If it is, they’ll take a 3-D scan of your teeth so your first set of aligners fit just right.

You’ll then continue with check-ups about every 6 weeks or so to monitor your progress and receive your new aligners.

You’ll emerge at the end of the process with straight teeth and a newfound confidence in your smile–without  people even knowing you’d been undergoing orthodontic treatment!

How long does invisalign take?

The invisalign treatment process depends on each person’s unique situation. But on average, most treatment plans last about 9-15 months.

Who is invisalign for?

Invisalign is really for anyone who’s looking for a less-noticeable alternative to getting braces. We recommend invisalign for teenagers and adults alike. Children as young as 6 can even get what’s called “Phase 1” invisalign, but parents will need to think through whether that’s a worthwhile investment for a child so young.

What are the pros of invisalign?

One of the most obvious benefits of invisalign are the clear aligners. In other words, you can essentially have braces without actually looking like you have braces. For adults in particular who may feel like they’ve aged out of the “braces phase,” this is an attractive feature.

Another benefit is that they’re removable. So unlike braces, you can take them off when eating, brushing your teeth, flossing, etc.

The other major pro of invisalign is just simply that it works. Whether you’re dealing with crooked teeth, an overbite, underbite, or uneven spacing, invisalign will turn it into a beautiful smile that you feel great about.

What are the cons of invisalign?

There are some things you should be aware of when considering whether it’s the treatment option for you:

  • Invisalign is not covered by some dental insurances, so you’ll want to make sure you know exactly it’ll cost you under your current plan.
  • The removability of the aligners does have its drawbacks. You can risk losing, damaging, or forgetting to put them back in for the required 22 hours a day.
  • Invisalign has evolved a lot over the past 20 years, but some dental professionals still shy away from it in cases where more severe realignment is needed. In any case, it’s best to consult with your dentist or orthodontist to get their input on your specific needs.

How do I start invisalign?

If you live in the Tacoma area, feel free to schedule an appointment with Plancich Dental or Lakes Dentistry. We’re both family dental practices serving patients of all ages for their oral hygiene needs.

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