Long gone are the days when braces were worn almost exclusively by adolescents. Advancements in orthodontics have made the process of achieving a flawless smile an increasingly attractive option for adults, too. Invisalign® clear braces, a state-of-the-art alternative for straightening teeth, correcting alignment, and attaining a beautiful smile, are designed to meet that demand. At North Bend Dental Care in North Bend, Washington, Dr. Chris J. Allemand offers Invisalign to patients from communities east of Seattle.

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What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a new orthodontic treatment that’s designed to fix mild to moderate spacing problems, and can also help correct small gaps, crowded teeth, protruding teeth, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. This advanced system makes use of a series of clear plastic aligner trays to straighten your teeth over time.

Invisalign’s special aligners are removable, which means that you can take them out when you need to eat or brush your teeth. Invisalign trays are clear, so it’s not so obvious when you’re wearing them. Invisalign technology is supported by more than 20 years of clinical research, over 700 patents, and the successful results of millions of patients.

How does Invisalign work?

Like regular braces, Invisalign is intended to change the position of your teeth by applying precise, controlled force. Because Invisalign technology allows for better control and timing of that force, the system is more efficient and effective than traditional braces.

Invisalign relies on advanced 3-D imaging to create a series of custom-made aligners designed to fit your teeth. Each aligner is worn for two weeks, which is the amount of time it takes for your teeth to move just enough to be ready for the next aligner in the series. The process of shifting teeth under precise, controlled force continues as you progress from one aligner to the next until you reach the final aligner and complete the entire treatment.

Dr. Allemand uses a computer program to formulate a customized treatment plan designed to get results as efficiently and effectively as possible. Your personalized plan will specify which teeth should be moved at each stage for optimal results. During the process, you’ll visit the office every 6-8 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as desired. For most patients, total treatment time averages 9-15 months.

What are the advantages of Invisalign?

When it comes to correcting mild to moderate spacing and alignment problems, Invisalign invisible braces have the upper hand over old-school metal braces in a few important ways, including:

  • Better hygiene: Invisalign aligners are fully removable, which means you can take them out at mealtime and brush and floss your teeth without interference. Compare that to traditional braces, which can trap food and make flossing difficult.
  • Aesthetic appeal: If the last thing you want your braces to do is to attract unwanted attention, Invisalign is for you. The aligners are virtually invisible.
  • Comfort: Invisalign aligners are made from a high-quality medical-grade plastic that’s designed to fit perfectly and snugly. And unlike regular braces, they don’t require painful adjustments.