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By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
August 14, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Invisalign  

Are you an adult who is wondering if it’s too late to get a straight smile? With unique and clear orthodontic options now available, our Federal Way, WA, dentist, Dr. Todd Yoshino, can treat patients of all ages who want to fix their crooked smiles—no matter their age. Here are the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign:

What is Invisalign and how does it work?

Just as the name suggests, Invisalign offers a nearly invisible way to achieve a straight smile. Using special 3D computer technology, our Federal Way, WA, general dentist will plan out your entire treatment to determine everything from the initial position of your teeth to their final resting spots. Using a set of aligning trays custom-made to fit over your teeth, each tray applies the appropriate amount of pressure to shift teeth gradually into the perfect final position.

What problems can Invisalign fix?

Invisalign may be right for you if you are dealing with,

  • Crowding
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Slightly twisted or crooked teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites

However, there are limitations, and Invisalign may not be able to handle more complex or complicated tooth or jaw movements. This is something you can discuss with our dentist.

How long will I have to wear my aligners each day?

In order to see results, it’s important that you wear your aligners as much as you can throughout the day, only removing them to brush, floss, and eat. This should equate to wearing your aligners for about 22 hours out of the day. Remember, the more often you wear them the faster you will see results!

What is the average length of treatment for Invisalign wearers?

This will depend on the severity of the problem that you are treating. Some patients may see results in as little as 6 months while others may need to wear their aligners for 18-24 months. The average length of treatment for an adult who gets Invisalign is one year.

Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?

Most adults and older teens who are dealing with the problems above can be great candidates for Invisalign. Of course, our Federal Way, WA, dentist will need to properly examine your teeth in order to determine whether Invisalign is truly the best orthodontic approach for you.

Give us a call!

Are you interested in undergoing Invisalign treatment in Federal Way, WA? If so, then call our dental practice today at (253) 815-0441 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Yoshino.