Concerns about your appearance don't have to stop you from straightening your teeth. The innovative Invisalign system is completely wire-free, ensuring that your smile remains picture perfect throughout your treatment. Dr. Todd Yoshino helps Federal Way, WA, residents look their best with Invisalign treatment.
What is Invisalign?
As many braces wearers had before him, Stanford University student Zia Christi wished there was a less obvious way to straighten his teeth. After he was fitted with a retainer, he wondered if it would be possible to carry out the entire straightening process using a removable device instead. He and several fellow students created a system that used CAD/CAM technology to create clear removable trays that gradually realigned teeth without wires or brackets. Today, Invisalign is a popular alternative to metal or ceramic braces.
Who can benefit from Invisalign?
Invisalign can correct these orthodontic issues:
- Crooked Teeth
- Spacing Issues
- Open Bites
The system is very effective in correcting mild to moderate issues, but metal braces may be needed if you have more severe orthodontic problems.
What is the Invisalign wearing schedule like?
Invisalign aligners are designed to be worn for approximately 20 to 22 hours per day. You'll receive a series of aligners that you'll use throughout the course of your treatment. After wearing one set for two weeks, you swap it for another set in the series. Some sets may be worn more than once during treatment.
Invisalign trays are removed when you brush or floss your teeth and don't require lengthy or complicated changes to your oral hygiene routine. You'll also take them out when you eat and won't have to worry about food restrictions. Although you can drink water while wearing your trays, you should take them out when drinking other beverages, as stains from juice or soda can darken your aligners.
Do you plan on attending a special event in Federal Way? You can remove your trays for a few hours while you attend events or play sports.
Invisalign offers an excellent way to straighten your smile without calling attention to your orthodontic treatment. Call Federal Way, WA, dentist, Dr. Yoshino, at (253) 815-0441 to schedule an appointment to discuss Invisalign treatment.