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By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
May 07, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Invisalign  

Find out what makes someone an ideal candidate for Invisalign treatment.

You’re ready to finally fix your misaligned or crooked smile but you’re feeling a little nervous to pull the trigger and just say “yes” to getting braces. This is common, especially with older patients who want beautiful results but don’t relish the idea of having to wear braces for months or years. Fortunately, our Federal Way, WA, dentist Dr. Todd Yoshino offers Invisalign for teen and adult patients looking for a more discreet way to achieve a straighter smile.

You may be a candidate for Invisalign if,

You are looking for a subtle treatment option

Invisalign, just as the name suggests, is a nearly invisible type of braces. Instead of brackets and wires like traditional braces, Invisalign uses a series of clear, custom-fitted aligners, which fit over your teeth like whitening trays. These transparent aligners fit firmly against the teeth, making them less visible when smiling or talking.

You want removable braces

Each set of aligners should be worn about 22 hours out of the day. It should go without saying that the more you wear them the faster you’ll see results; however, you can and should remove your aligners prior to eating or drinking (except water), or before brushing and flossing your teeth. Since aligners can be removed you don’t have to worry about feeling self-conscious before an important occasion. Just remember to pop your aligners back in immediately after.

You want fast results

Many adults who choose to get Invisalign to see results in as little as a few months with the average length of treatment being about one year. This is one of the fastest and most effective ways to get a straighter smile. Obviously more minor issues may be fixed in a matter of months. Your approximate length of treatment is something that we can discuss further during your treatment-planning appointment.

You want to fix mild to moderate dental problems

Invisalign can handle a wide range of dental issues and so you may be in luck in you are hoping to treat,

  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites
  • Crookedness
  • Crowding
  • Gaps between teeth

Still wondering whether or not you could benefit from getting Invisalign? Try Invisalign’s free and quick online smile assessment test to see if you may be a candidate. Of course, the best way to find out is to consult with our Federal Way, WA, family dentist. A simple consultation is all that’s needed to determine if you could benefit from Invisalign.

Due to the current situation, our Federal Way, WA, Dr. Todd Yoshino and his team are only handling dental emergencies at this time. All elective dental care has been postponed until at least May 18th. If you have an appointment coming up soon, we would be happy to reschedule it for you. For all dental emergencies please call (253) 815-0441.

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.

By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
June 12, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Find out what makes someone a good candidate for nearly invisible braces.

Despite needing braces as a child perhaps you never got them and now you are wishing you had. Of course, it’s never too late to turn to Invisalignbraces to get the smile you want; however, our Federal Way, WA, dentist Dr. Todd Yoshino also knows that a lot of older patients want a discreet way to straighten their teeth without resorting to traditional metal braces. If this sounds like you then perhaps Invisalign could be the right treatment option.

What is Invisalign?

Instead of traditional braces, which use either metal or porcelain brackets and wires to shift teeth around, Invisalign uses a set of clear plastic aligners that fit over teeth much like whitening trays. Each aligner is custom-designed to apply just the right amount of pressure to certain teeth to move them gradually into the right place over the course of your treatment.

After your consultation and treatment planning phase, your Federal Way, WA, general dentist will provide you with a set of aligners, which you will wear for the majority of the day for up to two weeks before replacing them with the next set of aligners. Over time, you’ll start to see amazing results.

What problems can Invisalign treat?

Invisalign can handle a host of common dental issues including:

Overbite: The upper teeth protrude or cover the lower teeth when biting

Underbite: The lower teeth cover the upper teeth when biting

Crossbite: The upper and lower jaws don’t align when biting

Open bite: The upper and lower teeth never touch when biting

Gapped teeth: There are spaces or gaps between teeth

Crooked teeth: There is minor crookedness or twisting of teeth

Crowding: There isn’t enough room so teeth may overlap one another

Should I consider getting Invisalign?

If you are an older teen or adult who is living with a crooked smile in Federal Way, WA, and feels like you lack self-confidence because of your smile then you could be an ideal candidate for Invisalign. Even if Invisalign isn’t the most effective solution to meet your needs, we have other options that can. We are happy to work with you to give you the smile you want.

If you want to find out more about Invisalign then it’s time to call our Federal Way, WA, dental office. Let us know that you are interested in sitting down with your dentist, Dr. Yoshino, to find out if your smile could benefit from Invisalign treatment.

By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
December 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

If you feel like your smile brings down your entire appearance due to misaligned teeth or a bite that doesn’t line up, you may benefit from orthodontic care. Known more commonly as braces, orthodontics focus on making your smile more beautiful while also increasing functionality—however, traditional options leave you with a mouth full of uncomfortable metal during treatment. Luckily, Invisalign can help correct your teeth and jaw in a much less obvious way. Learn more about orthodontic care and how it can benefit you by reading below, and contact Dr. Todd Yoshino in Federal Way, WA, for treatment!

What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a method of orthodontic care that uses clear, plastic aligner trays instead of traditional metal brackets and wires. These aligner trays, worn for about two weeks at a time, place gentle pressure onto the teeth in certain places to move them into their new, corrected positions. The trays are comfortable and virtually invisible to those around you, allowing you to straighten your smile without compromising your look.

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?
Patients considering Invisalign should keep in mind that they must wear their trays for at least 22 hours a day, including while asleep. Patients may, however, remove the trays to brush their teeth and eat. Additionally, an excellent at-home oral care routine becomes more important than ever when undergoing orthodontic care, as problems like teeth decay and gum disease can compromise treatment.

Invisalign treatments
If you think you can benefit from Invisalign, your dentist will suggest a consultation and examination at their Federal Way office. During this visit, they will examine your teeth and take x-rays to ensure that you are a good candidate for Invisalign and would not be better served by other orthodontic options. If you are allowed to move forward with treatment, you can expect to take a 3D model of your mouth and a video showing you exactly how your teeth will move during your Invisalign experience. After approving the video, the Invisalign laboratory will customize each tray to your treatment plan.

For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Todd Yoshino in Federal Way, WA. Call (253) 815-0441 to schedule your appointment for an Invisalign consultation with Dr. Yoshino today!

By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
June 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   Invisalign  

Concerns about your appearance don't have to stop you from straightening your teeth. The innovative Invisalign system is completely wire-invisalignfree, 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
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Open Bites
  • Crossbites

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.