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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.

By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
November 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about cosmetic dentistry from your Federal Way dentist.

There's no reason to put up with a smile you don't like. Thanks to cosmetic dentistry treatments, you can easily correct flaws and restore cosmetic dentistrydamaged teeth. Dr. Todd Yoshino, your Federal Way, WA cosmetic dentist, shares some information on a few treatments that may interest you.

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers may be thin, but they offer a very effective way to change the appearance of your teeth. The shells are no thicker than a fingernail and are attached to the front surfaces of teeth. Whether you're concerned about chips, gaps or stains, want to make a crooked tooth look straight or want a long-lasting tooth whitening option, veneers are a good choice.

Invisalign

You're never too old to benefit from braces, but you may not want to live with a mouthful of metal for a year or two. When you choose the Invisalign brace system, you can forget about the metal. The system uses a series of clear, removable aligner trays to straighten your teeth. The trays are replaced every two weeks and are removed when you eat.

Teeth whitening

Teeth whitening offers an instant boost to your self-esteem. In-office whitening only takes about one hour and can lighten your teeth three to eight shades. Take-home kits are also available if you prefer. They offer the same results, although you'll need to use these kits for a few weeks.

Composite bonding

Composite resin bonding is used to repair damage, lengthen teeth, close gaps, correct flaws or even change the shape of your teeth. The soft material can be manipulated into any shape, making it the ideal choice for many cosmetic issues. Once it's hardened with a special curing light, it bonds to your enamel.

Crowns and bridges

Crowns provide a protective covering for damaged teeth and also improve the appearance of teeth. These dental restorations slip over your teeth, providing protection on all four sides. When crowns are attached to artificial teeth, they form a bridge that replaces missing teeth.

Dental implants

Bridges aren't the only tooth replacement option. If you prefer a more permanent solution, you'll want to consider dental implants. Implants bond to your jawbone and replace tooth roots.

Improve your smile with cosmetic dentistry! Call Dr. Yoshino, your Federal Way, WA dentist, at (253) 815-0441 to schedule your appointment.

By Todd G. Yoshino DDS
September 20, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   Invisalign  

Would you like straighter teeth but don't want to commit to wearing metal braces for a few years? Invisalign can transform your smile invisalignwithout any metal. Dr. Todd Yoshino, your Federal Way, WA dentist, explains how Invisalign works.

Invisalign uses aligners not wires

When you choose Invisalign, your dentist creates a series of aligner trays custom-made to gradually guide your teeth into alignment. He'll upload X-rays, images and impressions of your mouth into a software program, create a virtual representation of your mouth, and use it to design a treatment program for you. Once the treatment program is complete, you'll receive your comfortable resin aligners, which you'll wear approximately 22 hour per day. Every two weeks, you'll swap your aligners for a new set.

No one has to know that you wear braces

Since the removable Invisalign aligner trays are clear, they're not noticeable when you smile or talk. Although the trays are nearly transparent, you may still want to remove them sometimes. For example, you may need to wear a mouthguard while you play sports, or you might want to attend a dance or other special event brace free. With traditional braces, you would have no choice but to wear your braces, but Invisalign is a much more versatile brace system. Removing the aligners for a few hours is perfectly fine.

Eating is simple with Invisalign

You won't receive a long list of foods to avoid when you receive your first set of aligner trays. You can eat anything you want, including popcorn and hard foods, because you'll remove your aligner trays to eat. You'll never have to worry about struggling to remove tiny bits of stuck food from your braces or your teeth, unlike your friends who wear traditional braces. You'll simply brush your teeth and floss as usual, then rinse your aligner trays before you put them back in your mouth.

Invisalign offers a hassle-free way to straighten your teeth. Call Dr. Todd Yoshino, your Federal Way, WA, dentist at (253) 815-0441 to find out if you're a good candidate for Invisalign.