How Does Invisalign® Work?

How does Invisalign® work to straighten your teeth?

Have you heard your friends talking about Invisalign®? Straight teeth without metal braces! Is this possible?

We’re here to tell you it’s not only possible, but it’s also one of the most requested teeth-straightening treatments today.

How does Invisalign® work without using metal braces?

Here’s how this revolutionary orthodontic treatment can take a crooked smile and make it beautifully straight.

What is Invisalign®?

For decades, the only way a person could have a straight smile was by using highly visible and uncomfortable metal wires and brackets.

People wanted a better and easier way to get a straight smile without the hassle of traditional orthodontics. That’s where Invisalign® comes in.

Using clear aligners, Invisalign® can move teeth to its desired position without all the hassle and discomfort from metal and wires.

Why do our patients love Invisalign®? Here are just a few of the reasons:

  • Clear aligners don’t have the high visibility of metal braces
  • Both teens and adults can use it to straighten their smiles discreetly
  • The removable trays let you eat and brush your teeth easily
  • The trays are temporarily removable for any special occasion (school photos, work presentations, etc.)
  • Generally, treatment with Invisalign® is faster than with traditional braces

It’s not hard to see why this has quickly become the patient-preferred way to straighten teeth.

How does Invisalign® work?

How can the trays move teeth the same way as metal braces? It does it using a unique material called SmartTrack.

This proprietary material fits snugly around your teeth and exerts gentle, constant force. It precisely controls tooth movement to provide outstanding results up to 50% faster than traditional braces and 75% more predictably.

So, what is the process?

  1. A digital scan of your teeth is made. This information is sent to the Invisalign® lab where experts design a series of graduated aligner trays to take your teeth from crooked to straight.
  2. When we receive the finished aligners, we’ll show you how to proceed with treatment. You must wear the aligners for at least 22 hours every day to work effectively.
  3. Every few weeks, you will switch from one aligner to the next one in the series. The number of aligners needed for your treatment will depend on your specific orthodontic needs.
  4. Treatment will stop when your teeth have reached their desired positions.

Invisalign® can be used to treat a variety of orthodontic issues, including:

  • Crossbite, overbite, underbite, and open bite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Teeth with gaps
  • Crooked teeth

Treatment time depends on the severity of your issues, but generally runs between six to 18 months.

Why choose Downtown Dentistry for Invisalign® treatment?

Profile photo of Seattle dentist Dr. Kathy CurtisOur Seattle dentist, Dr. Kathy Curtis, has been practicing dentistry for almost 30 years. When it comes to achieving beautiful cosmetic results, there is no substitute for experience! She understands what it takes to take a smile from “so-so” to dazzling.

Dr. Curtis is well-known in dental communities for her dedication to dental excellence. Here are just a few of the reasons why she should be the only choice for your Invisalign® treatment:

    • Voted Seattle Met Magazine’sOpens in Seattle Met Magazine website “Top Dentist” since 2014
    • Certified in laser dentistry, which requires precision and an eye for detail
    • Completed a mini-residency in sleep medicine
    • Learned Pinhole Surgery for minimally invasive gum grafting
    • Attended a two-year TMJ treatment symposium

A dentist with the training, education, and skills of Dr. Curtis is rare. However, if you live in Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Renton, Kent, Capitol Hill, Queen Anne, South Lake Union, or other nearby communities, you are fortunate enough to be able to call this highly-gifted dentist, your dentist.

Have we answered your question about how Invisalign® works?

We hope you choose Downtown Dentistry for your Invisalign® treatment. If you have questions about this modern orthodontic solution, please call us.

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