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Am I a Candidate for Invisalign®?


Invisalign® is a versatile and attractive option for patients who are hesitant to commit to traditional braces. The transparent plastic aligners used in Invisalign® treatment are not only an aesthetic benefit for adults, but a practical advantage when paired with many patients' busy lifestyles. Invisalign® trays can be removed when you need to eat, drink, brush, or floss, neatly avoiding the inconveniences that come with bracket-and-wire braces.

However, Invisalign® might not be the ideal solution for everyone's orthodontic problems. If your teeth need significant re-alignment and correction, traditional braces may be necessary to more effectively address your needs.

When Invisalign® Is a Good Option

Although Invisalign® is limited in its ability to address severe bite issues, it can be used in a wide variety of other situations, making it a valuable tool for patients and dentists alike.

Invisalign® is often used to correct:

•  Mild to moderate teeth crowding
•  Widely-spaced teeth
•  Mild to moderate crossbite, overbite, or underbite

The convenience of the clear plastic aligners also make Invisalign® useful in completing unfinished orthodontic treatment — for example, when braces were removed too early — or simply correcting teeth that have relapsed after previous orthodontic treatment.

What to Expect From Invisalign®

When using Invisalign®, you will need to switch out aligners at regular two-week intervals in order to keep your teeth moving towards their final, ideal position. Because aligners are switched out so frequently, Invisalign® treatment often progresses faster than treatment with traditional braces, which are only adjusted every six to eight weeks.

The total amount of time it will take for you to complete Invisalign® treatment will depend upon your specific dental problems. Every patient's needs are unique; there is no standard amount of time Invisalign® can or should be worn. Once your teeth have been examined by Dr. Aaron and Dr. Brandon, we can determine whether or not you are a candidate for Invisalign®, and provide you with an estimate of the potential length of your treatment.

If you have further questions about Invisalign®, please contact our experienced Seattle Invisalign® dentistry team at Cooley Smiles today to schedule a consultation. Our dentists serve patients in Bellevue and Seattle, Washington.

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