Since 1997, Invisalign® clear aligners have straightened the smiles of more than 10 million people and counting, thanks to groundbreaking research paired with state-of-the-art technology. When it comes to orthodontic treatment, not many options offer the same freedom and flexibility as Invisalign. Invisalign teeth aligners are clear, removable trays made from custom-fitted plastic that work to gradually and gently shift your teeth into alignment. The process is similar to traditional braces, without the unwieldy metal brackets and painful wires that require tightening. Instead, clear aligners move your teeth gradually and in a gentler manner along a more direct path to target positions.
At Kois Dentistry, we pride ourselves on offering state-of-the-art restorative and aesthetic dentistry services that blend science and art. We understand that proper oral hygiene and cosmetic procedures work in tandem to ensure good oral health and stunning, confident smiles. In order to properly fit patients with Invisalign, providers have to study the implications and clinical considerations of Invisalign, train their team on its efficacy, and master the software. As a Diamond Plus Invisalign Provider, Dr. Brienne Roloff is in the top 1% of professionals offering this clear braces protocol. As such, she has achieved the highest level of expertise and a proven track record helping patients achieve their dream smiles with Invisalign — the perfect fusion of science and art.
Invisalign® is an optimal solution because it provides all the benefits of traditional braces without any of the downsides. Unlike metal braces, clear aligners are custom-made for a perfect and comfortable fit. Invisalign SmartTrack material can align teeth 50% faster than traditional metal braces. The biggest perk is that Invisalign is a highly discreet, nearly invisible solution, which means you no longer have to feel self-conscious and can smile ear to ear while your clear braces work wonders. Top benefits of Invisalign® include:
Misaligned teeth can result in an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or teeth crowding. While many people correct these issues for cosmetic reasons, the impact goes beyond an unhappy smile. Crooked teeth can cause excess wear and tear on your teeth, gums, and jaw muscles. As a result, you might experience cracked teeth, jaw strain, TMJ, and chronic headaches. And this also increases the risk of food particles getting trapped in spaces between your teeth, which can lead to bacterial plaque, cavities, and early gum disease (gingivitis).
Starting with a personalized consultation, Dr. Roloff will assess your overall dental health and determine if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. If so, the next step is taking digital impressions of your teeth using CBCT technology. The iTero Element® scanner can take 6,000 digital images per second, far more precisely than the messy molding material used in traditional impressions. This state-of-the-art technology enables us to design aligners and show you how your teeth will look at the end of treatment, so you know exactly what to expect.
Once you receive your custom-made aligners, you’ll wear them a minimum of 20 to 22 hours every day. We recommend removing them only for eating, cleaning, brushing, and flossing. At each appointment, Dr. Roloff will provide several sets of aligners to take home, which means you’ll only need to return to our office about every 4 to 10 weeks. Each set of aligners is generally worn for a period of five to 10 days. Over the course of treatment, the aligners gradually shift your teeth into place. While Invisalign tends to cause much less discomfort than traditional braces, you may experience mild temporary discomfort when you receive new aligners and teeth move into a new position.
Dr. Roloff leverages her vast knowledge of the growth and development of the teeth and jaw in children and adolescents to offer Invisalign First and Invisalign Teen.
Known as Phase 1 treatment, Invisalign can help address orthodontic issues before they become more severe in patients ages 6 to 10 that still have baby teeth. Through SmartForce® technology, this methodology incorporates the unique measurements of a child’s teeth and mouth, including shorter crowns, teeth about to erupt, and changing tooth position. In addition to being more comfortable than many alternatives, this orthodontic system offers more predictable outcomes for children needing early-phase treatment.
While this utilizes the same technology as classic Invisalign, each custom-made set of clear aligners includes small blue compliance dots that gradually fade as the aligners are worn. This helps us determine if your teen is wearing Invisalign aligners as recommended, or if additional time is needed to progress to the next set of aligners. Invisalign Teen aligners are also created with small spaces built in, which allows developing molars to grow while being guided into a straight position.
Whether you’re a child, teen, or adult in need of an effective and discreet straightening method, the Invisalign difference will give you one more to smile. When you choose Invisalign in Seattle, WA, you’ll enjoy a beautiful straight smile and newfound confidence!
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