Invisalign and Clear Aligners in Bellevue WA

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Invisalign vs Clear Aligners

Invisalign is the ‘brand-name’ clear aligner.

While office offers Invisalign, most patients choose our in-house brand of clear aligners because they are just as effective and more economical.

We actually 3D print your clear aligners right in our office during your appointment. This means you don’t have to wait for them to be shipped in.

Clear appliances (such as Invisalign) use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth.

  • Invisible – no one can tell you’re wearing them
  • Removable – easy to brush and floss
  • Comfortable – custom fit to your mouth
  • Pain free – No metal to cause mouth abrasions
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Process of Getting Invisalign

  1. During your consultation, we will evaluate your mouth and teeth to determine your treatment options.
  2. If clear aligners are right for you, our team will create a series of clear, transparent, and removable aligners to progressively align your teeth. Instead of relying on outside companies, this entire process is done in our office. 
  3. You will have regular follow up appointments to check the progress of your teeth and to get new sets of clear aligners.

Pros & Cons Of Clear Aligners

Much like other means of straightening teeth, clear aligners like Invisalign have their advantages and disadvantages.

 

Pros

  • Clear: Clear aligners like Invisalign are obviously a much more esthetic option compared to traditional braces, but less invisible than lingual braces behind the teeth
  • Removable: Clear aligner like Invisalign have the benefit of being removable. This means that it is generally easier to brush and floss during treatment than with traditional or lingual braces. However, this also means that if the clear aligner are not worn, the teeth are less likely to move and treatment may not be as successful.
  • No unsightly white spots: Because clear aligners like Invisalign are removable, it is much easier to keep the teeth clean and therefore unsightly white spots from poor oral hygiene are less of a problem with clear aligners like Invisalign than they are with traditional or lingual braces.

Cons

  • Compliance Driven: Because clear aligners like Invisalign can be removed, treatment success hinges on the patient’s ability to wear the aligners 22 hours daily. If the aligners are not worn for 20-22 hours daily, the clear aligners’ ability to move the teeth will drastically diminish.
  • Limited to mild to moderate orthodontic problems: Clear aligners like Invisalign are not an “end-all be-all” solution to all tooth alignment problems. Severe bite issues or tooth misalignment can be very difficult to treat and, in some cases, may take more time than traditional or lingual braces to treat. Luckily, our orthodontic team is uniquely trained to combine clear aligners like Invisalign with other systems like lingual braces behind the teeth.
Woman smiling with invisalign
Woman smiling with invisalign

Who Can Get Clear Aligners & Invisalign?

Clear aligners are best suited for patients with mild to moderate orthodontic problems like mild crowding, spacing, crossbites, and overbites. We also often use clear aligners like Invisalign for patients who only need orthodontic treatment because their general dentist needs to deliver a cap (crown) or implant and want to ensure that their patients have the best possible bite at the end of treatment.

How long does invisalign take?

Like any other orthodontic treatment modality, clear aligner treatment can take anywhere between 6 and 24 months depending on the problems being addressed. It all depends on your initial orthodontic problems and our mutual treatment goals. Frequently a combination of clear aligners like Invisalign and either lingual or traditional braces are the best choice for patients. We realize that time weighs heavily on our patients’ decision to pursue orthodontic treatment—that is why we feel it is important that we present you with treatment options that meet your goals of effective, efficient, and esthetic orthodontic treatment.

Is Invisalign faster than braces?

Invisalign or Clear Aligners can be more efficient or less efficient than traditional braces depending on the problem being corrected. Frequently a combination of Clear aligners (like Invisalign) and either lingual or traditional braces are the best choice for patients.

How much does invisalign cost?

The cost of clear aligners like Invisalign is the same as that of traditional braces and will depend on the problems being corrected. We are happy to provide you a quote at your initial complimentary examination once our orthodontic team has determined how to best address your needs and concerns.

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