Is Invisalign® Right for Me?

Invisalign® is an increasingly popular treatment for correcting a spectrum of bite conditions and teeth spacing issues. Although Invisalign® is an effective, relatively painless and virtually invisible alternative to standard metal braces, it is not for everyone.

A consultation with experienced Bellevue dentists and Invisalign® providers Dr. Aaron Cooley and Dr. Brandon Cooley will determine if Invisalign® is a suitable treatment for your specific condition. If you are not a candidate for Invisalign®, the experienced Seattle dentists at CooleySmiles offer other means of correcting your smile, such as traditional braces and invisible braces.

Conditions Treatable With Invisalign®

Invisalign® has proven effective at correcting a wide range of minor to moderate bite conditions and teeth alignment problems. The most common cases successfully treated with Invisalign® are:
• Spaced teeth
• Crowded teeth
• Crossbite
• Underbite
• Overbite

Each of these conditions can be caused by genetics, although bad oral habits such as pen chewing, nail biting, thumb sucking and tongue thrusting can contribute to their severity. Invisalign® corrects these conditions through the use of a progressive series of clear, plastic aligners that fit snugly over your teeth and gradually shift your teeth into proper alignment.

Advantages of Invisalign®

If you're a suitable candidate for Invisalign®, you'll find that Invisalign® offers the benefits of traditional braces with none of the drawbacks.

Invisalign® aligners are made of smooth plastic; there are no sharp metal brackets or wires to irritate your cheeks, gums and lips. There are also no painful tightenings necessary. You swap your old aligners for new ones every two weeks, and each set is designed to gradually shift your teeth to the correct position.

With braces, a number of your favorite foods and drinks are off limits. Invisalign® aligners, however, are removable so you can enjoy your regular diet.

Likewise, Invisalign® aligners are easy to clean. Unlike braces, which can capture food particles, Invisalign® aligners allow you to brush your teeth normally and care for your aligners with a simple brushing and rinsing.

Invisalign® also limits your time in a dental chair. While braces require frequent office visits for adjustments, Invisalign® follow-ups are limited to approximately every six weeks and are aimed at monitoring your progress.

Invisalign®, as its name suggests, is virtually invisible. The clear aligners fit tightly over your teeth with no protrusions, and most people won't notice as your confident new smile comes into focus.

For more details about Invisalign®, see our Questions About Invisalign® page.

If you live in the Bellevue or Seattle, Washington, areas and would like to learn if Invisalign® may work for you, please contact the experienced dentists and Invisalign® providers at Cooley Smiles.

As a patient, three things stand out to me about Cooley Smiles - the great quality dental work, the cleanliness of the facility and thorough follow up. These are major differentiators that I look for in dental providers and to-date, I've always been satisfied with my experience. Thanks for the great patient care, Cooley Smiles team!

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