Invisalign is a state-of-the-art system for straightening teeth that uses clear, virtually invisible aligners to eliminate the need for wires and brackets. At Sunrise Dental, Dr. Matt Sahli offers the Invisalign system for teens and adults in and around Tukwila and Lacey, WA, helping each patient enjoy straighter teeth without the hassle of traditional braces.

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What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a state-of-the-art orthodontic system that uses clear plastic trays (aligners) instead of metal brackets and wires to straighten crooked, gapped and poorly aligned teeth over time. The removable aligners are made of a durable medical-grade plastic and are custom-made for each patient so they fit comfortably and securely. Invisalign is available for both teens and adults.

What Happens During Invisalign Treatment?

Treatment with Invisalign begins with impressions of the teeth. These impressions are sent to a lab that specializes in Invisalign aligner fabrication. At the lab, the impressions are scanned into a computer using special imaging technology and a series of 3D models are created that show how the teeth need to move to come into proper alignment. The aligners are fabricated based on these models. During treatment, the aligners are worn in a specific sequence determined by the 3D modeling to ensure the teeth move correctly during treatment. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being “swapped out” for the next aligner in the series. The number of aligners will depend on the issues being corrected and the length of treatment.

How Does Invisalign Compare to Traditional Wire-And-Bracket Braces?

Invisalign offers several advantages over traditional braces:

  • The plastic aligners are clear, meaning they’re almost impossible to detect while they’re being worn.
  • The aligners don’t have any sharp edges or wires to irritate the inside of the cheeks.
  • The smooth design makes them very easy to care for, and they can be removed when brushing and flossing so teeth stay healthy during treatment.
  • The aligners can be removed when eating, so there are no dietary restrictions.
  • Because of their custom design, most treatments can be completed faster than with traditional braces.

How Quickly Does Invisalign Work?

Most patients can complete an Invisalign treatment within 18 months.

Is Invisalign a Good Choice for All Patients?

While Invisalign can be very effective in treating many alignment issues, it’s not always the ideal choice. The initial consultation and evaluation visit will be able to determine if Invisalign is the best option or if another approach would be better.