A misaligned bite or crooked teeth can negatively affect your confidence or cause pain. At Bothell Family Dentistry in Bothell, Washington, board-certified dentist Michelle Ament, DDS, offers Invisalign® clear aligners to shift your teeth into the proper position without bulky brackets or metal wires. Schedule an appointment at Bothell Family Dentistry by phone or online today to learn more.
Invisalign® clear aligners available at Bothell Family Dentistry consist of comfortable plastic molds that slowly move your teeth into a desired position. You wear the clear trays over the surface of your teeth, unlike with traditional braces, but the results are just as impressive.
The advantages of choosing Invisalign clear aligners at Bothell Family Dentistry include:
Clear aligners aren’t noticeable, so most people won’t realize you’re wearing them. You can remove them to eat, brush your teeth, and floss.
To determine if you’re a candidate for clear aligners, Dr. Ament discusses your goals and oral health history with you. She examines your mouth, gums, and teeth and takes dental X-rays if necessary. She also lets you know what to expect during treatment.
To create custom-fitted clear aligners, Dr. Ament uses digital technology to scan your mouth. That allows a dental lab to create a personalized series of aligners that fit your mouth perfectly.
When the clear aligners are ready, expect to wear them 20-22 hours a day or as instructed by Dr. Ament. Only take the aligners out to eat, drink, and clean your teeth.
You can keep the aligners clean with a specialized Invisalign cleaning system or a toothbrush and toothpaste. Don’t rinse clear aligners in hot water.
After a week or two, or as directed, switch to the next set of aligners in your treatment series. Most clear aligner treatments last about 6-18 months, but every patient has different needs.
After you complete clear aligner treatment, follow all instructions to keep your teeth in their new alignment. You should wear a retainer, at least for part of the day or at night, to ensure a long-lasting outcome.
Take good care of your beautiful new smile by brushing after meals, flossing daily, and seeing your dentist at least every six months.
To learn more about Invisalign clear aligners at Bothell Family Dentistry or determine if they’re right for you, schedule a consultation by phone or online today.