The revolutionary Invisalign system has changed orthodontics. Known as the clear alternative to braces, this method allows patients to complete their treatment without the discomfort and restrictions that accompany traditional or clear braces.

In Tacoma, Family Orthodontics is proud to offer this option to patients of all ages. In fact, the Invisalign system is embraced by teen and adult patients alike.

How Invisalign Works

The Invisalign system straightens teeth with a series of custom-made aligner trays. These clear aligners, fabricated from smooth, clear plastic, simply slip over the teeth. They’re practically undetectable, and won’t interfere with normal speaking and smiling.

The aligners exert gentle pressure on the teeth, shifting them over time into the desired position. Every two weeks, patients switch to a new aligner that continues their progress. Invisalign treatment takes about the same amount of time as traditional braces to achieve the desired results, with a cost that is typically comparable to clear or traditional metal braces.

Although some extreme orthodontic challenges can’t be corrected with Invisalign, it is appropriate for the majority of patients.

The Invisalign Advantages

Invisalign aligner trays are virtually undetectable in the mouth, so patients never need to feel self-conscious when taking photos or being out and about in public. This method of orthodontia is also much more comfortable than traditional braces, and it requires no adjustments or tightening. As a result, patients require fewer office visits over their course of treatment.

One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign is that you can remove the aligner trays for eating, brushing and flossing.

Braces are notoriously vulnerable to hard or sticky foods. In fact, many patients are forced to give up some of their favorite healthy snacks — like apples, carrots, nuts and popcorn — until their braces come off.

Braces are also difficult to keep clean, as food and plaque can build up around brackets and in the inaccessible spaces between teeth. This can lead to cavities and gingivitis (gum disease). With Invisalign, you simply remove the aligner, allowing you to eat, brush and floss normally.

The Invisalign system is also preferable if you play sports, a common cause of damage and injury among wearers of traditional braces.

The Invisalign Teen System

Knowing the nature of teenagers, parents may hesitate to invest in orthodontic appliances that aren’t affixed to their child’s teeth. Teens are notorious for losing track of their things, and you may fear the extra costs involved with replacing lost or damaged alignment trays.

For these reasons, the Invisalign Teen program includes six free replacement aligners. For parents who worry their kids won’t wear their alignment trays diligently, each Teen program aligner features a blue indicator that fades over time, allowing us to monitor your child’s compliance.

To learn more about this and other options for orthodontic treatment, contact Family Orthodontics of Tacoma today. We look forward to answering all your questions regarding the innovative Invisalign system.