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If you have always wanted straight teeth, but metal braces just don’t match your lifestyle, Invisalign clear aligners from Spanaway Invisalign preferred provider Dr. Kwansoo Lee might be exactly the solution that you need.
For ultimate camouflage, tray or aligner systems offer a modern straightening method. A series of clear plastic trays are made using 3D digital models of your teeth. Medical-grade plastic without wires, metal, springs, or rubber bands gently move your teeth into place. Continuous pressure on specific teeth with each aligner means less discomfort and, in many cases, shortened treatment times. Your provider dispenses several sets of aligners at a time, allowing you to change to a new tray at home every two weeks.
Removable trays can be set aside for short periods allowing for normal eating and cleaning. Enjoying an apple without the intrusion of brackets and wires works well for many patients. And the smooth plastic surface offers a comfort level to the tongue and cheeks unequaled by other forms of straightening.
Committing to consistent wear, at least 22 hours each day, helps ensure the success of your treatment. While clear aligners work extremely well for adults, a responsible teen can be a suitable candidate too.
While aligner treatment works for 90% of straightening cases, some tooth movements may not be possible. Today’s orthodontics offer more choices than ever. Dr. Kwansoo Lee can help you discover the path to a straighter smile.
You may want to discuss adding whitening to your plan. Sometimes the beauty of porcelain lifts a straight smile to another level or may even offer an alternative to orthodontics.
The smile you’ve always dreamed of may be closer than you think with flexible payment options. More insurance plans are choosing to cover clear aligners as an acceptable method of orthodontic treatment. Check with our office today for more information.
As a fully accredited Invisalign® dentist practicing in Spanaway Dr. Kwansoo Lee is fully qualified to thoroughly evaluate your teeth and your bite in order to ensure this is the correct procedure for you.
If you can achieve your goals with Invisalign®, he will take x-rays and digital images of your teeth and will make impressions of your bite. This information is sent to the Invisalign® laboratory where it is used to create 3-D images of your teeth. Dr. Kwansoo Lee then constructs a treatment plan based on these findings which includes the exact movements of your teeth while under treatment and which will help predict the amount of time it will take to achieve your goal. Typically for an adult the treatment will take about a year.
Teens are good candidates for Invisalign® for several reasons. The most obvious reason is that the process is difficult to detect as the alignment trays are made of clear material. Only close friends will know. This is especially good for teens who are self conscious and don’t want to deal with a mouth full of metal during middle or high school. Another reason is that Invisalign® trays are removable which makes it possible for teens to play musical instruments, participate in sports and hang out with friends eating popcorn and other foods forbidden to those wearing metal braces. Dr. Kwansoo Lee has many patients of all ages that see him for Invisalign clear braces in Spanaway.
The next step involves making customized aligner trays. Using the information from the evaluation step, a series of trays are made which will gradually move the misaligned teeth to their correct position. The aligners are made from crystal clear BPA-free plastic. Unlike metal braces, they are very smooth and won’t irritate your gums or the inside of your cheeks. The aligners are designed to allow a gentle gradual movement of your teeth.
Dr. Kwansoo Lee is available to answer any questions or deal with any issues that come up during treatment. He is an elite Invisalign® dentist serving Spanaway and Nearby Areas with thousands of happy patients and stunning before and after photos to share with his prospective patients.
Another benefit is your Spanaway Invisalign clear braces can be removed at any time to allow you to eat the foods you want and to allow you to maintain dental hygiene throughout your treatment. Of course they can be removed for special occasions. Best results are obtained when they are consistently worn for 22 hours per day.
You will continue to move to the next aligner approximately every two weeks. This slight change in the aligner will advance your treatment until your teeth have moved into the correct position. About every six weeks, you will see Dr. Kwansoo Lee so he can monitor your progress and make any adjustments necessary.
As you progress from aligner to aligner you will be able to see your goal coming closer and closer. Most people won’t notice your aligners and you will be able to achieve your goal without having to give up favorite foods and without the irritation of metal braces. Since the aligners can be removed for short periods of time, your lifestyle will not suffer. Go ahead and have some pizza or munch on popcorn.