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Invisalign® Clear Aligners – Moses Lake, WA

Orthodontia That Will Keep You Smiling

Do you dream about having a smile full of sparkling, straight teeth, but you just can’t imagine yourself wearing traditional metal braces? You’ve probably invested in a professional, mature image, and you shouldn’t have to look like a teenager to straighten your teeth. We agree. Now we can make your dreams come true!

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Why Choose Moses Lake Family Dentistry for Invisalign® Clear Aligners?

What is Invisalign?

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Invisalign is a virtually invisible method that can straighten your teeth without metal braces. With Invisalign, a custom-molded set of transparent, removable aligners will progressively reposition your teeth. You can remove the aligners for eating, brushing, flossing, or for special occasions. Invisalign is more comfortable and convenient than traditional braces. Patients do not experience the abrasions caused by metal and wires. Plus, Invisalign aligners are easy to clean, and frequent adjustment appointments aren’t needed.

How does Invisalign work?

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First, we use 3D computer imaging to design a comprehensive treatment plan. This allows you to preview the final positioning of your teeth before any work starts. Yes, you will see your future smile before treatment begins!

Then, a lab will create a series of aligners to reposition your teeth over one to two years. You’ll change aligners every two weeks until your smile is straight and beautiful. Typically, you will visit us every six weeks for progress reports. Transparent, removable, no-hassle orthodontia – now that should put a smile on your face!

Invisalign FAQs

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Do you still have questions about Invisalign in Moses Lake? This modern orthodontic treatment has so much to offer, and you won’t want to miss out! For your convenience, we’ve answered some common questions we receive from our patients about Invisalign treatment below.

How often do I need to wear my aligners every day?

It’s true that Invisalign trays are removable, but when you take them out too frequently, it could set back your treatment timeline. That’s why it’s important to keep your trays in for at least 22 hours every day. The only time you should be taking them out is when you brush, floss, eat, or drink anything besides water. When you forget to put your aligners back in your mouth, it can derail your treatment, which can be frustrating. Typically, you should be switching out your aligners every two weeks to advance to the next pair.

How is Invisalign different from mail-in aligners?

Mail-order orthodontic aligners are becoming more popular because of their convenience and low price-point. They’re a different product compared to Invisalign because the process isn’t completed by or overseen by a dental professional. When you visit Dr. Harder, you dentist in Moses Lake, he will thoroughly examine your mouth and conduct an in-depth assessment of the orthodontic problems you face before taking in-person impressions of your mouth to model your aligners after.

Although the process of Invisalign may seem similar, it’s significantly safer than using mail-in trays. Throughout your treatment, your dentist will keep a close eye on the progress you’re making and monitor each stage of the process to make sure no complications arise. Every six to eight weeks, you’ll visit Dr. Harder to receive  your next sets of trays.

Will I need to give up certain foods?

One great benefit of Invisalign treatment is that you won’t have to give up some of your favorite snacks out of fear of breaking a bracket or wire. All you need to do before you eat or drink anything besides water is remove your trays. Before you put them back in, be sure to clean your teeth and rinse the trays to prevent food debris becoming trapped between your teeth and orthodontic appliance.

Does it hurt to wear Invisalign aligners?

People who get braces often go on about how much it hurts to have them tightened every eight or so weeks. Fortunately, when you wear aligners, you won’t have to worry about this. Although you may experience some slight tenderness as you advance to your next aligners, it’s nothing that can’t be taken care of with over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen. Each set of your trays will be made from smooth, custom-fitted plastic that’s specially built for your unique dental structure. This way, you won’t have to worry about wires and metal scraping against your oral tissues and causing irritation and pain.

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