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Invisalign

Garrett Gentling, DDS -  - General Dentist

Gentling Smiles

Garrett Gentling, DDS

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Shoreline, WA

When the thought of getting a mouth full of metal braces isn’t appealing, the Invisalign® system of clear aligners may be just the solution. Garrett Gentling, DDS, and the team at Gentling Smiles in Shoreline, Washington, offer the option of the Invisalign clear aligner system for straightening your teeth without metal braces. If you’ve always wanted to improve the appearance of your smile, call or schedule a consultation online to find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign.

Invisalign Q & A

 

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign clear aligners are custom-made, clear trays that fit over your teeth. You wear a series of these clear aligners, with each one shifting your teeth slightly until you achieve the desired result. Invisalign trays are engineered to move your teeth using a precise amount of force exactly where it’s needed to move your teeth horizontally, vertically, or rotationally.

 

Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?

The team at Gentling Smiles realizes that every person has their own unique smile, so they invite you to schedule an Invisalign consultation to see if it’s the right option for you. In many cases, Invisalign can help straighten and correct dental issues, including:

  • Gapped teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crowded teeth
  • Open bites

Invisalign works best for both teens and adults, as there are customized Invisalign treatment options for adults and teenagers.

 

How long is the Invisalign treatment process?

Invisalign treatment varies in duration since it’s based on your needs and custom-designed to accomplish your goals. The first step in the treatment process is a consultation. Dr. Gentling evaluates your teeth, discusses your desired outcome, and explains if Invisalign is the right solution.

With cutting-edge technology from the iTero Element ® 3D scanner, Dr. Gentling takes detailed 3D impressions of your teeth that a dental lab uses to produce your aligners. Based on these impressions, Dr. Gentling creates a custom treatment plan for the exact movements of your teeth.

Dr. Gentling will explain how long your specific treatment will take, how many sets of aligners you need, and what you can expect from the treatment. Typically, you wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day for best results. 

 

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign is often a preferred choice for those who don’t want a mouth full of wires and brackets as you’d have with traditional braces. Other advantages include:

Removable

You can remove them to eat and brush your teeth each day. You still get to enjoy all the food and beverages you normally would consume without having to worry about staining your teeth or getting food lodged in your mouth.

Virtually invisible

These clear, discreet aligners are a great solution if you’re trying to straighten your teeth without anyone knowing you’re receiving orthodontic treatment.

Fewer visits

Because Invisalign moves your teeth precisely with each aligner, you don’t have to deal with frequent visits for tightenings and rubber band replacements as you would with metal braces. 

As your teeth shift into place with each new set of aligners, Dr. Gentling monitors your progress with follow-up visits. After the treatment, you will likely have to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in place. 

Take the first step toward straighter teeth without the inconvenience of traditional metal braces. Call or schedule a consultation online with Gentling Smiles today.

 

 

iTero® Digital Scanner

The iTero digital scanner provides quick and painless impressions without the inconvenience and discomfort of the gooey impression molds frequently still used at other dental practices. The digital scan is included as part of our free consultation, and displays a patient’s potential before and after results within minutes. 

 

iTero® Digital Scanner Access for Invisalign Patients

The iTero digital scanner provides quick and painless impressions without the inconvenience and discomfort of the gooey impression molds frequently still used at other dental practices. The digital scan is included as part of our free consultation, and displays a patient’s potential before and after results within minutes. This helps patients quickly visualize what the end product will look like following their Invisalign treatment, which we’ve found to be invaluable.

 


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