Facing Invisalign treatment? You're likely filled with excitement - and a bit of anxiety. Exactly what will life be like while you're undergoing this alternative straightening? The good news is, Invisalign strives to make your life as comfortable as possible. This consideration is built right into the specifics of treatment.

Of course, Invisalign will need a little help on your end. By learning more about what treatment will be like, you can better anticipate your coming months - and complete the process without frustration. If you ever have a question about your Invisalign, we're here to help. Contact Dr. Kim Okamura's office to get answers and additional resources. We value patient education, and want to make your Invisalign experience a stellar one.

It's Not Tough to Accommodate Invisalign Treatment

As we mentioned above, Invisalign doesn't have to mean discomfort. It's far simpler to work into your life than standard braces, mainly for the reasons below:

  • Invisalign doesn't ask too much of you - As an adult seeking orthodontic treatment, you have so many priorities and daily responsibilities. You need to be able to receive straightening that doesn't make big demands. Invisalign allows you to enjoy your regular schedule and activities. There are less frequent exams, as you can switch to new aligners on your own. You won't feel self conscious at work or social gatherings, because your treatment won't be highly noticeable. In all, you'll be ready for anything - even as your teeth gradually shift into a new smile.

  • Invisalign feels like a natural part of your mouth - The aligners are smooth plastic, and they fit snugly against your teeth. Once you've grown accustomed to them, you won't notice you're wearing anything.
  • Invisalign isn't immediately noticeable - Those around you won't take note of Invisalign right away. Most will only see the aligners if they're looking closely at your teeth.
  • Invisalign lets you eat as you please - Since the aligners are removable, you can eat and drink as you like. There's no need to cut out sticky or chewy foods.

The Cooperative Invisalign Patient

Even with all its convenience, you're eager to finish up your Invisalign. We understand, and we want to assist you in speeding through the process. In order to make sure you're working with treatment, not against it, be aware of what you need to do at home. While we'll offer advice when you're in the office, you spend the majority of your Invisalign time on your own - and it's those thousands of hours that count.

During Invisalign, be sure to:

  • Wear your aligners often enough - This means keeping them in place 20-22 hours per day. It may sound easy, but it means putting them back in soon after eating, drinking, or cleaning your teeth.

  • Switch to a new aligner on schedule - Follow Dr. Okamura's instructions to see your straightening stay on track.

  • Clean your teeth before replacing aligners - Because your aligners fit your teeth closely, they can trap food particles and bacteria. Brushing and flossing before putting them back will prevent cavities, and ensure a healthy final smile.
  • Keep your appointments - Missing an appointment can throw off your progress, especially since you may need additional time to reschedule. Don't miss your check ups and you'll straighten as intended.

Our Invisalign Premier Provider in Seattle

Dr. Kim Okamura has helped so many of her patients toward happy, straightened smiles with Invisalign. If you're looking for skill and experience, getting in touch will get you started. We will evaluate your bite, and decide on the right orthodontic path.

If you've ever been curious about Invisalign, we would love to tell you more. Contact us today!

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Dr. Kim Okamura

I'm Dr. Kim Okamura and this blog is a product of my love of dentistry. I dedicate it to all the patients I have served so that they may better understand my craft. The information here will give you and others the power to maintain and protect one of your most priceless gifts ... your SMILE.