Invisalign Braces Tacoma

Invisalign is the only orthodontic product that will give you the results you desire. The other competitors can’t compete. Call us today for a free consultation and learn why Invisalign is right for you.

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Here at South Sound Dental Care Tacoma, we are proud and excited to offer Invisalign clear braces to our patients!

Enjoy a picture-perfect smile with straight and healthy teeth. Invisalign braces are the world’s most advanced clear braces aligner, and is a fully digitized, innovative experience to help you get the smile you want, the way you want.

Invisalign is performed under the care of a dentist unlike other clear aligner products that the ADA does not approve of.

Affordable In-Office Payment Plans Available.

More Than Half a Million People Have Chosen Invisalign!

12 Benefits of Invisalign

  1. Comfort
  2. Convenience – fewer dental visits
  3. Virtually invisible
  4. Removable
  5. Easier to care for and clean
  6. Constant improvements
  7. Safety and less irritation – no wires
  8. Simplicity – easy brushing and flossing
  9. Versatility
  10. Cost effective
  11. Faster results
  12. Produces amazing results

Let’s now review some of these benefits.

Faster Results and Less Visits To The Dentist’s Office

Invisalign inconspicuously straightens teeth in a shorter amount of time than traditional braces. You’ll graduate to a new aligner every two weeks, so there’s no need to come in frequently for adjustments.

Simplicity – Easy Brushing and Flossing

Brushing and flossing are easy with Invisalign since they are removable, so you don’t have to sacrifice the health of your teeth and gums to straighten your teeth.

Not Easily Visible

Because Invisalign braces use clear aligners, most people won’t notice you have them in. Aligners should be worn 20-22 hours per day. You will remove them only to eat, brush and floss.

No Irritating Metal Wires

The aligners have no irritating metal wires, and they can be removed for eating, which makes them much more comfortable than traditional braces.

Invisalign Treatment Process

We first get started by taking a quick and precise digital scan of the teeth, and from there Invisalign will make a work-up of your before and after result images.

Patients who decide to begin clear braces aligner therapy treatment will receive custom-made clear aligners designed specifically for you!

During your appointment at our Tacoma, WA office, we will be able to determine the timeline of your Invisalign treatment and will check your insurance benefits to see if orthodontic treatment is covered.

Get the perfectly straight smile you’ve always wanted without the time and trouble of metallic braces.  

Call us today to schedule your free consultation at 253-473-4303. Your new smile is waiting! To learn more, visit the Invisalign website.

Keep in mind that South Sound Dental also does other types of dental treatments. Click here to look at all of our dental treatments.

Keep in mind that South Sound Dental also does other types of dental treatments other than Invisalign Braces. Click here to look at all of our dental treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign®

What is Invisalign® treatment?

Invisalign® Treatment is the process of wearing a series of clear, removable
aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. No brackets and wires, and none
of the restrictions that come with metal braces.

What are Invisalign® clear aligners made of and what do they look like?

Invisalign® clear aligners are made of flexible plastic — specifically, a patented
thermoplastic material called SmartTrack created exclusively for Invisalign®

How will Invisalign® treatment straighten my teeth?
Your Invisalign® Provider will create a unique, digital treatment plan that maps
out the exact movements of your teeth. Your Invisalign® clear aligners are then
designed to apply the right amount of force to the right place at the right time
based on your plan. Your Invisalign® Provider will be with you every step of the
way to monitor your progress and ensure your aligners fit correctly.
What are the primary benefits of Invisalign® treatment?
  • Invisalign® clear aligners are virtually invisible — people may not even notice you’re wearing them. You can remove them to eat and drink, to brush and floss, or for special occasions. There are no metal brackets or wires that could irritate your mouth or break.
  • Unlike other brands, Invisalign® clear aligners are made from patented SmartTrack material, which is more comfortable and provides a better fit.
  • Invisalign® aligners are also trimmed based on your gum line for comfort and appearance. As the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, we have successfully improved over 12 million smiles, including 3 million teen smiles.
Am I guaranteed to have straight teeth with Invisalign® treatment?

Every smile is unique, which is why your Invisalign® treatment starts with a consultation. During your consultation, your Invisalign® Provider will help you determine what Invisalign® treatment could do for your smile. We cannot guarantee a particular treatment outcome, however, we encourage you to share your treatment goals with your Invisalign® Provider at your consultation.

Who is Invisalign® treatment for - Is Invisalign® treatment right for me?

Yes! Invisalign® treatment can be a great solution for both adults and teens looking for a virtually invisible method to improve their smile. Our innovations and technological advancements make it possible to fix nearly all common teethstraightening and bite issues, from simple to complex — all without interrupting your busy life. And, thanks to a discreet blue dot on the outside of teen aligners, parents can be sure their child is wearing their clear aligners enough.

What is the treatment process?

Invisalign® Treatment starts with a consultation with an Invisalign® -trained doctor. Your doctor will evaluate your smile and then map out a precise, customized digital treatment plan that showcases the step-by-step transformation of your smile. Once you approve your plan, your unique aligners will be created. You will wear each set of aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, changing to a new set of aligners every 1 to 2 weeks, as directed by your doctor. Each set of aligners will gently and gradually shift your teeth into place, according to your treatment plan, until you reach your beautiful new smile.

How long does Invisalign® treatment take?
Depending on the complexity of your case, you could complete your treatment
in as little as 6 months. But you’ll start seeing results in a matter of weeks.
What are Invisalign® clear aligners made of and what do they look like?
Invisalign® clear aligners are made of flexible plastic — specifically, a patented
thermoplastic material called SmartTrack created exclusively for Invisalign®
How much does Invisalign® treatment cost and what are the payment options?
  • In most cases, the cost of Invisalign® treatment is comparable to the cost of braces. Your doctor will determine the cost of your treatment based on how complex your case is and how many aligners you need.
  • There are several options to make Invisalign® treatment more affordable for you, from using insurance and tax-free dollars to a monthly payment plan.
Will my insurance cover Invisalign® treatment?

Many dental insurance plans cover Invisalign® treatment the same way they cover braces. Your insurance may pay for a certain percentage of your Invisalign® treatment, or it may pay for a certain dollar amount.

What payment options are available for Invisalign® treatment?
  • Many doctors offer flexible and affordable monthly payment plans, which allow you to make small payments through the course of your Invisalign® treatment rather than all at once.
  • Doctors may also offer financing through Lending Point, Care Credit, or another third-party patient financing program. This makes it easier for you to get the treatment or procedures you want and need.
  • You can use your FSA or HSA to pay for Invisalign® treatment using tax-free dollars.
Why should I feel confident about Invisalign® treatment?
Over 12 million people, including more than 3 million teens, have used Invisalign® clear aligners to transform their smiles.
How is Invisalign® treatment different than other teeth straightening options?

Invisalign® clear aligners are made from patented SmartTrack material which moves teeth comfortably and predictably.

Do Invisalign® clear aligners contain Bisphenol A (BPA)?
  • All Invisalign® aligner and retainer materials are made of medical-grade, high molecular weight, thermoplastic polymers. These materials were selected for use in aligners and retainers based on their properties and safety classification, as well as have a long history of FDA approvals for long term use inside the human body. Tests conducted to determine the biocompatibility of these materials show they are biocompatible and pass all applicable regulatory requirements and thresholds for human wear in the mouth.
  • Based on our current knowledge and testing of the raw materials and processes used in the manufacture of aligners and retainers, we are not aware of any latex, parabens, phthalates, glutaraldehyde, epoxy, or Bisphenol A (BPA) present in our aligners or retainers. Of course, as with any medical device, you should consult with your health professional about your aligner or retainer treatment and any applicable risks of use.
How old is the company behind Invisalign® clear aligners?
Align Technology, Inc., the company that makes Invisalign® clear aligners, was founded in 1997.
Has the FDA approved Invisalign® treatment?
Yes, Invisalign® aligners are classified as Class II medical devices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Align Technology, Inc. received the necessary 510(k) clearance from the FDA to sell and market Invisalign® treatment in 1998.
I am currently wearing braces. Can I make the switch to Invisalign® treatment?
Possibly! Doctors are treating a significant number of patients with a combination of braces and Invisalign® clear aligners — consult your doctor to determine the best treatment approach for your smile.
Since having my braces removed, my teeth have shifted. Can Invisalign® treatment fix this?
Yes, Invisalign® clear aligners can treat nearly all common teeth-straightening issues, from simple to complex. Many people who formerly had braces choose Invisalign® treatment as the discrete solution to improve their smile when they find that their teeth have shifted back.
I have veneers or crowns. Will Invisalign® clear aligners work with them?
It depends. Talk with your doctor about the dental work you’ve had done, including veneers and crowns, and he or she will evaluate your individual needs.
I have bridgework on several teeth. Will Invisalign® clear aligners still work?

Invisalign® clear aligners are designed to move each tooth individually. Because bridgework connects two or more teeth, clear aligners may not be effective.

Can anyone tell that I’m wearing the aligners?

Invisalign® aligners are virtually invisible. Others may not even notice you’re wearing them, making Invisalign® treatment a seamless fit with your lifestyle.

Can I take my aligners off whenever I need to?
Yes, you can remove your Invisalign® aligners for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. You can take them off for special occasions, like a wedding, job interview, or for playing your favorite sport or instrument. Just remember to wear them 20 to 22 hours a day to get the best results.
Is Invisalign® treatment painful?

Invisalign® treatment moves your teeth by applying gentle, constant force, but some people do feel temporary discomfort for the first few days of wearing a new set of aligners. Typically, people describe it as feeling “pressure” and it’s normal — it’s a sign your Invisalign® clear aligners are working and transforming your smile. Please see your doctor if you have any concerns or experience continued discomfort.

Are there any restrictions on what I can eat while in treatment?

None! Invisalign® clear aligners are removable, so there are no food restrictions at all (hello popcorn!). With traditional wires and brackets, there’s a long list of foods you unfortunately can’t enjoy because they can damage or get stuck in your braces.

Sometimes when I remove my aligners, my teeth feel loose. Is that common?

Yes. As your Invisalign® aligners gradually shift your teeth into their proper position, your gums are re-forming around each tooth as it moves. Be sure to talk to your doctor about any concerns.

Will Invisalign® treatment still work if I only wear my aligners while I sleep?

You need to wear your Invisalign® aligners 20 to 22 hours a day to get the results you want.

Will smoking stain my aligners?

We discourage smoking while wearing Invisalign® aligners because it can stain them.

Will wearing Invisalign® clear aligners affect my speech?

It may take a couple of days for your tongue to get used to having your Invisalign® aligners in your mouth, and you may have a slight lisp. But this should disappear quickly.

Can the aligners slip off while I’m asleep?
It is very unlikely that your aligners would ever fall out, no matter what you are doing: sleeping, talking, laughing, etc. Invisalign® clear aligners are designed to fit snugly around your teeth, so this should not be a cause for concern.
Can I chew gum while wearing aligners?

No, gum will stick to your Invisalign® aligners. We recommend removing your aligners for all meals and snacks, including gum.

I went on a trip and forgot to take my aligners with me. Will my aligners still fit?
The answer depends on how long you’ve gone without wearing your Invisalign® aligners. If it’s only been a short time, your aligners should still fit, but they might feel uncomfortable. If it’s been a longer time, talk to your doctor about your unique situation.
How do I take care of my aligners?
Yes. That’s why it’s important to brush after every meal, before placing your Invisalign® aligners back in your mouth.
What if I lose or break an aligner? What should I do?
If you lose or break an Invisalign® aligner, immediately let your Invisalign® Provider know. Your Invisalign® Provider will work with you to ensure you stay on-track with your treatment plan, which may involve wearing a previous set of aligners, your next set of aligners, or ordering replacements aligners.
Can I order replacement aligners from the Invisalign® brand directly?

All aligners and retainers must be ordered through your Invisalign® Provider as they are considered a prescription item. Please contact your Invisalign® Provider directly if you need to order a replacement.

Will I need to wear a retainer after treatment to prevent my teeth from moving again?

Most doctors recommend that anyone who has completed orthodontic treatment, whether with braces or Invisalign® treatment, use a retainer to prevent teeth from gradually shifting back toward their initial position. Every case is different, so ask your doctor if you need retainers.

What type of retainer should I use?
  • While there are many different types of retainers, we recommend Vivera® retainers. Vivera® retainers are virtually invisible and made from a proprietary material 30% stronger than other leading clear retainer materials, which helps you keep your new smile.
  • Your Vivera® retainers will be custom-made from an impression or scan of your teeth using the same state-of-the-art technology used for Invisalign® clear aligners.
How much do Vivera® retainers’ cost?

Contact your doctor for more information on Vivera® retainers, as pricing can be based on your individual needs. All Vivera® retainer orders will include an extra set; in case you lose one.

How do I order Vivera® retainers?
You can order Vivera® retainers through your doctor.
How long will I have to wear my Vivera® retainers?
Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how often you need to wear your retainers. Typically, you wear your first set full time, then based on your doctor’s recommendation you may gradually reduce how much you wear them until you only wear them at night.
What if I lose my Vivera® retainer?

No problem. If you lose or break your last set of Vivera® retainers, or simply run out, just get in touch with your doctor. Your doctor can work with you on purchasing a new set of Vivera® retainers, so you can keep showing off that smile!