Invisalign® Specialist

Renton Family Dentistry

Catherine Im, D.D.S.

Family, Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry located in Renton, WA

Straightening your teeth doesn’t mean you need to be fitted for old-fashioned wire braces. At the practice of Renton Family Dentistry in Renton, Washington you can get started with Invisalign®. Catherine Im, DDS is well-known for helping men, women, and teens straighten their teeth without letting anyone know. That’s the beauty of Invisalign: No one can tell you’re wearing them! Schedule your Invisalign consultation by using the online booking feature, or call to speak to one of our caring team members.

Invisalign® Q & A

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign works just like traditional braces, but nothing is cemented to your teeth. Instead, you are fitted for custom clear retainers. You wear your retainers all day long — at least 20 hours per day — but can remove them to eat and brush your teeth.

Every week or so, depending on your progress, you switch to a new retainer. Each retainer is designed to gradually shift your teeth into their ideal positions. These nearly invisible “braces” allow you to discreetly straighten your teeth.

Is Invisalign painful for straightening teeth?

Not at all. On weeks when you start wearing a new retainer, it’s normal to feel some tightness and tugging. That’s a sign that your teeth are shifting. You could have some minor aching when this occurs.

One of the biggest benefits of using Invisalign rather than metal braces is that they don’t irritate your teeth or gums. You won’t have to worry about wires sticking out or cutting you, so overall any discomfort you may experience is much less than traditional braces.

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?

Most patients are good candidates for Invisalign retainers. Dr. Im conducts a thorough consultation to ensure that Invisalign is right for you. Invisalign can help if you have:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps in your teeth
  • Teeth crowding
  • Underbite
  • Overbite

Because Invisalign improves so many smile imperfections, talk with Dr. Im before trying anything else. She has extensive experience in providing Invisalign even if you have a complex case.

Does Invisalign straighten teeth faster than regular braces?

Invisalign works just like regular wire braces, so the process is not generally any quicker. Dr. Im can let you know what to expect when you come in for your consultation, although in general, patients achieve their smile goals in about one to two years.

You should know that your progress depends on you. If you’re diligent about wearing your Invisalign retainers for the recommended 20-22 hours per day — or more — your results happen faster. But if you only leave them in while you’re sleeping, or forget to put them on in the morning, your progress takes longer.