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Invisalign®


We can help you get the look you want with your customized Invisalign®. When you are considering your options for orthodontic work, ask Dr. Pickens about the Invisalign® system and if it is right for you. Using clear, plastic aligners, Invisalign® straightens your teeth without the use of metal brackets or wires. A modern take on metal braces, they are clear, and offer a nearly invisible look. At Pickens Family Dentistry, let us show you how to get the look you want discreetly, without that stereotypical teenage look.

What Is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® is heralded as a modern take on traditional braces. Instead of brackets and wires, the patient wears a clear plastic mold over their teeth. The mold is designed to apply a small amount of pressure to your teeth slightly shifting them. You will have a whole series of these molded aligners and switch to the next one in the series after approximately two weeks. The system straightens your front, most visible teeth, helping you achieve a beautiful smile in a nearly invisible way.

Invisalign in Vancouver, WA.The process begins with advanced 3D imaging. We want to view your teeth at their current placement and then with our Invisalign® software create a model of your desired end result. With an Invisalign® treatment plan created, we can then order your personalized series of custom, clear aligners which are designed to slowly shift your teeth to their final position.

Once you have your customized aligners, you will wear each aligner in the series for about two weeks, or as prescribed by Dr. Pickens. After two weeks, you will then replace the aligner with the next one in the series. Your total Invisalign® treatment time is often less than a year (sometimes faster), though Dr. Pickens will help you better determine that based on your specific needs.


Invisalign before and after.

Wearing My Invisalign®

The best part of this system versus traditional braces is how little Invisalign® impacts your day to day life. Wearing your Invisalign® aligners:
•  Diet: With Invisalign®, you do not have to alter your diet. Our patients still eat all of the sticky and crunchy foods they love because they simply remove the Invisalign® aligner while they eat and then replace it when they are done.
•  Privacy: Because the aligner is nearly invisible, those around you never have to know. You will have no visible signs of the dental work you are having done while in progress.
•  Convenience: Patients with the Invisalign® aligner continue to brush and floss their teeth as they always have without interference. You simply remove the aligner, and then brush and floss as normal. You will also want to brush the aligner during this time and then replace it.
•  Removable: Your aligners are removable. This means that you can take them out for those short special occasions. Once in awhile, for those special nights when you want to look your best, simply remove the aligner and replace it when you are done.
•  Time: With Invisalign®, you are not having wires tightened, so you spend less time in the dentist's chair and have fewer appointments.
•  For All Ages Adults use them to get the smile they've always wanted. Children can use them to help guide in new teeth that might be on the wrong track. Teens can do a little of both.

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Pickens Family Dentistry


7508 NE Vancouver Mall Dr.
Vancouver, WA 98662

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