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Ever since you can remember, you have attended every routine exam and regular cleaning in your dental plan, and you adhere to strict, daily, at-home oral health practices. The result: you have perfectly healthy, white teeth. Now, you’re ready to take the next step and straighten out the imperfections in your smile, but you don’t have the time for — or simply want to avoid — traditional braces.

Fortunately, Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry offers a discreet, more comfortable straightening option for patients with mild to moderate misalignment: Invisalign® nearly invisible braces.

What is Invisalign?

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Invisalign custom-made aligner

This teeth-straightening system uses clear aligners that are made out of nearly invisible plastic and, unlike traditional braces, can be inserted and removed for special occasions, eating, and your daily cleaning routines. The aligners are BPA free and so smooth that they don’t irritate your cheeks and gums. Invisalign is an invisible-braces method that begins with a consultation during which you and your Puyallap Invisalign provider plan the desired result. A series of custom-made aligners are then used to correct your unique misalignment.

The Invisalign Treatment Process

The Invisalign® method begins with a consultation during which you and your specialist plan the desired result. A series of custom-made aligners are then used to correct your unique misalignment.

  1. Take x-rays and impressions of your teeth to create a digital image
  2. Map the movements of your teeth from their current position to the final desired position
  3. Have custom-made clear aligners created specifically for you, to wear through the day
  4. Monitor your progress and have you change aligners ever two weeks, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment

As you move from one aligner to the next (approximately every two weeks), your teeth will gradually shift until they reach their final, improved position.

Studies have shown that Invisalign® straightens teeth in less time than other alternatives (with the exception of costly surgeries). It’s one of the only methods available that can straighten your teeth in as little as six months without the discomfort or embarrassment of wearing metal braces.


Who can use Invisalign?
Unlike other types of invisible braces, Invisalign is appropriate for teenagers and adults alike.
How long does Invisalign take to straighten teeth?
Dr. Daniel S. Smith, DDS and Dr. Gregory J. Wetterhus, DDS will determine the length of treatment based on the severity of your unique situation. On average, patients who seek out invisible braces use Invisalign for 12 months.
How much does Invisalign cost?
The cost of an Invisalign treatment is similar to traditional braces and some types of clear braces. At Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry, we offer a wide variety of payment and financing options that are designed to help you achieve straight teeth with the Invisalign system.
Call your dentist in Puyallup, WA today at 253.200.5427 and ask us how Invisalign® can help you find your best smile!