Posts for tag: Invisalign

By Tracy C. Sullivan, DDS
April 23, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Invisalign  

Here at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, our dentists use Invisalign to comfortably and discreetly straighten crooked teeth and correct bite issues. Until your consultation with Dr. Peter Grieser, Dr. Tracy Sullivan, or Dr. Kevin Yoder, here’s some vital information on how Invisalign treatment works to determine if it’s suitable for you.

How Invisalign Aligners Work

The Invisalign orthodontic treatment system utilizes detachable, clear aligners made of comfortable thermoplastic material in place of other materials used in traditional orthodontic treatment. They are virtually invisible, which could be a huge advantage for individuals who may be conscious of how traditional orthodontic materials may affect their appearance.

Following a thorough evaluation to figure out if you are eligible for Invisalign treatment, your dentist in Port Orchard, WA, will craft a series of Invisalign aligners that are specially developed to be worn at least 20 hours to 22 hours daily. You will move on to a succeeding set of aligners every two weeks. Worn and swapped out regularly, you’ll see your teeth moving into their proper places over the course of the treatment.

The time it would take for teeth to get into their final position would differ from person to person. On average, however, most people finish Invisalign treatment in nine to 12 months. Depending on the specific treatment goals and results, some individuals may need to wear a retainer at night to preserve their results.

Results of Invisalign Treatment

The results of Invisalign treatment would substantially depend on the severity of your orthodontic issues and your diligence on wearing the aligners as recommended by your dentist. Aside from moving teeth into their proper places, Invisalign aligners can also help fix moderate orthodontic problems such as spaces between teeth, overcrowded teeth, crossbites, underbites, and overbites. Still, there are some orthodontic problems that Invisalign can’t correct, so a thorough assessment by your dentist is needed to determine your eligibility for the procedure.

For More Information on Invisalign Treatment, Reach Out to Us

Dial (360) 895-4321 to set your appointment with Dr. Peter Grieser, Dr. Tracy Sullivan, or Dr. Kevin Yoder of Family Dental Associates here in Port Orchard, WA.

By Family Dental Associates
September 11, 2018
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Invisalign   braces   Clear Braces  

How Invisalign from your dentist in Port Orchard, Washington can give you a straight smile

You want a straight smile because you know it will look great, but you think it will also take a few years to achieve. Fortunately, you can getInvisalign the straight smile you want in far less time, and far easier than you thought possible. You need to discover Invisalign, the state-of-the-art, virtually invisible way to straighten your smile. The dentists at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, Washington want to share what you should know about the benefits of Invisalign.

Invisalign uses a system of custom-made trays, known as aligners which you wear daily. You can remove the aligners to brush your teeth and eat the foods you love, which provides two important benefits:

  • You can brush and floss easily, keeping your smile healthy
  • You can eat whatever you want without worrying about food in your braces

The aligners are made of smooth, clear plastic which offers unique benefits people love, including:

  • A discreet appearance, because the clear plastic provides virtually invisible treatment; no one will notice you are wearing them.
  • A comfortable experience, because there are no sharp metal parts to irritate and rub against soft tissue

You wear the first set of trays for two weeks and then change to a new set, which you wear for another two weeks. You change to a new set of aligners every two weeks until your treatment is complete. You will be amazed because:

  • Treatment is fast, requiring only nine to fifteen months
  • Treatment is comfortable because your teeth are moved gradually

Invisalign is an excellent option to correct many of the same alignment issues as conventional brackets and wires. If you have an overbite or underbite, open bite, or crossbite, Invisalign could be the perfect choice for you. If your teeth are poorly-aligned, you can straighten them with Invisalign. If your teeth are overlapped, or gapped apart, Invisalign can eliminate the overlap and close the gaps.

For more detailed information about Invisalign, please visit the Invisalign section on the website at

You deserve a straight smile; you deserve to enjoy the benefits of Invisalign. To get started, call the dentists at Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, Washington Dr. Peter Grieser, Dr. Tracy Sullivan, and Dr. Kevin Yoder. They want to help you achieve the straight smile you’ve been waiting for, so call today!

By Family Dental Associates
October 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

Find out how clear aligners may be all you need to fix your misaligned smile.invisalign

Does the idea of wearing a mouth full of metal for your senior pictures make you cringe? Would you find it miserable to have meetings with colleagues or professional clients while sporting braces? We know there are many teens and adults out there that could benefit greatly from orthodontic treatment, but can’t fathom wearing metal brackets and wires. This is why our Port Orchard, WA, dentists - Dr. Peter Grieser, Dr. Tracy Sullivan and Dr. Kevin Yoder - are pleased to offer a clear, more discreet way to get you the smile you want without metal.

Instead of applying metal brackets and wires over the front of your teeth to shift them into the proper alignment, our unique Invisalign system uses multiple clear aligners that are individually shaped based on the exact measurements of your teeth. These aligners look similar to whitening trays or mouthguards except they are highly transparent and they fit tightly against the teeth, making them less noticeable.

Here are some things to keep in mind before getting Invisalign in Port Orchard:

  • Invisalign can treat a host of dental issues, both minor and more serious. While it’s true that Invisalign won’t be able to handle complex tooth movements or be able to reposition the jaws, this clear orthodontic system can handle everything from gaps between teeth and crowded, crooked smiles to a variety of malocclusions such as underbites and overbites.
  • Invisalign treatment may be a bit shorter for adults who choose to use this system to get a straighter smile. The average length of treatment is about one year for adults. For teens, the length of treatment is usually comparable to traditional braces (anywhere from 18 to 24 months).
  • Invisalign aligners are completely removable, so you can take them out before eating or drinking anything and you can also remove them prior to brushing and flossing your teeth, as well.
  • While no braces are completely comfortable, since they have to apply a certain amount of pressure to your teeth, Invisalign is certainly more comfortable than metal braces. As you might imagine, metal braces can rub against the gums and soft tissue of the cheeks and lead to sores; however, since aligners are made from smooth plastic, they are less likely to cause this same irritation.
  • Aligners should be worn for about 20 to 22 hours out of the day, and you’ll wear each aligner for about two weeks, after which you will need to replace them with the next set of aligners in your treatment plan.

Have questions about getting Invisalign? Are you ready to find out if this is the solution for fixing your crooked smile? Then it’s time you called Family Dental Associates in Port Orchard, WA, to schedule your free consultation.

By Family Dental Associates
September 09, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign   lingual braces  

Find out what orthodontic treatment options you have.

Most adults and teens don’t want to go through life with metal braces. Our Port Orchard, WA dentists--Dr. Peter Grieser, Dr. Tracy bracesSullivan and Dr. Kevin Yoder--know that as patients get older the idea of wearing metal braces to straighten teeth becomes less and less appealing. But lucky for you there are other options available. Find out the other ways to fix misalignments, crooked teeth, and gaps between teeth other than sporting the infamous metal mouth.

Porcelain Braces

Sure you’ll still have brackets and wires to deal with but the one great thing about them is that they are made from a tooth-colored material, so they will be less visible than the metal braces you’ve come to know. This makes them a popular option for both teens and adults in Port Orchard who may be a little worried about needing to wear braces.

Porcelain braces work just the same as metal braces so they can be a great way to fix complex dental issues that other orthodontic options may not. Just remember that porcelain braces often cost more than metal brackets and it can be more challenging to keep them clean and free of stains.

Lingual Braces

Have you wanted straight teeth for a while now but dread everyone noticing a mouth full of metal? Then what if we told you that you could wear regular metal braces without other people noticing? Don’t worry; you didn’t read that wrong! By placing metal brackets and wires on the back surface of your teeth rather than the front you can hide that you are even wearing braces. Plus, they are custom designed to fit the contours of your teeth and mouth so what you are left with is a more comfortable orthodontic system.


This has become a very popular way to improve smiles for both teens and adults because it’s the only orthodontic treatment that can straighten teeth with removable, nearly invisible aligners. A series of customized aligners are designed to fit your teeth and shift them until they are in the proper alignment. Treatment usually takes about one year for adults and often more with teens. Invisalign also boasts comfort, convenience and ease.

Have questions about getting Invisalign or another orthodontic treatment in Port Orchard, WA? Then call Family Dental Associates today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Grieser, Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Yoder. Let’s find out if Invisalign is right for you!

By Family Dental Associates
September 11, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

When an older teen or adult looks in the mirror and doesn't like his or her smile, it's a problem. Yet, some people dislike the "metal mouth" appearance of traditional wire and bracket braces, too.Invisalign

What's the solution? It may be Invisalign clear aligners, one of many cosmetic dentistry services offered by Port Orchard family dentists Drs. Peter A. Grieser, Kevin L. Yoder, and Tracy C. Sullivan.

What are Invisalign Aligners?

Invisalign aligners straighten a variety of orthodontic problems such as crowding, tooth rotation, under bite, over bite, gaps and other tooth alignment issues that effect smile function, aesthetics and health. Many Invisalign patients have never had orthodontic treatment. And even for those that have, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, many adults experience shifting of their teeth even if they had braces as a child. All in all, Invisalign treatment helps people of all ages, and works well for all but the most complex of orthodontic cases.

Invisalign aligners are custom-made from a high-quality, BPA-free plastic. They fit tightly over the top and bottom teeth. Usually delivered in a series of 18 to 30 pairs, the aligners exert gradual pressure, gently moving teeth into better positions over a period of 9 to 18 months. Average treatment time is about a year.

Every 2 to 3 weeks, the patient changes their aligners to the next set in the series. They also see Dr. Grieser, Yoder, or Sullivan every 4 to 6 weeks for a progress check. Dental visits are quick and comfortable, with no painful and time-consuming adjustments.

Invisalign is Invisible

Teens approaching graduation, brides looking forward to the big day, and professionals who want to make a good first impression all love Invisalign. The appliances are practically undetectable, with no ugly hardware or wires. Plus, patients remove the aligners for:

  • daily brushing and flossing
  • eating and drinking
  • pictures and special occasions

Typically, people wear the appliances 20 to 22 hours a day. Aligners may be equipped with colored compliance tabs that help dentists, parents and patients see how well teens adhere to the treatment plan.

Better Looks and Health

While a beautiful, straight smile is a lifestyle asset, so is good oral health. The American Academy of Periodontology maintains that mouths with well-aligned teeth have fewer cavities and less gum disease. Plus, a healthy mouth means better systemic health, too.

Explore Invisalign

Don't wait. Learn about the benefits of Invisalign clear aligners and how they could help your smile. Call (360) 895-4321 to arrange a consultation with Drs. Grieser, Yoder, and Sullivan. Start enjoying the bright, attractive smile you deserve.

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