Orthodontics Specialist

Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dentist located in South King County, Des Moines, WA

Orthodontic treatment benefits people whose teeth or jaw are improperly positioned. Dr. Tracy and the Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry team assess your bite and offer correction in the form of Invisalign aligners. If you’re a resident of Des Moines, Kent and Federal Way, Washington, you’ll benefit from their expertise and quality service.

Orthodontics Q & A

Why should I consider straightening my teeth?

You may find it harder to clean teeth that are misaligned, crooked, or fit together awkwardly. It’s also more likely you’ll suffer TMJ syndrome, and neck and shoulder pain from the extra work your chewing muscles do to compensate for a misaligned bite.

Straighter teeth and corrected bites mean you’ll have a healthier mouth, a better smile, and teeth that can last a lifetime.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a treatment that uses customized aligners to shift your teeth gently into place. Like braces, Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment to create straighter teeth and an optimal bite. But unlike braces, the aligners are removable and almost invisible.

How does Invisalign work?

The dentists at Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry take an impression or image of your teeth and develop a customized plan for your mouth. You get a set of aligners that match your mouth and a treatment plan. Every week or two, you’ll change to a new aligner set to progress the shifting your teeth.

How do I know if I need orthodontic treatment?

Dr. Tracy and the Fresh Smiles team recommends Invisalign treatment to correct specific issues with your teeth’s alignment or your bite. These include:

  • Overbite, the front teeth stick out too far forward
  • Underbite, the lower teeth protrude too far forward
  • Crossbite, the upper teeth don’t come down over the lower teeth when you bring your teeth together
  • Spacing, you have extra wide gaps between your teeth
  • Crowding, your teeth are too close together
  • Open bites, the side or front teeth don’t quite come together when you bite with your back teeth
  • Misplaced midline, your upper front teeth don’t center with your lower teeth

What are the benefits of using Invisalign?

Invisalign can bring faster results than conventional braces. The aligners are also removable, meaning you don’t have to change your eating habits to avoid foods that might get caught in your braces. You’re expected to wear them 20-22 hours per day but can take them out to clean your teeth, which leads to better hygiene as you straighten your smile.

Invisalign aligners have no wires or brackets to irritate or cause abrasions on your gums. They’re also hard to see, so no one knows you’re wearing them.


Welcome, New Patients!

Fresh Smiles Implant & Cosmetic Dentistry is happily accepting new ortho patients in the South King County area. We treat patients from Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Auburn and SeaTac, WA. Schedule your new patient orthodontics consultation with our office today!