The orthodontic professionals at Gig Harbor-Tacoma Orthodontics are proud to offer Invisalign for teens and adults in the Tacoma, WA, area. Structured around busy lives and the freedoms not associated with traditional alignment techniques, Invisalign is the gold standard for clear alignment technology. Dr. Patra Alatsis offers her services to those looking for a more convenient and accessible alignment solution.
Crooked teeth aren’t merely an aesthetic issue; they can cause real dental hygiene problems if left untreated. Overlapping or oddly positioned teeth can be difficult to clean effectively, leading to a buildup of plaque and bacteria and eventual decay or disease. They can also cause jaw pain, as the misalignment of your teeth may cause uneven chewing and wear.
Invisalign is a system of clear alignment trays which, when used as directed by your orthodontist, can be just as effective as traditional braces. The aligners are modeled explicitly after the individual patient’s teeth and molded from clear, durable plastic with small adjustments that move the teeth slowly into the proper alignment over several weeks at a time and when worn for at least 20 hours per day.
These clear aligners are beneficial for a number of reasons. Their most promoted benefit is that of being made of a clear plastic which will not greatly affect the appearance of your smile. The trays are also removable, meaning there are no limitations to your diet or dental hygiene routine as there would be with traditional braces. They also adjust the teeth more slowly, meaning less discomfort throughout the process.
Administering the Invisalign system at Gig Harbor-Tacoma Orthodontics is Dr. Patra Alatsis. Dr. Alatsis is a Tacoma native born and raised in the city. She attended the University of Washington to receive her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine for her Master of Science in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. She also has an Orthodontic Specialty Certificate.
She worked for a time in Oregon and Idaho before moving back home to take over the work of Dr. Scott Drake at Gig Harbor-Tacoma Orthodontics. Here she is happy to share her education and experience with her community to offer the best in orthodontic care.
Dr. Alatsis and her team are happy to offer their patients a fully customized Invisalign treatment plan for the individual patient’s most efficient and effective results. To schedule your complimentary consultation, you can call their office at 253 265 5082 or visit their website.