Ballard Invisalign

Invisalign clear aligners vs. metal braces - the straight facts.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign takes a fresh approach to straightening your teeth, using a series of custom-made aligners created specifically for you and only you. These aligner trays are constructed from smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth.

Wearing the clear aligners will steadily and smoothly shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements Dr. Nelson your Seattle Invisalign specialist, plans out for you.

Best of all there are no metal brackets, and no wires to tighten. You’ll obtain a fantastic smile with minimal interference in your daily life. To top it all off, most people won't even know you're straightening your teeth.


Our Ballard Invisalign Treatment Gives You An Amazing Smile in 2 Easy Steps.

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Step One

Contact our Ballard office for a complimentary evaluation. Dr. Nelson is a premier provider for Invisalign and Invisalign for Teens.

Dr. Nelson and Nelson Orthodontics are proudly celebrating their 50th year of offering quality orthodontic treatment in the Seattle area.

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Step Two

Begin your treatment. Dr. Nelson will start by drafting a detailed treatment plan with your specific goals in mind.

An exciting part of our Ballard Invisalign technology is that Dr. Nelson will be able to show you a 3D digital illustration of how your teeth will move during treatment.


Invisalign's Clear Advantage Over Braces

While the results may seem to be the same—when you stop and compare Invisalign to other straightening alternatives, the benefits become quite evident. Understanding the pros and cons of each option beforehand will help you make a more confident choice.


Side By Side Comparison of Invisalign vs Traditional Braces

Straightens your teeth.

  • Braces
  • Invisalign

Effectively treats a broad assortment of cases, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbite.

  • Braces
  • Invisalign

Built of smooth, comfortable plastic which is less likely to irritate your cheeks and gums.

  • Braces
  • Invisalign

Allows you to remove the device when you want.

  • Braces
  • Invisalign

Lets you experience a virtually invisible teeth-straightening treatment.

  • Braces
  • Invisalign

Permits you to eat your favorite foods, whenever you want.

  • Braces
  • Invisalign

Saves you time, which frees up your busy schedule, with less frequent office visits.

  • Braces
  • Invisalign

Lets you brush and floss your teeth normally, resulting in better overall oral health.

  • Braces
  • Invisalign

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FAQs About Invisalign

Get the answers from our Invisalign provider in Ballard.

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Invisalign treatment typically takes 12 to 18 months to complete. However, depending on the complexity of your case, it may be shorter or longer.

The only way to find out how long Invisalign will take to straighten your teeth is to visit an Invisalign provider. Click here to request a complimentary consultation with Dr. Nelson today!

The Opens new tab to Invisalign websiteaverage cost of Invisalign is $5,000 - around the same as traditional braces.

Again, this can vary based on your case. Plus, if you have dental insurance, your treatment may be covered.

During your complimentary consultation at Nelson Orthodontics, we will determine your treatment cost and discuss payment options.

Invisalign can treat both adults and teenagers. Invisalign is not suitable for children or young teens due to several reasons, such as development and compliance.

Invisalign is best used to correct minor to moderate cases, such as:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Underbites
  • Overbites
  • Crossbites

For complex cases, Invisalign may not be as effective as traditional orthodontics.

Learn more on our blog post: "Is Everyone a Candidate for Invisalign?"

Invisalign should not cause you pain. When you switch to a new set of aligners, you may feel slight pressure or discomfort. This will wear off in a few days and can be managed with over-the-counter medication as necessary.

You need to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day. Failure to do so can result in longer treatment time and reverse movements.

You should only take out your clear aligners to eat, drink, brush, and floss.

With Invisalign Teen, the aligners have blue dot compliance indicators to ensure your child is wearing his or her trays.

Yes, we are accepting new Invisalign patients!

We have two convenient office locations in Ballard and Magnolia, proudly serving our surrounding Seattle neighborhoods, including Fremont, Wallingford, Queen Anne, Capitol Hill, Northgate, and Greenwood.

Best of all: We are currently offering complimentary consultations! Contact us to schedule one today!

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