For the millions of Americans who didn’t get the chance to align their smiles with traditional braces as children, there is a new low-key technique to straighten your teeth. Invisalign is the latest orthodontic treatment on the block suitable for persons aged 15 and above. Unlike traditional braces, patients in Lake Oswego, Oregon, can get Invisalign from Westlake Family Dentistry that is discreet, faster, and comfortable to put your teeth into perfection.
Invisalign, also known as clear aligners, works by straightening your teeth through a series of removable clear aligners. The aligners put constant but gentle pressure on the teeth, gradually bringing them into proper alignment. But what should I expect from the procedure?
The first step is booking a consultation with Dr. Brad Sievert. Here, we examine your oral health to ensure that it doesn’t compromise the effectiveness of Invisalign. If all is well, we take digital impressions of your mouth and then generate a 3-D rendering of your teeth and a simulation of how your teeth will move during the treatment. Next, we send the digital models to the Invisalign dental lab to custom-make your straightening trays.
After just a couple weeks, your aligners will be ready. The aligners are different and need to be worn in a specific order. Each series of aligners is worn for two weeks and then swapped with another set. This process continues for the next few months until your teeth are correctly aligned.
Pro-tip: After alignment, you need to wear retainers to avoid your teeth from shifting out of alignment.
While Invisalign effectively aligns teeth, it isn’t ideal for everyone. Invisalign is called adult braces for a reason. It’s perfect for teens and adults because their teeth and gums are already fully developed. Plus, the removable nature of clear braces isn’t ideal for children. Kids are likely to lose the braces after removal. Also, they may not be dedicated to wearing braces as they should, reducing the effectiveness of treatment. Additionally, if you have gum disease or cavities, you need to seek restorative treatment first before commencing the Invisalign treatment.
When Dr. Sievert mentions the possibilities of Invisalign to our patients, most are ready to jump on to the bandwagon because of the below unique benefits of clear aligners:
Ready to enjoy the lifelong benefits of perfectly lined teeth? If yes, please dial (503) 662-9176 to book an appointment with Westlake Family Dentistry. Dr. Sievert will answer all your questions about Invisalign, including whether the treatment is suitable for you.