Invisalign®, the clear, removable alternative to braces

Dr. Brad Sievert is proud to offer “pioneering” treatments to his patients in Lake Oswego, West Linn, and South Portland, Oregon. Invisalign® represents a pioneer in the world of orthodontic treatment. Before Invisalign®, conventional braces were the “go-to” to correct misalignment and bite issues, or problems with how the upper and lower teeth come together when you close your mouth.

Treatments for a world of patients

Invisalign® debuted in the late 1990s. When it was first introduced as a transparent, removable alternative to straightening teeth with fixed silver-hued metal brackets and wires, Invisalign® was a cosmetic treatment. It primarily corrected minor crowding and crooked teeth. Since then, more patients of all ages and with all sorts of bite concerns and conditions have been treated worldwide with the Invisalign® system. Just a few of the conditions that can be treated with Invisalign® aligners include:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Gapped teeth
  • Openbite
  • Crowding
  • Unevenly-spaced teeth

Younger and more “experienced” patients alike appreciate the design of the Invisalign® system. For starters, no one else (besides your dentist!) has to know that you are straightening your teeth. The Invisalign® aligners are made from transparent and smooth thermoplastic. They are invisible when you smile. As you straighten your teeth, the aligners are perfectly custom-fitted to the contours of your mouth. This feature, combined with the smoothness of the BPA-free plastic, promotes a comfortable treatment experience.

Invisalign® has also taken the hassle out of straightening your teeth. The aligner can be removed for a few hours each day when eating and cleaning your teeth and gums. Compliance with daily wear time is essential. The aligners place gentle yet consistent pressure on the teeth to incrementally shift them into their proper positions. Each aligner is part of a series of aligners that are worn throughout treatment. Wear the aligners as directed each day and for about one or two weeks until you move to the next aligner in the series. To assure treatment remains on schedule, be sure also to wear the aligners in the correct order. To help with compliance, Invisalign® Teen treatment features blue dots that fade over time when our tween and teenaged patients wear the aligners as instructed.

Invisalign® is suitable for many patients (it has treated 10 million smiles and counting!). But is it an appropriate treatment for you? To find out, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sievert. Call Westlake Family Dentistry at (503) 662-9176.