Invisalign® Clear Aligners
Dentist in Portland OR
is a new dental technology that consists of a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten the teeth. The Invisalign system consists of a set number of trays, and you must wear each tray for at least two weeks before moving on to the next to give your teeth enough time to adjust. Each new tray pushes the teeth just slightly more than they were pushed by the previous one until eventually reaching their final position. This is referred to as "progressing."
In addition to being discreet and easy to maintain, Invisalign
is also very effective at correcting orthodontic
problems. For example, those who undergo Invisalign treatment often see significant improvements in their smile alignment, bite correction, and overall oral health. If you are interested in getting the Invisalign orthodontic treatment, contact Dougherty Laybourn Menashe Dental
and we will schedule a consultation appointment for you with one of our dentists.
How Long Does Invisalign Take To Work?
The length of Invisalign treatment depends on the severity of the orthodontic problems. Most patients require between 12 and 18 months of treatment, but this can vary depending on the individual. Our team can help you determine how long you will need to wear your clear Invisalign trays to achieve the desired results. Most people need between 18 and 24 aligners to achieve their desired results, but this number can vary depending on your treatment plan.
Can Kids Get Invisalign?
Here at Dougherty Laybourn Menashe Dental
, we are often asked if kids can get Invisalign treatment. The answer is yes! Invisalign can be an excellent option for self-conscious kids about their teeth or who have difficulty wearing traditional braces. Our team can help you determine if Invisalign is the right choice for your child.
Why Is Invisalign Better For Kids?
Traditional braces are great for straightening teeth, but they have a few drawbacks. For one, kids can feel self-conscious about their appearance and may feel uncomfortable wearing them in public. Additionally, traditional braces can be challenging to keep clean, leading to bacteria build-up and cavities. Invisalign trays are removable, so your child can brush and floss as normal. This helps reduce the risk of developing cavities or other dental problems.
How Do You Know if Your Child Needs to See an Orthodontist?
If your child isn't happy with their smile or has difficulty keeping up with traditional braces, they may benefit from seeing an orthodontist. Orthodontists are highly trained professionals who can help you determine if Invisalign is the best treatment option for your child. They will examine your kid's teeth and jaw to ensure they are developing correctly. If there are any signs of problems, our team will recommend corrective action to prevent future dental issues. If it turns out that Invisalign is the right course of treatment for improving your child's oral health, we can work together to create a customized plan designed just for them!
When are Metal Braces Necessary Over Aligners?
There are a few instances when traditional metal braces may be better than Invisalign aligners. For example, if your child's teeth are severely crooked or misaligned, Invisalign may not be able to correct them as effectively as metal braces can. Additionally, kids who have jaw problems, such as an underbite or overbite, or significant dental crowding may need to wear metal braces to achieve their desired results.
Invisalign is an excellent treatment option for kids, and it's becoming more widely accepted as an alternative to traditional metal braces. If you're interested in learning whether your child can benefit from Invisalign, please don't hesitate to contact us. Our team at Dougherty Laybourn Menashe Dental will be happy to help determine if this type of orthodontic care will work best for correcting their smile alignment and improving their oral health.
Is There Invisalign for Gapped Teeth (Diastema)?
Invisalign can also treat gapped teeth; a condition known as diastema. Unfortunately, many people have this dental issue and don't know where to turn for help. Invisalign is an excellent solution for diastema.
What is a Diastema, and Why Does it Occur?
A diastema is a gap between two teeth. This space can be caused by lost baby teeth, poor oral hygiene habits, or genetics, and the condition usually affects the front six upper and lower adult teeth on each side of your mouth.
Many people who suffer from this dental issue don't know where to turn for help because they're embarrassed about how it makes them look when they smile. Others have had bad experiences with metal braces that left their mouths feeling sore and uncomfortable throughout the day, so they've given up hope entirely on getting straighter teeth. But there's no need to feel defeated. Invisalign provides an effective treatment option without all of those adverse side effects you get with traditional orthodontic treatment!
How Can You Correct a Diastema with Invisalign?
If you have a diastema, Invisalign can help close the space between your teeth. The orthodontic treatment works by using a series of clear, plastic aligners that fit snugly over your teeth. These aligners gradually move to new positions as your teeth shift into their desired position.
Invisalign is an excellent choice for correcting a diastema because it's discreet and doesn't cause any pain or discomfort. It's also a more affordable option than metal braces, so you can get the straighter smile you've always wanted.
How Long Will I Need to Wear the Invisalign?
The length of time you'll have to wear Invisalign will vary depending on how severe your diastema is - the worse it is, the longer it will take. For example, you may be able to close a small gap in just 18 weeks with around 22 clear aligners, but if there's more space between your teeth, you might need up to 30 weeks and 24-26 trays for complete correction.
Schedule Your Invisalign Consultation
Call us today at 503-334-1141
to schedule your consultation to see if Invisalign® clear aligners are a right fit for you!