Invisalign: The Simple Solution for Misaligned and Crooked Teeth

Invisalign: The Simple Solution for Misaligned and Crooked Teeth

Having gaps, misaligned or crooked teeth can be a major blow to your self-confidence. Not only that, but you might have a hard time cleaning crooked teeth or even chewing. This can cause you to lose teeth or also develop other bite problems.

Braces for a long time have been the only option available that can help rectify the misaligned or poorly spaced teeth. But, this option has never favored adults because they are not pleasing and are quite uncomfortable.

But now, adults and teenagers have an option that meets the needs of modern people. Invisalign in Portland, OR, is a revolutionary orthodontic device that is designed to be discreet and comfortable and it still gets the job done.

Invisalign Overview

Invisalign in Portland, OR, are clear aligners that are made from non-toxic BPA plastic and are used to straighten teeth. They are an excellent choice for many patients in Southwest Portland, Hillsdale, Multnomah Village, Garden Home, South Burlingame and Tigard because of their aesthetic value and ease of use.

Metal braces, on the other hand, are difficult to maintain, not pleasing to look at and are uncomfortable, so Invisalign was designed to address these drawbacks.

What Issues Does Invisalign Correct?

Our Invisalign dentist near you is better placed to determine if you need clear aligners after examining your teeth and gums. However, if you have any of the following issues, then you can benefit from this treatment:

  • Spacing
  • Open bite
  • Crossbite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crooked teeth

How Does Invisalign Work?

Clear aligners operate using the same principle as braces, in that they gently put pressure on the teeth to aid them to move into the desired positions. Invisalign aligners are snug and will still move teeth as braces would.

Braces have metal brackets and wires which are designed to put pressure on the teeth. With every visit to our dentist near you, the wires are readjusted so as they can keep on pushing teeth in the desired position.

On the hand, Invisalign aligners do not have brackets or wires but a series of lightweight clear aligners.

Each aligner you wear will move your teeth, and you can monitor the progress of your smile all through the journey.

On average, you will have to wear each aligner for at least 20 hours each day for two weeks, then you discard them and wear the next one in the series. Each new aligner is the same as someone having their braces readjusted.

Our Portland dentist will give you enough aligners to last you until your next visit. The whole process might last about a year.

What to Expect at the Dentist’s Office

Here are the steps involved before you get the clear aligners:

  • Step 1
  • You will have to visit our dentist in Portland, OR, who will have to create a treatment plan for you. During the session, our dentist will use a 3d imaging device to take pictures of your current teeth positions. This image will be used to trace the way your teeth have to move to rectify the alignment issue.

  • Step 2
  • Then, using the image, a series of trays are created, which you will be changing every week to cause your teeth to shift into their new positions.

  • Step 3
  • When your aligners have been created, your treatment officially starts. After receiving the aligners, you will have to change to next aligners either weekly or after two weeks depending on what our dentist instructs you to do.

    You will be given enough aligners to last you until your next dental visit. You will have to see our dentist in Portland, OR, every 6-8 weeks so as your progress can be monitored.

    Caring for Invisalign Aligners

    A significant plus that Invisalign has over metal braces is that you can remove them when you are eating or drinking. However, they still get dirty and will need to be cleaned. Here are some do’s and don’ts that might help you:

    Do

    • Rinse your aligners with running water every time you remove them to remove saliva and bacteria.
    • Soak them regularly in specialized cleaning crystals.
    • Clean your teeth every time after eating to prevent the buildup of plaque and bacteria on the aligners
    • Brush them carefully so as you do not leave visible scratches

    Don’ts

    • Do not eat foods and colored drinks since they can easily stain them and also leave an odor.
    • Don’t use toothpaste on the aligners since toothpaste can damage them.
    • Use colored or scented soap because clear soap can stain them.

    Do you have any more questions about Invisalign? Contact us at Serene Dental, and we would love to answer all your questions.

Call Now Book Appointment