According to our adult patients, investing in their new smile was one of the best investments they ever made. And indeed, this investment in yourself will not only make you feel good, it will also provide significant health benefits. Your new beautiful smile will boost your confidence and a properly functioning bite will improve your oral health.
Thanks to the incredible advancements in technology, more adults than ever before are turning to orthodontic treatment in Portland in search of the smile of their dreams. Innovations such as Invisalign are reshaping the entire industry and offering new opportunities for adults interested in improving their smile and bite, but who refuse to have metal braces and wires in their mouth.
Some of you perhaps started noticing that your teeth have shifted over the years. The crowding you are experiencing is a natural and normal phenomenon since our teeth continue to move over time following the transformation of our jaw muscles and bones. If you do not intervene, this issue is likely to worsen and could potentially cause other dental problems. The good news is that this vicious cycle can be halted and your Portland orthodontist can use a series of customized clear aligners to realign your teeth and improve your bite.
Am I too old? No, it is never too late! These days, many parents and even grandparents are interested in straightening their teeth thanks to more discreet treatments available such as Invisalign.
As long as your teeth are healthy, they can be moved at any age. Any gum disease or decay will need to be treated before starting orthodontic treatment, and your orthodontist may recommend interdisciplinary care with other specialists to provide the best long-term results. Additionally, patients with possible sleep apnea may be treated in conjunction with sleep medicine specialty and oral surgery to properly identify and correct any skeletal problems that may be contributing to poor breathing at night. Successful orthodontic treatment can result in not only a straighter and more youthful smile, but also in a healthier bite and higher quality of life.
There is a host of orthodontic treatment options available today, ranging from metal braces to clear aligners. No matter what treatment you choose, the mechanics behind moving teeth are the same. A light, constant force is applied to the teeth until proper alignment is achieved. Orthodontic innovations have led to a variety of methods to achieve this, and the treatment option you choose is as personal to you as your smile.
Clear aligners – clear aligners such as Invisalign are a growing trend in orthodontics. They are smooth, plastic aligners that fit over the teeth. Using a series of aligners, the teeth are gently guided to their new locations over time. The aligners are removable, making it easy to eat, drink, brush and floss. Additionally, the appointments for clear aligner treatment are shorter and less frequent, and many busy adults find this option to be a great alternative to traditional braces.
Metal braces – metal braces are the most common orthodontic treatment and are probably what you picture when you think of orthodontic treatment. Metal brackets are adhered to the teeth and a metal wire is attached to each one using a small elastic.
Clear braces – clear braces use brackets that are made of clear material so they blend in with your natural teeth. They are barely visible, but they are more susceptible to breaking than traditional metal braces are, so patients must be extra vigilant during treatment to avoid excessive breakage.
Lingual braces – lingual braces are metal braces that are placed along the tongue side of the teeth, rendering them almost completely invisible. They take a little longer to get used to, but they can be a great option for someone needing orthodontic treatment completely “incognito.”