Orthodontics is a form of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. These problems are classified as malocclusion, which means a bad bite. At All About Smiles, McMinnville orthodontist Dr. Bradley Oliver is skilled in the design, application and control of both metal and clear braces like Invisalign. By using advanced dental technologies combined with a dedication to lasting oral health, Dr. Oliver creates custom treatment plans that bring the teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment to achieve facial balance. It is always less expensive to correct a problem when the patient is younger than to wait for the problem to become more serious in the future.
Our doctors will take an impression of your existing teeth. The model made from the impression will be analyzed with 3-D computer imaging technology. The computer will figure out how to straighten your teeth and over what time. A series of clear plastic aligners will be made for you to wear. You’ll visit your dentist at regular intervals to check your progress. Congratulations! When you’re finished wearing each clear aligner in the series, your treatment will be complete and you will have straighter teeth and the beautiful smile you deserve.
You will wear each aligner for 2 weeks. They are virtually invisible and unnoticeable. You change each aligner at 2 week intervals until treatment is complete. (usually 6-14 months) This is truly 21st-century dentistry it’s best!
Whether your smile needs minor improvements or more extensive adjustments, Invisalign can certainly help. It’s successful in treating overly crowded or widely spaced teeth. It can also relieve more complex issues, including overbites, underbites and even crossbites. In fact, All About Smiles can use Invisalign clear aligners in all or part of just about any treatment plan.
Because Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to position and straighten teeth, you can keep your active lifestyle during treatment. Unlike braces, Invisalign aligners have no metal bands or wires to irritate your mouth. So go ahead and be as active as you like. Since Invisalign is removable, just take the clear aligners out for special events or if you’re going to indulge in a sticky, gooey snack.
An average Invisalign course of treatment takes about a year. You’ll come in to All About Smiles every 6 to 8 weeks for adjustments and to check progress. At regular intervals, you’ll receive a new set of custom-molded clear aligners to continue the straightening process. The total number of clear aligners is specific to you, determined by All About Smiles for your course of treatment.
You are never too old to improve your smile. All About Smiles also treats adults for a wide variety of conditions, from overbites to underbites. Approximately 25 percent of today’s orthodontic patients are adults. Teeth can be moved at any age, and therefore more adults are proceeding with orthodontic treatment to achieve straight teeth, a beautiful, and healthy jaw joints. Many adults prefer the clear or gold braces, which are more aesthetically pleasing than the standard metal braces. No two smiles are alike, and therefore no two orthodontic treatment programs are either. Typically, active treatment times range from one to two years and vary with the degree of tooth movement and the severity of the problem.