Do you have a bad bite? Are your teeth crowded or gapped? Have you ever considered braces as a way to restore your smile? If you have, you might be worried about the unsightliness and discomfort of traditional metal braces. You may also not be overly happy with the idea of wearing braces for a couple of years.
Invisalign clear aligners are appropriate for almost all patients who have mild to moderate malocclusion. Granted, severe issues may only respond to metal braces, but these issues are rare. Most of the time, Invisalign will get the job done.
The first advantage to Invisalign is, as you might suspect from the name, that they are practically indiscernible to the naked eye. There are other advantages too. Invisalign clear braces can be taken out when you want to eat or clean your teeth, so you never have to worry about foregoing your favorite foods. You can enjoy steak, apples, corn on the cob, and even taffy because you can take the braces out – they are not permanently fixed in your mouth.
You will also need fewer trips to the dentist office because Invisalign clear braces do not need to be tightened; you will be given a full set of aligners, and you will simply change them on a schedule that is agreed upon between you and your dentist. Of course you will still need to see Dr. Yamaguchi from time to time, just to make sure that your treatment is going the way it should, but dental visits will not be a way of life as they are with traditional braces.
Six Month Smiles
Again, the name says a lot. Six Month Smiles deliver the level of correction you need in about six months. They are not clear, like Invisalign, but they are colored to match your teeth, so again, they are virtually invisible. And, like Invisalign braces, they are not painful to wear, and do not require painful adjustments. Bands and wires are things of the past with Six Month Smiles.
Who Is a Candidate?
As previously stated, some orthodontic issues may require the use of metal braces. Most of the time, though, either Invisalign or Six Month Smiles will get the job done. Dr. Manami Yamaguchi will be pleased to meet with you and discuss your options.
If you have bite issues and would like to know more about Invisalign clear aligners or Six Month Smiles, contact us at Dental Arts and Wellness. We are located at 15074 Bangy Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97035. You can contact us by phone at 503-635-3306, or if you prefer to do things online, just use the form on our Contact Us page. We will be happy to work with you to give you the smile you deserve.