All orthodontic appliances and devices work in a very similar manner—by applying gentle consistent pressure, gradually and predictably moving the teeth into proper alignment. There are multiple reasons why your dentist can recommend orthodontic treatment. Some of them are more obvious then others:
Most people looking for orthodontic treatment are interested in improving their smile by solving problems caused by crowded or misaligned teeth. At PDX Smile Design, we are experts at using the latest technology to achieve the best aesthetic results. In fact, you can even preview your smile in 3D through the process of Digital Smile Design before starting your journey with us towards a more beautiful smile.
Another equally important benefit of orthodontic treatment is the ability to improve not only the appearance of your smile, but also the function of the teeth, jaw joints and facial muscles by harmonizing your occlusion (or bite). We often offer orthodontic treatment as a part of a comprehensive treatment plan to people that wear out or overload their teeth.
Orthodontic treatment, such as braces or Invisalign clear aligners, can also help your dentist to move teeth that need to be restored with crowns, bridges, veneers and direct composites (fillings) into positions where the dentist can preserve as much of the healthy tooth structure as possible.
The days when the only option for moving teeth were braces made of metal brackets and wires are in the past. We remember them well, but do not miss them that much. Present day orthodontics is a lot more exciting.
Though using braces is still the best course of treatment for a lot of our patients, we now offer many different treatment options, including tooth-colored or clear brackets that are smaller and less noticeable or no brackets at all with the use of Invisalign.
In fact, orthodontics have evolved so much that even the wires we use have changed. They are less noticeable and some of them are body heat activated and are made of shape-memory materials that speed up the treatment process. Please contact PDX Smile Design to schedule an appointment to learn more about our orthodontic treatments options.
Orthodontic treatment time may vary and can last between one and three years. In some cases, the desired result can be achieved in a matter of months. There are several factors that can influence the duration of your treatment including the complexity of your case, your age and the treatment method.
At PDX Smile Design, we are here for you from the initial consultation to treatment planning and implementation, helping you with every step of your journey towards the smile of your dreams.
No. The answer is that simple. In fact, we have patients who are in their 50s, 60s and beyond that have benefited greatly from orthodontic treatment. Of course, children receiving early treatment can achieve results in less time. It is never too late.
Please call PDX Smile Design at 503-788-0405 to schedule an appointment and to learn more about our different orthodontic treatment options