Invisalign is a revolutionary dental treatment option for straightening crooked or crowded teeth and achieving a beautiful smile. It is the most advanced system in the world of clear removable aligners that can eliminate the need for wires and braces. Invisalign is a great solution for people who may be self-conscious about wearing braces, especially teenagers and some older adults who might feel they are "too old" for conventional orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign aligners work just like traditional braces by applying gentle calculated forces to move teeth, but with clear aligners instead of braces and metal wires. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign utilizes a fully digital treatment system beginning with the 3D scanning of your teeth to treatment planning and manufacturing of precision fit individual aligners. With this type of treatment, patients report significantly less discomfort and have a much easier time keeping teeth and gums clean and healthy.
One of the largest advantages of Invisalign treatment is that you can preview all the changes that your smile will undergo in 3D even before the treatment process is started. It is like a glimpse into the future, enabling you to see each step of the treatment process before it actually happens. With this preview, you can enjoy seeing a gradual stage by stage transformation of your smile with each consecutive aligner. All you will have to do is wear your aligners for an appropriate amount of time according to the recommendations of your dentist and to visit PDX Smile Design for scheduled checkups.
Typically, Invisalign treatments last between 6 and 12 months, but can go as long as 24 months depending on the amount of change that is necessary.
In some cases, Invisalign might be able to achieve the desired results faster compared to traditional metal braces.
PDX Smile Design has achieved the prestigious level of Platinum Invisalign Provider, which basically means that we do a lot of Invisalign cases each year and that we get to draw on over 8 years of our experience using Invisalign clear aligners.
We are also proud of the fact that Dr. Olga Dontsova received a Master of Science in Specialised Orthodontics in Muenster, Germany and that in providing Invisalign treatment she is assisted by a specially trained Orthodontic Coordinator who has been working in the field of orthodontics for over 10 years.
At PDX Smile design, we have all the necessary equipment needed for your entire Invisalign treatment, including an iTero® 3D Scanner that eliminates the need for messy and uncomfortable impressions.
Our convenient location in SE Portland provides easy access for patients from SE Portland, NE Portland, Vancouver, Happy Valley, Gresham, Oregon City and the entire Portland Metro Area.
With constant advances in technology, 20 years of research and data from over 5.5 million clinical cases of people who have undergone Invisalign treatment, the number of conditions that can be successfully treated with Invisalign aligners is constantly increasing. However, the choice of orthodontic treatment that is best for you will be determined by a number of factors and requires a thorough evaluation from your dentist at PDX Smile Design. To schedule an appointment for a complete dental examination, please call: +1 503-788-0405
A complete dental examination is an essential component of your orthodontic treatment.
The process of moving teeth is a lot more complex than it seems at first glance. It can affect not only the appearance of your smile, but also the function of your bite, jaw joint, gums and bone structures.
It is vitally important for your dentist to examine your teeth and gums for any signs of existing dental conditions and other health problems. The dentist will take X-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums.
At your initial complete dental examination, we will also take a series of photographs, perform a detailed smile evaluation, discuss all of your orthodontic needs and evaluate whether Invisalign treatment is recommended.
At this stage, our financial coordinator will discuss the costs involved in starting your Invisalign treatment and present you with ways of making the treatment fit your budget.
Once it is determined by your dentist that Invisalign is right for you, we will proceed by performing a thorough scan of your teeth that allows us to capture an extremely accurate 3D image of your teeth using the innovative iTero® digital scanning system. No messy and uncomfortable impressions required.
Then we will use specialized software to map out a precise treatment plan (including the exact movements of every tooth), calculate the number of aligners and treatment stages and determine how long your treatment will take.
You will even get to see how your teeth will move with each Invisalign aligner and preview all improvements to your smile in 3D. Think of it as a step by step road map to your new smile.
As our name indicates, smile design is what we pride ourselves on.
Your custom-made aligners will be made in the world’s largest 3D printing facility from Invisalign’s proprietary SmartTrack® material and promptly shipped to our dental office.
They are virtually invisible, so most people will not even notice you are wearing them.
While you will have to wear your Invisalign clear aligners 20 to 22 hours a day for best results, when important life events happen, from a job interview, to a class reunion or even a casual dinner with friends, just take your aligners out to eat and drink, then brush and floss your teeth before putting them back in.
Specially designed Invisalign Teen aligners will have blue compliance indicators to assure that they are worn for the proper amount of time.
As you wear each set of aligners for one to two weeks, as prescribed by your dentist, your teeth will gently and gradually shift into their proper place.
With Invisalign treatment, you are never on your own. Our dentists at PDX Smile Design will supervise every step of your treatment process and will be available to answer any questions at scheduled checkups about every six weeks. Yes, it is your progress, but we want to be a part of celebrating it at every stage.