Invisalign® is one of the most popular treatment options for older teens and adults who want straighter teeth because it allows the discreet correction of gaps, overbites, crossbites, and spacing issues. It is popular among those who need to be in a professional setting or just want extra confidence in the 'in-between'.
Invisalign is a series of removable clear plastic aligners that are custom made for your unique needs. They subtly straighten teeth without the use of uncomfortable wires or brackets. The aligners are made with 3D imaging technology and incrementally adjust the position of your teeth to gradually move your smile into alignment.
The first step towards your new smile is a one-on-one consultation with your doctor. They’ll examine your teeth and gums, discuss your orthodontic goals, and help decide if Invisalign is right for you. We’ll use dental putty or digital scans to create impressions of your mouth, and show you a digital mockup to give you a sneak peek of what your new smile will look like.
You’ll return to the office once we receive your first few sets of aligners. You’ll try them on and we’ll make any necessary adjustments. Your doctor will provide instructions on how to wear them for the best results. Most patients are instructed to wear them for 20-22 hours a day. Every two weeks or so, you’ll also switch out the aligners for the next set.
Every 6 weeks, you’ll come to the office to check in and pick up your next several sets of aligners. Your doctor will monitor your progress to ensure your smile is on the right track. As long as you’re diligent about wearing your aligners for the correct amount of time every day, your teeth will continue shifting into the desired position.
Once your treatment is complete, you’ll receive a set of Invisalign retainers to ensure your beautiful new smile stays straight. These retainers look similar to Invisalign aligners, but their durability makes them better suited for long-term use, as they can handle excessive pressure without breaking down. Wearing your retainers nightly will keep your teeth straight for years to come.
Whether you have a slightly crooked smile, an underbite, an overbite or other misalignment, you may be a good candidate for Invisalign in Bend, OR. Typically we recommend Invisalign for responsible teens and adults who will commit to the process. Many patients see results in as little as 6 weeks.