Teeth straightening has come a long way in the past several years. At Westlake Family Dentistry, we offer two different modern options to the traditional braces of the past: Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. Both options are more aesthetically pleasing than the metal braces you might remember from your school days – and in most cases, treatment times are also faster.
Invisalign is a safe and simple way to straighten teeth without traditional metal braces. Invisalign has the capability to reduce crowding, lessen unwanted gaps in teeth, and correct overbite, underbite and crossbite. The average treatment time for Invisalign aligners is about 10-12 months, which is often half of the time it takes for their metal counterparts to do the trick.
The Invisalign system uses custom clear aligners made of medical-grade plastic swapped out every week or every other week, depending on your treatment. The aligners need to be worn 22 hours a day – the most successful results occur when they are only removed to eat or clean teeth. Gums are less likely to become irritated without wires and metal in the mix, and you’ll still get to enjoy all your favorite foods!
Six Month Smiles is an updated version of traditional braces with an average treatment time of just six months. Brackets and wires are involved, but they are clear or tooth-colored. Adjustment of the teeth is accomplished by applying just enough pressure to make them shift where they should.
The Six Month Smiles system focuses only on the front teeth that show when you smile – it does not align the entire mouth and bite as more complicated orthodontic treatments do. Crooked teeth can have issues that go beyond the cosmetic – they can also lead to uneven and excessive tooth wear, or inability to keep gums healthy. If you have crooked teeth without severe misalignment or bite issues, your teeth could be straighter in as little as six months!
Propel® Orthodontics is a patented, FDA-registered system designed for significant reduction of treatment time necessary for orthodontic treatment. The system pokes tiny micro holes in the gums to speed up teeth movement by increasing blood flow and stimulating bones in the mouth. Propel can be used with any fixed or removable orthodontic appliance and can cut duration of orthodontic treatment by as much as half. If you want that straight smile even sooner, ask Dr. Sievert about Propel!
If you have any questions about Invisalign or Six Month Smiles or would like to schedule an appointment with your Lake Oswego dentist, Dr. Sievert at Westlake Family Dentistry, give us a call or request an appointment online below. We can’t wait to smile with you!
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