Portland Invisalign

Picture an orthodontic patient. What does this person look like?

Chances are the image in your head is of a young teen sporting a metal-filled grin. And there is a good reason for you coming up with this image: up until very recently, this was what almost all orthodontic patients looked like. But things have been changing over the last several decades. Adult patients have become more and more common, and less visible forms of treatment have been developed. And no form of treatment has been more of a game-changer than Invisalign.

Windham Invisalign

As you might have guessed from the name, Invisalign is a form of invisible treatment. The system uses clear polyurethane aligners rather than metal wires and brackets. This means that patients can be in treatment without anyone being able to tell.

Another major difference is that these aligners simply slide over the teeth rather than being bonded to them. This makes the aligners removeable for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. As such, it eliminates many of the inconveniences of braces. Invisalign is also much more comfortable than traditional metal braces.

As for how the system works, it is similar to braces; the aligners place pressure on the teeth in strategic ways to move the teeth into their desired positions. However, you do not need to come see the doctor for adjustments as with traditional metal braces. Instead, you swap out the aligners for the next in the series, switching to a retainer when treatment is complete.

While it is an incredible system, Invisalign is not for everyone. To determine if you are a candidate for treatment, you must see us in person. Contact us to schedule your initial consultation.

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