Invisalign in Aloha, Hillsboro, and Forest Grove OR

When you smile, the world smiles with you! A smile is indeed contagious, but what happens when you don't feel good about the appearance of your teeth?

Living with crooked teeth can feel embarrassing, and most patients who come to us seeking a solution for crooked teeth are typically concerned with the appearance of their smile. The truth, though, is that crooked teeth can also create dental health problems.

Straight Teeth without Metal Braces

The idea of wearing unsightly metal braces on their teeth is unappealing to most adults, and that's where Invisalign can help! Using clear plastic aligners instead of traditional brackets and wires, Invisalign straightens teeth with efficiency and discretion.

At Smith Dental, our dentists can help you eliminate crooked teeth and correct your bite so you can achieve the straighter, more functional smile you want and deserve. In addition, we make it easy for Oregon patients to complete their Invisalign treatment with three convenient locations in Hillsboro, Aloha, and Forest Grove.

Why Straight Teeth Are Important

woman smiling and laying on her kneeWhile having a beautiful smile that helps you feel confident is of the utmost importance, dental health concerns that are caused by crooked teeth are important to keep in mind. Teeth that are crooked make it easier for plaque and tartar to build up and make it harder for you to brush and floss your teeth effectively. Eventually, the result could be tooth decay or gum disease.

When your bite is not aligned properly, you might experience headaches or painful jaw joint (TMJ) problems, such as:

  • Popping or clicking when you open or close your mouth
  • Tenderness or pain when chewing or eating
  • Frequent headaches or migraines
  • Clenching or grinding your teeth while you sleep
  • Excessive wear or other damage to your teeth

Straightening your teeth makes it easier for you to keep them clean with effective daily brushing and flossing. In addition, a properly aligned bite makes it easier to chew and eat and protects your jaw joints from uncomfortable problems.

The advantages of having a beautiful smile with straight teeth also cannot be denied. The confidence that your smile provides when you interact with other people is priceless, and it could even help you reach career and relationship goals that you never thought were possible.

How Invisalign Works

Compliance is the key to successful and efficient treatment with Invisalign, and we'll ask that you strive to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day. Most patients find the aligners are smooth and comfortable to wear, so they don't interfere with your normal daily activities.

Every two to three weeks, you'll move on to the next set of aligners in your treatment plan. You can typically do this at home, significantly reducing the time you have to spend at the dentist.

Upon moving forward with Invisalign, our dentists will create your customized treatment plan, which Invisalign uses to create your aligners. You'll get started when your aligners arrive, and then you will visit our dental office periodically so our dentists can monitor your progress.

How Long Does Invisalign Treatment Take?

Treatment time with Invisalign varies for each patient, depending on their own specific needs. For example, patients who are straightening teeth that have relapsed after previous orthodontic treatment will likely not need as much time to straighten their teeth with Invisalign as someone who is aligning their teeth for the first time.

If Invisalign is the right procedure for you, our dentists will give you an estimate for your treatment time during your evaluation. You can also help your treatment progress by being compliant and wearing your aligners each day for as many hours as possible.

Most patients can complete their treatment in between 12 to 18 months.

The Advantages of Invisalign for Adults and Teens

Because Invisalign in Aloha is designed specifically for adults who need to have their teeth straightened, it works quickly and efficiently. Best of all, it’s practically invisible thanks to the clear aligner, which we know is important to adults who need to maintain a professional appearance. Busy teenagers who also appreciate discretion may also benefit from Invisalign treatment.

You won't have to worry about other people noticing metal brackets or wires on your teeth or the discomfort that the metal can cause to your gums and soft tissues when it pokes or rubs against them.

Because you can simply remove your aligners, you will also be able to enjoy all the foods you love throughout your treatment without dietary restrictions, and you'll be able to easily brush and floss your teeth. With no changes required to your diet or home care routine for Invisalign treatment, there should be no negative impact on your dental health or nutrition while you straighten your teeth.

You also have the option to remove your aligners for important meetings or events if you need to.

Invisalign makes straightening teeth an easy and effective process for busy adults to fit into their hectic schedules.

Common Problems Invisalign Can Correct

Invisalign in Hillsboro is designed to treat teeth that are affected by:

  • Crowding
  • Gaps
  • Poorly positioned teeth
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Twisted or rotated teeth
  • Overbites
  • Crossbites

While invisible braces work well for most patients, this system is not designed to treat problems with severe bite misalignments. However, if you have more complicated bite alignment concerns, we are happy to discuss this with you and help you find solutions, which might include a referral to an orthodontic specialist.

How You Can Get Started with Invisalign in Hillsboro, Aloha, or Forest Grove

Couple taking a selfie in Aloha, OR

If you’d like to learn whether Invisalign is appropriate for you, please call our Hillsboro, Aloha, or Forest Grove, OR dental office today to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists who are certified Invisalign providers.

Our dentists will perform an examination and also take x-rays and photos of your teeth. They will also discuss your goals for your smile with you and help you decide if Invisalign can help you meet those goals. If not, they'll have recommendations for other treatment procedures that can help you achieve your best smile.

Fitting Your New Smile into Your Budget

Invisalign is an investment in your smile, and many patients worry about the cost. At Smith Dental, we're here to help you achieve your smile goals, and we'll work with you to help you get the treatment you need and want for your smile and dental health.

If you have dental insurance, many plans offer orthodontic benefits to apply towards treatment with Invisalign. Your dental insurance benefit can help reduce your out-of-pocket cost for Invisalign.

Third-party financing companies like CareCredit can help spread the cost of your treatment into affordable monthly payments. Many patients find that monthly payments over the course of their treatment with Invisalign help it fit comfortably into their budgets.

Don't hesitate to call us to learn more about your payment options if you're considering Invisalign in Hillsboro, Aloha, or Forest Grove.

Make an Appointment for an Invisalign Evaluation

Don't wait to take the next steps towards your best smile! Contact one of our convenient Oregon locations today to schedule your Invisalign evaluation with our experienced dentists.