Orthodontics

Orthodontics | NW Heights Dental | Portland OR

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with correcting abnormalities of the teeth and jaw. Treatment is designed to help patients both aesthetically and functionally, from correcting teeth misalignment to correcting speech.

What Types Of Problems Does Orthodontics Treat?

Orthodontics can straighten crooked or protruding teeth, correct irregular spacing between teeth and bite problems, and align lips and teeth properly. Invisalign can assist in correcting all types of malocclusions, also known as misalignments.


Why Is Orthodontics Necessary?

While many individuals are drawn to orthodontic treatment for cosmetic reasons, orthodontics is frequently necessary to prevent or correct difficulty with biting, chewing, and speech. Untreated misalignment of the teeth can also cause other oral problems, such as damage to the inner cheeks and tongue.

“The doctors, hygienists, and staff are kind, friendly, and incredibly professional. My entire family loves both Dr. Smith and Dr. Hiebert! It’s great to have the convenience of in-office bleaching rather than dealing with trays at home. I receive compliments about my smile all the time!” -Lena


Who Is A Candidate For Orthodontics?

More and more adults are opting to change their teeth to have a more symmetrical and attractive looking smile. Even though most people have orthodontic treatments done as a child, not everyone is able to. This leads some adults to get teeth aligning treatments like Invisalign to feel more confident with their smile both personally and professionally.


What Is Invisalign?

Orthodontics | NW Heights Dental | Portland OR

Invisalign utilizes 3-D computer-imaging technology to be able to project tooth movement in a patient’s mouth. Through this type of technology, Dr. Keri Smith and Dr. David Hiebert are able to create a set of clear and custom-made aligners for the patient. These are known as repositioners and they gradually move the teeth to be more aligned. What makes Invisalign different from braces is that they are removable, meaning you can take them out for meals. Every two weeks a patient receives a new set which gradually moves their teeth into the correct alignment. Ultimately, around 12 months, the final teeth alignment goal is met to improve both functional and aesthetic goals.


What Difficulties Does Early Orthodontics Prevent?

Having good dental health should start as a child and continue into adulthood. No matter what age you are, teeth need to be taken care of daily. Left untreated, the misalignment of the upper and lower teeth can cause or worsen the following:

  • tooth decay
  • gum disease
  • wearing down of the teeth
  • jaw misalignment
  • facial, head or neck pain.

How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?

The length of time Invisalign must be worn varies depending on the extent of correction required. Generally speaking, patients wear Invisalign for about 12 months.


What Are The Benefits Of Newer Orthodontic Treatments?

The most recent orthodontic treatments are more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing than those previously used. Especially with Invisalign being clear and easy to remove during meals. Newer treatments also provide faster results than those used in the past.


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