Don't underestimate the importance of a healthy, great looking smile. As an experienced Portland Invisalign dentist, Dr. Jason Bajuscak has helped patients achieve the smiles they've always wanted.
You may have heard about Invisalign orthodontic treatment, but might not fully understand just what the treatment process includes. Whether considering orthodontic treatment for you or a family member, the more you know about the entire process can help you better decide whether Invisalign meets your orthodontic needs. So you have the information needed to make an informed decision, here are the 5 Steps Towards a Better Smile With Invisalign.
1.) Talk With Your Downtown Portland Invisalign Dentist
The road to a straighter, healthier looking smile starts with a consultation with Dr. Bajuscak. During your initial Invisalign consultation, Dr. Bajuscak will examine the current state of your oral health to determine if Invisalign treatment is right for you. While Invisalign treatment can help meet the orthodontic needs of most patients, there are some cases where clear braces are not an option.
Your initial consultation with Dr. Bajuscak will also be your opportunity to ask any questions about Invisalign treatment such as cost, duration of treatment time, what you can expect, and any other concerns you may have.
If you're looking to improve the state of your smile, schedule your Invisalign consultation with Dr. Bajuscak today!
2.) Your Customized Treatment Plan
To develop your individualized Invisalign treatment plan, Dr. Bajuscak will take x-rays, images and impressions of your teeth, which a lab will use to create custom aligners designed to perfectly fit your smile. Based on the images and x-rays taken, Dr. Bajuscak will develop an exact treatment plan that predicts the precise movements of your teeth during treatment. This will allow Dr. Bajuscak to approximate the length of treatment required to achieve your desired smile. While the orthodontic needs of every patient will vary, treatment typically takes approximately a year for adults to complete. For teens, the length of treatment takes approximately the same amount of time as traditional metallic braces.
3.) Custom Invisalign Aligners Based on Your Individualized Treatment Plan
Using the images and impression of your teeth taken during the consultation, a series of custom-made, clear aligners is then created specifically to match the needs of your treatment plan. Made from a smooth, comfortable to wear plastic, aligners are designed to help correct the position of your teeth while not irritating your cheeks and gums. Unlike traditional metal braces that feature brackets and wires that can pinch, pull, and prod the delicate interior or your cheeks and gum tissue, Invisalign aligners are comfortable to wear and cause no irritation.
To complete your Invisalign treatment, all you need to do is wear your aligners throughout the day, removing them only to eat and when brushing and flossing. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently and gradually begin to shift into position. The best part about Invisalign treatment is that because aligners are virtually invisible, most people won't even notice you're wearing them.
4.) Switch Aligners Every Week
You will switch out the aligners every week you wear as part of advancing to the next stage of your treatment. You'll also need to schedule regular visits with Dr. Bajuscak so he can gauge your progress, typically once every six weeks. To enjoy the best-looking results in the shortest period of time, you need to make an effort to wear your aligners for an average of 20 to 22 hours a day, every day throughout the entire treatment process. With Invisalign orthodontic treatment, you'll be able to clearly see the progress you make during every step.
5.) Celebrate Your New Smile
Once you've completed treatment, you're guaranteed to want to smile. Invisalign will provide you with the straighter, healthier looking smile you've always wanted. Downtown Portland Invisalign dentist Dr. Jason Bajuscak will provide you a recommendation on whether you'll need to wear a retainer following treatment to help retain the progress you've made. Shortly after treatment, your teeth may start drifting back towards their original position. Wearing a retainer for a short time will help to prevent any movement of your teeth until they permanently adjust.