Invisalign® – Portland, OR
Straighten Your Teeth Discreetly
Invisalign® in Portland, OR is an orthodontic treatment that is virtually unseen, extremely predictable in its results, and easily removable for eating, brushing, and flossing. It usually requires less time than conventional braces, and we can even tell you what you will look like at given points during treatment. In 2012, Dr. Teasdale became the first and only general dentist in the entire state of Oregon to have earned the “Elite Provider” designation from Invisalign®.
Why Choose Evolution Dental for Invisalign®?
- Certified Elite Invisalign Provider
- Over 40 Years of Experience
- Treatment Designed with TekScan Technology
What Is Invisalign?
Invisalign is for adult patients who have a bad bite, also known as a malocclusion. This includes those with an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or overcrowding of the teeth.
Designed for patients who are seeking a private way to straighten their teeth, this modern take on traditional braces allows you to get the look you want without the metal brackets and wires, enabling you to keep a more professional appearance. Our staff at Evolution Dental understands that few people enjoy the appearance of metal braces, but they would still like to improve the look of their teeth. Dr. Teasdale can discuss the benefits of both conventional braces and Invisalign® for your specific situation. Importantly, he can accelerate treatment using various methods, cutting times by up to 70%.
Invisalign® uses a series of clear plastic aligners that are customized to accommodate your teeth as they are and bring them into the positioning that you want. We can usually help you fully straighten your teeth in less than two years—most Invisalign® patients are treated in eighteen months.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Your Invisalign® process begins with a visit to Evolution Dental. At this appointment, Dr. Teasdale will evaluate your tooth positioning and ask you questions about your TMJ or sleep apnea symptoms. Together, you will discuss which options may work most efficiently for you and your lifestyle because no one treatment is best for everyone.
Using specialized Invisalign® software, we will take 3D images of your teeth — this will help us view your current positioning. Then, the program will allow us to make the changes that you want using a 3D model of your teeth, so we can see the final results you are seeking. Once we have found your ideal positioning, a series of aligners will be ordered. Each aligner is worn for one to two weeks, progressively moving your teeth into the desired position.
How We Use Invisalign® to Improve the Bite
Invisalign® enables us to work to an endpoint that we can see before we even start—literally, we "begin with the end in mind." And, because we have such vast experience and expertise with this system, we recognize what is possible, and we work to get there as quickly and as comfortably as we can without compromise.
For years, Dr. Teasdale has also provided traditional orthodontics with metal braces. As a result, we can blend both regular braces and Invisalign when it is more efficient and effective. If you have been told that Invisalign® will not work for you, or if you have any questions whatsoever, please call us today.
We are also very happy to provide exceptionally rapid orthodontic care to cut the length of treatments like Invisalign® to less than a third of their average time. Ask us about treatments like Propel, AcceleDent, and ProV5, and how they can help you complete your orthodontic treatment in far less time.
What Are the Benefits of Invisalign?
Our patients love Invisalign® because it comes with many benefits, including:
- Discreet: Invisalign® will be nearly invisible in your mouth. Most people will never know you are wearing the aligners because they are clear and fit entirely over your teeth.
- Metal-Free Treatment: Not using metal offers patients many benefits including no metal to see, no metal to rub against your cheeks, no metal for food to get stuck in, and no metal to try to brush or floss around. The freedom of no metal is significant to anyone who has dealt with it before.
- Removable: Whether you play sports, play an instrument, or just want to keep eating the foods you love, being able to remove Invisalign® offers great freedom for our patients. The biggest problem with braces is that you can never get a break from them. With Invisalign®, you can. Though we will ask you to wear your Invisalign® aligners at least 22 hours a day for the best results, there are those little bits of time that you can remove your device when you most need to, like when you are eating or cleaning your teeth.
Understanding the Cost of Invisalign
From the discreet appearance to the shorter average treatment timelines, it is not hard to see why millions of patients have chosen Invisalign. But how much does Invisalign in Portland cost? It is a very common question we hear from patients; however, there is no one-size-fits-all price. But, there are a few factors that will help determine the answer. Read on to find out what they are!
Factors that Affect the Cost of Invisalign
As mentioned above, several factors will be considered when determining the cost of Invisalign in Portland. Some of the most important ones include:
- How many aligners are needed to straighten your teeth
- Whether you are straightening one or two arches
- The need for additional accessories, like elastics.
Once you start treatment, there is another factor that will influence the cost: your compliance. For example, if you consistently misplace your aligners, do not wear them for 22 hours a day, or do not prioritize your check-in visits, then you will likely fall off-track with your treatment timeline. As a result, you will need more aligners than originally planned, increasing the cost.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Invisalign?
Depending on your dental plan, the answer may be yes! While some patients do not have coverage, others have a once-in-a-lifetime benefit specifically for orthodontic treatment. Our team can go over your dental insurance plan with you. So, if you are currently insured and want to learn more about your benefits, let us know! Our team would be happy to answer any questions you have.
As an Elite Provider of Invisalign®, Dr. Teasdale is uniquely qualified to answer any questions you might have about the treatment and what it could do for you. We’ll listen to your desires and fully discuss all the steps of the process so that there are no surprises.
How Long Will Invisalign Take?
Every case is different, of course, depending upon where your teeth are and where we want them to be. Generally speaking, most treatments are completed in less than a year, but some take far less time while some occasionally take longer; it all depends on multiple factors. For those who want to shorten the Invisalign process, we have ways of cutting the treatment time by half or even more. Please let us know if you would like to learn more about these options.
What Is the Best Age for Invisalign?
We generally treat patients with Invisalign after all their adult teeth have come in, though exceptions can be made. If the patient is responsible enough to wear the aligners for the required amount of time, we can achieve wonderful results at any age. Adults tend to vastly prefer Invisalign because the aligners are virtually invisible, making them far easier to wear at work, at play, or during social events. And, if you have gaps in your smile due to missing teeth or implants, we can adapt the aligners to visually fill in those spaces. It will look like the missing teeth are suddenly there!
What Kinds of Corrections Can Invisalign Make?
Invisalign works best for uprighting, or tipping, of the teeth, which is the primary movement in orthodontics. It is also superior to conventional braces when it comes to pushing teeth back into the bone ("intrusion"). Together, these movements comprise well over 90% of what most people need to put their teeth in the best position. Additionally, once we create enough space and correct poorly aligned teeth, the lower jaw is able to shift to a more natural position, making a subtle or dramatic improvement to your facial contour. At the same time, your facial muscles may relax, which not only helps you feel better and more serene, but also decreases wrinkles, and perhaps TMJ pain. In other words, a smile treated by Invisalign is not just pretty; it is also relaxed and comfortable.
How Much Does Invisalign Cost, and Why Is the Price Different in Different Dental Offices?
Invisalign is priced competitively compared to traditional braces at Evolution Dental. The total price is related to several factors that we will address in our pre-treatment consultation; as they say, the best surprise is no surprise. The good news is that if your dental insurance carrier covers orthodontics, then it will likely cover Invisalign. We will work with you to make certain that your carrier reimburses you for everything you are entitled to.
Remember that every dental office has its own treatment goals, which can affect the overall cost. At our dental practice, we not only plan for the most aesthetic, natural-looking smile, but we also consider the final bite, given how it affects the individual in the long run. Ignoring the long-term function and treating the short-term esthetics of your smile may be faster, but it is not in your best interests. Invisalign designs and delivers aligners according to what the dentist requests so that the result is what the dentist wants. The key is having your case designed by a dentist who understands both your esthetic desires and your smile’s physiological function, and that is where Evolution Dental differs from the norm.