More than 10 million people have corrected their teeth with Invisalign®, and every year more men, women, and teens opt for these clear aligners over traditional braces to give them the even smile they deserve.

At ChapmanSmiles Orthodontics in Happy Valley, Clackamas, Oregon, orthodontist Dr. Gary Chapman can evaluate your teeth, jaw, and mouth and let you know if Invisalign will work for you.

Invisalign basics

Invisalign is a system that utilizes customized aligner trays made of a patented thermoplastic material called SmartTrack®. The way the trays are made helps them adhere to your teeth, so they don’t shift or fall out when you’re wearing them.

Dr. Chapman evaluates your mouth, and creates a progression sequence that can have anywhere from 8 to 18 aligners designed to be worn over a time period of 12 to 18 months (although very minor flaws can be corrected in as little as six months). This is a lot faster than traditional braces, which often require two or more years to complete their task.

You have to wear your trays 22 hours out of every 24 for best results, only removing them to clean your teeth or eat, and stay on schedule with changing the trays. You’ll visit our office every few months for us to check the progress. At the end, you’ll have a straight, even smile. 

Common problems Invisalign can correct

Invisalign can help correct a wide range of smile flaws, including:

1. Crowded teeth

Teeth that are close together or overlapped can be gently encouraged to move apart, relieving pressure on your arch.

2. Gapped teeth

Teeth with gaps between can in turn be nudged closer together, closing spaces and presenting a beautiful smile.

3. Misaligned teeth

Teeth that are a little in front or in back of where they should be can be guided back into the curved arch of your teeth for better structural support

4. Crooked teeth

Teeth that are set at a slight angle so the edge is pointing forward can be slowly shifted so their front face is correctly pointed outward.

5. Uneven teeth

Teeth that came in at odds with the teeth on either side can be moved out of their diagonal or jutted setting into better alignment

6. Uneven bite

Bite issues such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite can also be corrected with Invisalign to relieve jaw pressure and even mitigate TMJ dysfunction.

Interested in Invisalign? You can get in touch by calling 503-336-1883, or request an appointment online

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