Orthodontics/Braces – Portland, OR
Get a Healthier, Straighter Smile with Braces
At Advanced Dental Arts NW, we are extensively trained to provide both conventional braces and Invisalign®. Dr. Teasdale is comfortable using whichever method is more efficient to help a patient achieve their ideal smile. His nearly two decades as an orthodontic provider, plus his extensive background in esthetic dentistry, give him a perspective available to few practitioners anywhere.
Why Choose Advanced Dental Arts NW for Orthodontics/Braces?
- Adults, Teens, and Children Welcome
- Over 30 Years of Dentistry Experience
- Caring Team to Help You Feel Right at Home
Correcting Bite Misalignment
At Advanced Dental Arts NW, we look beyond the front teeth, because the long-term success of each orthodontic treatment depends more on the position of the back teeth and how they fit and function together. It is relatively easy to do a quick fix on the front teeth, but if the bite is ignored, the chances are great that the teeth will shift back to where they were.
If you have been told:
- You need to have teeth extracted to have them straightened.
- You will have to wear headgear.
- TMD and grinding are not related to your bite.
- Your teeth are too big for your arch.
- Braces are your only option.
- You will need to wear a retainer for the rest of your life.
- Straight teeth are not related to whole-body diseases.
- You are too old to benefit from straight teeth.
- You are not a candidate for Invisalign®.
...then we need to talk.
Simply put, we love broad, happy smiles with well-supported lips, comfortable joints, relaxed muscles without grinding, and teeth arranged to last a lifetime. Read below to learn about the different orthodontic services we offer.
If you’re looking for a reliable way to achieve the straight smile of your dreams, traditional orthodontics have been proven over and over again to do just that. However, that doesn’t mean that braces haven’t made advancements over the years. The brackets these days are much smaller, which equates to more comfort for the patient. Dr. Teasdale can help you or your child correct many types of misalignments for a straighter, healthier smile!
Invisalign® Clear Braces
As a more modern alternative to traditional braces, Invisalign clear braces are barely visible when worn and can get you the same results without impacting your lifestyle. These clear alignment trays are removable, allowing you to continue eating your favorite foods and doing your normal daily oral routine. This simple system can transform your smile without having to sacrifice your appearance during treatment and is much more comfortable than traditional braces.
Whether you choose to straighten your teeth with traditional braces or Invisalign, the treatment timeline can feel long. To speed up the results, we use Propel, a revolutionary device that supplements your orthodontic treatment by creating micro-perforations in the jawbone. This allows Invisalign or braces to work much faster. It is applied right here in our office, and it causes very little discomfort but can have a dramatic effect on your treatment.
As the name suggests, AcceleDent accelerates the time needed by Invisalign or traditional braces to straighten the teeth. This device is placed into the patient’s mouth where it delivers micro-vibrations. These stimulate the bone remodeling process and enable your teeth to move into the desired positions. This facilitates your teeth’s alignment and makes your treatment go much faster. You can use AcceleDent at home for 20 minutes every day for optimal results.
Sometimes, Invisalign aligners don’t fit perfectly. Instead of adjusting the aligners and prolonging your treatment, you can use the VPro5. This device delivers gentle vibrations to help move teeth faster and more easily. It is portable, only needs to be used for 5 minutes every day, and helps resolve aligner issues for a more comfortable, effective fit. By using the VPro5, you can move through your series of aligners much faster, bringing you closer to your desired results ahead of schedule.
When your bite is misaligned, otherwise known as an abnormal occlusion, your muscles can keep your jaw in a less than ideal position. The Kois Deprogrammer is a removable plastic appliance that creates just one point of contact between the top and bottom teeth, allowing your jaw muscles to “relearn” a different position. Patients typically need to wear this appliance between one week and one month, and Dr. Teasdale will provide specific instructions for your unique case.
Orthodontics can be quite the investment for any family, but with a DPAS plan, our patients are able to easily fit this type of care into their budgets. DPAS is a type of payment plan offered by our practice that breaks up the cost of orthodontic care into much smaller installments. We have a variety of plans, and you’ll work with a dedicated team who will make the entire process of paying for orthodontics as simple and stress-free as possible.
Sometimes, a patient’s hard palate is too small to fit all of their teeth in their arch. This is common in children and can throw off the alignment of their top teeth. For these situations, we can use an expander to create more space in the palate. Because children are still developing, this process is fairly easy and involves very little discomfort.
Certain types of orthodontic appliances are intended to keep the teeth still, like with a retainer, but others are designed to move them in a specific way. These are called active appliances, and they are often used in conjunction with braces or Invisalign in order to address specific problems in the teeth and bite. One type of appliance helps increase the size of the hard palate in order to prevent crowding, while another is used to close a gap between the back teeth and the rest of the smile. These appliances can often accomplish in a matter of months what would take braces years to do, shortening a patient’s overall treatment time.