Braces Specialist

PDX Smile Design

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Portland, OR

Modern advances in orthodontics have made braces more comfortable and less noticeable than ever. At PDX Smile Design in Portland, Oregon, Olga Dontsova, DDS, and Victor Khlevnoy, DDS, provide a host of traditional orthodontic options to enhance smiles. Unlike in the past, patients are now empowered with different options when it comes to braces. To find out more, schedule a consultation online or call the office today.

Braces Q & A

What are braces?

A set of braces is the traditional orthodontic method used to correct malocclusions and misaligned teeth. Braces are sets of metal brackets bonded onto teeth with special dental adhesive and connected by wiring.

With braces, you can achieve a straighter, healthier looking smile to be proud of. At PDX Smile Design, there are different options when it comes to braces. The options of today are far more advanced than in the past.

Dr. Dontsova and Dr. Khlevnoy use body-heat-activated and shape memory materials for braces that speed up their treatment process. They also offer tooth-colored and clear brackets that are smaller and less noticeable than previous iterations.

How do braces straighten teeth?

The wiring that connects the metal brackets is tightened to administer controlled amounts of force. This force applies gradual pressure to your teeth and slowly moves them into the correct position.

This movement of your teeth follows a precise plan laid out by your dentist at PDX Smile Design. While you wear braces, your dentist tracks this planned movement of your teeth, making sure everything is on schedule. When you come in for checkups, they may tighten the wiring every so often to make sure that tooth movement remains on schedule.

How long does it take to straighten teeth with braces?

Orthodontic treatment can vary widely, taking anywhere from 1-3 years. However, that depends on your age, the state of your smile, and desired results. Some instances only require a few months of braces, while others need years to properly realign teeth.

At PDX Smile Design, you’ll gain a better understanding of what to expect with your orthodontic treatment at your initial consultation. While there, you can find out what type of time frame you’re looking at.

Am I too old for braces?

No, you’re never too old for braces. It’s practically never too late to improve your smile, as braces at PDX Smile Design accommodate your specific circumstances.

Don’t forget that straighter teeth are far easier to keep clean and healthy than crooked teeth, which are likelier to have buildups of plaque around the gum line. Even if you’re in your golden years, straightening crooked teeth accomplishes this and can give you a boost in confidence.

To schedule a consultation and find out if braces are right for you, call the office or use the online booking tool today.