Orthodontics Specialist

PDX Smile Design

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Portland, OR

Crooked teeth not only detract from your appearance, but they also pose a serious oral health risk. At PDX Smile Design in Portland, Oregon, Olga Dontsova, DDS, and Victor Khlevnoy, DDS, offer comprehensive orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth and enhance smiles. Whether you’re a teen or an adult, orthodontics can correct your smile and boost your self-confidence. With modern advances in dentistry, treatment has never been easier or more discreet. Call the office or set up a consultation online today and find out more.

Orthodontics Q & A

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics refers to dental treatment focused on straightening crooked teeth. In general, orthodontics involves oral appliances worn on teeth that apply gradual force, shifting teeth into proper alignment over time. Personalized orthodontic treatments depend on factors, such as age, personal preferences, and the state of your teeth.

It’s an extremely important branch of oral health care, which is why nearly five million Americans wear braces on their teeth, most of them children and teens.

Why is orthodontic treatment so important?

Mainly, it’s so important because crooked teeth are a problem that needs to be dealt with. When your teeth are crooked, they’re much harder to keep clean. Pockets can form around your gum line that lead to the buildup of plaque, increasing your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

Straightening your teeth not only improves your smile, but it also helps limit your risk of these oral health concerns. Undergoing orthodontic treatment will save you time and money in the long run, as you’ll be able to avoid the more invasive, costly procedures that will plague you should you ignore misaligned teeth for too long.

What are my options when it comes to orthodontics?

At PDX Smile Design, the team offers a few different options that can be tailored to your teeth and your needs. One of the more popular choices is Invisalign®, a revolutionary orthodontic treatment system that uses removable, clear aligners to realign your smile. More than six million men, women, and children use Invisalign. The benefits include shorter treatment times, fewer checkups during treatment, and the discreet nature of the aligners.

But Invisalign isn’t for everyone. The team also offers braces, but not the old bulky type you’re thinking of. With modern advances in dentistry, the braces now used at PDX Smile Design have smaller brackets that are less noticeable and body heat activated, comprised of shape-memory materials that speed up the treatment process. The wires and brackets can even be tooth-colored to blend in with your smile.

Am I too old for orthodontics?

No, you’re never too old for orthodontics. Why should you be too old to improve your smile and oral health? Adults frequently opt for orthodontics, especially given the clear aligners of Invisalign and clear brackets of certain types of braces available today. You can smile with confidence during orthodontic treatment.

To learn more about your options and to see what’s right for you, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.