INVISALIGN aND cLEAR ALIGNER ORTHODONTICS

Orthodontic treatment manages the growth and correction of dental and facial structures. Orthodontics is commonly used in the treatment of bite problems, including abnormal tooth wear, TMJ problems and smile esthetics. Treatment is aimed at changing the position of the teeth.

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      Clear Brackets

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      Metal Brackets

clear aligner trays

      Clear Aligner Trays

Why is tooth position important?

If there is a problem in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together in biting or chewing, teeth may wear and fracture, and jaw joints and muscles may become painful. Over time, this may result in crooked, crowded, or protruding teeth. It may affect a person’s appearance, speech, or ability to eat.

What causes tooth position problems?

Tooth position problems may be inherited or acquired. Inherited conditions may include missing or extra teeth, abnormal spaces or crowding of teeth, mouth and jaw size and shape, and atypical formations of the jaws and face, including cleft palate. These conditions may be acquired through airway development issues, tongue positioning, enlarged tonsils, and adenoids that lead to mouth breathing, clenching, grinding, habits like finger or thumb sucking, premature loss of teeth from an accident or dental disease, and medical conditions.

What are the consequences of improper tooth positions?

Although the consequences range from symptom-free to painful, increased stress on the oral structures can have far-reaching results. Tooth decay or abnormal signs of wear on chewing surfaces may occur in areas of tight overlap. Excessive wear and fracture of teeth, as well as jaw joint, muscular and nerve problems may occur to the extent that appearance, speech, or ability to eat may be affected.

How is this diagnosed or detected?

When orthodontic problems are suspected, diagnostic records may be taken for further study. These records include photos, special x-rays, and impressions or digital scans. The records are analyzed to determine the extent of malocclusion and the appropriate treatment. Braces are metal or ceramic brackets bonded to the teeth. A wire is then used to place pressure on the teeth causing them to move to the desired location.

What are treatment options?

Traditional orthodontic treatment, commonly known as braces, is often used to correct tooth position problems.

Orthodontics can also be completed using a series of clear trays, each one putting progressive pressure on the teeth to move them into position. Common brand names of this type of treatment include Invisalign and ClearCorrect.

There are also combination therapies using braces, clear aligner trays, and even surgery.

How long does treatment usually last?

Depending on the cause and severity of the malocclusion and the appliances used in treatment, a patient may expect a correction of the condition to last 18-30 months. The length of treatment time is also affected by how well the patient follows orthodontic instructions.

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Alex Dreifke
Alex Dreifke
September 23, 2020.
I had a great experience here. Everyone was super nice and seemed personally interested in me as a person as well as my oral health. My teeth feel super clean, and it was overall a great experience. Definitely recommended!
Jess S
Jess S
September 12, 2020.
I went in for my first appointment and Dr Quigley and his staff were very kind and welcoming. The entire appointment was a “getting to know you” type visit with a super thorough exam/assessment, including lots of photos for a record and visual to assure everyone is on the same page. They seem very concerned with making it a pleasurable experience and environment, wanting their patient to feel safe and at ease. I look forward to working with them.
Anna Nelson
Anna Nelson
August 12, 2020.
I moved to Bend and needed a new dentist. I ended up with Dental Wellness of Bend and have to say, that I really love the practice and the whole team. My dentist, Dr. Quigley, is really great! He makes you feel so comfortable even when you are a little nervous and I definitely feel very well taken care of there. I think they do a great job. The routine exams and cleanings are very thorough and they definitely don't miss anything!
Jayson Carte
Jayson Carte
August 11, 2020.
They are always very nice, the prices are great, and the clinic was a immaculately clean.
Lori
Lori
July 15, 2020.
I wasn't an established patient and called with a dental emergency. They got me in quickly. I was terrified and having a full meltdown and these wonderful people were calm to my chaos and so patient with me. I was a wreck and they were so compassionate. They were not just there to fix my broken molar but to help me, as a distraught person, get though this. Thank you!
Christine Keeth
Christine Keeth
June 30, 2020.
An office that is using the latest technology to diagnose. I've had two cleanings and understand what work will be needed. Service is prompt and friendly.
Jan Saxton
Jan Saxton
June 25, 2020.
Friendly, caring and professional. I highly recommend this office.
Lola Hill
Lola Hill
June 16, 2020.
Very sweet and personable crew, also very informative and not quick to recommend any unnecessary treatments! Thank you!!

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