Robert L. Friess DMD
3295 Triangle Drive SE : Ste 242 : Salem, OR 97302
: 503.585.0101

Orthodontics (Braces)

When teeth are misaligned or crooked, they are difficult to clean and can make you feel self-conscious about your smile. Traditionally, metal braces have been the primary method for straightening the teeth to improve the appearance of the smile while reducing the risks of bone damage, gum disease, and tooth loss, but newer and more discreet methods have been emerging on the orthodontic market in recent years. Invisalign is a breakthrough orthodontic technology that will allow you to have the beautiful smile that you’ve always wanted without dealing with traditional braces.

A Clear Alternative to Traditional Braces

Invisalign utilizes a series of clear, plastic aligners in order to gradually move the teeth into their desired position. The aligners are removable, and the course of treatment will involve changing out your aligners once every two weeks so that your teeth move into their intended position in gradual increments until you are left with a straight, beautiful smile. Unlike traditional, metal braces, your Invisalign aligners can be removed when you brush, eat, or drink, allowing you to maintain your normal lifestyle as you improve your smile.

Improved Comfort

Traditional metal braces contain wire and pieces of metal that can protrude to scratch and puncture the inside of your mouth. Clear braces like Invisalign are smooth, allowing for improved comfort. Conventional braces also use a great deal of force in order to straighten the teeth, and Invisalign is a less aggressive process that can reduce the damage that is normally caused by wearing braces, including cavities and gum disease.

Shorter Treatment Time

Average treatment time with Invisalign will take approximately one year. You’ll visit our office every 6-8 weeks to make adjustments and to check on your progress. Periodically, you’ll receive new sets of customized clear aligners to continue the process of straightening the teeth. The number of aligners in your course of treatment will be specific to you and your dental needs.

Perfect for a Busy Lifestyle

Since Invislign aligners are durable and comfortable, it is easy for patients who are going through treatment to continue their normal lifestyle. It will be easy for you to continue with your favorite activities while straightening your teeth, such as playing a musical instrument or participating in a sporting event. With traditional, metal braces, these activities can be uncomfortable and challenging. Fortunately, with Invisalign, treatment is inconspicuous, and aligners can be removed easily.

Improved Appearance and Self Confidence

Metal braces may cause an unattractive appearance, and many adults who might want to straighten their teeth may avoid the process because of the juvenile appearance of traditional braces. Metal braces are highly noticeable, and you can easily get food particles and other debris caught in them, leading to an awkward situation. Invisalign braces are barely noticeable, and it may be difficult for others to even notice that you are wearing them. This makes this orthodontic treatment option a great solution for people with low self-esteem or confidence, as they are significantly more attractive than traditional, metal braces.