Treatments


Treatments

For most individuals looking to undergo orthodontic treatment, they have two main concerns: how will they look during treatment and how much will undergoing treatment impact their lifestyle. These concerns are valid when using traditional treatment options, such as metal braces. However, you do not need to have these concerns when undergoing treatment with Invisalign.

Invisalign allows you to straighten your teeth and enjoy the benefits of a beautiful and healthy smile without needing to advertise that you are in treatment or change the way you live. It is a clear, removable, comfortable form of treatment that actually works faster than most other forms of treatment.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a non-braces system that can correct minor to moderate problems with tooth alignment. It uses clear, medical-grade plastic aligners to place force on the teeth, guiding them into place. These aligners are made based on 3-D mapping of your dental anatomy, which is used to generate your treatment plan. Each aligner moves your teeth a little more until they are in the final, ideal position.

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Why Should I Consider Invisalign Treatment?

The number one reason patients want Invisalign treatment is that it is invisible, but that is far from being the only benefit to being a Portland Invisalign patient.

Without any metal brackets or wires to tighten, you see the doctor less often; this means less time off from school and work and less time commuting from place to place. Even though it isn’t a lot of time, it certainly feels like it when you are in treatment. The aligners are removable, which means that you make the adjustments by switching out a lot of time, it certainly feels like it when you are in treatment. The aligners are removable, which means that you make the adjustments by switching out your aligners.

This removability is also great when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. With other forms of treatment, all these things change. With Invisalign, you just take the aligners out and go about life as you always have.

What Does it Take to Get Started?

Not everyone is a candidate for becoming one of our Portland Invisalign patients. To find out if it is right for you, we must see you in person. If we determine it is the right treatment for you, we will begin as soon as possible. Contact us to schedule your initial consultation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Better Results in Less Time

With Damon braces, we can achieve a terrific end result and finish your treatment faster. Depending upon your specific case, this can translate to a beautiful smile months sooner than with traditional braces. After analyzing your specific needs, we will be able to provide you with a treatment plan that will have you smiling as soon as possible.

Simplified Procedures

Damon braces are very precise and effective. With this system, we can reduce the need for many of the time-consuming, complicated procedures that are used with traditional braces.

Fewer Visits to the Office

Because Damon braces eliminate the need for elastic ties, fewer adjustments are required. As a result, your appointments can be spaced out further, early in treatment, and will take less time.

Greater Comfort

Due to the unique design, we can move your teeth into their correct positions with greater comfort than traditional braces. Also, Damon braces are aesthetically pleasing, comfortable, and easy to keep clean.

Revolutionary New Technology for Beautiful Smiles!
Invisible, Intelligent, Individualized…

Your smile is uniquely your own, so when you receive orthodontic care, you deserve a treatment that is as unique as you are! iBraces are custom made just for your teeth, and did we mention they are invisible? That’s right, iBraces are completely invisible. With iBraces your doctor is able to efficiently and effectively reposition your teeth, giving your smile a great, new aesthetic look.

Incognito (iBraces™) are as unique as the people who wear them.

Incognito (iBraces) are 100% Customized

Incognito (iBraces) are placed behind your teeth, so no one will know that you are wearing braces unless you tell them. These unique braces are created using state-of-the-art technology and are 100% customized to the shape of your teeth and to your dental situation. Incognito have the unique prescription that your orthodontist creates for you built-in, to ensure that you get the results that you want. With Incognito you get efficient, effective tooth movement and great aesthetics.

Almost anyone can wear Incognito

Incognito have been used to treat men and women ranging from the age of 13 to 60+. Most people who can be treated with regular braces can be treated with iBraces, but only your orthodontist can tell you if iBraces are the right treatment option for you.

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Who wears Incognito?

Adult professionals
People who want to avoid damage to the front surfaces of their teeth
People who are concerned about wearing braces that show
Musicians who play wind instruments
Adults and teens playing contact sports

What is dentofacial orthopedics?

Many patients wonder what it means when their orthodontist specializes in dentofacial orthopedics. This specialization means that your doctor has training and experience in working with the management of tooth movement (orthodontics) as well as the guidance of facial growth and development (dentofacial orthopedics), which usually occurs during childhood.

You may have noticed that Dr. Bill specializes in “Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.” While most people have heard of orthodontics, many are confused by the “dentofacial orthopedics” part of the title. We can explain!

Every orthodontist starts out in dental school. Upon completion of dental school, some graduates immediately go into practice as dentists. Others choose to pursue a dental specialty, which requires additional schooling during a two to three-year residency program. There are nine specialties sanctioned by the American Dental Association. Some you are likely familiar with are Pediatric Dentistry (dentistry for children), Periodontics (dentistry focusing on the gums), and Oral Surgery.

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One of the nine specialties is Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. You probably know that an orthodontist straightens teeth, and indeed: “ortho” comes from the Greek for “straight” or “correct,” and “dontic” from the Greek for “teeth.” But what about dentofacial orthopedics? “Dentofacial” is “teeth” plus “face” while “ortho” again means “straight” and “pedic” is from the Greek for “child.”Essentially, while orthodontics entails the management of tooth movement, dentofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of facial growth and development, which occurs largely during childhood. In both cases, appliances are frequently used – the more familiar braces for orthodontics, and other specialized appliances like headgear and expanders depending on what facial abnormalities are present. Sometimes orthopedic treatment may precede conventional braces, but often the two are accomplished at the same time.

Because Dr. Bill Dischinger is skilled in both areas, they are able to diagnose any misalignments in the teeth and jaw as well as the facial structure, and can devise a treatment plan that integrates both orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedic treatments.

Do you get drowsy easily without any explanation? Have you started snoring loudly or wake up breathless in the middle of the night for no reason? If you have any of these symptoms, you may have a condition known as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans and can be a serious condition. Sleep apnea can be controlled by working with a sleep specialist who can prescribe safe and effective treatments.

Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing during sleep. Each lapse in breathing can last ten seconds to multiple minutes, and may occur 5 to 30+ times an hour. This disorder prevents deep sleep that refreshes the body, and sufferers are frequently drowsy during the day.

Types of Sleep Apnea

There are three forms of sleep apnea. The most common is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and represents about 84 percent of cases. It occurs due to a physical block of airflow, commonly resulting in snoring. Though rare, during Central Sleep Apnea (CSA), breathing is interrupted by a lack of respiratory effort. Some people suffer from mixed or complex sleep apnea, which is a combination of OSA and CSA.2/3 Text

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Signs of Sleep Apnea

Oftentimes, an individual with sleep apnea is unaware of having difficulty breathing, even after waking up short of breath. Others witnessing the individual during episodes usually reveal the problem.

The following symptoms can indicate the presence of sleep apnea. If you notice one or more of these, we would be happy to refer you to a sleep apnea specialist.
Daytime fatigue
Slower reaction time
Vision problems
Difficulty paying attention or working effectively
Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
Sleep paralysis
Loud snoring at night
Waking up at night short of breath
Snorting or choking sounds during the night
Headaches in the morning

What is TMJ/TMD and why does it matter to you?

Temporomandibular Disorder is a condition in which the joints in your jaw become sore and movement is restricted. Millions of Americans suffer from chronic face and neck pain as well as recurring headaches. These can all be signs of a TMJ/TMD condition that may require treatment.

Temporomandibular Disorder

The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw to the skull. Pain in this area is characterized as Temporomandibular Disorder. This joint is similar to many others in the body, and as such, is susceptible to conditions like ankylosis, arthritis, and dislocations.

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TMD Symptoms Include:

Biting/chewing difficulty or discomfort
Neck and shoulder pain
Dizziness
Hearing loss
Headaches/earaches in the morning
Jaw pain or tenderness
Reduced ability to open/close the mouth

Should you notice any of these symptoms, please contact our office. Dr. Dischinger can diagnose and provide you with treatment options.

What is surgical dentistry?

Orthodontics is designed to reposition and straighten teeth, but in some cases, surgical orthodontics may be needed to correct more severe jaw irregularities. Surgical orthodontics is used to straighten the jaw into alignment, often improving a patient’s ability to chew, speak, and breathe. Braces are often worn in conjunction with orthodontic surgery to make sure the teeth stay in the proper position as well.

Surgical orthodontics is a combined treatment by our doctors and an oral surgeon to correct jaw abnormalities. These issues are determined after reviewing the patient’s X-rays and models.

The orthodontist initially levels and aligns the teeth in the jawbone, then the oral surgeon positions the jaws into a more normal position to allow the bite to come together ideally. This procedure results in the improved ability to chew, speak, and breathe, while also delivering tremendous facial aesthetics.

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Candidates

Dr. Dischinger embraces the latest in orthodontic technologies to reduce the overall need for this method, however it can still be required in those with improper bites, as well as those with facial aesthetic concerns. All growth must be completed before jaw surgery can be performed (jaw growth is usually complete by 16 years for girls and 18 for boys), however it is very common to begin correcting tooth position while a patient is still growing.

Accelerate your treatment for the smile you deserve–faster!

Safe.

AcceleDent® Aura is a FDA cleared Class II medical device. Patients simply use the device for 20 minutes each day while gentle micro-pulses safely accelerate bone remodeling.

Gentle.

AcceleDent® Aura SoftPulse Technology micopulses are gentle. Orthodontists and patients have reported reduced discomfort during orthodontic treatment.

Fast.

AcceleDent® uses Aura’s exclusive Softpulse Technology. It is clinically proven to move teeth up to 50% faster!

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