The Clear Choice for a Straighter Smile
Our Invisalign Process
Invisalign uses a series of customized, clear aligners to gradually straighten your teeth. Compared to traditional braces, you’ll come to fewer visits to our offices in Portland or Windham. Invisalign trays are removable, near-invisible, and customized by Dr. Joanna Yu uniquely for your teeth and mouth.
The Invisalign system is made of clear, lightweight plastic aligners that fit over your teeth and are designed to straighten your smile. They’re removable, making it easier to eat, drink, brush and floss. Invisalign is much more comfortable than traditional metal bracket braces and can give you stunning results.
At your initial consultation at Adult & Pediatric Orthodontics, we'll take digital scans and X-rays to create a 3D image of your mouth. Dr. Yu makes your first set of custom-fitted aligners from these images, and then you begin the process of straightening your teeth at either of our offices in Portland or Windham.
You wear the trays for about 22 hours a day as Dr. Yu recommends, but you can take them out anytime to brush your teeth and eat. You may wear several sets of trays throughout your orthodontic treatment at Adult & Pediatric Orthodontics, but you’ll start to notice a change in just a few months!
Differences Between Invisalign & Braces
Unlike traditional braces, smooth plastic Invisalign aligners don't have metal components that can irritate your mouth.
Because they’re removed when you eat, you won't have to watch what you eat like you would when wearing braces – bring on the popcorn and peanuts.
In fact, you must remove your aligners before eating or drinking anything besides water.
You need to make sure you’re willing to do that before you decide on Invisalign clear aligners.
To prevent staining, you’ll need to clean your teeth before putting the aligners back on after each time you eat.
Of course, brushing and flossing are much easier than with traditional braces, since you don’t have to work around any brackets and wires.
Taking a Modern Approach
Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth. It uses a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth.
With Invisalign treatment at Adult & Pediatric Orthodontics, there are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners about every two weeks, until your treatment is complete.
Wearing the aligners will gently move your teeth into place little by little, based on the exact movements Dr. Yu plans for you.
At Adult & Pediatric Orthodontics, you’ll get a great smile without a treatment that gets in the way of your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
This nearly-invisible option to straighten your teeth is truly changing the way people see orthodontic treatment in Portland, Windham, and the surrounding areas. Dr. Yu has a lot of experience treating patients with Invisalign, and she’s excited to offer this technology to you!
Talk to Dr. Yu About Invisalign
Wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day, as recommended by Dr. Yu so they can do their job and straighten your teeth. But, with Invisalign, you can remove your aligners for special occasions.
Dr. Yu may not recommend Invisalign in some cases, but she’ll advise you about the options that fit best with your teeth, bite and lifestyle.