Orthodontics in Chehalis
Orthodontic treatment can give you a straighter and more even smile. We provide a variety of treatments for misaligned and crooked teeth.
How Orthodontic Treatment Works
As the adult teeth begin to grow, they can be misaligned or crooked, or conditions such as bite malocclusion (underbite or overbite) can occur. This can lead to health complications such as jaw pain or damage to your teeth, or it could result in an uneven smile. Orthodontic treatment repositions and realigns your teeth to make them straight and even.
Metal braces use brackets, wires, and elastics to gently reposition your teeth over time. Treatment usually lasts 18 months to two years. You will need to come into our office every month to check your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your braces.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Aligners work like braces to gently reposition your teeth. Invisalign aligners are designed to be virtually transparent and unnoticeable while you wear them. You can also remove the aligners when you eat or brush your teeth. You will need to visit our office every month to get a new set of aligners and check your progress.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to wear a retainer after orthodontic treatment?
A retainer holds your teeth in place while they adjust to their new positions after treatment with braces or aligners. Most patients wear the retainer for six months to a year. Your dentist will let you know if you need a retainer when they remove your braces.
Can I get different colour elastic bands on my braces?
Yes! You can have any colour you want, and you can change the elastics every month when you go to get your braces adjusted.
Will it hurt to get braces?
Your mouth might hurt when you get the braces put on or when your dentist adjusts them. The pain is from your teeth moving into their new positions and it will go away after a day or two. Your dentist can recommend pain medication to help you feel better.
What if my braces break or I lose an elastic?
If your braces are broken or you lose a wire or elastic, call your dentist right away. If the wire or a piece of the braces is poking the inside of your mouth, you can cover it with orthodontic wax to protect your mouth until you go to your dentist’s office.