Invisalign® Specialist

Timothy Lee, DDS -  - General & Cosmetic Dentist

Mission Dental

Timothy Lee, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Eugene, OR

You can achieve straight teeth without the noticeable and uncomfortable bars and brackets of metal braces. At Mission Dental in Eugene, Oregon, expert dentist Timothy Lee, DDS, offers Invisalign, clear aligners that fit right over your teeth, for patients looking for an alternative to metal braces. Dr. Lee can evaluate your smile to find out if you’re a candidate for this effective orthodontic option. Call the office to make an appointment or use the online booking tool to get started toward the smile you desire today.

Invisalign® Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign consists of a set of custom-made aligners made of SmartTrack® clear plastic. The aligners slip right over your teeth and gently coax them into a straighter, more aligned position – they use just the right amount of force at the right time.

You change to a new set of aligners every week or two to progress your smile according to a custom plan mapped out by Dr. Lee.

What are the benefits of Invisalign?

Invisalign provides you straighter teeth to give you a more confident smile without the discomfort and restrictions of braces. You can remove the aligners to eat and drink, as well as for oral hygiene purposes, so no need to change your eating habits drastically or worry about incomplete cleaning.

Invisalign also often works faster than traditional braces. Invisalign often works in just a year, rather than after several years.

 Who is a candidate for Invisalign?

At your first consultation, Dr. Lee evaluates your bite and smile goals to determine if Invisalign is right for you. The aligners are usually best for issues such as:

  • Overbite, when the upper teeth push farther forward over the lower teeth
  • Underbite, when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth
  • Open bite, when all your teeth can’t connect to create a proper bite
  • Overcrowding, when teeth are too close together and cause misalignment and crookedness
  • Crossbite, when the upper and lower jaws misalign

 What is the process of getting Invisalign like?

Once it’s been established that Invisalign is for you, the staff scans you with a special system to acquire a 3D image of your teeth. Dr. Lee then creates a specific treatment plan for you. This plan is sent to the lab for the development of the aligners.

When they come in, you’ll receive instructions concerning wearing and care. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gently shift into place, and you come in for occasional visits to check progress. 

How often must I wear Invisalign?

You can remove Invisalign for eating and drinking, as well as brushing, but must wear them at least 22 hours out of the day for them to work effectively. Once you get used to wearing the aligners, they’re quite comfortable and people don’t really even notice you have them.

If you’re interested in learning more about how Invisalign could help you get the smile you’ve always wanted, call the team at Mission Dental to schedule an appointment, or book one online.