Orthodontics in Vancouver, WA
Invisalign for adults and teens
Teeth straightening treatments
While straighter teeth improve the aesthetics of your smile, they can also be crucial for improving the health of your smile. If your teeth are overlapped, crooked, or rotated, cleaning can become a challenge, causing tooth decay and gum disease.
At Pickens Family Dentistry, we empower our patients to feel great about their smiles. When you come into our office, Dr. Pickens will work with you to make sure orthodontic treatment is right for you. We’ll go over your medical history and ensure your oral health is set on a solid foundation before moving forward.
Invisalign at Pickens Family Dentistry
It’s never too late to straighten your teeth. At Pickens Family Dentistry, we offer Invisalign for adults and teens looking for an alternative to traditional metal braces.
Invisalign utilizes clear plastic trays to gently reposition and straighten your teeth. Your clear aligners are designed for your specific mouth and can be easily removed when you brush your teeth and eat. This cuts down on the risk of decay normally associated with metal braces.
They also avoid the metal look and discomfort of traditional braces and don’t require constant adjustments at our office. This makes the teeth straightening experience much more comfortable and simple, while still producing incredible results.
For those on the fence about Invisalign and orthodontic treatment, Digital Smile Design and lite dentistry can show you just how impactful treatment can be.
Lite dentistry utilizes simple, cost-effective, and coordinated treatments to provide impactful results quickly. It is the easiest and most affordable way to achieve a smile makeover.
Using the Digital Smile Design software, you can then see what your smile will look like before you ever start treatment. Lite dentistry and Digital Smile Design will transform the way you choose cosmetic treatments and visualize just how incredible your new smile can look.
Pickens Family Dentistry’s Approach to Orthodontic Treatment
At Pickens Family Dentistry, we know that crooked or misaligned teeth can make it hard to have confidence in your smile. Invisalign can improve self-esteem and improve your health, too.
We take a holistic approach when evaluating crooked or misaligned teeth. We never recommend band-aid solutions to oral health problems — we want to set you up for success and address the core issue.
When you come to our Vancouver, WA orthodontics office, we’ll use our high-tech diagnostic tools to understand the state of your oral health. We’ll then make our recommendations and work on a treatment plan with you to set you up for long-term oral health success.
Our Invisalign Process
Using a custom digital scan and images of the inside of your mouth, we’ll create a set of custom aligners that are finely tuned to your exact needs.
Once crafted, you will wear your aligners for 23 hours daily. The custom clear braces are virtually invisible while being worn and can be easily removed to clean your teeth or eat.
While traditional metal braces require constant visits to the dentist, you will only need to come to our office every 4-8 weeks. We also offer DentalMonitoring, a simple way to avoid frequent appointments and have Dr. Pickens check in on progress from the comfort of your own home. Learn more below.
Treatment will generally last 12-18 months, but a noticeable improvement may be seen in just a couple of months.
DentalMonitoring: Check-in appointments right from your home
For Invisalign patients, DentalMonitoring is a simple way to reduce visits to our office and still have Dr. Pickens check in on your progress. This saves you time and provides a convenient way to still get the check-ins necessary for the best possible treatment.
Here’s how it works:
At your initial Invisalign appointment, Dr. Pickens will provide you with hardware called the ScanBox, which will allow you to take a photo of your teeth at home using just your smartphone and the DentalMonitoring app. Dr. Pickens will help you get set up with the app and how to use the ScanBox. It is simple to use and you can complete the images all by yourself!
Dr. Pickens will have you send in photos regularly using the ScanBox and your mobile device. The photos can be taken anywhere you have an internet connection.
These images will be delivered to Dr. Pickens. He’ll review the images and make sure that treatment is going as planned, filling you in and providing guidance through the app. Occasionally, he will have you come to our office to make adjustments to your Invisalign clear braces to ensure treatment progresses properly.
Throughout treatment, you’ll be able to track progress with photo lapse technology and communicate any questions you have to Dr. Pickens through the app.
We’re excited for our patients to be able to take advantage of this easy to use and convenient technology that allows a simple and effective Invisalign treatment.
Meet Dr. Drue Pickens
At Pickens Family Dentistry, our patients are our family. We know everyone deserves to be treated with compassion, kindness, and understanding.
Dr. Drue Pickens built Pickens Family Dentistry around helping families in Vancouver discover how optimal health and wellness through dentistry can improve their lives.
From the second you step into our dentist office, we want you to feel like you’ve just entered our home. You’ll be greeted by our friendly staff who will answer any questions or concerns you have throughout the duration of your appointment. We offer an extensive array of amenities such as pillows and blankets, noise-canceling headphones, and Netflix.
We can’t wait for you to discover the best dentistry has to offer in Vancouver.