Quickly & Discreetly
At Waterloo Heights Dental Orthodontics, we understand how much of your confidence and self-esteem is tied up in your smile. If yours is crooked, crowded or spaced, chances are you are not feeling as confident as you could be, and you are not living up to your full potential. That being said, traditional metal braces only add insult to injury, forcing you to put your smile and your life on hold for two or more years with a metallic grin. Thankfully, modern advances in treatment methods and materials have created more discreet, aesthetic solutions with shorter treatment times than ever. Dr. Shih is proud to be among a small handful of general dentists in West Salem that can provide Invisalign® and Six Month Smiles® orthodontics from the comfort of your dental home.
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You’ve probably already heard about Invisalign®, so you’ll be happy to know Dr. Shih is a certified Invisalign® provider in West Salem. Rather than having to find an orthodontist on top of your general dentist, Dr. Shih can take care of all your dental needs under one roof. Invisalign® is the original and the most advanced clear aligner system in the world and is a fantastic teeth straightening solution for both adults and teens alike.
Invisalign® uses a series of custom clear aligners that apply pressure and gently shift teeth into their desired position. Aside from being smooth, comfortable, and removable for your convenience, the best part about Invisalign® is they are virtually invisible to the naked eye. No one will need to know you’re straightening your teeth. All they will see is your smile magically transforming before their eyes. Whether or not you tell them it’s Invisalign® is up to you.
Your individual treatment time will vary depending on your individual case, but advances in materials allow us to shape your smile up to 50% faster with Invisalign. Invisalign® can correct most of the same alignment issues that braces can, but without the metal brackets and wires. You will receive several sets of aligners at a time to be worn for a week or two, as detailed in your personalized treatment plan by Dr. Shih. You will return to the office every 4-6 weeks to monitor your progress and receive your next sets of aligners.
Whether you’re getting married, getting back into the dating game, or you’re just ready to give yourself the straight smile you deserve, Invisalign® might just change your life. A consultation with Dr. Shih could be all that stands between you and getting started on the smile of your dreams.
If you’re not a candidate for Invisalign®, or you want to straighten your smile even faster, we do have another wonderful option with Six Month Smiles®. Six Month Smiles® is a cosmetic spin on traditional orthodontics. Rather than unsightly metal, Six Month Smiles® uses clear brackets and tooth-colored wires that blend in with your natural teeth. They are slightly visible up close, but they blend in well from a distance and are much less invasive and visible than metal braces.
By focusing on only the front teeth that show when you smile, we are able to achieve dramatic aesthetic results – with average treatment times of only six months! If you have an important life event coming up – and quick! – Six Month Smiles® could be just the solution to straighten your smile quickly and discreetly in only a matter of months.
If you’re looking for a quick cosmetic solution to crooked teeth and want your smile to be straighter – like now! – without having to wait a year or more, you might be a perfect candidate for Six Month Smiles®. As long as you don’t require significant bite alteration, Dr. Shih would love to help you improve your smile and your confidence with Six Month Smiles®.
*Dr. Shih is a general dentist providing orthodontic services.