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Our dental office is here to answer your frequently asked questions in Salem, OR. It’s our mission to give you a great smile and give you more information about your treatment options. See some of our frequently asked questions below, or call us today at (503) 837-2718 for more information about our treatments.

 

Q: Do I Need Braces to Correct Crooked Teeth?

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Braces are no longer the only way to straighten your teeth. Most teens and adults don’t want to deal with the embarrassment of metal brackets and wires on their teeth, and not everyone needs to wear braces to fix their alignment issues. Invisalign uses clear aligners to move your teeth into a more appropriate position. There are no fixed metal appliances, and the treatment typically takes only 12 to 18 months.

Two major reasons patients love our Invisalign treatment:

  1. It’s virtually invisible — The aligners are made from clear plastic and perfectly fit over your teeth, making them nearly impossible to spot.
  2. The aligners are removable — You can easily remove Invisalign trays to eat whatever you want and thoroughly clean your teeth. We just recommend that you wear the aligners 20 to 22 hours a day.

Q: What’s the Strongest Tooth Replacement Option?

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Your natural teeth are your best teeth. Unfortunately, not everyone can keep their natural teeth forever. Teeth can break or get damaged beyond repair. If that happens, you need to find reliable tooth replacement options that fit your lifestyle. Dental implants are the strongest tooth replacement option in dentistry. They nearly match the power of natural teeth and can last a lifetime with proper care.

At Oregon Smile Care Center, we often recommend using dental implants to replace single missing teeth, large gaps in smiles, and even entire arches of missing teeth. We can also stabilize dentures with dental implants.

Q: How Can I Treat Sleep Apnea Without a CPAP?

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Sleep apnea is a major problem that, if left untreated, can increase your risk of serious overall health issues. Many patients diagnosed with sleep apnea have been given a CPAP machine to treat the issue. The problem with the CPAP is that patients often find it uncomfortable and don’t wear it.

Our office is helping patients with mild obstructive sleep apnea or snoring problems through a comfortable oral appliance. Instead of having a noisy machine and mask to wear at night, this oral appliance gently moves your lower jaw forward to keep your airway open. You’ll see an immediate change in your quality of sleep.

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