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Early Treatment
Dr. Grieve, along with the American Association of Orthodontists, recommends that children receive their first orthodontic well check by age seven. Dr. Grieve will be able to observe your child's tooth development to determine if there are any potential issues that will affect your child's long term bite. Is it time for your child's orthodontic well check?
Teen Treatment
Teens in braces are essentially a rite of passage - a way to achieve straight and attractive teeth so they can smile with confidence throughout their life. Luckily, Dr. Grieve is one of the top Teen Invisalign providers in Oregon, so ask about our Teen Invisalign Guarantee.
Adult Treatment
It is never too late to get your best smile. There are many orthodontic options including clear braces and Invisalign®. Dr. Grieve is the #1 Invisalign® provider in the area. Come to the best.
Retainers
One of the more important things our office does is offer retainers to properly hold your smile after orthodontic treatment. We offer bonded retainers, clear retainers and Hawley retainers.
Re-Treatment
Many times people need to have re-treatment due to lack of retainer wear, or growth and development changes. We are happy to offer affordable, effective options to get your smile back to how you want it.

EARLY TREATMENT

Dr. Grieve, along with the American Association of Orthodontists, recommends that children receive their first orthodontic well check by age seven.  Dr. Grieve will be able to observe your child’s tooth development to determine if there are any potential issues that will affect your child’s long term bite and tooth alignment. Addressing these issues early, while your child is growing and developing, will help save your child from having complex treatment plans when their adult teeth come in.  This will save your child time in treatment, and you money.

Plus, you don’t need a referral from your dentist, and the well check is completely complimentary.

Dr. Grieve will be able to tell you whether your child requires early treatment at the complimentary well check.  We also have a complimentary observation program where your child will come for an evaluation every six months to be evaluated by Dr. Grieve.

THE BENEFITS OF EARLY TREATMENT

  • Correct any problems before they become severe
  • Protect protruding front teeth from suffering an injury
  • Correct bad habits like thumb-sucking and tongue-thrusting
  • Improve your child’s overall appearance and self-esteem
  • Helps to guide the adult teeth so they grow in optimally
  • Reduce the need for extractions later on due to overcrowding issues
  • Improve the way the upper and lower jaw meet so your child’s teeth can grow and develop properly

DOES YOUR CHILD NEED EARLY TREATMENT?

Dr. Grieve will be able to tell you whether your child requires early treatment at the complimentary well check.  We also have a complimentary observation program where your child will come for an evaluation every six months to be evaluated by Dr. Grieve.  However, early treatment may be necessary if your child:

  • Lost their baby teeth earlier or later than normal – Note: Children typically begin losing their baby teeth around age five
  • Has Crowded Teeth
  • Sucks on his or her thumb after age five
  • Has teeth that don’t come together normally
  • Displays any speech impediments
  • Has trouble chewing or biting
  • Has protruding teeth
  • Experiences a shifting of the jaw when opening or closing his or her mouth

If your child displays any of the above characteristics, it’s a good idea to schedule an orthodontic well check Dr. Grieve. At that first visit, Dr. Grieve will evaluate your child’s teeth, gums, jaw and oral hygiene.  If he sees any of the following problems, he may recommend early treatment for the following.

  • OVERBITE
    Also known as “buck teeth,” this occurs when the upper teeth are located too far in front of the lower teeth.
  • UNDERBITE
    An underbite occurs when the lower jaw protrudes beyond the upper jaw, causing the front lower teeth to overlap the front top teeth.
  • CROSSBITE
    A crossbite occurs when the upper teeth don’t come down slightly in front of the lower teeth as they should.
  • CROWDING
    Crowding occurs when there isn’t enough space for the teeth to fit properly within the jaws.  Signs of crowding are teeth that are twisted and displaced.
  • EXCESS SPACING
    This occurs when there is too much space in between the teeth, creating a gap.
  • OPEN BITE
    This occurs when some of the top and bottom teeth don’t meet when biting.
  • MIDLINE MISALIGNMENT
    This occurs when the middle of the upper front teeth does not align with the middle of the lower front teeth. If one or more of the above problems are present, Dr. Grieve may recommend a treatment plan to proactively address the issue.

TEEN TREATMENT

Teens have more braces options than ever before in creating their best smile.  From traditional braces, clear braces or Invisalign Teen, Doctor Grieve and his team enjoy helping your child through the orthodontic process.

The Teen Invisalign Guarantee helps parents feel confident letting their teen use Invisalign vs. traditional braces.  We are here to coach and help your teen get the best results.  If, for some reason, Invisalign Teen is not a good fit for your child, we can switch to braces at no charge.

THE BENEFITS OF GETTING ORTHODONTICS AS A TEEN

With school, peers and social media, teens today have added pressures when it comes to their appearance.
If orthodontic treatment is needed, it is beneficial to have treatment during the teen years.

Here are a few reasons why:

  • Straight, healthy smile
  • Spacing issues and improper alignment can be easily addressed
  • Adjust a bad bite while they are still growing and developing
  • Help confidence and boost self esteem

The reality is that these problems do not necessarily improve with age; they simply become more severe and more difficult to treat.

DOES MY TEEN NEED ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?

There are various reasons that your teen would require orthodontic treatment. Your child could benefit Braces or Invisalign Teen if she or he has:

  • An overbite
  • An underbite
  • Crooked Teeth
  • Crowded Teeth
  • Overlapping Teeth
  • Gapped Teeth
  • Edge-to-edge bite
  • Narrow Arch (small palate)
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ADULT TREATMENT

ORTHODONTICS FOR ADULTS

Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too. Let us help you receive that smile that helps you be your best you.

COMMON REASONS WHY ADULTS ARE CONSIDERING ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT:

  • A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
  • Teeth are crowded or spaced apart (gaps), possibly leading to tooth decay or gum disease
  • Abnormal jaw pain or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth
  • Desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile

TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR ADULTS

For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. However, today’s orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Types of braces include:

  • Invisalign
  • Clear braces
  • Damon brackets
  • Traditional metal braces

WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?

  • STRAIGHT TEETH ARE HEALTHY TEETH– Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems.
  • A BEAUTIFUL, STRAIGHT SMILE BUILDS CONFIDENCE– Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
  • MOUTHS LEFT UNTREATED CAN GET WORSE– Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it’s needed can create long-term health issues costing you more in the end.

To learn more about the benefits of adult orthodontics, please contact our office to schedule a complimentary evaluation with Dr. Grieve.  We understand that you have a busy schedule, and we will work with you to make sure each office visit is as convenient as possible.

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RETAINERS

Clear Retainers

Clear retainers are an excellent way to hold your teeth in place. Aesthetically, they look somewhat similar to the tray aligners used with Invisalign treatment and are virtually invisible. As such, they’re perfect for patients who want to protect their beautiful new smile as discreetly as possible.

HOW TO CARE FOR
YOUR CLEAR RETAINER

  • Don’t lose it! This is the most important part of retainer care, as retainers can be expensive to replace. Plus, you can’t wear your retainer if you’ve lost it, and that may allow your teeth to shift. When you’re not wearing your retainer, keep it in its case!/li>
  • Remove your retainer while eating and drinking.To keep your clear retainer in perfect shape, refrain from eating or drinking while wearing it.
  • Denture cleansing solution daily.Your retainer can accumulate food particles and bacteria, so make sure you clean it daily with a toothbrush.
  • Brush your teeth after each meal.If you put your retainer in an unclean mouth, food particles may get trapped. Prevent this from happening by diligently brushing your teeth after each and every meal.

 

Permanent Bonded Retainers

As the name suggests, a permanent retainer is permanently placed in your mouth. It consists of a thin wire that is bonded to the inside surface of your teeth to protect your beautiful new smile, ensuring it remains straight and healthy for years to come.

BENEFITS OF PERMANENT RETAINERS

There are many benefits of a permanent retainer when compared to a removable one. To begin, once the retainer is placed, you don’t have to worry about it anymore. You don’t have to remind yourself to wear it every night, and you don’t have to worry about forgetting it at home when you go on vacation. This makes it the perfect option for busy adults and teens that have a lot of other things going on in their lives. In addition, permanent retainers are not visible to the outside eye, allowing the appliance to maintain the new position of your teeth without compromising your appearance.

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR
PERMANENT RETAINER

Because your bonded retainer is permanently placed in your mouth, it requires special care to ensure optimal oral health. In order to floss properly, you’ll need to use a floss-threader or a tiny dental “pick” to reach underneath the appliance and thoroughly clean out any debris and prevent cavities. In addition, regular dental cleanings are required to ensure proper oral hygiene – especially if you tend to forget to floss.

Hawley Retainers

The most common type of retainer, Hawley retainers are removable appliances that consist of wires, clasps and a thick plastic body that covers the roof of your mouth. The metal clasps grip your teeth, maintaining their proper alignment and protecting your beautiful new smile. Our Hawley retainers are made in our in-house lab and can be customized in a variety of fun designs and colorful hues, making them an exciting part of your orthodontic treatment.

How to care for your Hawley retainer

  • Don’t lose it! This is the most important part of retainer care, as retainers can be expensive to replace. Plus, you can’t wear your retainer if you’ve lost it, and that may allow your teeth to shift. When you’re not wearing your retainer, keep it in its case!
  • Wear your retainer full-time.In the first six months after your orthodontic treatment, you should wear your retainer full-time, only taking it out to eat, drink, swim and play sports. Wearing your retainer as often as possible will ensure your new smile is maintained. After six months, Dr. Grieve may recommend you wear them at night only.
  • Remove your retainer while eating and drinking.To keep your retainer in perfect shape, refrain from eating or drinking while wearing it.
  • Brush your retainer daily. Your retainer can accumulate food particles and bacteria, so make sure you clean it daily with a toothbrush.
  • Brush your teeth after each meal.If you put your retainer in an unclean mouth, food particles may get trapped. Avoid this by brushing your teeth after every single meal.

WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO
WEAR YOUR RETAINER

With our removable retainers many patients are tempted to avoid wearing the appliance when it may be inconvenient. However, this is a big mistake, because wearing your retainer is one of the most important aspects of your orthodontic treatment. Once your braces are removed, the teeth naturally want to shift back to their original positions within the jaw. If they are allowed to do so, the beautiful new smile we created with your orthodontic treatment will be undone. Wearing your retainer as instructed by Dr. Grieve will prevent this from happening – ensuring your teeth remain straight and healthy for a lifetime.