As an adult or older teen, your smile is important to how you look and to how confident you feel. You want the assurance to smile, laugh and speak in public, but orthodontic issues make you cover your mouth. Metal braces seem ugly, and the treatment, time-consuming, uncomfortable and inconvenient. Good news! You may have an alternative from your dentist in Jacksonville, Dr. Larry Young. It’s called Invisalign.
What Is Invisalign?
The team at Larry Young Dental recommends Invisalign in Jacksonville to older teens and adults who have mild to moderate tooth alignment issues such as spaces, crowding, overjet, tooth rotation, overbite, crossbite and underbite. The transparent aligners resemble teeth whitening trays or thin athletic mouthguards. They are individually crafted to fit snugly over the top and bottom teeth. Over the course of nine to 18 months, the aligners steadily move teeth into healthier and straighter positions.
Dr. Young believes Invisalign clear acrylic aligners really suit people who desire a healthy bite and attractive smile but also wish to avoid the nuisances and “metal mouth” appearance of traditional braces. He uses a comprehensive oral exam, digital X-rays and innovative three-dimensional imaging to determine candidacy for Invisalign clear aligners.
Next, a complete treatment plan goes to the Invisalign lab where technicians custom-fabricate 18 to 30 pairs of BPA-free aligners. Dr. Young may preview the finished smile so the patient can see what he or she will look like at the end of the process.
Invisalign Has Many Advantages
Besides their versatility and almost invisible appearance, Invisalign aligners blend right into people’s busy lifestyles. The aligners:
- Are removable for brushing, flossing, meals and special occasions such as weddings
- Do not irritate the soft tissues of the mouth
- Simplify oral hygiene at home and at the dentist’s office (just remove and brush)
- Do not limit what people can eat (continue with a healthy diet)
- Need no complicated or painful adjustments (spend less time at the dentist’s office and feel good after your appointments)
In fact, Invisalign patients check in with the dentist just every four to six weeks.They receive their next pairs of aligners, wearing each pair approximately two weeks, 20 to 22 hours a day, before changing to the next set in their plan.
As with traditional braces, Dr. Young recommends Invisalign patients wear retainers after completion of treatment. A retainer keeps the newly straightened smile well-aligned for the long term. Invisalign makes a comfortable custom retainer called Vivera.
Are Invisalign Clear Aligners a Good Match?
Thousands of people across the country have benefited from orthodontic treatment with Invisalign. Will you be one of them? Find out if you qualify. Contact Larry Young Dental to arrange an orthodontic consultation, and get all your questions answered.