Invisalign in Jacksonville
Orthodontic treatment used to be reserved for young children and teens only. Today, however, more and more adults are choosing to straighten their teeth. Many of these patients would like to avoid the hassle and the appearance of traditional metal braces. Fortunately, there is a viable alternative.
Invisalign Braces in Jacksonville
Instead of using brackets and wires like traditional braces, Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of clear, custom-made aligners. What's more, because they're clear, no one else will ever need to know that you’re wearing them. In fact, only you and Dr. Young have to know about your treatment.
The subtle appearance is not the only benefit of straightening your smile with Invisalign. The other great benefit is that Invisalign's custom-made aligners are removable. As a result, you're not limited by what you can eat, as you are with traditional braces. Instead, you can enjoy your favorite foods by simply taking out your aligners before meals. What's more, because you can remove the alignment trays, you can also take them out to brush and floss. Traditional braces make it difficult to keep teeth as clean as they need to be. Unlike with Invisalign, food can become trapped in your brackets and wires, contributing to problems with tooth decay and gum disease in areas that are especially hard to clean.
The Invisalign Process
The road to a straighter smile begins with a complete oral examination, including an evaluation of the condition of your teeth and gums. Dr. Young will want to treat any pre-existing problems, such as tooth decay or periodontal disease before beginning your Invisalign treatment. Once the health of your smile is ensured, then we can begin to focus on the appearance.
With the aid of digital x-rays, photos and impressions of your teeth, Dr. Young develops a customized treatment plan. Guided by this plan, technicians at the Invisalign lab create a 3D representation of your teeth and your bite. With this, we can better visualize the movements that will be necessary to straighten your smile. In addition, you can look at this representation to see exactly what your smile will look like when you complete treatment. Many patients find this reassuring before they begin wearing their Invisalign braces.
When your aligners arrive in our office, they are paired—one for your bottom row of teeth and one for the upper—and arranged in the order in which they are to be worn. You’ll wear each pair for about two weeks before advancing to the next. Be sure your aligners are in place for at least 22 hours every day. This will help to ensure the timely completion of your orthodontic treatment. Most of our patients can look forward to having a straight smile in 12 to 24 months.
During treatment, you’ll need to schedule progress checks with Dr. Young. However, there are never any uncomfortable adjustments as there are with traditional braces. Your Jacksonville dentist will only need to make sure that your teeth are moving according to plan. At the conclusion of your treatment, a special retainer is worn to maintain your straight and beautiful smile.