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Invisalign in Jacksonville

Man in dental chair giving thumbs upIn the past, orthodontic treatment used to be reserved for young children and teens, using brackets and wires. 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, Invisalign clear braces offer these patients a viable alternative. At Larry Young Dental of Jacksonville, our skilled dentist is happy to provide this quality cosmetic orthodontic treatment to straighten your smile quickly and comfortably. If you want to learn more about Invisalign or any of our other treatment options, call to schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation in our state-of-the-art Jacksonville dental office today.

What is Invisalign

Instead of using brackets and wires like traditional braces, Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of custom-made aligners. Because the aligners are 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, so you can retain your professional image and look your very best throughout your Invisalign treatment.

How Invisalign Works

Woman holding Invisalign trayThe 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 oral health concerns, such as tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease before beginning your Invisalign treatment. Once the health of your smile is ensured, we focus on making changes to the appearance and alignment.

With the aid of a fully integrated digital system used to capture 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. Using these tools, we visualize the movements that will be necessary to straighten your smile. Then, we begin to craft a series of aligners. Each set of alignment trays represents your smile one step closer to the desired end result. You’ll need to wear each set of aligners for two weeks before exchanging them for the next set in the series.

A few sets of aligners will be crafted at a time in the Invisalign lab and sent to our office. 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 10 to 18 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.

Who Should Consider Invisalign

Man receiving dental examWe typically recommend Invisalign for older teens and adults who need to shift teeth that are crowded or gapped. Invisalign can also be used to treat full alignment issues like over, under, and crossbite. Busy patients who can’t make it to frequent orthodontist appointments often make the best candidates for this treatment option. Those who have allergies or sensitivities to metal should consider avoiding the discomfort of traditional metal braces by using Invisalign orthodontics.

Benefits of Invisalign

Woman with flawless smileThe 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 as usual. 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.