Are you interested in improving the alignment of your bite without wearing metal brackets and wires for two or more years? Most adults are wary of having traditional braces, even as much as they would like to have straighter, more beautiful teeth. Fortunately, Invisalign provides a wonderful cosmetic orthodontic solution. These clear plastic aligners place focused pressure on different areas of the bite throughout the treatment to gradually bring the teeth into their proper position. Keep reading to learn more about Invisalign in Jacksonville!
Invisalign uses the same orthodontic principles as traditional metal braces, with the big difference being that it relies on clear plastic aligners instead of visible hardware to improve the alignment of your bite. To create your series of aligners, we will take impressions, X-rays, and photographs of your teeth and surrounding oral structures. This information is sent to the Invisalign lab, where the trays are created from sturdy plastic.
You can begin treatment as soon as you receive the aligners. Simply wear each set for one to two weeks, depending on our recommendation, before switching to the next in the series. Wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day, removing them only to brush, floss, eat and drink, as well as for limited special events. After about one year on average, the treatment is complete -- and you will be ready to flash your most confident, beautiful smile!
To advance through your treatment without any delays, it is important that you take proper care of your Invisalign trays. Make sure you rinse them after you take them out and before re-inserting them to prevent bacteria buildup that causes bad breath, cavities, and gum disease. Store the trays in their hard, ventilated case anytime you are not using them to keep them safe from damage and being thrown in the trash (it happens more than you might think). Clean your Invisalign trays with the special Invisalign cleanser or hand soap at least once a day -- and never expose them to warm or hot water, which could cause the plastic to warp.
Many adults and older teens are eligible for Invisalign clear braces. This orthodontic treatment system can fix the most common orthodontic issues, including:
But the only way to know for sure whether or not you can benefit from Invisalign is to visit your dentist!
If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, including whether or not you are an ideal candidate for this popular cosmetic treatment, please do not hesitate to complete our online appointment request to schedule a visit at Jacksonville Complete Dentistry! We can’t wait to help you enjoy your healthiest, most beautiful smile with any of our general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services.