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Invisalign® & 3M Clarity Aligners – Jacksonville, FL

Your Clear Path to a Straighter Smile

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Are you an adult with crooked teeth who would love to have them straightened, but the thought of seeing friends or facing coworkers with a mouthful of metal braces has stopped you from doing it? If so, you’re far from alone, and Dr. Holland is ready to offer a solution that was designed just for you: Invisalign. Sleek, effective, and comfortable, Invisalign is helping people around the world get more attractive smiles without the drawbacks of traditional orthodontics.

How Invisalign Works

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Invisalign® has created a modern customized approach to straightening teeth. No more wires, brackets, and bands! These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth

Because there are no wires to change or tie in, the appointments are generally much quicker, and most of the time they can be scheduled with a longer interval between appointments. This means shorter appointments, fewer appointments, and overall less interruption in your day to day routine!

Because you can take the aligners out when you need to, there are also no major food restrictions. This means you can eat all the nuts and apples you want. You just have to remember to keep the aligners in for at least 22 hours per day for maximum effectiveness.

Indications for Invisalign®

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Invisalign can be used to treat a wide variety of orthodontic problems, some of which include:

Crowded Teeth

When teeth sit too close to each other, it can cause other teeth that have yet to erupt to move through the gum line at an awkward angle or even become impacted. Crowded teeth make it harder to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums, leaving you susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. Invisalign can shift your teeth, creating the space needed to realign your bite and create a happier, healthier smile.

Spaces Between Teeth

Just the opposite is too much space existing between teeth. Food can become trapped and make it difficult to prevent tooth decay. With Invisalign, the aligners can bring your teeth back into proper alignment, closing any unnecessary gaps.

Bite Alignment

If you have a bite alignment problem, you are vulnerable to excessive wear and tear on your teeth, jaw pain, and possibly TMJ/TMD. Invisalign can help shift your teeth in a way that will fix problems with an overbite, underbite, crossbite, and even an open bite.

Benefits of Invisalign® Orthodontics

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Cost of Invisalign®

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When choosing Invisalign, we understand there are various factors you must consider, one of which is cost. The best way to receive a clear estimate is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Holland. Not only will he discuss the process of wearing clear aligners, but he will take into consideration all the necessary factors that will contribute to the overall cost. Some factors that can influence the price include:

Invisalign® Teen

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Invisalign is also ideal if you have an image-conscious teen at home who could benefit from orthodontic treatment. Invisalign Teen works just like the regular system, except each aligner comes with a small blue dot towards the back that fades as the aligners are worn. This helps both teens and parents know that their treatment is staying on track. Invisalign Teen also comes with more FREE replacement aligners, which makes it a good fit for even the most forgetful or clumsy teen.

iTero® Digital Scanner for Invisalign

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At Ortega Orthodontics, the new iTero digital scanner eliminates the need for those yucky impressions. Images of the teeth and bite are captured with a small camera and turned into a digital model which is used to plan your treatment. This is actually more accurate and faster than the old putty impressions we used for years! In fact, we can then use this model to show you how your smile will look after undergoing Invisalign, which is extremely motivating.

3M Clarity Aligners

Set of 3M Clarity aligners

In addition to Invisalign, Dr. Holland also offers 3M™ Clarity™ Aligners as a seamless, convenient method for straightening teeth. This top-tier system delivers individualized treatment in the form of clear aligners that help gradually shift your smile towards its ideal position. They’re comfortable (no poking wires to worry about), very subtle, and 100% removable so that patients can continue eating favorite foods and brushing and flossing at home like normal.

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