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.
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.
Invisalign can be used to treat a wide variety of orthodontic problems, some of which include:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
If you’re still curious about Invisalign in Jacksonville, you’ve come to the right place. Dr. William Holland wants his patients to have all the information they need to have peace of mind when it comes to their orthodontic treatments. That’s why he’s included the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Invisalign! Read on to satisfy your curiosity and learn more.
When you first start your Invisalign treatment, there is a slight adjustment period. You may feel minimal soreness in various spots of your smile, but this will eventually go away. One of the most significant benefits of Invisalign is that it’s made of smooth plastic. This makes your aligners much more comfortable to wear than traditional orthodontics. Plus, the time it takes to get used to life with Invisalign is much shorter than other options!
No two smiles are the same, which is why it’s difficult to provide a precise treatment time estimate. Typically, Invisalign will take between 8 and 18 months to complete, but this will vary on a case by case basis. Depending on your misalignment, your treatment may take shorter or longer than the average treatment time. Dr. Holland will ensure that you receive the most efficient and effective Invisalign treatment so you can enjoy a beautifully straight smile as soon as possible.
Maintaining your Invisalign daily will help ensure that you have a successful treatment, but it will also keep your clear aligners from becoming stained and yellowed. Invisalign sells their own cleaning system, but you can also use a soft-bristled toothbrush, clear hand soap, and room temperature water. Make sure that you never use hot water because it could permanently warp the plastic your aligners are made of. When cleaning, you should also put down a towel on your sink and/or floor, giving your aligners some cushion if you drop them to avoid cracking or breaking them.
If you lose or break an aligner, visit your orthodontist in Jacksonville immediately. It’s vital to get a replacement as soon as possible so you remain on schedule with your treatment. Once you contact our office, Dr. Holland will provide you with a replacement swiftly. He may recommend that you wear the previous aligner in the series to maintain your results while you wait for a new one. Avoid using a broken aligner or trying to fix it yourself—this could actually cause more harm to your smile than help.
Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is completely removeable! That’s why you won’t have to change your diet with Invisalign. Simply take your aligners out when you’re eating or drinking anything that isn’t water. Other foods/drinks may cause your aligners to yellow or get stained. Just make sure that you’re cleaning your teeth and your aligners before putting them back in after eating.
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our office to speak with one of our friendly staff members.