Invisalign Dentist In Greater Jacksonville Florida

Dreaming about a straighter smile? Our Orange Park, FL, Invisalign® dentist can introduce you to clear aligners and develop a custom treatment plan that’s designed to give you just that. Invisalign works great for teenagers and adults who want an orthodontic option that isn’t as visible as braces.

Here’s a list of popular Invisalign questions and our answers for your consideration.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign can be described as virtually invisible aligners designed to gradually straighten teeth and adjust a patient’s bite over time. This alternative to traditional metal braces is perfect for individuals looking for straight, healthy teeth without the hassle of metal wires or brackets.

Who Is and Isn’t a Candidate for Invisalign?

Teens and adults are eligible for and welcome to try Invisalign unless their particular dental situation requires extensive orthodontic treatment. Dr. Marino will perform a quick oral examination to confirm your candidacy before aligner production can begin.

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How Long Can I Expect Treatment to Take?

Treatment length varies per individual but on average, desired results can be accomplished in 12 months or less. Each set of clear aligners must be worn for a few weeks. After that time has passed, you’ll proceed to the next set of aligners in the series and continue this process until Dr. Marino sees that your teeth have reached ideal alignment.

How Exactly Does Invisalign Work?

Despite their clear appearance, Invisalign aligners operate much like metal braces. The top and bottom aligners fit right over your teeth and carefully apply controlled force to ensure they are moved into a better position. However, no noticeable wires or brackets are needed.

What Is the Recommended Aligner Wear Time?

You should wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day. They are removable but should only be taken out when eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing. If instructions are not followed or aligners are not worn for long enough, corrections may be necessary which will delay progress.

Are There Benefits to Choosing Invisalign?

As a treatment option, Invisalign has multiple unique benefits when compared to metal braces. Some of those include:

  • The clear aligners are subtle and nearly invisible to family, friends, and co-workers.
  • You can remove your aligners to eat, drink (beverages other than water), brush, and floss.
  • Freedom to enjoy an unrestricted diet; no need to avoid sticky or chewy foods.
  • Easier to practice oral hygiene without brackets or wires in the way.

What Does Care Look Like for Clear Aligners?

Just like your natural teeth, your clear aligners should be cleaned at least twice daily to ensure they do not stain or accumulate bacteria. It is also encouraged that you run the aligners under lukewarm water every time you take them out. Many patients find it easiest to clean them at the same time they brush their teeth.

Clean your clear aligners easily by:

  • Rinsing them with water (never hot)
  • Gently brushing them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste
  • Thoroughly rinsing them after brushing is done
  • Storing the aligners in a protective case whenever not in use

When Treatment Ends, What Happens Next?

To maintain the ideal alignment of your teeth and prevent any unwanted shifting, Dr. Marino will give you a custom retainer to use. This is the retention phase of your treatment and while it may seem bothersome, it’s a necessary part of keeping the smile you and Dr. Marino have worked hard to create.

Learn Even More About Invisalign

For whatever else you need to know, our Invisalign dentist serving Orange Park and Greater Jacksonville, FL, is here to help. Call Marino Family Dentistry today at (904) 269-2185 to request an appointment and set up a consultation.

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Feel free to contact us today regarding any questions and to schedule an appointment with our dentist serving Greater Jacksonville, FL. We look forward to helping you with all your dental needs.