Since the 19th century, braces have been used to reposition teeth and correct overcrowding, bite and spacing problems. Traditional braces are made of metal wires and brackets, which are mounted to the teeth and tightened every few weeks. This system, while effective, is not only highly visible, but it also requires a restrictive diet for the wearer, who may need to wear braces for up to two years or more.
While it is normal to see a child or young adolescent with metal braces, many teens and adults have reservations about getting braces later in life. Fortunately, there is an alternative to metal braces that is far more discreet and less inconvenient than the traditional option. This system – Invisalign® – is revolutionizing the way we straighten teeth here in Jacksonville, Florida.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a metal-free teeth straightening system consisting of a series of clear trays uniquely designed to fit and reposition a patient’s teeth. The trays apply gentle pressure to the teeth, gradually shifting them into place. Dental patients simply change to a new tray every few weeks, eliminating the pain and discomfort of having wire braces tightened periodically.
It is important to note that Invisalign trays are completely removable. Though the system must be worn around the clock, it can be removed when brushing or eating. Since patients are capable of brushing and flossing normally, they are less likely to experience tooth discoloration at the end of treatment. Furthermore, patients who choose Invisalign to straighten their teeth can continue eating their favorite foods for the duration of treatment without limitation.
Is Invisalign Right for You?
Whether you are concerned about personal appearance or worried about how braces may affect you professionally, there is no good reason to put off orthodontic treatment when Invisalign is available. Invisalign not only produces permanent smile transformations, but its results can also help treat or prevent long term oral health complications, such as tooth decay and gum disease.
At Lane Avenue Family Dentistry, there is no such thing as ‘too old’ or ‘too busy’ for braces. We want to see all of our patients enjoy straighter, healthier and more beautiful smiles in a way that fits their individual needs and lifestyles. If you want straighter teeth without the inconvenience of metal braces, contact our office today. We’ll be happy to schedule your consultation and help you determine if Invisalign could be right for you.