It’s an all-too-common scenario: you’re unhappy with your crooked or crowded teeth, but you simply can’t bring yourself to wear braces for the next several months. At the Carlson Dental Group, we have another way to help you overcome your orthodontic challenges without having to compromise your appearance. Invisalign is the perfect cosmetic-friendly solution for correcting your smile while still being able to make a brilliant first impression during job interviews and first-time meetings. Call us today to schedule a consultation!
The treatment involves a series of thin aligners made out of transparent plastic. When worn, they slowly push the tooth towards their desired position, with each set of aligners moving them ever closer to the goal. The main advantage of Invisalign is that it’s virtually invisible. Your friends, family, and coworkers might not even realize that you’re wearing clear aligners in the first place unless you tell them. They will, however, notice your smile growing ever more beautiful as crooked and misaligned teeth are corrected over time.
Every patient is different, but most of the time, Invisalign treatment is completed in about 12 to 18 months. This is much faster than metal braces, which are often worn for two or even three years at a time. In order to make sure that your treatment stays on schedule, it’s important to wear your aligners for the required amount of time every day. 20 hours a day is the absolute minimum, but we generally recommend keeping them in your mouth for at least 22 hours. You can take them out to eat or to brush your teeth, but don’t forget to put them back in immediately!
Invisalign is often recommended for adults with mild to moderate cases of crooked teeth, crowded teeth, gapped teeth, mild overbites or underbite. If you think Invisalign might be right for you, get in touch with us today and schedule a visit so that we can discuss your smile goals in person.
If you are preparing to start Invisalign treatment, you likely have many questions you would like to ask before getting started. This is no surprise, as Dr. Carlson is often met with eager patients who want to know more about the process, cost, and expectations when considering this unique and effective way to straighten their smile. Below you will find various FAQs about Invisalign in Jacksonville. If you do not find your question, we invite you to contact us to schedule an appointment.
It is best to keep your previous set of aligners should you accidentally lose or damage one or both of your Invisalign trays. After you’ve called to inform us of the incident, go ahead and reinsert your previous set. This will prevent your teeth from shifting back and undoing all your hard work. Depending on how far along you are in your treatment, we may go ahead and have a replacement set created for you or recommend that you move on to the next set in the series.
You will only need to see Dr. Carlson and our team every 4-6 weeks while wearing Invisalign. Unlike appointments for individuals with traditional braces, these visits are brief and only require a quick exam. Dr. Carlson will review your progress to make sure everything is moving along smoothly and without any problems.
You have two options when it comes to cleaning your aligners. One, you may choose to purchase the Invisalign Cleaning Crystals, or two, you can use a soft-bristled toothbrush, clear soap, and lukewarm water. Using hot water will warp the plastic and damage your aligners, so it’s important that the water is at a lukewarm temperature. By cleaning your trays regularly, you can remove dried saliva and additional bacteria that can easily transfer onto your teeth and increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
Yes, you will most likely be required to wear a retainer when finished with Invisalign treatment. Dr. Carlson will determine which type of orthodontic retention you will need to keep your teeth from shifting back into their original position. Because it does take time for your new smile to remain permanently in place, you will likely need to wear your retainer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the beginning. Over time, as your teeth settle into their new position, you may only have to wear your retainer at night while you sleep.
Many dental insurance companies agree to cover a portion or percentage of orthodontic treatment; however, you will need to contact a representative from your insurance company to determine how much you can expect to pay out of pocket. If Invisalign is deemed a medical necessity because of a misaligned bite, there is a greater chance of coverage, but if you are seeking orthodontic care for cosmetic reasons, you will need to consider alternative payment options because it is no longer deemed a “need” but instead a “want” in the eyes of the insurance company.