Jacksonville clear aligners experts
If you want the same great results that traditional braces provide, but want more freedom and flexibility during your treatment, you may consider treatment with a clear aligner system. We're proud to be your trusted Jacksonville orthodontist creating beautiful, forever smiles for patients of all ages each and every day.
How Invisalign® works
Clear aligner systems align patients' teeth and improve their oral health through a series of removable aligners. When used as recommended, it's been proven that clear aligners are just as effective as traditional metal braces when it comes to treating most common orthodontic problems.
Using x-rays and and digital impressions, our team will create a precise 3D image of your teeth during your initial consultation. Using these, we're able to build and aligner that is uniquely designed just for your smile. Our trays are constructed using a smooth, comfortable material and are designed to fit firmly over your teeth. Your custom trays should be switched every 1-2 weeks in order to gradually move your teeth into the appropriate positions.
When you visit Rice Orthodontics, our team of experts will make sure your treatment is progressing the way he hope to see. It's critical that you change your aligners at the right time and wear them as instructed. It's the very most important thing you can do to insure that your treatment with clear aligners is successful. Not changing your aligners the way that you're supposed to or missing your appointments with us can quickly negate progress that has been made, resulting in longer treatment times for you.
It's also important to understand that no two people are the same. Every person is unique and every smile is unique, so every patient will respond to their treatment differently. Clear aligners like Invisalign® work in a slightly different and less invasive way than traditional braces to straighten teeth. That makes it harder to determine how long it may take with your aligners before you see results. The average is somewhere between 6 and 18 months, but it can vary from one patient to the next.
When it comes down to it, your estimated treatment time is going to be based on how well you follow our recommended guidelines. You're going to need to wear your aligners for at least 20-22 hours every single day throughout the course of your treatment. You have to stick to the program, because straying from the routine even a little bid can add extra time to your treatment time with us. There's a good deal of personal responsibility involved with this method of orthodontic treatment.
Whether you want to learn more about Invisalign® clear aligners, or you want to find out whether or not you are a good candidate for this treatment, we're here for you. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.
Benefits of clear aligners
They're practically invisible.
The ability to straighten your teeth without people ever knowing is what brings many people to consider clear aligners as their preferred orthodontic treatment method.
You can eat or drink whatever you want.
With braces, you're advised to avoid certain chewy, sticky, or hard foods. That means saying goodbye to many candies, popcorn and more. Because your clear aligners are removable, you can continue to enjoy the treats that you love.
You can easily brush or floss.
Maintaining a strong oral hygiene method is an important part of any orthodontic treatment method. Removing your aligners enables you to have easy access to your teeth, so you can brush or floss as you normally would.
There are no pesky wires.
One of the drawbacks of braces is the wires that can poke or irritate your mouth. Those wires also have to be adjusted during periodic visits throughout treatment. With clear aligners, there are still occasional visits to check on your progress, but there are no adjustments.