Everyone wants to have straight, perfectly aligned teeth; but no one wants to have a “metal mouth.” That’s always been the downside of orthodontics — the metal bands, the wires poking your lips and cheeks, the difficulty eating and cleaning your teeth.

Dr. Sorensen now offers a visibly better alternative to traditional braces for teens and adults, Invisalign®. Rather than bands and wires, Invisalign® uses a series of clear plastic “aligners” to move teeth into their correct positions. Contact Dr. Sorenson today to learn more!

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Discover the advantages of Invisalign

Invisalign is the modern solution for straightening teeth. This innovative orthodontic system uses clear aligners instead of traditional metal brackets and wires. Invisalign aligners are designed to be worn for 20-22 hours per day, and can be easily removed for eating and cleaning your teeth.

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign® aligners exert a gentle force on your teeth, gradually shifting them into the desired position. This process is done with a series of upper and lower aligners, each worn for two weeks before being replaced with the next set. The result is a comfortable and virtually invisible way to achieve a straighter smile.

Some of the advantages of Invisalign® include:

  • Clear aligners that are virtually invisible when worn
  • No discomfort or pain associated with metal bands and wires
  • Easy to clean and maintain your oral hygiene
  • No restrictions on the foods you can eat

Wearing your Invisalign aligners is simple and easy, and the key to achieving optimal results. The goal is to wear them for 20-22 hours every day, and to remove them only for eating or cleaning your teeth. With Invisalign®, you can achieve a straighter, healthier smile without the hassle and discomfort of traditional braces.

Invisalign® Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Invisalign® treatment process?

The Invisalign® process begins with a thorough dental examination and analysis of your bite using iTero digital scanning technology. This system creates detailed 3D images of your teeth, which are then used to create a personalized treatment plan that includes the gradual movement of your teeth. With Invisalign®, you’ll be able to preview how your teeth will look at each stage of treatment. This information is sent to Align Technology, where your custom aligners are created.

When your aligners arrive at our practice, you’ll meet with Dr. Sorensen who will provide instructions on how to use them and give you the first few sets in the series. Every two weeks, you’ll discard the current aligners and switch to the next set. Every six weeks, you’ll meet with Dr. Sorensen for a check-up and to receive your next set of aligners.

What types of alignment issues can be treated with Invisalign®?

Invisalign® clear plastic aligners are designed to comfortably fit over your teeth and effectively shift your teeth and bite into proper alignment. They can be used to correct a variety of alignment issues including overbites, underbites, crossbites, gaps, and crowding. It’s best to consult with a specialist like Dr. Sorensen to determine if Invisalign® is the right treatment option for your specific needs. While Invisalign® cannot be used in cases where severe problems exist, it can work for most mild to moderate conditions such as:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites

How Long Will it Take to Straighten My Teeth with Invisalign®?

Average treatment time with Invisalign® is about one year. Less severe alignment issues may take less time. If, at the end of your treatment, Dr. Sorensen and you agree that more movement is needed, then we can order more aligners.

Is Invisalign® appropriate for teens?

Invisalign® is a great option for teens as it is discreet and does not require metal brackets and wires. Over one million U.S. teenagers have successfully used Invisalign® to straighten their teeth, and its popularity is increasing as more and more people learn about this alternative method. Invisalign® can handle most teenage orthodontic needs, including mild to moderate tooth movement. However, for more severe cases, it is best to consult with an orthodontist like Dr. Sorensen to determine if Invisalign® is the best treatment option.

Will Invisalign® aligners affect my speech?

Some patients may experience a temporary lisp when wearing their Invisalign® aligners. This is because the aligners can alter the space within the mouth, causing the tongue to move differently and affect pronunciation. However, most patients adjust to the trays and the temporary lisp goes away. If you have concerns about your speech while wearing Invisalign®, please speak with Dr. Sorensen to determine if this is a concern for you.

How do I maintain cleanliness of my Invisalign® aligners?

Cleaning your Invisalign® aligners is simple and easy. You can remove them and gently brush them with a toothbrush every night, or use a denture cleaner, Retainer Brite® or official Invisalign® crystals to keep them sanitized. Another option is to use clear anti-bacterial soft hand soap to clean your aligners. The ease of cleaning aligners is one of the many benefits of using Invisalign® over traditional braces.

Can I switch from traditional braces to Invisalign®?

If you are unhappy with your traditional braces and would like to explore the option of switching to Invisalign®, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Sorensen to determine if you are a suitable candidate for the treatment. Dr. Sorensen will create a 3D image of your teeth and bite, and plan your Invisalign® treatment. If deemed appropriate, you will need to have your traditional braces removed before starting the Invisalign® treatment.

Is Invisalign® covered by insurance?

Many dental insurance plans cover a portion of the cost of Invisalign®, similar to traditional braces. It’s best to check with your insurance provider to understand your coverage and any out-of-pocket expenses.

What happens after my Invisalign® treatment is completed?

After the completion of your Invisalign® treatment, it’s important to ensure that your teeth maintain their new position. This is where retainers come in. Unlike traditional braces that use a retainer with a plastic piece that snaps onto the roof of your mouth, Invisalign® utilizes Vivera® retainers. These retainers are made from the same material as the Invisalign® aligners and are designed to keep your teeth in place. They are thicker and more durable than the aligners as they need to be worn for a longer period of time. You will receive four Vivera® retainers which you will need to swap out over the course of your retention period.

Dr. Sorensen proudly provides Invisalign® to patients in Ponte Vedra, Palm Valley, Jacksonville, and Nocate, FL and surrounding areas. If you are in need of Invisalign® or other cosmetic dentistry services, contact Blue Water Dental of St. Johns at (904) 395-7771 or Request An Appointment today.