Teeth-alignment problems are not only a cosmetic concern — they can also lead to oral- and whole health-related issues such as gum disease, tooth decay, difficulty chewing, and chronic headaches. At Normandy Dentistry, our Jacksonville dentists detect potential alignment issues as early as possible in order to best protect your overall health and quality of life, then identify the best orthodontic solution to treat it.
What Is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that corrects a vast array of dental conditions such as crowding, protruding/poorly spaced teeth, overbites, underbites, and other misalignments. Like an orthodontist, our Jacksonville dentists have extensive experience realigning crooked, overlapping, and gapped teeth using orthodontics, and they can prevent potentially serious problems from occurring. This allows the patient to receive convenient treatment from their dentist and potentially avoid the inconvenience of having to be referred to an orthodontist.
Normandy Dentistry’s Orthodontics
The term “orthodontics” most likely evokes images of silver and gray wired braces attached to a teenager’s teeth, along with an endless number of trips to the orthodontist. But modern-day orthodontics allow us to provide some teeth-straightening orthodontic treatments — most of which are clear or nearly invisible — along with routine, restorative, and cosmetic care. Our orthodontic treatments include:
- Six Month Smiles®: Clear braces that allow you to achieve a straighter smile in only six months
- Invisalign®: A series of clear, removable aligners that straighten your teeth over the course of 12 months
Q: How long does it take to straighten teeth?
A: At Normandy Dentistry, we have many teeth-straightening solutions available for patients of all ages, including solutions that are nearly invisible and can significantly change your alignment in as little as six months. The time it will take to straighten your teeth largely depends on the severity of your condition.
Q: What are invisible braces?
A: Like an orthodontist, we are able to straighten your smile with tooth-straightening systems that are nearly invisible, such as Six Month Smiles and Invisalign. Both of these systems use clear materials (i.e., clear brackets and wiring, and removable aligners) that are discreet and comfortable.
Q: Does everyone need braces?
A: No. Only patients with misalignment problems need to wear braces. The best way to find out if you or your child will need braces is to call and set up an appointment for a consultation with our providers.
You have attended every routine exam and cleaning in your dental plan, and you never skip or skimp on your at-home oral health practices. The result: You have perfectly healthy, white teeth. Now you’re ready to take the next step and straighten out the imperfections in your smile, but you want to avoid traditional braces. Fortunately, at Normandy Dentistry, our Jacksonville dentists offer a comfortable and nearly invisible braces option for patients with mild to moderate misalignment: Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
This teeth-straightening system uses clear aligners that are made out of nearly invisible plastic and, unlike traditional braces, can be inserted and removed for special occasions, eating, and your daily cleaning routines. The aligners are BPA free and so smooth that they don’t irritate your cheeks and gums. Invisalign is an invisible-braces method that begins with a consultation during which you and our Jacksonville dentists plan the desired result. A series of custom-made aligners are then used to correct your unique misalignment.
The Invisalign Treatment Process
Your Invisalign treatment begins with a consultation with our Jacksonville dentists. They will analyze your bite and discuss your dental goals with you. Once Invisalign has been determined to be the best tooth-straightening system for you, our dentists will:
- Take x-rays and impressions of your teeth to create a digital image
- Map the movements of your teeth from their current position to the final desired position
- Have custom-made clear aligners created specifically for you, to wear through the day
- Monitor your progress and have you change aligners ever two weeks, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment
As you move from one aligner to the next (approximately every two weeks), your teeth will gradually shift until they reach their final, improved position.
Q: Who can use Invisalign?
A: Unlike other types of invisible braces, Invisalign is appropriate for teenagers and adults alike.
Q: How long does Invisalign take to straighten teeth?
A: Our Jacksonville dentists will determine the length of treatment based on the severity of your unique situation. On average, patients who seek out invisible braces use Invisalign for 12 months.
Q: How much does Invisalign cost?
A: The cost of an Invisalign treatment is similar to traditional braces and some types of clear braces. At Normandy Dentistry, we offer a wide variety of payment and financing options that are designed to help you achieve straight teeth with the Invisalign system.
Perhaps when you were young, you were able to avoid years of cruel playground banter by refusing traditional braces — the only tooth-straightening method available at the time — but now you have grown tired of covering your crooked grin. As part of our ongoing commitment to providing superior oral healthcare to the Jacksonville community, at Normandy Dentistry, we offer cutting-edge technology that will help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Six Month Smiles is a virtually invisible braces straightening option that achieves the desired results in only six months.
What Is Six Month Smiles?
Six Month Smiles is a state-of-the-art tooth-straightening system that uses clear brackets and tooth-colored wiring to apply force and move your teeth into alignment. This clear-braces system is applied only to the teeth that show when you smile, not your entire bite, so it takes far less time to make a difference than traditional adult braces do. Less force also means you don’t have to worry about risks such as root damage.
How Six Month Smiles Works
Your Six Month Smiles treatment begins with a consultation with our Jacksonville dentists. They will analyze your bite and discuss your dental goals with you. Once Six Month Smiles has been determined to be the best tooth-straightening system for you, our dentists will:
- Make an impression of your teeth, which the Six Month Smile laboratory will use to determine where the clear brackets and tooth-colored wires will go
- Fit you with the brackets and wires using the Six Month Smiles custom trays created at the laboratory
- See you every five weeks for any needed adjustments
After your clear braces have been removed, as with any orthodontic treatment, you will need to wear a removable retainer at night or a permanent retainer on the back of your teeth for a period of time. This will ensure that your teeth stay in their new position.
Q: Can adults use Six Month Smiles?
A: Our Jacksonville dentists use Six Month Smiles for patients ages 15 and up. It is a clear-braces option that is best for correcting spaces, gaps, and crooked teeth that show when you smile.
Q: How much does Six Month Smiles cost?
A: Six Month Smiles is more affordable than other clear-braces systems and offers increased comfort. At Normandy Dentistry, we offer a wide variety of payment and financing options that are designed to help you achieve a straighter smile.
Q: Does Six Month Smiles really only take six months?
A: Six months is the average amount of time it takes the vast majority of Normandy Dentistry patients to receive the desired results. In rare and severe cases, treatment may last seven or eight months; however, in less serious cases, it might only take five.
Call 904-240-4049 to schedule a consultation with Normandy Dentistry’s Jacksonville dentists today, and find out if Six Month Smiles is the best option for achieving the smile you’ve always dreamed of.