Dr. Lysandro Tapnio Offers Invisalign® for Comfortable, Clear Orthodontic Care
Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment using clear aligner trays to straighten your teeth, and in the process, not only improve your smile but also your oral health. In most cases, it offers comparable results to traditional braces. However, instead of using metal brackets and wires, the treatment employs clear aligner trays. Made of smooth, BPA-free plastic, the trays are comfortable and virtually invisible. Teens and adults appreciate the way this treatment doesn’t interfere with their busy lives. With your clear aligner trays, you can smile and laugh without embarrassment.
If you choose Invisalign® at our Jacksonville practice, Dr. Tapnio uses a digital modeling system to determine the optimal path of movement for your teeth. At an Invisalign® lab, technicians will fabricate sets of aligners that have been precisely calibrated to move your teeth along this optimal path. Each set will have an aligner to wear over your upper teeth and an aligner to wear over your lower teeth. Each aligner will be shaped slightly differently, and you will switch to your next set of aligners approximately every two weeks. As you progress through the series, your teeth will gradually move into straighter and healthier position.
Invisalign® treatment typically takes 12 months but the exact length of time varies for each patient. If you wear your aligners for 22 hours a day, you will minimize the time it takes. Approximately every six weeks, you will visit Dr. Tapnio to evaluate the progress of your treatment.
You will remove your aligners each time you eat and brush your teeth before inserting the aligners again. One of the advantages of Invisalign is that you can more easily brush and floss your teeth thoroughly than if you were wearing traditional wire and bracket braces.
The aligners are so smooth that they do not irritate the soft tissue of your mouth. They are easy to get used to, so they do not interfere with speech or the playing of a band instrument. They are so nearly invisible that many people will not realize you are wearing them.
Will Invisalign Work for You?
The first step is to learn if Invisalign is appropriate for your orthodontic needs. Most teens and adults of any age who desire a straighter smile and improved dental health are good candidates for Invisalign. The forms of misalignment that can be corrected with Invsialign include minor to moderate:
- Under bites,
- Cross bites,
- Open bites,
- Turned teeth,
- Angled teeth,
- Overlapping teeth, and
- Gaps between teeth.
Note that if you have severe misalignment, missing teeth, damaged and worn teeth, gum disease, or teeth that have not erupted through the gums, Invisalign® by itself may not be the most appropriate treatment for you. The good news is that Dr. Tapnio will be able to recommend and deliver the treatments that will enable you to meet your goals for a beautiful, healthy smile.
Schedule a Consultation
If you want to enjoy a straighter smile without the hassle and discomfort of metal braces, contact us today to learn more about Invisalign. This consultation appointment is free, and Dr. Tapnio offers a $500 price reduction for complete Invisalign treatment. We proudly serve the Jacksonville, FL area, so give us a call today!