Orthodontics refers to a special sub-field of dentistry that focuses on the positioning of a person’s teeth and their jaw. People will typically seek out orthodontic treatment when their teeth are positioned improperly or when the jaw is misaligned and causing problems with bite.
Orthodontic treatment can help straighten teeth, correct issues with bite and improve the look of an individual’s smile. Orthodontic treatment can also successfully prevent problems like tooth decay, gum disease, jaw pain, headaches and neck straining.
Some of the benefits of orthodontic treatments include:
At Jacksonville Gentle Dentistry, we provide top-quality orthodontic treatments that leave patients extremely satisfied. These treatments involve putting slight pressure on the teeth to steadily move them into the desired position or to help them retain their current positioning. Different orthodontic treatments are appropriate for different types of applications.
We proudly offer Invisalign. Invisalign serves as an alternative to traditional metal braces and work using similar principles. Patients will wear a series of tightly fitted, clear aligners that will slowly move their teeth into the proper positioning. Each aligner is custom-made from impressions of the patient’s teeth in order to provide the best possible fit and the most efficient results. Each aligner will be replaced with a new one approximately every two weeks in order to continuously adjust the positioning of the teeth.
There are several advantages that clear aligners offer over metal braces. For one, they can be removed allowing patients to eat and drink whatever they would like during treatment. This also means that patients will not need to make any changes to their oral care practices. Clear aligners are also transparent making it nearly impossible for others to tell that they are being used. Finally, clear aligners are excellent for athletes since they do not present the same injury risks as metal braces.
Jacksonville Gentle Dentistry also offers retainers for patients. Retainers are generally used after orthodontic treatment has been completed. These devices will help to ensure that the teeth do not revert to their prior positioning. If you want to straighten your teeth and improve your smile, then orthodontic treatment may be right for you. A visit to Jacksonville Gentle Dentistry will allow us to determine the optimal orthodontic treatment for your unique needs.
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