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By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
April 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   invisalign   orthodontics  

When your teeth are out of alignment, it affects everything from the way you eat to the way you smile. The traditional solution has been invisalignbraces (metal or ceramic). But if braces are not an option for personal and professional reasons, what can you do to fix your teeth? You can straighten your smile discreetly with the help of Invisalign plastic aligner trays and Dr. Selena Marchan, a family dentist in Jacksonville, FL.

Why Straightening Your Teeth Matters
While most orthodontic problems aren’t considered emergencies, they are at the very least an inconvenience. If you have gaps, food can easily get trapped between your teeth when you’re eating. Crooked teeth can be painful and awkward. Tooth crowding is very noticeable when you smile. Straightening your teeth matters for aesthetics, comfort, and healthy tooth function.

A Discreet Solution
Braces are made up of metal or ceramic brackets that are glued to the teeth. Wires are added that put pressure on the teeth until they adjust to a more ideal position. Braces are more appropriate for preteens who still have developing smiles. If you’re an adult or teen, you have the option to choose a more discreet way of straightening out your smile called Invisalign. Your Jacksonville dentist designs custom plastic trays that you must put over your teeth daily. The trays provide you with the orthodontic benefits of braces, as well as other benefits including minimal discomfort and a shorter treatment period.

Is Invisalign Your Best Option?
Invisalign may be the right solution if you have minor orthodontic issues, such as a gap between your front teeth or teeth that overlap each other because they’re too tightly arranged. If you’re a business professional or someone who has to meet the public often, this discreet treatment may be your best option.

Visit Your Dentist for an Invisalign Consultation
You may be the ideal patient for an Invisalign treatment, but you have to consult with a family dentist to find out your options. Call (904) 221-5678 today for a consultation with Dr. Marchan at her Jacksonville, FL office.

By Selena L. Marchan, D.M.D.
May 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   invisalign   orthodontics  

Have you ever wondered how to have straighter teeth without the hassle in Jacksonville, FL? A qualified Jacksonville dentist such Dr. Selena Marchan can help you answer that question. Dr. Marchan knows many people simply do not want to have to deal with all that invisalighngoes with having traditional permanent braces – the monthly visits, the band and wire adjustments, the specialized cleaning and care required. Dr. Marchan also understands people of all ages, especially adults, might be self-conscious about their smile but they are even more self-conscious about having metal bands and/or wires attached to their teeth for everyone to see.

Fortunately, Dr. Marchan may have a solution: Invisalign.

Invisalign is the brand name of a type of alignment therapy treatment system -- actually another type of braces -- which utilizes a series of clear, virtually invisible plastic trays instead of metal brackets, bands, and wires. Unlike traditional braces, which are cemented to your teeth and have to be adjusted and removed by your Jacksonville dentist, Invisalign trays are removable. You, the patient, control how long, how often, and when you wear them. While you will not have to go to your Jacksonville dentist to have your trays adjusted or tightened you will still need to see the dentist regularly to track your progress.

How it works is that your Jacksonville dentist conducts a careful assessment of your mouth and teeth, your bite, and other important factors. This will be the basis for the design of your personal Invisalign tray system –each tray will be carefully designed and built for you specifically.

Typically, you will wear each tray for 2-3 weeks at a time, up to 20 hours a day, before changing the trays out for the next set of trays. This will basically be the way it works throughout the treatment process.

The total length of time you have to wear Invisalign depends on your particular situation, but on average most adults wear Invisalign for about 12 months.

Some people may wonder if Invisalign is just a gimmick. They may question whether something as simple as removable plastic trays can actually provide effective results. They can.

In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that Invisalign can be an effective therapy option for mild to moderate malocclusions or spacing issues.

Like anything else, Invisalign is not a “magic bullet.” Different people have different needs. Invisalign works best for people who have mild bite or alignment issues. If you have a severe overbite, underbite, or crossbite or you have especially crowded and/or severely crooked teeth, Invisalign might not be your best option.

To find out more about how Invisalign can help you have straighter teeth without the hassle, call the office of Dr. Selena Marchan at 904-221-5678.