Orthodontics in Orlando, FL

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Are you considering having your teeth straightened but worry about the impact traditional metal braces will have on your appearance? Not many people want to picture themselves holding a business meeting or face an equally momentous occasion with a mouthful of metal wires and brackets. Metal braces carry a stigma in our society for belonging to adolescents, not mature adults. If you have misaligned or protruding teeth, how else can you perfect your smile?

For many of our patients in Orlando, FL, these are common concerns for adults living with misaligned smiles. In addition to beauty concerns, there are additional reasons you should be aware of when considering straightening your teeth:

Oral health –A misaligned smile can compromise your oral health by putting you at a higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Simply put, straight teeth are easier to brush and floss because food particles and bacteria don’t have places to hide. Crooked teeth make it harder to floss, and making you more prone to contract gum disease. At Alafaya Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we pride ourselves on offering dental treatments that improve your oral health and enhance your smile.

Restorative dentistry–Crooked or misaligned teeth make it difficult to fit a dental crown or bridge properly. Dr. MIchaelson often recommends that Orlando, FL patients straighten their teeth before any restorative dental procedures to bypass any difficulties. 

Jaw pain–Teeth that are misaligned, meaning they do not fit properly when the mouth closes, can wear down jaw joints. Patients suffering from this often report clicking or popping sensations when they open their jaws; often a sure sign of a dental problem.

Wear and tear–Many patients are unaware that teeth that do not align when the mouth closes can often wear on each other, leading to loss of tooth enamel–and to tooth pain, increased sensitivity, and jaw pain. 

Everyone’s orthodontic needs are different, so we’re pleased to offer three discreet and highly effective orthodontic treatments: Invisalign, Six Month Smiles, and Inman Aligners. If you are in Orlando, FL and are tired of living with a crooked smile, rest assured that you have many orthodontic options in Orlando, FL that can change your life forever. Your appearance and oral health is the best investment you can provide for yourself!

How Are Traditional Braces Different Than Clear Aligners?

Traditional metal braces use metal brackets connected to wires that slowly straighten your teeth over time. These are the braces mainly associated with adolescents, not adults. Traditional metal braces cannot be removed, and have wires and brackets that can easily get caught in food. It can be difficult to clean around the wires and metal parts, and some people find them embarrassing to wear.

Clear aligners are translucent plastic dental orthodontics in Orlando, FL that can are removable and easy to clean. Each aligner is worn for a couple of weeks, slowly shifting the teeth into a straighter position. 

What is Invisalign Treatment?

Invisalign clear aligners produce fantastic results with minimal impact on your life. Clear aligners use smooth BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate any sore mouth and gum tissue. You don’t have to wait for years to see the results of your treatment. You’ll see progress every time you change aligners, meaning that you don’t have to wait years before you can see any change. Total treatment time is dependent on your needs but on average takes between nine and twelve months compared to years for traditional braces

The clear aligners are removable, so you don’t have to worry about foods getting stuck in metal brackets and wires. Being removable, they are also easy to clean; requiring only light brushing to make them sparkly again. Treatment with Invisalign in Orlando, FL means fewer visits to the dentist for adjustments, so you don’t have to carve time out of your schedule for multiple checkups.

Learn More About Six Month Smiles

With long-term orthodontic treatment, the objective is to treat and correct a misaligned dental bite. Six Month Smiles clear braces treatment works in much the same way as traditional orthodontics, with one big difference.

Most adults have crooked teeth that are more of a cosmetic problem than a bite problem; such as protruding or uneven front teeth. Since we’re not trying to alter your dental bite, Six Month Smiles treatment can be completed quickly because we’re just straightening visible teeth. Six Month Smiles treatment uses clear brackets and tooth-colored wires that won’t alter your appearance during treatment. Unless you point out your aligners, many people won’t even know you are undergoing a dental procedure.

The length of treatment time with Six Month Smiles is fast, so in many cases, they are more affordable than other types of braces. Using Six Month Smiles braces, we’ve helped many patients achieve optimal results in approximately four to nine months, with an average treatment time of six months. If you are in Orlando, FL and are interested in an accelerated program to straighten your teeth, this could be the best option for you. Dr. Michaelson can go through all your orthodontic options to ensure you are happy with your dental procedure.

What are State-of-the-Art Inman Aligners?

This state-of-the-art, removable orthodontic treatment is perfect for correcting the alignment of the front-facing teeth that are immediately visible when smiling. Inman Aligners’ unique treatment comfortably and gently realign crooked or crowded teeth into their ideal position.

Many Orlando, FL patients enjoy the convenience of Inman aligners being removable for eating, brushing, and flossing. A great benefit is that by using Inman Aligners, our patients can often achieve desired results in a matter of weeks, not years! Most people want to see immediate results in their appearance, so if waiting for years doesn't appeal to you, Inman Aligners can speed up your smile journey!

This unique dental treatment works by using two sets of aligners – one on the inside and one on the outside of your front teeth. This creates an opposing force that causes the aligners on one side to push the teeth forward and those on the other to pull back on the front teeth. The unique system of Inman Aligners creates pressure on your teeth to achieve the beautiful, straight smile you’ve always wanted.

Am I a Good Candidate for Invisible Braces?

Invisible aligners are perfect for many people and can fix a broad spectrum of orthodontic issues. However, in some cases, Dr. Michaelson may recommend traditional braces instead. If you are in Orlando, FL and considering teeth straightening for your smile, schedule an appointment with our dental office for an oral examination. Dr. Michaelson can discuss your smile goals with you and get a better picture of your oral health before determining the right orthodontic solution for you.  

Call Alafaya Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry for a Straighter Smile

You don't have to live with a crooked smile or protruding teeth. The first step on your road to a healthier, straighter smile is a call to our dental office to arrange an orthodontic consultation with Dr. Michaelson. We look forward to helping you!