Orthodontics in Orlando, FL

Are you considering having your teeth straightened but worry about the impact traditional metal braces will have on your appearance?

Not many people can picture themselves holding a business meeting or facing an equally momentous occasion with a mouthful of metal wires and brackets. Metal braces have their place and help millions of people, but you know that they simply won't work for your active, busy adult lifestyle.

So what other orthodontic options are available to straighten crooked, crowded, or protruding teeth if you don't want metal braces?

Discreet Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

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 forever change your life.

Please read on to learn more about the orthodontic options we offer at Alafaya Dentistry. If you would like to schedule an appointment for an evaluation to see which method is right for you, call us at (407) 381-3000.

Reasons to Consider Orthodontics in Orlando, FL

In addition to beauty concerns, there are other possible reasons to straighten your teeth that you should be aware of when considering teeth straightening options:

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 make you more prone to contracting 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 properly fit a dental crown or bridge. Dr. Gary Michaelson often recommends 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 misaligned teeth often wear on each other, leading to a loss of tooth enamel–and to tooth pain, increased sensitivity, and jaw pain. 

For adults living with misaligned smiles and for many of our patients in Orlando, FL, these are common concerns. 

What Is Invisalign Treatment in Orlando, FL?

Invisalign clear aligners produce fantastic results with minimal impact on your life. Clear aligners use smooth, BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate any sensitive mouth or gum tissue. You’ll see progress every time you change aligners, which keeps you excited and motivated to keep wearing your aligners for 22 hours a day. The total length of treatment with Invisalign depends on your needs and is different for every individual, but ranges from about 9-18 months.

Clean your aligners daily with soap and water as directed, and do not brush with toothpaste that can scratch them and dull their crystal-clear appearance.

Treatment with Invisalign clear braces 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.

How Are Clear Aligners Different from Traditional Braces?

Traditional metal braces use metal brackets connected to wires that slowly straighten your teeth over time. Invisalign doesn't require any hardware affixed to your teeth for several years, and they correct many of the same orthodontic issues as bracket-and-wire braces.

Invisalign treatment in Orlando involves wearing a sequence of clear plastic aligners as prescribed by our dentists. Wear each set for 2-3 weeks, switch to the next set in the series, and continue this process until you have worn all your aligners and treatment is complete!

Your clear aligners are removable, so you can take them out for meals without worrying about food getting stuck on brackets and wires. You can even go without Invisalign for a big night out, but remember—you are aiming for 22 hours a day of wear. Keeping your aligners out for longer periods can impede your progress and lengthen your treatment times. 

The longer you wear your Invisalign aligners each day, the sooner you'll see the beautiful straight smile you've worked so hard to achieve!

Am I a Good Candidate for Invisible Braces in Orlando?

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.  

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 crooked, crowded, or unevenly spaced front teeth. Since Six Month Smiles braces are aesthetic orthodontics and not meant to change your bite or position of tooth roots, treatment can be completed much faster.

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 can be 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 only the front teeth that are visible when you smile. Inman Aligners’ unique treatment comfortably and gently realign crooked or crowded teeth into their ideal position.

This unique dental treatment works by using two sets of aligners: one on the lingual or tongue side of your teeth and one on the outside of your 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.

Many Orlando, FL patients enjoy the convenience of Inman aligners that are also 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 may be able to speed up your smile journey!

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

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