Invisalign® Braces in Jacksonville

Get Straighter Teeth with Invisalign®

Invisalign® is an excellent treatment option for achieving a straight and beautiful smile without the use of metal braces. It is a comfortable and convenient solution for those who would like to improve their current smile in a more modern way.

If you are searching for Invisalign in Jacksonville FL, all three of our dentists at Farnham Dentistry are certified Invisalign® Preferred Providers.

Dr MacKenzie talks about Invisalign.
Dr. MacKenzie on Invisalign
Straighter teeth

Invisalign® treatment consists of wearing a series of custom-made clear retainers that slowly shift your teeth into proper alignment. Each retainer, or aligner, is worn for 22-24 hours per day and is only removed during eating and brushing.

Aligners are changed once a week. Usually a patient is seen every 3 weeks to access progress and receive new aligners. Most cases are completed within 12-18 months

Request your free consultation today, to see if Invisalign® is the right solution for you!
10 Tips For Invisalign & Top 5 Frequently Asked QuestionsThese are some of the questions we get asked all of the time. Hopefully we're able to answer your question below. If there is anything else you'd like to know, schedule your free consultation today!

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Top 10 Tips For Invisalign


Invisalign is an easier, less painful alternative to metal braces.

With Invisalign, you use plastic aligners to straighten your teeth without the frustration of metal scraping against your gums.

Because it’s a relatively new form of treatment, there are a handful of common mistakes that people who get them often make.

But, hey, everybody makes mistakes. Sometimes you just need a little guidance to get you on track.

That’s why we put together this list of the top 10 tips that every Invisalign user should know. We've also addressed some of the most frequently asked questions so that your journey with Invisalign is a smooth one.

Tip #1: Wear Your Aligners!


Dentist putting Invisalign into patients mouth.

This is THE most important tip we can give you -> Wear Your Aligners.

It’s imperative that you do not forget to wear your aligners.

One of the best things about wearing aligners is that you can take them off. That’s great because you don’t have to worry about messing them up when you want to eat, brush your teeth, or floss.

However, it can also be one of the worst features because it’s very easy to forget to put them back in. You’re supposed to keep your aligners in your mouth around 22 hours a day.

A way to make this easier to remember is to cut back on the number of snack breaks you have so you’re not constantly taking your aligners out. Also, you can create a routine of washing your aligners after every meal so that you remember to put them back in.

Tip #2: Keep Your Aligners Clean.


If you don’t keep your aligners clean, odor, bacteria build-up, and discoloration can start to form on your trays.

To make sure your aligners stay clean, you should rinse them out every time you take them out to prevent the formation of dry saliva marks.

Also, according to Dr. Farnham, “the best way to make sure your Invisalign trays are as clean as possible is to soak them in Invisalign cleaning crystals.” For the best results, repeat this every morning and evening before you go to bed.

Tip #3: The First 48 Hours Are Important.


When you get your Invisalign, most likely your dentist will advise you to wear your aligner trays as much as possible. Also, you’ll probably be told that you should only take them out if you’re brushing your teeth, and then you should put right back in.

After you’ve had your aligners for a little while, you’ll gain more understanding when and for how long you can take them off. But, for the first 48 hours, it is crucial that you wear them as much as you can.

This is because in the first two days your teeth are doing a great deal of shifting. Your teeth will likely be sore during this time, but you need to do your best to only remove your trays for eating and brushing.

Tip #4: Don’t Just Leave Your Trays Out In The Open.


If you leave your aligners out in the open, you run the risk of them getting dirty, lost, or eaten (if you have pets). When you get your Invisalign, you’ll be given a case to keep your trays in.

You should ALWAYS carry this case with you.

You should NOT keep your trays in your pockets, napkins, or leave them in the car.

If you do happen to misplace them and then find them, make you sure rinse, wash, rinse, and repeat to ensure that you get rid of any bacteria that may have formed on them while they were out of your sight.

Tip# 5: Don’t Skip Out On Cleanings.


Keeping your mouth clean is very important when you’re doing your Invisalign treatment.

Because your teeth are being shifted around, parts of your teeth that were hidden are now exposed. Not only that, but new bacteria is being exposed as well.

When you’re at home, make sure that you’re brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis to prevent tooth decay while in treatment.

Additionally, scheduling your routine cleanings with us will help ensure that your dental hygiene is up to par and that bacteria is thoroughly removed.

Tip #6: Toothpaste Is Good For Your Teeth, Not For Your Aligners.


Many people believe that toothpaste is a good tool to use for cleaning their Invisalign trays.

Unfortunately, what they don’t know is toothpaste can damage your trays and can even leave them discolored. With one of the major ideas of Invisalign being that people don't really notice them, you don't want to use something on them that will make them stand out.

Furthermore, we've read of dozens of complaints of people feeling like other people do notice their aligners and how the color of the trays change over time. If you’ve experienced this and you use toothpaste to clean your Invisalign, then you may want to look into an alternative cleaning method.

As we mentioned before, Invisalign cleaning crystals are the best thing to use when cleaning your trays.

Tip #7: Research Your Dentist.


Because there are only a handful of dentists who specialize in working with Invisalign, it’s a good idea to research your dentist beforehand so that you know you’re getting quality work for your money.

You can read interviews, schedule a free consultation, or talk to anyone you know who might’ve gone to that dentist in the past.

Look for more than the quality of work too. It’s not enough that they do a decent job on your teeth. Check for how the dentist treats their staff and make sure you’re comfortable being in their office.

This way you’ll have a productive and enjoyable experience.

If you're thinking about choosing Farnham Dentistry for your Invisalign you should know that all of our dentists are certified Invisalign Preferred Providers.

Listen to Marsha LeDuke's first-hand Invisalign experience in our office.

Tip #8: Discomfort Is Normal.


When you use braces or any type of aligner treatment, your teeth start to shift and realign, and it’s not the most comfortable thing in the world.

Some of the discomfort you may experience can be painful. That being said, it’s nothing that a little over the counter pain relief medication can’t fix.

Also, you may experience when you first get Invisalign that you talk with a lisp. The worst thing you can do (and a mistake that too many people make) is to take your aligners out and avoid using them as much.

Instead, leave your trays in and practice talking.

You’ll notice how much easier talking will become, and soon you won’t even notice that they’re there.

Tip #9: Your Mouth Needs Time To Adjust.


Of course, when you first get your Invisalign you’re going to notice them.

It’s a process, and you have to give your mouth time to adjust to something pressing up against your teeth. Don’t worry, unlike braces it’s not as painful.

You just have to give your mouth time.

Not only that, but you’ll have to get in the habit of taking your trays in and out, cleaning them, and changing them.

The more you wear them, the easier and faster it’ll be to get used to them.

Tip #10: Viveras Are A Must.


Once you’ve finished your Invisalign treatment, you’ll need to wear some sort of retainer for the rest of your life.

"You transformed your smile with the world's most advanced clear aligner. Now you can keep it looking good with the clear, discreet retainer that was made to go with it." - Invisalign.com

For the first six months after treatment, you have to wear your Viveras full-time, and then you can shift to only wearing them at night.

You’ll receive four full sets of Viveras and after they’ve been worn down, you’ll need to order a new set.

Fortunately, the dentist office where you received your treatment will have your retainer model on file, so they can easily fulfill future orders.

Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign


If you’re still not quite sure if Invisalign is the right treatment for you, it’s okay. In this section, we’ll answer some of the most asked questions about plastic aligners.

You’ll see for yourself why Invisalign is the way to go.

How much does Invisalign cost?


Easily enough, Invisalign costs about the same amount as braces do. However, the price can vary depending on how complex the issue is. Without insurance, Invisalign typically costs in the range of $3,500 to $5,000. Though this can change depending your your mouth's particular needs.

To figure out how much Invisalign will cost for you, schedule a free consultation. That way you’ll learn the cost and if your insurance provider will cover some or all of the expense.

Can you eat with Invisalign in?


No. You can’t eat with your aligners in your mouth.

Please, do not EVER eat with you Invisalign in.

It’s alright to drink water with your aligners in, but no eating.

I know what you’re thinking. “What about soft food”? The answer is still no. Here are a handful of helpful eating tips when you’re on your treatment.

Avoid chewing gum: One of the biggest things we hope you take away from this article is that chewing gum is an absolute no-no! It may not be obvious, but chewing gum will damage your aligners. If you do it, you’ll risk messing up your treatment.

Don’t snack as often: Once you get used to having Invisalign, you can easily forget that they’re in your mouth. That being said, you should be aware of what you’re putting in your mouth, including snacks.

Drink your coffee before you put your Invisalign in: Drinking coffee with your aligners in can stain them. Water will become your best friend because you can’t really eat or drink anything else with your aligners in without them being stained.

Table of different foods that you can eat even when using Invisalign

So, what can you eat?


One of the coolest features about Invisalign is that you can take them off and which means that you can eat whatever you want! But, before you go running to the fridge, there are some things that you should be aware of, as cautioned by My Crazy Good Life.

Stay away from drinks that are too cold or too hot. When your Invisalign is in, the intense temperatures can damage your aligners and lead to discoloration.

If you remove your Invisalign to drink some hot chocolate or something, make sure you rinse your mouth out before you put it back in.

Drinking alcoholic and overly sugary drinks can cause plaque to build up.

So stick to water if you’re going to drink with your aligners in.

After eating, don’t put your aligners back in without brushing your teeth. If you don’t brush, the build-up underneath your trays can lead to tooth decay.

If you can’t brush your teeth, at least rinse your mouth out. It may be a good idea to invest in a pocket-sized bottle of mouthwash.

How long does Invisalign take?


Similar to braces, it can take up to 12 months to complete an Invisalign treatment for adults. However, the time frame can vary from person to person.

As we mentioned before, you should wear your aligners every day for around 22 hours.

As far as the length of treatment, there are certain modifications that you can add to your aligners to speed up the treatment process. These enhancements can include adding attachments, or “buttons”, to your aligners or getting AcceleDent to stimulate the blood flow and increase the speed at which your teeth align.

These modifications are not for anyone, so make sure you ask your dentist before trying any of this yourself.

Here’s a short list of helpful tips to ensure that you get the most out of your treatment.

  • Wear your aligners as much as possible.
  • Regularly clean your aligners, and double-check that they’re seated in your mouth all the way.
  • Take good care of your aligners.
  • If you're in a hurry, ask our dentists about options that may accelerate your treatment time.

As you can see, how long it’ll take you to complete your treatment is not set in stone. Everybody is different, and the time it takes can vary depending on the severity of your dental issues.

Naturally, if your problems are more severe, it’ll take a longer amount of time to fix them.

Invisalign timeframe compared to regular braces


Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign only takes about 12 months to straighten your teeth. It can take up to two years for braces to do the same thing.

Similarly, just as you would get your braces tightened every 2-3 weeks, you’ll need to get your aligners changed every 2 weeks.

Does Invisalign hurt?


Yes and no. Getting Invisalign can be uncomfortable like any dental treatment, but "Most people experience temporary, minor discomfort for a few days."

The reason being is because your teeth are adjusting to being moved and pressed into a new position.

But, the discomfort will fade as your mouth gets used to your trays.

Most of the discomfort comes within the first few weeks of having the aligners in your mouth. While the edge of the aligning trays is not sharp, they can irritate your gums and lips while your mouth adjusts to having them in.

After your mouth has adjusted, the only discomfort you will likely experience is the soreness from new aligners.

In order to fix your teeth, the aligners have to add pressure to get them to move. When you’re getting a new set, you’ll feel sore for a few days, but it will pass.

Ways to reduce Invisalign pain


When it comes to alleviating the pain from Invisalign, most people find that they can handle the discomfort for a few days while their mouth adjusts.

If this doesn’t work for you and you’re experiencing continuous discomfort, there are a few things you can do to relieve the pain.

  • Pain killers: Again, most of the pain you’ll experience is soreness, sensitivity, and probably inflammation. Seeking out some medication that’s specifically designed to reduce inflammation may be a good idea.
  • Muscle relaxers: If your pain is coming from grinding your teeth or jaw stiffness, then you’ll find a pain killer that helps relax the muscles and relieve some of that tension.
  • Eat or drink something: Chewing on something can also help relieve some of the tension. Drinking and eating something cold or hot can help sooth some of the aching and sensitivity.
  • The best advice though is to contact our office if the pain is bad.  Our dentists can direct you on the best course of action to alleviate the pain.  If your pain is due to the roughness of the edges on your aligners we can help smooth them out. It’s quick and easy!

Metal Braces Vs. Invisalign: Which is better?


As you know, both Invisalign and traditional braces work to help straighten your teeth and fix many dental problems.

So, which treatment option is better, and what is the difference between these two? If you’ve had the same questions, keep on reading.

Girl wearing traditional braces

Metal Braces


Metal braces consist of metal brackets that are glued to the teeth. These brackets are linked together with metal wires that help mold and align your teeth.

The wires and brackets can come in all types of colors. So, you can choose to stand out (a popular choice for teens), or you can choose a color that almost matches your teeth color, so they blend in more.

Pros:


  • Braces stay in place. You won’t have to worry about losing or changing your trays constantly.
  • Brushing and flossing regularly will keep them clean.
  • Braces are good for treating more complex issues.

Cons:


  • Braces can’t be removed.
  • You’re limited to what you can eat because you don’t want to risk damaging your braces.
  • Braces are known to be more painful than Invisalign due to rough edges of the brackets and wires.

Invisalign


Invisalign is a discreet alternative to getting metal braces. They are plastic aligners designed to realign your teeth without drawing attention to your mouth.

Pros:


  • One of the biggest pros is that your aligners can be removed.
  • The fact that they can be removed means that you’re free to eat and drink whatever you like.
  • Most people shy away from braces because they don’t want people staring at their teeth. Invisalign is “invisible”, so people won’t notice that you’re wearing them.
  • You don’t have to worry about metal scraping the inside of your lips.
  • Invisalign takes less time to straighten your teeth than braces do. Though, the time frame varies from person to person.

Cons:


  • Invisalign isn’t a suitable treatment for everyone as some oral problems may prevent you from using it.

While we won't tell you that Invisalign is always better than traditional braces, we do believe it is often the better choice as outlined through the pros & cons list.

Final Thoughts


If you don't take anything away from this article, please take this. Keep your plastic aligners clean and do what our dentists tell you! 😀

All of these tips are set in place to help you receive the best treatment possible.

When it comes to choosing to use Invisalign or not, do what's best for you. Set an appointment with our office to discuss the treatment options that will work best for you.

What are you waiting for?

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What our patients are saying about us…



I have been going to Farnham and Farnham for over 20 years and they have been far superior in their care than anyone else I have ever gone to. In recent years the Farnham's son " Mac " joined the practice and you can truly say providing the best care possible is " in his blood ". The whole staff is working together as a wonderful team and I am very excited to know that my dental care is going to be the best available for many years to come. My wife and I have total confidence that providing care for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums is truly a mission for the Farnham practice! Please go there and find out for yourself!!
Bob Zeiner
Bob Zeiner
01:10 12 Aug 17
Since I will be 75 years old this year and my wife and I have moved over 15 times, I have had many dentists. Farnham & Farnham is the best by far. They are friendly, courteous, and professional. Dr. Mac is very thorough and explains all the options in a language I understand. Keep up the good work all of you at Farnham and Farnham.
Gus Richard
Gus Richard
16:30 08 Aug 17
Recently, both my wife and I completed another cleaning and check up. As always, everyone was professional and friendly! I was referred to Farnham Dentistry over a decade ago and have gone to nobody else since. The quality of care is always excellent! Kathy is my hygienist and she is absolutely awesome- professional, gentle and friendly- always makes me feel at ease. I was so disappointed to learn that your Office Manager, Kelli, is no longer with your company. Kelli was always friendly, extremely helpful and professional. We so much enjoyed her smile and warm greeting with each visit. She will be dearly missed!
Andrew Caroline
Andrew Caroline
21:23 12 Jun 17
My dentist for life!! Hands down the most comfortable experience I have had at the dentist. Everyone there is very friendly and attentive. Highly recommend!
Todd Weeks
Todd Weeks
20:41 09 Aug 17
Dr. Mack and his team are excellent. I had some dentistry and even a follow-up done at another office, but they didn't take care of my issue. Dr. Mack took the time to get things right and explain everything to me. I will be going back. Highly recommended!
Richard Fetherolf
Richard Fetherolf
16:21 09 Jun 17
Very caring and gentle. Also, Cathy the hygienist is the best I have run across. I have been going to this dental office since 1997. I highly recommend this dentist. "Mac" does a great job as did his father and mother who started the practice.
Gary Weinel
Gary Weinel
17:46 20 Oct 17
So grateful to have found Farnham! Thanks to my CFC friends for recommending! The staff is so friendly, professional and service oriented.
Kari Bell
Kari Bell
12:53 30 Nov 17
This was the best dentist visit that I have had . They were very caring and made sure it was a painless time . Will be back.
Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson
15:04 04 May 18
Doctor Farnham has done more for me in the 1st 15 minutes I met him than all of the Dentists have done for me in the last 10 years. There is no doubt my mind I will be using his services for the rest of my days.
Robert Tedrahn
Robert Tedrahn
18:13 05 May 18
I was so happy to find this office with such wonderful staff! When we moved to Florida we had difficulty with the larger dental groups and wanted to find a smaller more personal dental practice. We found it with Farnham and I have been so pleased with the customer service and care we have received. It's easy to schedule and appointments have been on time. The hygienists and doctor take their time and explain recommendations, etc. I would 100% recommend this office!
Candice Carberry
Candice Carberry
16:33 29 Aug 18
Dr. Mack is an awesome dentist and highly trained in his field. He is passionate about dentistry and truly cares about his patients as they are not just numbers to him. Dr. Mack goes the extra mile with his treatments and I never had a dentist that cares like he does. If you are looking for a great dentist that knows what he is doing, I would giving him a shot at whatever you dental needs are. There are hundreds of dentists in the Jacksonville area and I have been to a lot in my life time and I would recommend Dr. Mack to anyone! Also don't forget about cleanings, the hygienist is just as important as the dentist so you need to find a great one also, I found one at Dr. Macks office ask for Cathy. You don't need all the fluff out there at dental offices, you just need a dentist that cares and knows what they are doing!
Richard Bonomo
Richard Bonomo
16:31 24 Oct 18
My wife and I started with Farnham Dentistry back in 2002. Not only was the dental practice excellent, they were always up-to-date with the latest in equipment and procedures. Cleanliness was paramount and sanitary practices were evident. Office personnel were very cordial and always greeted you with a smile. The dental staff, technicians to dentists, were the best in their field.
Ron Allen
Ron Allen
16:28 16 Oct 18
Best experience I have had for our family’s dental care. Also the office staff are very knowledgeable and helpful regarding insurance and billing. We love Farnham dentistry!
amy arahill
amy arahill
12:13 14 Nov 18
Years ago I came here looking for an alternative. Since then I wouldn’t trust my mouth to any other dental practice. The best professional, knowledgeable and friendly family practice. Dr Mac places your concerns right up front, you are encouraged to be a part of the solution. I’ve had crowns, bridges and inserts. He is now straighting my teeth using Invasilign. You couldn’t ask for more patience and expertise. All of the group are top in providing dental cleaning, dental assistance and front office procedures. Is there a 5 1/2 rating?
Amelia Campbell
Amelia Campbell
17:53 02 Nov 18
Over 30 years ago, I started seeing Dr. Jackie and my husband started seeing Dr. Sutton. When our children were born, they started seeing one of the Dr. Farnhams. We've loved the addition of Dr. Mac! He's continued the great care that our family has had with this practice.
Suzi Stone
Suzi Stone
21:44 14 Jan 19
🦷💝The best dentist ever!!! 💝🦷 Words simply cannot express our sincere appreciation for everything you do!! Dr. Jacqui and staff are amazingly awesome!!! And of course, we love and look forward to going to the dentist because of them!!🦷💗🦷💗🦷
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Jenny kincaid
15:56 12 Feb 19
I absolutely love Farnham and Farnham. They treat you like you are family and the whole staff is amazing. I highly highly recommend them!❤
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Heather Morgan
13:10 23 Mar 19

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