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By The Brace Place Orthodontics
November 23, 2021
Tags: clear aligners  

Braces are a classic option for straightening your smile, but if you are looking for a more discreet choice, clear aligners may work for you.

Inconspicuous, efficient, comfortable, and effective, clear aligners from the Jacksonville Beach, and Ponte Verda, FL, office of Dr. Josh Goldknopf can help you achieve your best smile.

What are aligners?

Aligners, made of clear, flexible plastic, are custom made to fit over your teeth to provide gentle straightening over a period of time. After taking a mold of your teeth, the aligners are crafted and given to you in incremental sets. You will wear each for a few weeks at a time before graduating to the next set.

What are the benefits of aligners?

You may find aligners to be more comfortable than braces, as there are no brackets that could irritate your gums. In addition, because each aligner concentrates on only a few teeth at a time, there is less pressure put on your mouth.

Braces do come in less noticeable options, but clear aligners are the most discreet choice for straightening your teeth. Because they are translucent and molded to fit snuggly over your teeth, no one will be able to tell you are wearing them.

Clear aligners from our Jacksonville Beach, and Ponte Verda, FL, offices are easy to care for, and you only need to keep them around for a few weeks before discarding them. You can brush and floss like normal after removing them, and give the aligners a good rinse to keep them clean.

Like braces, aligners take some time to reach full results, but aligners can even out your smile in as little as a year if they are worn as instructed for 22 hours a day.

Clear aligners from the Jacksonville Beach, and Ponte Verda, FL, offices of Dr. Goldknopf could be your path to a great smile. Call us today at (904) 249-0037 for a consultation.

By The Brace Place Orthodontics
November 20, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: clear aligners  

Advances in technology often lead to greater choices for things like automobiles or smartphones. In recent decades, advances in orthodontics have given families another choice besides braces for straightening teeth: clear aligners.

Clear aligners are a series of computer-generated mouth trays of clear plastic that are custom made for an individual patient's teeth. Like braces, these trays worn in the mouth put pressure on the teeth to move in a desired direction. Patients wear an individual tray for about two weeks and then change it out for the next tray in the series. Each subsequent tray is designed to pick up where the former tray left off in the progress of tooth movement.

Although treatment takes about as along as braces, clear aligners have some distinct advantages. First and foremost, their clear plastic construction makes them nearly invisible to outside observers. This makes them ideal for appearance-conscious teens (or adults) who may be embarrassed by the look of metallic braces.

And unlike their fixed counterpart, clear aligners can be removed by the wearer for meals, hygiene and the rare special occasion. As a result, patients with aligners aren't as restricted with food items and have an easier time keeping their teeth clean and avoiding dental disease than braces wearers.

But although definitely a benefit, removability can be potentially problematic depending on the maturity level of the patient. To be effective, an aligner tray must remain in the mouth for the majority of the time—too much time out negates the effect. Patients, then, must be responsible with wearing aligners as directed.

Clear aligners may also not work for treating difficult bites, especially those that require targeted movement (or non-movement) of select teeth. In those cases, braces may be the necessary treatment. But this situation has changed in recent years with the development of new devices and techniques that increase the range of bite problems clear aligners can treat.

Depending then on the bite problem and a patient's level of personal responsibility, clear aligners can be a viable orthodontic choice. And just like braces, they too can improve both dental function and appearance.

If you would like more information on orthodontic options for teens, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Aligners for Teens.”


Your teen is about to embark on an orthodontic journey to a straighter, more attractive smile. But although you're excited about the outcome, you both may be steeling yourselves for a few years of "life with braces."

But maybe not—your teen may be able to take advantage of a different kind of corrective appliance: clear aligners. This 21st Century teeth movement method has a number of advantages over braces. For teens, though, there's one big one that could have a huge impact on their social life—clear aligners are nearly invisible to other people.

Clear aligners consist of a series of clear, removable, computer-generated trays based on photographs, models and x-rays of an individual patient's teeth and bite. Each of the trays is slightly different from the previous one in the series, and by wearing each one for about two weeks before moving on to the next, the aligners gradually move the teeth to the desired new positions.

Besides reducing embarrassment often associated with wearing metal braces, clear aligners have other benefits. Unlike braces, they can be removed for eating, easier oral hygiene or for rare special occasions (although for best effectiveness, they should be worn for 20 to 22 hours each day). Recent developments like added elements that help target certain teeth for movement or "power ridges" for more controlled and efficient force have increased the range of bite problems they can be used to correct.

While this means clear aligners can be used for many bite problems, in some severe cases braces and other orthodontic treatments might still be necessary. And because they're not fixed like braces (only the orthodontist can remove them) the patient must have the maturity and self-discipline to wear them consistently.

Your teen will need to undergo a thorough orthodontic examination to see if clear aligners are a viable option for them. If so, it could make the next few treatment years less stressful for both of you.

If you would like more information on clear aligners, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Aligners for Teens: User-Friendly Orthodontics.”

By The Brace Place Orthodontics
June 09, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: clear aligners   Aligners  

Clear Aligners and You

Clear aligners or invisible braces make an appealing alternative to traditional braces and are becoming increasingly popular. It’s easy to see why, they comfortable, convenient, and discrete. Dr. Josh Goldknopf is an orthodontist at The Brace Place Orthodontics. He specializes in orthodontic treatment and can help you choose the right clear aligners.

What are Clear Aligners

Who doesn’t want a bright, even smile? Some people just need a little help getting there and clear orthodontic aligners are designed to help. Whereas traditional braces use brackets and wired to shift the teeth into the desired position, clear aligners are comprised of fitted, custom-made mouthpieces that slip snugly over the teeth. Ponte Vedra residents who are considering clear aligners can talk to our orthodontist to see what kind of braces are right for them.

Are Clear Aligners Right for Anyone?

Because of their tight fit, clear aligners are best suited to teens or adults. It is more complicated to straighten a child’s teeth as their mouths are still growing and this is an important consideration for braces of any kind. Clear aligners work best for people who have moderately overcrowded teeth or minor spacing issues. If you have a severe overbite or underbite, you may need more complex treatment.

How do Clear Aligners Work?

You will be fitted for several aligner trays to match your orthodontist’s plan for straightening your teeth. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to the positioning of your teeth. The aligners are made from a clear flexible material and can be removed for brushing and flossing and eating. You will change your aligner every few weeks.

The time it takes to complete your treatment will vary depending on your age and how much your teeth need to be realigned. The more uneven or spaced out your teeth are, the longer it will take. Typically, treatment with clear aligners takes between 10 and 24 months.

Benefits of Clear Aligners

Clear aligners have many benefits including:

  • They are comfortable
  • They can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing
  • They are easy to keep clean
  • They are practically invisible

If you would like to find out more about clear aligners, call Dr. Josh Goldknopf at The Brace Place Orthodontics in Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra, FL: (904) 249-0037.

By The Brace Place Orthodontics
September 03, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: clear aligners  

Is Invisalign the best way to straighten your smile? It’s time to find out.

Are you unhappy with your smile? Do you find that you hide your teeth in photos because they are crooked or misaligned? If you said “yes” Invisalignthen you’ve come to the right place! Our Jacksonville Beach, FL, orthodontist, Dr. Josh Goldknopf, has helped countless patients get the smiles they want. Here at the Brace Place, we believe it’s never too late to get a straight smile. Read on to find out if clear aligner therapy is right for you!


What is clear aligner therapy?

Instead of using brackets and wires to shift teeth, this unique orthodontic treatment uses clear, custom-made aligners. These trays are made from a flexible plastic that rests against the teeth to apply just the right amount of pressure to shift your smile into its ideal alignment. Here at our Jacksonville Beach office, the clear aligner therapy that our orthodontic specialist uses is Invisalign.


What issues can Invisalign treat?

When Invisalign first came out, it was best for handling more minor issues. However, these clear aligner systems have been perfected more and more over the years, allowing them to handle a wide range of issues including,

  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites
  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowding or overlapping teeth
  • Gapped teeth

Of course, while Invisalign can be used to treat a variety of orthodontic issues, it’s important to note that it can't effectively treat all problems. Sometimes, more complicated tooth or jaw movements are better suited for traditional braces, which is something that we can discuss during your consultation.


I’m interested in Invisalign. What’s the next step?

The next step involves a smile examination and discussion of treatment goals at our Jacksonville Beach so that we can determine whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment.

When you come in for your consultation, we will ask you questions about what you wish to correct with Invisalign. From there, we will examine your mouth to make sure everything looks healthy. If you are a good candidate for treatment, the next step is to take molds of your teeth and to map out your treatment plan so you can get started!


Call today!

The Brace Place is the place to get orthodontic treatment in Jacksonville Beach, FL. From children who need traditional braces to adults looking for that subtle Invisalign treatment, we offer it all in a caring, friendly environment. Call us today at (904) 249-0037 to schedule a consultation!