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Many people think of metal braces when they hear the word orthodontics. What is orthodontics in the context of modern cosmetic dentistry? It is the treatment of an improper bite (malocclusion). At our Philadelphia dentistry office, Dr. Lindsey Marshall’s goal is to provide the most efficient orthodontic treatment available to meet your individual needs.
Orthodontic treatments can help you achieve maximum effectiveness in your jaw and teeth function. It can protect and improve your bite, and it can help provide you with a beautiful smile. Orthodontic procedures can be divided into three sub-categories:
- Aesthetic orthodontics – which treats a misaligned smile and straightens jaw lines
- Restorative orthodontics – which treats malocclusion that interferes with eating and speech
- Neuromuscular orthodontics – which treats the alignment of the jaw joint
Isn’t orthodontic treatment just for kids?
This is a popular misconception. We often think of young children getting braces when we think of orthodontics. As a result, many adults don’t even ask about it.
The reality, however, is that adult orthodontics are a key component of modern dentistry.
Your bite position and jaw alignment might be perfectly acceptable when you’re young, only to present significant issues when you grow older. Philadelphia cosmetic dentist Dr. Lindsey Marshall has been offering dentistry services to adult patients since 1998, and she can craft a treatment program that is right for you.
Will I need metal braces? Won’t that be embarrassing at work?
Many adult patients are worried that their orthodontic treatments will require that they wear unsightly traditional metal braces. Fortunately, among the many dentistry services Dr. Marshall offers is Invisalign®. This is an excellent option if you need a bite or jaw alignment correction but don’t want to deal with metal braces.
Exciting innovations in modern dentistry, Invisalign aligners are clear and almost impossible to spot if you’re not looking for them. Dr. Marshall will have a set of aligners custom made for your specific orthodontic needs.
Invisalign® aligners are simple, easy to use and effective at giving you a healthier, more comfortable bite and jaw alignment.
What Is Invisalign?
Would you like to straighten your teeth without any braces? Invisalign is an alternative to braces that Dr. Marshall provides for adults who would like straighter and better-aligned teeth but dislike the idea of wearing metal braces.
Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners, each pair being part of your overall orthodontic treatment. At the start of your Invisalign treatment, Dr. Marshall will give you the first aligners to take home. When you have finished wearing the last of those, you come in for Dr. Marshall to check on your progress and get the next few aligners. Each aligner or pair of aligners is worn for two weeks.
You can remove your Invisalign aligners at any time, and should remove them for eating and dental hygiene. For best results, they need to be in the mouth for about 22 hours each day.
Can you use orthodontics to treat my TMJ headaches?
As a doctor trained in neuromuscular dentistry, Dr. Marshall has several years of experience treating temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD/TMJ. She understands that the headaches and pain that are symptoms of TMD can be debilitating.
Orthodontic treatments can relieve your symptoms, eliminate your pain and address the underlying issues that caused your TMD in the first place.
Neuromuscular dentistry diagnoses and treats Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) – misaligned jaw joints. In some cases, misaligned joints put the teeth out of alignment, and in other cases, the reverse happens. Dr. Marshall will perform a thorough mouth examination to determine if you have TMD. If she finds that you do, she will discuss treatment options with you.
Malocclusion (a bad bite) can be treated with dental work that corrects tooth shapes, positions, and relationships, and by re-training the jaw muscles.
I don’t like going to the dentist. What can you do to make me more comfortable?
Many of our patients are worried about potential pain or discomfort during an orthodontic treatment. Dental phobias are common. Fortunately, you can rest assured that Dr. Marshall has your comfort in mind at all times.
If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your teeth and smile, orthodontic treatments may be a good solution. To learn more about orthodontics and Invisalign, please contact our dentistry office for a consultation with Dr. Marshall. We serve the area of Philadelphia, Main Line, and Ardmore, Pennsylvania and hope to meet with you soon.