Philadelphia, Main Line, and Ardmore, Pennsylvania Cosmetic Dentistry
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What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign is a clear orthodontic system that Dr. Lindsey F. Marshall offers. It will transform your smile without any discomfort, embarrassment, and without interfering with your day-to-day life. It is an effortless system to straighten teeth, as the custom-fitted aligners are much more comfortable than traditional braces.
What makes Invisalign® so popular?
This clear braces system is more convenient and much more pleasing to the eye than the often unsightly traditional metal braces of yesteryear. While you may have had to wear the uncomfortable, unattractive silver braces in the ’70s, your children (or even you) can now have a straight, beautiful smile without the rubber bands, cut gums, and painful teeth that often accompanied traditional braces.
Most patients who want straighter teeth dread the possibility of having to wear metal braces. If you want a more becoming smile but don’t want to undergo traditional orthodontic treatment, Invisalign provider Lindsey Marshall, DMD, offers a subtle alternative.
What Conditions Does Invisalign® Treat?
Invisalign® uses a series of clear, plastic aligners that are customized to fit snugly over your teeth. The aligner trays progressively shift your teeth and bite into alignment for a smile that is both aesthetically pleasing and functionally sound.
Candidates for Invisalign® typically experience mild to moderate conditions affecting the teeth or bite such as:
- Crowded teeth
- Teeth separated by unattractive spaces
- Crossbite (occurs when the upper jaw & lower jaw aren’t correctly aligned)
Other Key Qualities for Invisalign®
Patients who present one of the conditions above and want to straighten their smile might be candidates for Invisalign®. In addition, you should also:
- Have a fully developed mouth (some Invisalign® candidates are as young as 13)
- Be in good dental health
- Not require extensive restoration work to repair teeth
- Not suffer from severe bite abnormalities requiring more intensive orthodontic treatment
- Not smoke, or be willing to quite before undergoing Invisalign® treatment
Dr Marshall Invisalign Patient Review
Dr. Marshall and her team are always friendly and thoughtful, taking the time to check in with me and answer all of my questions. When it comes to the work they do they are extremely thorough and skilled at their craft and are committed to providing the best service specific to my needs. If, like me, you’ve struggled with TMJ pain and are looking for other options for treatment, what Dr. Marshall and her team offer is the bar none the best solution I’ve ever found. Check them out!
Advantages of Invisalign®
Though every patient’s needs are different, Invisalign® candidates usually share a desire to correct the appearance of their smile but don’t want to have a mouthful of highly visible metal brackets and wires. Invisalign® is designed to accomplish teeth and bite correction without drawing attention to the apparatus.
Invisalign® can meet patients’ cosmetic needs in multiple ways:
- Aligner trays are nearly invisible
- Swapping out aligners every two weeks straightens teeth gradually, not drastically
- Removing your aligners before eating means no food gets stuck, unlike traditional braces
The Invisalign Procedure With Dr. Lindsey Marshall
Once you and Dr. Marshall decide to go ahead with Invisalign, she will take X-rays, digital photos, and impressions and send them to the Invisalign manufacturer, Align Technology, based in Santa Clara, California. The Align technicians will put the impressions through a CT scan and create a digital 3D model of your teeth. The Invisalign software is then used to simulate the movement of your teeth to their correct positions. The total correctional movement is divided into stages. After Dr. Lindsey Marshall has reviewed this using Align’s program ClinCheck, she will either modify or approve it and Align will create an aligner (or pair of aligners) for each movement stage.
Once your entire series of aligners has arrived at our office, you will have an appointment for Dr. Marshall to explain how to use them and give you the first few aligners in the series. Every two weeks you discard the current aligners and begin wearing the next pair. Every six weeks will bring another visit for Dr. Marshall to monitor your progress and give you the next few aligners.
Wearing Your Aligners
You can remove your aligners any time if you need to, but for maximum effect they should remain in position for at least 20 hours each day. They are designed so that each aligner exerts a certain amount of pressure on certain teeth in a certain direction. When those teeth have made their movement in response, the next aligner will exert different pressure, perhaps on different teeth and in a different direction.
Taken all together, aligners accomplish the entire straightening process. It is important for each aligner to be able to do its work fully so the next one can pick up the thread and carry things forward.
Your aligners need to be removed for eating and for dental hygiene. If you have a special occasion where you want to look your best, you could remove them for
a few hours, but that should not occur very often.
How Long Does It Take To See Results With Invisalign?
The average treatment time is about one year, although if your misalignment problem is less severe it could be treated in about five months – a procedure known as Invisalign Express. If, at the end of your treatment, you decide that your teeth are not quite fully aligned, more aligners can be ordered, which Dr. Marshall will include in the cost as Refinement aligners.