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Would you like to have your teeth straightened but not if it requires wearing metal braces? A “metal mouth” is usually the last thing a busy working adult wants, and we are fortunate now to have another way to do it. Invisalign® provides an alternative that is far more convenient and just as effective. It uses clear, removable aligners custom-made for your individual dental needs. Invisalign Preferred Provider – Ardmore, Main Line, Bryn Mawr, PA
Complimentary consultations are offered where you will meet with a team member to learn more about Invisalign. Dr. Marshall will then do an examination to confirm you are a great candidate and decide which type of Invisalign will best suit your needs. Pelase call (610) 649-0696 to schedule a private consultation.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign is a clear orthodontic system that can 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.
Invisalign consists of a series of aligners that you switch out every two weeks. The aligners are custom made to fit your mouth and gradually shift the teeth into place. Most people will not even be able to tell you are wearing the aligner trays. Philadelphia cosmetic dentist Dr. Lindsey Marshall has been straightening the teeth of her patients with Invisalign for several years, and she can straighten your smile, too.
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, ’80s, or ’90s, 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.
If you’d like to learn more about Invisalign®, please call the office of Dr. Lindsey Marshall at (610) 649-0696 today to schedule an initial consultation. Dr. Marshall welcomes patients throughout the Philadelphia area.
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
During your consultation, Dr. Marshall will examine your teeth and bite and discuss your aesthetic goals. If she determines that Invisalign® isn’t suitable for the changes you’d like to make to your smile, Dr. Marshall might recommend alternatives.
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 first step is a full dental examination and analysis of your bite (occlusion) by using iTero technology. When many teeth are out of alignment, they can push the jaw joints out of alignment also, causing the condition known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). It brings many symptoms, most of them painful or uncomfortable. The reverse is also true: misaligned jaw joints can gradually push teeth out of alignment.
Being qualified in neuromuscular dentistry, Dr. Marshall can diagnose and treat TMD. If your teeth are misaligned because of TMD, she will devise a TMD treatment plan of which Invisalign could be a part.
How Invisalign Works
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. 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 movement of your teeth to their correct positions, as determined by Dr. Marshall. The total correctional movement is divided into stages. After Dr. 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.
After 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 the entire straightening process take?
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.
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