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.
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.
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:
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 and his cosmetic dentistry … Click to go to the page of cosmetic services …team has been offering dentistry services to adult patients since 1998, and she can craft a treatment program that is right for you.
There can be some soreness when you switch to the next pair in your series of aligner trays as your teeth adjust to the new pressure that will help them move to the next position. This is a mild soreness that only lasts a day or so.
This degree of discomfort is in marked contrast to the two to three days after having traditional braces tightened, adjusted, or having new rubber bands placed. If you’ve had traditional braces, you know that those periods can be quite painful with the teenager usually needing medication to deal with the pain. Invisalign® has nowhere near that level of discomfort.
Invisalign® developed the clear aligner tray process that has become such a popular alternative to traditional braces. Today there are other companies trying to get in on Invisalign®’s success. But there are many reasons Dr. Marshall offers Invisalign® rather than these newer entries into the market.
Align Technology, the company that produces Invisalign®, was founded in 1997 specifically to produce Invisalign®. That’s approaching 25 years of experience and innovation. Invisalign® was the first product approved by the FDA way back in 1998. We believe Invisalign®’s aligner trays are made of higher quality, more comfortable acrylic. In fact, Align Technology holds several hundred patents that cover not only the material used in its aligners, but also the process providers such as Dr. Marshall use to map out the plan for moving patients’ teeth.
Align has filed various patent infringement claims against different companies, some of which have since gone out of business.
Smile Direct is the latest entrant to compete with Invisalign®. Its difference? Customers buy the aligner trays directly from the company, and there is no involvement with a dentist or orthodontist.
Taking such risks with your smile and your overall bite doesn’t seem like an area of your life to save a few dollars. It’s akin to getting eyeglasses without an optometrist. Dr. Marshall meticulously plots the path of the patient’s tooth movement, from start to finish. From there, she stands by the results her patients achieve with Invisalign®, and if anything goes wrong or isn’t exactly as the patient desires, she makes it right.
Patients who present one of the conditions above and want to straighten their smile might be candidates for Invisalign®. In addition, you should also:
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:
The Invisalign® Procedure With Dr. Lindsey MarshallOnce 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.
You can remove your aligners any time if you need to, but for the 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.
You deserve a strong, straight, and attractive smile. You also deserve to achieve this smile in the least invasive and most comfortable manner possible. During a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Marshall will carefully evaluate the extent of your bite issues and tailor a treatment plan that meets your unique needs.
– Steve B.
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