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Invisalign in South Philadelphia

Many patients dream of a straighter smile, but don’t want to commit to years of orthodontic treatment with bulky metal braces. We offer Invisalign in South Philadelphia for patients who want a straight smile without a highly visible treatment. With this revolutionary treatment, you can correct your smile using invisible plastic aligners. Call today to schedule an orthodontic consultation with one of our South Philly dentists and start your journey to a more beautiful, even smile!

How Does Invisalign Work?

Understanding Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign uses a series of specialized plastic aligners to help shift your teeth without the use of traditional metal braces. Each set of aligners is built to shift your teeth slightly toward the proper position. 

Invisalign treatment begins with an orthodontic consultation at our office. If Invisalign is right for your orthodontic needs, our team will work with Invisalign to develop your custom treatment plan. Once your aligners are created, you’ll wear each set for 20-22 hours per day. About every 6 weeks, you’ll come back in for a quick checkup and we’ll give you your next several sets of aligners. This process will continue until your treatment is complete, which usually takes somewhere between 20-24 sets of aligners, though the length of treatment may vary.

About Your Aligners

What Does Invisalign Look Like?

Invisalign aligners look similar to a retainer or a night guard used to treat teeth clenching and grinding. They are made of a thin, transparent plastic material, and they are custom designed to fit perfectly over your teeth. When worn, they exert gentle pressure on your teeth to move them into the proper position in your mouth. Invisalign aligners are completely invisible when worn and they do not affect speech, so nobody will have to know that you are correcting your smile with orthodontics.

Why Choose Invisalign?

The Benefits of Clear Aligner Treatment

  • Invisalign is virtually invisible, so nobody will have to know that you are straightening your teeth during treatment!
  • Your aligners are invisible and will not affect your speech when worn, making them a much more subtle option compared to braces.
  • Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can eat and drink without restrictions, and brush and floss more easily.
  • Compared to braces, Invisalign is also a much more comfortable treatment. Your aligners will exert gentle, even pressure on your teeth to shift them, and there are no wires, brackets or other metal bits that could poke or irritate your mouth.
  • Invisalign typically has a faster treatment time compared to braces. Most patients are able to correct their smiles in under a year with clear aligners.

Why Is Invisalign

Great For Adults?

If you’re an adult and you’re considering orthodontic correction, Invisalign is a great option for you. There are a few reasons why Invisalign is such a great option for adult patients who want a straighter smile.

  • Completely invisible, does not affect speech – Unfortunately, adults wearing braces does have a bit of a stigma, particularly among people who work professional, white-collar jobs. But Invisalign is completely invisible when worn. Since it does not affect your speech or appearance, you can correct your smile subtly. Nobody has to even know you’re straightening your teeth unless you want them to!
  • Shorter treatment time – Compared to braces, Invisalign has a much shorter treatment time. You usually will only have to wear Invisalign for about 12 months, which is faster than comparable treatment with traditional braces. If you want fast results, Invisalign is definitely a good option.
  • You see the dentist less & save time – Braces require you to spend about an hour in the dentist’s chair every few weeks for an adjustment. But Invisalign is a lot more convenient. Even if you have a busy schedule, it’s easy to make time for the treatment you need with Invisalign.

    You’ll just need to come into Mestichelli Barnes Dental Associates for a quick checkup with Dr. Bill Mestichelli or Dr. Michael Barnes about every 4-6 weeks. They’ll make sure your teeth are moving properly, give you your next several sets of aligners, and send you home.

For all of these reasons and quite a few more, Invisalign is the preferred method of smile correction in adults. Get more details by scheduling an appointment at Mestichelli Barnes Dental Associates now. 

Invisalign Vs. Mail-Order Aligners

Why In-Office Aligners Are Better

If you’re looking to correct your smile and save money, you may have considered mail-order aligners from a service like Candid, Byte, and SmileDirectClub. These companies claim to offer identical results to in-office Invisalign treatment for much less. But if you are serious about correcting your smile, they’re not a good choice.

There are a few reasons why in-office aligners are superior to mail-order aligners. First, you’ll have peace of mind, knowing that you’re getting high-quality treatment. With mail-order aligners, you won’t be able to contact a dentist or orthodontist throughout your treatment process. In fact, your case may only be reviewed once or twice by a dentist. This could lead to issues with your treatment, especially if your teeth do not move as planned.

In addition, mail-order aligners don’t allow your treatment to be adjusted. With Invisalign, Dr. Barnes and Dr. Mestichelli can adjust your next sets of aligners if your teeth are shifting more slowly (or quickly) than expected. But with mail-order aligners, you receive all of your aligners at once, and there is usually no option to adjust your treatment. This can lead to sub-par results and serious teeth alignment problems.

Finally, you could be putting your teeth at risk with mail-order aligners. Many companies offering this service don’t require you to get a comprehensive oral exam before signing up. If you have pre-existing issues like damage or decayed teeth, gum disease or any other dental complications, they may not be spotted before treatment. This could lead to serious oral health problems.

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