A young man wearing a suit and glasses. Orthodontic treatment focuses on straightening misaligned teeth to improve the function and appearance of your bite. Older teens and adult patients often weigh the decision to straighten crooked teeth against the prospect of wearing braces. Some patients feel braces look conspicuous. Others are discouraged by the food restrictions and difficult cleaning process braces require. With Invisalign® and ClearCorrect™ clear aligners, your Philadelphia dentist offers an orthodontic treatment that is discreet, removable, and effective.

Invisalign® and ClearCorrect ™ Clear Aligners

Dr. Wilkoff has been certified for years in both Invisalign® and ClearCorrect™ aligner techniques, and has helped many patients achieve beautifully straight smiles without braces. Clear aligners offer a variety of benefits over their metal counterparts:

  • Convenience -With clear aligners, you can remove your appliance, allowing you to eat and brush your teeth as easily as you did before treatment began.
  • Discretion -Your clear aligner will fit snugly over your teeth, and the translucent plastic will offer a clear view of your smile, unobstructed by traditional orthodontic appliances.
  • Comfort -To maintain the pressure necessary to move teeth, clear aligners are designed as a series, with each aligner shifting teeth closer to their ideal positions. Simply change your aligners as directed, and they will guide your teeth's movement, without the need for the "tightening visits" that are required with traditional braces.
  • Treatment time - In most cases, Invisalign® and ClearCorrect™ can help patients achieve a straighter smile, often in less time than braces.

Should You Straighten Crooked Teeth?

The orientation of your teeth is vital to your smile's balance, which in turn dictates how well your teeth, gums, and jaw can absorb the repeated impact of biting forces. Crooked teeth, no matter how severe, can disrupt this balance, subjecting your teeth and jaws to excessive, uneven pressure. Left unchecked, malocclusion may result in cracked/fractured teeth and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. Crooked teeth are also more difficult to clean, increasing your likelihood of developing tooth decay and gum disease.

General Dentistry and Orthodontics in the Same Office

Unlike most general dentistry offices, we offer a full range of orthodontic care as well as cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments. Dr. Wilkoff evaluates each patient's facial aesthetics, shape, symmetry, jaw joints, bite, and profile using a diagnostic system he developed many years ago. Typically, orthodontics involves routine maintenance at your general dentist's office, as well as periodic visits to a separate orthodontic office. As a member of the Mid-America Orthodontic Society, and with more than 30 years of orthodontic experience, Dr. Wilkoff can significantly reduce the amount of time you spend in the dentist's chair. He will oversee your orthodontic treatment in the same office where he cares for your general dental health.

Schedule an Appointment Today with Robert Wilkoff, D.D.S.

If your smile isn't straight, you have more options than simply enduring misaligned teeth or wearing metal braces. Speak with Dr. Wilkoff about how clear aligners can improve your smile, without hindering your confidence. To schedule an appointment, contact us today.