Orthodontics Specialist

Joni R. Marcus, DMD -  - General Dentistry

Total Dental Care

Joni R. Marcus, DMD

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Philadelphia, PA

Perfectly aligned teeth don’t just look better in pictures: They can help you keep your teeth clean and healthy too. At Total Dental Care in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Harold Marcus, DDS, Joni Marcus, DMD, and the expert dental team offer several orthodontic treatment options to cater to your specific type of misalignment. To explore your options and start treatment, call Total Dental Care today.

Orthodontics Q & A

What is the purpose of orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the category of dentistry focused on straightening and aligning your teeth. Having crooked teeth that don’t line up can make it difficult to effectively clean your mouth and can cause undue tooth damage to teeth that are under excess pressure when you bite down. Furthermore, having straighter teeth is a cosmetic preference for many people. You might pursue orthodontic treatments if you have:

  • An overbite
  • An underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Gaps between your teeth
  • Crowded teeth

At Total Dental Care, the team helps you explore each of your options for treatment and choose the best one for your case. Orthodontic treatments are highly individualized, so your dentist creates your treatment strategy after thoroughly evaluating the positions of your teeth. Getting orthodontic treatment can reduce your chances of gum disease, cavities, tooth loss, and other oral health complications.

What are my orthodontic treatment options?

Total Dental Care offers three choices for orthodontic treatment. The team chooses your treatment based on your age, the state of your misalignment, budget, lifestyle, and other factors. They may recommend:

Traditional braces

Traditional braces are probably what comes to your mind first when you think of orthodontics. They include metal brackets that are cemented to your teeth and wires that feed through the brackets and require regular tightening to guide your teeth into alignment.


Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces that includes a series of transparent plastic trays that fit over your teeth. The trays are removable and discreet, and each tray places new pressure on your teeth to guide them to their new place. 

Six Month Smiles®

Six Month Smiles offers both clear braces and clear plastic aligners to move your teeth swiftly. The treatment takes just four to nine months, with clear aligners reserved for mild cases and clear braces for more severe cases of misalignment.

How long do orthodontic treatments take?

Because orthodontic treatments are personalized, there’s no way to tell how long your treatment will take until you come in for your initial evaluation and consultation. Your dentist at Total Dental Care can tell you how long you can expect your treatment to take. Typically, orthodontic treatments take anywhere from just a few months to two years.

Book your one-on-one orthodontic consultation by phone at Total Dental Care today to learn more about braces and clear aligners.