adult orthodontics

it's never too late!

orthodontic treatment for adults

You are never too too old to align your teeth! However, orthodontic treatment for adults is not the same as it is for children. Since mature jaws are no longer growing, orthodontic treatment plans must take into account that bones, gums, and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) respond differently to treatment than those of children. Interested in adult orthodontic treatment? Call today! Happy to serve patients at our Bryn Mawr and Wayne locations.

quick results, gentle treatment

how does clear aligner treatment work?

Clear aligner treatment is a simple, non-invasive process. After Dr. Foote completes a thorough review of your x-rays and photos to determine if you are a good candidate, they will take a 3D scan of your teeth and bite to create an accurate image. Not only does that mean no messy impressions, but the advanced technology ensures your aligners will fit perfectly. The technology has the added benefit of being able to show you what your finished smile will look like, using state-of-the-art imaging software to accurately predict the movement of your teeth.

A few weeks after your initial visit, you’ll receive your aligners, and will wear each one for one week, for 20-22 hours a day, removing them only to eat, brush, and floss. As you progress through each set, your teeth will gradually shift. Every now and then you’ll come into the office so we can monitor your progress. You can have the smile of your dreams!

custom 3D printed ceramic braces

lightforce braces

Although aligners have many advantages, it is an appropriate treatment option for individuals with mild to moderate alignment issues. For more severe cases,  custom 3D printed LightForce braces, may be the best option to create the smile you’ve always wanted.

‍We utilize state-of-the-art custom 3D printed braces from LightForce. Braces from LightForce are digitally designed and 3D printed specifically for your smile. The brackets conform exactly to your teeth to give you better results more quickly, comfortably, and precisely. This optimizes tooth movement, comfort for the patient, and results in reduced treatment time and overall fewer appointments.

breathe better, sleep better!

non-surgical adult expansion

Today we better understand sleep apnea and airway-related issues and have realized many of these issues stem from underlying discrepancies in the jaws. Aligning the jaw correctly, re-establishing the proper width of the upper jaw, we can help to open up the airway.  Thus, helping patients breathe better, sleep better, and experience a greater quality of life.

Palatal Expansion is not just for children!  While surgery is sometimes needed, adults can now be expanded non-surgically using Maxillary Skeletal Expansion (MSE).  The Maxillary Skeletal Expander is placed with only local anesthetic and is held in place by 4  temporary implants in the palate.   This is an unbelievable option to improve airway and respiratory function, open nasal cavity spaces, allow space for the tongue, and relieve crowding issues and crossbites.   By expanding the upper jaw you are increasing the airway space. This greatly benefits those with sleep apnea, fatigue, breathing problems and difficulty sleeping. 

Regardless of the treatment you require, our team at Foote Orthodontics will ensure that you receive the care you need with the compassion and understanding you deserve to create a smile that gives you confidence.

Ready for a free consultation? Time for an appointment? We'd love to help you!
Fill out the appointment request form below or give our office a call at (610) 525-6142

Meet the Main Line's Favorite Orthodontist

dr. catherine foote

Dr. Foote's passion is orthodontics for children and adults, particularly in facial growth and aesthetics.

Dr. Foote is committed to continuing her own education as well as that of her team, so she can provide her patients with exceptional orthodontic treatment in a caring, state-of-the-art environment. Foote Orthodontics continued excellence in Wayne and Bryn Mawr has not gone unnoticed. Since opening her practice in 2009, Dr. Foote has been named in the “Top Dentist” issues of both Philadelphia Magazine and Main Line Today.

A native of the Main Line, Dr. Foote resides in Wayne with her husband Neil, daughters Elsie and Piper, and son Graysen. Foote Orthodontics is greatly invested in the local community, regularly donates to auctions and fundraisers for dozens of organizations, from schools to churches, as well as sponsoring local sports teams.

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Philadelphia Magazine's Top Dentist Award 2024 Bdge
Main Line Today Top Dentist 2024
2023 LOVE Badges MLP FF

why the main line is choosing foote orthodontics

"I had an initial consultation for Invisalign and could not have been more impressed with the entire experience. Jan (the orthodontic assistant) was so fantastic, so knowledgeable and so reassuring. She took time to explain the entire process after taking photos, impressions and a digital scan of my mouth which was very high tech. I met Dr Foote after for a consult and felt immediately comfortable. I had considered doing Invisalign through a dentist office however it is so clear to me now just how advantageous it is to go through this process with an actual orthodontist. Invisalign/orthodontia is nuanced and I want someone who specializes and does this all day long. My consultation was exactly that- detailed and specific and I think that will make all the difference. Looking forward to starting the process and I’m even making an appointment for my kids for their initial braces consultation."

- Deena R., Google Review

"Awesome staff. Very thorough. All the best and most advanced tech. Highly recommend!"

- Emna B., Google Review

"For the last 2 1/2 years I’ve been a patient. This has been such a pleasure dealing with Foote Orthodontics. The staff is so friendly and professional and Dr Foote is a true artist. The change in my mouth is unbelievable. I highly recommend this place for children and adults. They have 2 locations and always make my appointments convenient for my schedule. Absolutely amazing !!! A+"

- Mot Sreym

"Dr. Foote and her office staff is extremely professional. She is very attentive to each patient, and listens to their concern and explains her recommendations thoroughly."

 - Healthgrades Review
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Friday: Closed

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Our Bryn Mawr Office

101 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 320

Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Our Wayne Office

110 Gallagher Road

Wayne, PA 19087