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Doctor McDowell

Doctor McDowell

Dr. Ernest H. McDowell has been creating beautiful smiles and enhancing self confidence in thousands of patients since 1987 in the Seminole Florida and Clearwater Florida area. "My greatest passion for creating beautiful smiles comes from the positive difference it makes in peoples lives." "It's always amazing and fulfilling to see what a difference a stunning smile makes in overall self-esteem and self-confidence. A person who smiles is always happier!" Dr. McDowell, as a Board Certified Orthodontist, is committed to remaining current and at the cutting edge of techniques and technologies available. Only a small percentage of orthodontists are board certified, and he and his staff are uniquely qualified and specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of all malocclusions.

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Here at McDowell Orthodonticswe're happy to say goodbye to the goopy impressions needed for Invisalign by using a state-of-the-art technology . We are one of the few offices to offer this new technology for our patients, so they can now enjoy gag-free, more precise impressions for better treatment outcome.

 The scanner utilizes a digital camera that quickly scans images of your teeth, which would then be used to construct your custom fitting aligners. Many times, patients are able to start their treatment the same day as this technology is quick and easy to use.

 So, if you have anxiety about starting your orthodontic treatment - worry no more - the uncomfortable start to Invisalign is over!

iTero Scanner Invisalign




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Ever wonder how exactly braces are put on? Dr. McDowell shows the whole process here with one of our awesome new patients! Enjoy!!


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A frequent question I am asked by patients is “How is this aligner going to straighten my teeth?” Usually they are holding up a single aligner with a bewildered and/or cynical look on their face! I then smile, and explain that it is a sequence of several aligners custom made for each individual that accomplishes this goal.

Teeth are moved as a result of physiologic forces being applied in a given desired direction. It doesn’t matter whether these forces are applied as the “pull” of archwires (braces) or the “push” of aligners (Invisalign). While there are a few movements that the pull of archwires can biomechanically accomplish better than PD00002-0020rev20120Photo20Hand20Holding20Aligner20Blue20BackgroundInvisalign – such as eruption of an impacted tooth, there are many more movements that Invisalign can perform better due to the infinite number of tooth contacts.

With braces, the flex of the distorted wire as it returns to its original position is the force generated to move the teeth. When Invisalign is used, the force needed to move the teeth is generated by the flex of the resilient plastic over the teeth. Just as with wires, each tray can only move the teeth a predetermined amount and speed based on physiologic bone remodeling needed, nerve and blood vessel migration, etc. So, the further the teeth need to move the greater the number of trays needed.

Thus, at the beginning, your teeth are at position 0. Your teeth are moved in the desired direction a predetermined amount by the computer, and tray #1 is made. When the trays are delivered, you receive tray #1. This will “Flex around your teeth that are currently in position 0. The rebound force in the trays will move the teeth to position #1 as the tray “relaxes”. One to two weeks later, you place tray #2, which now flexes around your teeth that have been moved from position 0 to 1 and they now are moved to position 2. You will then receive tray #3 and this process is repeated through the sequence of trays until the teeth have made all the movements prescribed by the doctor.

The beauty of this system is as long as the trays are fitting properly through the progression, the teeth must move (or the trays wouldn’t be fitting). For this reason, the patient is responsible for the proper amount of wear, and the progression through the sequence cannot proceed faster than the physiologic ability of the teeth to move.

When it comes to correcting the bite, the same rules apply to Invisalign as with braces. Basically, braces and wires straighten the teeth, just as the sequence of aligners do with Invisalign. However, elastic wear, expanders, and other means used to correct the bites with braces can and should be used with Invisalign to provide optimal results.

For questions or comments, we welcome you to contact our office. As an Elite provider of Invisalign we can assure you our experience will aid us in providing the best care possible.


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 This is a question I'm asked quite frequently, usually with a follow up question- what's the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist?  The answer is quite simple, and has to do with training, experience, and value.

Orthodontists are highly trained specialists that have received additional education for 2-3 years full time after dental school in an accredited orthodontic residency program (as opposed to a few weekend courses).

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If you have been told that you are not a candidate for Invisalign, even after asking for this treatment option, then you should get a second opinion.  This should preferably be from an orthodontist that has a significant amount of experience with Invisalign.  The reason is simple.  Virtually all cases, no matter how difficult, can be treated with Invisalign.  So, why are patients still told they can't use Invisalign, and must instead wear full braces for their entire treatment?  We have broken this down into the following reasons, based on patient interviews presenting for second opinions.

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