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Welcome to Independence Orthodontics

Independence Orthodontics provides best-in-class clear aligner treatment with the convenience and patient experience you deserve. Your treatment is designed by Top 1% providers of Invisalign to ensure top quality results, while our comfortable studio, cutting-edge technology, and exceptional staff ensure that your experience is easy, smooth, and enjoyable. There are a lot of things in life that can’t be controlled, your smile isn’t one of them.

Dr. Natalie Parisi

“Orthodontics is my passion. I truly believe I am blessed to be in a profession where I get to change people’s lives for the better. The joy that is present every time a patient sees their smile transforming is what makes my day, every day.” — Dr. Nat

Meet Dr. Natalie Parisi

Dr. Nat has been practicing orthodontics for 22 years and has treated hundreds of patients with Invisalign. She has always been a bit of a computer geek and loves that orthodontics has moved into the digital age. She is currently one of the top providers of Invisalign® in the state. She continues to be on the cutting edge of orthodontic advancements and has been involved with teaching and lecturing on an international level.
Dr. Nat teaches on a part-time basis at Temple Dental School’s orthodontic department. She loves Philadelphia and owns a condo here in Old City. She and her entire family are Villanova basketball fanatics. She is married to her husband Tom Bell for 18 years.

Meet Dr. Natalie Parisi

Dr. Andrew Appel

Philadelphia orthodontist Dr. Andrew Appel was born and raised in Philly, and wanted to be an orthodontist since he was 7 years old.
Dr. Andrew Appel

Meet Dr. Andrew Appel

In July 2013, he joined his father as co-owner of Appel Orthodontics, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2018. He received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University, then graduated summa cum laude from Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry, where he became a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, an honor society that recognizes excellence in dental school graduates. He has a certificate in orthodontics from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston.
Outside of the office, he is the proud parent of a very handsome long-haired black cat named Oliver, enjoys hiking in America’s national parks, and tries to always make the most of Philly’s awesome live music and dining scenes.

Dr. Bob Doleva

Dr Bob Doleva has over 30 years of orthodontic experience.

Meet Dr. Bob Doleva

After serving 2 years in the Army in Texas Dr Doleva began practice in Pennsylvania. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics. He is very proud of the commitment that his team has made to stay current with the latest advances in orthodontics including achieving Invisalign® status as a top 1% provider.
Dr Doleva enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and is proud to be a season ticket holder for the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles since 1985.

Dr. Bob Doleva

Dr. Steven Appel

Dr. Appel’s orthodontist consulting work puts him on the edge of the latest trends in braces so he can pass this knowledge along to you!
Dr. Steven Appel

Meet Dr. Steven Appel

Philadelphia orthodontist Dr. Steven Appel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1952. He has been a practicing orthodontist in Philadelphia, PA since 1978. He graduated from Hofstra University, Temple Dental, and NYU Orthodontics. He was a Clinical Instructor in Preventive and Intereceptive Orthodontics at University of Pennsylvania from 1978 – 1981. He taught future orthodontists the best ways to improve the smiles of children ages seven to ten.
He is a past President of the Temple Dental Alumni Association and currently serves on its Board of Directors. Dr. Appel is also a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and the Middle Atlantic Society of Orthodontists.

Dr. Dennis Mauro

“It’s not enough to be the best at what you do. You should be the reason your patients smile. That’s what makes the biggest difference,” Dr. Mauro says. It’s this thought that’s the basis of his philosophy when it comes to caring for his patients.

Meet Dr. Dennis Mauro

After completing his undergraduate studies at Penn State University, Dr. Denny Mauro began his dental training at the University of Pittsburgh. From there, he went south to Jacksonville University where he specialized in Orthodontics. He’s been voted Incisal Edge’s 40 under 40, which honors the best and brightest rising dental stars in the U.S.
Dr. Mauro has a passion for aesthetic orthodontic treatment and has lectured to doctors across the country on the subject. His dedication to delivering beautiful smiles, in a way that fits his patients lifestyle, has led him to becoming a Top 1% Invisalign provider in the US.

Dr. Dennis Mauro


The most advanced clear aligner system in the world. No other clear aligner is backed by the data and experience of 5 million cases. There’s never been a better time to straighten your teeth with the most advanced clear aligner in the world!


Invisalign® treatment involves wearing a series of aligners specially made for your individual dental needs. These aligners can be removed for eating, drinking, or special occasions and are made from a patented thermoplastic material to maximize comfort, appearance, and effectiveness.
Each treatment begins with a consultation with your doctor where you will assess your current smile and map out a customized digital treatment plan. Once you approve your plan and your aligners have been created you will continue to meet with your doctor regularly to check on your progress and make sure everything is going to plan. Invisalign® treatment time is 12 to 18 months on average, although exact treatment times vary based on your unique needs.


Clear aligners are a great alternative for patients who want a straighter smile, but do not want to wear traditional metal braces.


Clear aligners are an alternative to traditional braces and are designed to help guide teeth into their proper position. Similar to braces, clear aligners use a gradual force to control tooth movement, but without metal wires or brackets. The aligners are made of a strong plastic material and are fabricated to fit each individual’s mouth. If a series of aligners are needed, each aligner moves the teeth in incraments until the desired movement is achieved.
Aligners are worn for at least 20 hours a day to reach the desired maximum effectiveness. Each aligner is worn for three weeks before changing to the next one. The length of treatment with aligners depends upon the severity of each case. Typically, aligner treatment can be as short as three weeks or as long as six months. Overall, aligners offer a much shorter treatment than traditional braces.

iTero Scanner

The iTero Intraoral Scanner is synonymous with high precision. Now, the iTero® Element™ scanner is engineered to deliver everything that doctors love about iTero scanners in a compact footprint with even bigger capabilities.

iTero Scanner

Our office uses the most state-of-the-art technology available to help create the smile you want, which is why we use the iTero® digital impression system, created by Align Technology. Our digital impression system replaces the uncomfortable, unpleasant-tasting, messy, and sometimes inaccurate, traditional putty impressions. No bulky trays or sticky putty needed!
Using a digital scanner, we will take three-dimensional (3-D) digital images, or impressions, of your teeth and bite. These impressions will help us formulate a personalized treatment plan that meets your specific orthodontic needs and desires. We can also use them to visually show you your treatment options and help us keep you up-to-date on your treatment progress. After your specific treatment plan has been chosen, the digital impressions allow us to create customized bracket trays that we use to place your brackets onto your teeth, all at one time, with increased efficiency and overall effectiveness.
Some benefits of iTero digital impressions over traditional putty impressions include:

  • • Accuracy: They capture the exact contours of your teeth.
  • • Efficiency: They require less time in the treatment chair.
  • • Comfort: Taking the digital images is less invasive. No putty is used, and patients are more at ease without fearing they will gag on the impression putty.
  • • Customization: They provide a digital plan and allow for trays that are tailored to meet the individual needs and desires of each patient.
  • • Visualization: They provide each patient with a definite picture of what their teeth will look like before, during and after orthodontic treatment.
  • • Innovation: They use the most advanced 3-D video technologies.
Independence Orthodontics offers free smile simulations – contact our office today to learn more!


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    Subway – Located 1 block West of the SEPTA 2nd Street Station of the Market Frankfort Line (MFL)
    Bus – Across the street from the SEPTA 3rd & Market bus stop
    Parking – Street parking is available but sometimes hard to come by in Old City. We suggest parking across the street at 31 S 3rd Street Parking. All of our patients will have $1 off parking with them.

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