What type of orthodontia will you have?
- Posted on: Apr 27 2018
If you have made the decision to get an orthodontic treatment, congratulations! You are on a journey that New Yorkers and others around the world have experienced for generations. In addition to boosting your self-esteem, orthodontic treatments can help to prevent oral issues, like gum disease, plaque buildup, and tooth decay, from occurring. In our clinics, we take pride in the idea of finding an orthodontic solution that is customized to a patient’s specific needs and incorporates the latest advances in industry techniques. Today, there are many options for aligning your smile, and what works for others might not work best for you. Ultimately, the strategy we can use to straighten your teeth depends on the severity of your situation and what you are comfortable with. Here are a few examples of what is available.
Braces are probably the treatment that first comes to mind when you think of orthodontics. With this classic method, small round brackets are attached to individual teeth and connected to one another with wire. Over the course of your treatment, these wires will be tightened and adjusted to help move and reshape your teeth into a straight smile that can help correct overbites, underbites, and other misalignments. You might find the process of moving your teeth in this manner to be a bit painful, particularly after a tightening appointment. Fortunately, this aching is often temporary and it can be treated with over-the-counter painkillers.
The best age for orthodontic treatment is usually between 8 and 14 years of age, but today it’s more common for people to choose to have orthodontia as adults. Many of these older patients choose Invisalign. With this process, we cast a durable plastic mold in the shape of your smile. Over the course of your treatment, these molds will be adjusted to fit your moving teeth and eventually work them into a realigned arch. One of the major benefits of this treatment method is that it is mostly impossible to tell that you are having it done. Because the plastic is transparent, it won’t be in the way for important events and activities. And although we recommend that you wear it the majority of your day and night, you can remove it as needed. In 2017, we were recognized as a Premier Provider of this service.
In some instances, additional devices will be incorporated in your treatment plan. One example of this is headgear. These devices are typically worn only at night and, in conjunction with rubber bands, work to put extra pressure on your teeth to help them move into a proper position.
After teeth are properly aligned, we often recommend that patients incorporate a retainer into their daily life. This removable, custom-molded device keeps your dental work in its finished state and helps prevent teeth from moving back. For several months, you will wear the device nonstop. After, you can reduce the times that you wear it, but we typically suggest individuals continue to use it periodically over the course of their lifetime.
Your experience getting a straighter smile is unique and should be treated as such. Together, we will select a treatment strategy that works best for your life and your situation. If you have questions or worries, don’t hesitate to reach out. Call us today at 800.583.9285 to schedule an appointment!
Posted in: Orthodontics