shirley bracesBraces are a very common method of correcting misalignment. We use these orthodontics to help kids, teens, and adults alike enjoy more even smiles. In today’s blog, your Shirley, NY, pediatric dentist and orthodontist will discuss how we use braces to improve alignment, and how we use ceramic to offer a lifelike appearance.

When a Smile Needs Braces

We often recommend metal braces for people with more severe cases of misalignment, as these are very effective at tackling major alignment issues. We will begin by carefully examining your smile to assess the cause and extent of the misalignment. We also take age and other factors into consideration too. Remember, correcting your misalignment does offer esthetic benefits and that is wonderful, but you also obtain a healthier smile, with a reduced risk of tooth decay, gingivitis, and gum disease, and even TMJ disorder and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding).

How They Correct Smiles

The process is a simple one. We will first attach a bracket to the front facing side of each tooth. A thin wire is then connected to these brackets, one wire per arch. A band will help hold them in place, and for some we may need to attach additional bands. Tension in the arch wire is then adjusted during periodic visits to our office. As we adjust the tension, this shifts the teeth into a more even state. For some, this could take about two years, or possible two-and-a-half years to complete. We can help kids, teens, and adults obtain stunning new results!

Using Ceramic Brackets

We know that many teens and adults feel uncomfortable with the presence of metal braces. Which is why we can also provide a cosmetic approach. Instead of using metal for the brackets, we can custom-make them with ceramic. This is a strong material that is translucent like actual tooth enamel, and can be shaded to blend with your tooth. This is the same material used to create crowns and replacement teeth due its strength and lifelike appearance. This helps lower the visibility of the braces during treatment.

Adult Treatments Too

We’ve mentioned adults a few times because while we are pediatric dentists, we can also offer treatment for adults as well. This means your entire family can start the journey to an even smile together! If you have any questions or comments, then please feel free to give us a call today, we would love to hear from you!

Talk to Your Shirley, NY, Orthodontist and Pediatric Dentist

Our team wants to help correct the alignment and beauty of the smile! To learn more about our orthodontics and other treatment options, then contact Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in Shirley, NY, by calling (631) 399-1600.