Smiling teen with braces

When deciding to improve the position of your teeth, you have multiple options for orthodontic care. Not only does aligning your smile please the eye, but its’ straighter position can offer wonderful improvements for your oral health. You may find your new smile easier to clean when brushing and flossing, as crowded teeth can foster deposits of hard-to-reach plaque. You also reduce the risk of damaging teeth that take a disproportionate amount of force from an uneven bite. These are but a few reasons to explore orthodontic treatment.

At your Shirley, NY, orthodontist and pediatric dentist, we can straighten smiles for teens and adults alike. When you visit our practice, we can discuss your smile goals and examine your degree of malocclusion to help you decide on a method for improvement. Traditional metal-and-bracket braces may offer the strength necessary to correct significant gaps in your grin. If you prefer a more discreet treatment, Invisalign clear aligners provide a removable, translucent appliance for bringing your smile into position.

Deciding To Improve Your Smile Alignment

When teeth become crooked, unevenly spaced, or begin to crowd, your oral health can quickly suffer. These problems can impact your ability to fully brush and floss, leading to an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If your teeth do not individually touch their partner on the opposite row, the teeth that do touch can break down from too much force from your bite. This means your alignment can become progressively worse the longer you leave it untreated.

The Strength Of Traditional Braces

At your initial appointment to discuss orthodontic care, we will examine your smile to help you decide which treatment to pursue. If we detect significantly crooked teeth or other complex orthodontic issues, we may suggest wearing traditional braces to correct your smile. This method requires less daily upkeep compared to clear aligners while providing the precision of regular adjustments.

Choosing Invisalign Clear Aligners

Many adults prefer a less noticeable option for correcting spacing issues with their smiles. With treatment from Invisalign, we can provide a system of clear aligners that you wear throughout the majority of your day. Their clear appearance means others are unlikely to notice your decision to correct your smile. Because they are removable, you will also have an easier time brushing and flossing without the presence of your appliance each morning.

Talk To Your Shirley, NY, Orthodontist and Pediatric Dentist About Orthodontic Solutions For Straighter Smiles

It is never too late to consider straightening your smile! While braces may be seen as a rite of passage in adolescence, we are proud to provide orthodontic improvement for adults as well! To find out more about wearing braces or Invisalign clear aligners, please contact Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in Shirley, NY, by calling (631) 399-1600.