If you were unable to receive orthodontic treatment as a child, it is not too late to have a straight smile. Your grin is one of the first things people see when they meet you, so, understandably, you want to have one that is even. At Shirley Smiles Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in Shirley, NY, we have options for adults to align their teeth.
Benefits Of Straighter Teeth
There are aesthetic and health benefits to having a straight smile. First, it can be a boost of confidence. You may feel self-conscious about your pearly whites if they are overcrowded or if you have large gaps. A symmetrical smile also has a good impact on your dental health. Once your teeth are aligned, it may be easier to brush and floss properly. This can decrease your risk of cavities and gum disease. It may even help improve your speech and other problems.
Choosing The Best Option
Deciding the orthodontic option for you can be tricky, but there are benefits to both braces and Invisalign. Each choice will take around the same amount of time and can offer the same results. The main factors when choosing between your options are appearance and whether you qualify better for a treatment.
Traditional braces use brackets, wires, and rubber bands to gradually shift your teeth into proper placement and fix your bite if necessary. Every six to eight weeks you will need to come in to have these adjusted. We offer colored bands or ceramic braces, which are less visible. The downside of braces is that you may not be able to eat all of your favorite foods and they can be more noticeable. However, nearly everyone can wear them.
Invisalign is the clear alternative to braces. Instead of brackets and wires, you will wear a clear retainer. Every few weeks, as instructed by your orthodontist, you will progress onto your next set. This is self-led, and you will need to be responsible for wearing these for the majority of the day and changing them out at the proper time. You will be able to take these out when eating and brushing your teeth. The downside of Invisalign is that not everyone will be a good candidate.
After Your Treatment
Once your teeth have been straightened, you may need to wear a retainer to keep them in place. There are many different kinds available, including clear. It is essential that you wear these after your treatment so that your teeth do not shift out of place and need to go through the process again.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
It is never too late to improve your smile. We fully consider your cosmetic, aesthetic concerns. You can schedule an appointment today by calling Shirley Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry in Shirley, NY, at 631-399-1600.