Shirley, NY dentist offers pediatric services and braces and invisalign

Having properly aligned teeth has several benefits. You may feel more confident, it can eliminate some dental problems, and your speech may be clearer as well. At Shirley Orthodontics And Pediatrics in New York, we have several options to help our patients achieve a straight smile. In today’s blog, we are here to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of orthodontic methods so that you can decide the best option for your treatment.

Ceramic Or Metal Braces

After your child has gone through phase one of orthodontic treatment, it is time to decide the best method of alignment. For children and teenagers, we recommend braces because this will be supervised by their orthodontist. Thanks to modern dentistry, there are a couple of forms to choose from.

These consist of brackets that are bonded to the teeth, arch wire that adjusts their teeth into proper placement, and bands to hold the brackets and wires together. There is a variety of band colors that your child can choose for their braces. Ceramic brackets are also available to patients. These are made of a clear material but work the same way. Every six to eight weeks, they will need to visit the orthodontist for adjustments.

One benefit of this method is that everyone is a good fit for braces. However, even ceramic ones are visible to others. You may also have to give up some of your favorite foods for a while to avoid snapping a wire. Ceramic braces also require more attention because they are more brittle.

Invisalign As An Alternative

Invisalign is a popular substitute for braces, especially among older teenagers and adults. With this method, clear retainers will be crafted in a series and gradually shift your teeth into place. Some benefits of this method include discretion and comfort. You will be able to take your Invisalign trays out when you eat or drink and when you brush your teeth.

Unfortunately, though, not everyone is considered a good candidate for this method. Patients with bite problems or severely crowded teeth may not be able to use this method. Invisalign is also not recommended for patients of younger ages. You will be responsible for wearing your retainers for the proper amount of time every day, as well as taking proper care of them.

Straightening your teeth has several benefits, and you should take the time to weigh your options. Both methods will take around the same amount of time and have their pros and cons. If you have any further questions, your orthodontist can guide you through your concerns.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you are ready to start the orthodontic process, schedule an appointment at Shirley Family Dentistry in Shirley, NY, today at 631-399-1600.