Are you an adult with uneven or overcrowded teeth? You may not have been able to receive orthodontic care as a child or teenager, but that does not mean it is too late to align them now. At Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatrics in New York, we offer orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages. In today’s blog, we will be focusing on alignment options for adults.
Traditional Braces Vs. Ceramic Braces
When patients think about orthodontic treatments, braces may be the first thing that comes to mind. In our office, we have several kinds of brackets to meet your needs. For younger patients, we tend to go the traditional route with metal brackets held in place with colorful bands. These are highly durable, and they can choose their favorite color for the bands. However, for older teenagers or adults, you may want something more inconspicuous. For this, we can offer ceramic braces instead. This is a great option for patients who do not qualify for Invisalign but still want discreet treatment.
An Invisible Method
Fixing overcrowded or gapped teeth has many benefits, including improved speech, chewing ability, and improved confidence. Patients may not want to go through orthodontic treatment because they worry the treatment may disrupt their appearance for the time being. If you are concerned about the visual aspect of braces, Invisalign can offer you a discreet option. To receive these clear trays, you will first need a consultation with your dentist. This treatment is reserved for mature patients who can be responsible for a more self-led method. Although you will have regular check-ins with your dentist, you will be in charge of wearing the retainers daily and changing them as instructed. This option is great for patients who have less severe spacing problems.
Invisalign is different from retainers, though they may look similar. Once you have undergone your straightening process, you may need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth from shifting out of place. These can be clear or metal, depending on your needs.
Getting A Second Opinion
For patients looking for confirmation of a previous diagnosis, we offer second opinions with a free consultation. This can be helpful if you have been told that your teeth are even, or if a previous orthodontist has been told you are not a good candidate for Invisalign. If you disagree with your dentist or would like another professional’s opinion, you can schedule a consultation with one of our orthodontists. This will allow you to feel confident in your treatment plan before beginning. We also transfer cases for patients looking to switch practices during their service. Your charts and progress can be transferred to us, and we will help continue your care with minimal interruption.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you are ready to begin the alignment process, schedule an appointment today. You can call Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatrics in Shirley, NY today at 631.399.1600.