Shirley, NY, orthodontist offers alignment treatment for adults and kids

In a recent blog, we discussed the differences between ceramic and metal braces. These options are usually used in orthodontic treatment for younger patients. However, Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatrics in New York also treat misalignment problems in adults as well. This may be achieved with the use of braces or Invisalign, depending on your needs and preferences. In today’s blog, we will be discussing how the adult orthodontic treatment process differs from children’s.

Starting The Process

Usually, it is recommended that patients see the orthodontist for the first time around the age of seven years old. During this time, a thorough examination can be made, and phase one treatment can begin. However, not all people were able to have orthodontic care as children. This does not disqualify you from treatment later on. When you come in for your consultation as an adult, we will discuss your goals and create an effective treatment plan after an examination and X-rays.

Choosing Your Alignment Option

When it comes to straightening your teeth as an adult, you may want an option that is less visible to others. At our office, we offer a variety of orthodontic methods including metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign. Metal braces are the option most people envision when thinking about the alignment process. They use brackets, arch wire, and colorful rubber bands to gradually adjust your teeth into the proper position. While this traditional method is helpful, it is not as discreet as other options.

For a less visible method, there are ceramic braces and Invisalign. Ceramic braces are similar to metal but are made of a clear material. Lastly, there is Invisalign which utilizes a series of clear trays that help adjust your teeth into proper position. This option is reserved for teenage and adult patients because you must be responsible enough to wear your trays consistently and properly.

How Invisalign Works

First, you will consult with your dentist to ensure that you do not have any major crowding or gapping problems. If there are, you may not qualify for Invisalign and will need an alternative option. Then, impressions of your oral cavity will be taken and sent to a lab to create a series of trays. You will wear your trays every day for the majority of the day. Make sure to take them out when eating, drinking, and doing your oral hygiene routine. Your orthodontist will instruct you on when to move on to the next set. You will still continue to see your orthodontist and dentist throughout this process to make sure your smile is being properly adjusted.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you are an adult, it is not too late to straighten your teeth. To get started on your orthodontic treatment, call Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatrics at 631.399.1600