Shirley, NY, dentist offers orthodontic treatment for adults

Did you know that having an attractive smile can leave a good impression on others? Studies show that having straight teeth may lead others to believe you are more professional and approachable. While your personal traits are not actually determined by your smile, other’s perception of you can be affected by it. If you are an adult who would like to improve the appearance of your grin, Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatrics offers treatment options for adults.

Coming In For Your Consultation

Before beginning the process, you will need to come in for a consultation. During this process, the dentist will examine your oral cavity and assess the severity of your misalignment. They may also ask you questions about your treatment preferences, and then discuss the estimated length of treatment. Younger patients may need to go through phase one treatment before starting the true alignment process. However, as an adult, this is usually not necessary. The treatment plan can be discussed, and you can start the process soon after. Straightening your smile can be an investment of time and money, so it’s important that you feel confident in your treatment. If you have visited another practice, but would like a second opinion, we offer free consultations.

Exploring Your Treatment Options

We offer metal or ceramic braces and Invisalign. Each method comes with its own benefits that may be preferable for your needs. Traditional braces can stand out due to the colorful bands used for them. This may not be desirable for adult patients going through orthodontic treatment. For a less visible option, there are ceramic braces or Invisalign. Invisalign is popular for teenagers and adults going through the alignment process. This option uses clear trays to gradually adjust your smile. Ceramic braces are another more discreet alternative that can be used. Like traditional braces, brackets and wires will be used to shift the teeth into the correct position. The difference is that these brackets are a clear material and less visible to others.

We Offer Treatment For Kids, Too

Orthodontic treatment for kids can start as early as seven years old. At this age, phase one treatment can begin to help prepare them for braces. This may include the use of space maintainers, expanders, or retainers. Once their jaw has developed and the majority of their primary teeth have been lost, the alignment process can begin. Doing this at a young age can help prevent serious oral health concerns in the future. We can help guide you and your child through this process.

Learn More About Your Options

You can call Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatrics today at 631.399.1600 to ask questions about treatments or schedule a consultation.