Shirley, NY, dentist offers orthodontic treatment for adults

Starting orthodontic treatment as an adult may come with some feelings of self-consciousness. You may be worried about braces making you appear younger, or embarrassed that you are starting the process late in life. However, there is nothing to be ashamed about. It is never too late to straighten your smile. Your Shirley, NY orthodontics team is here to guide you through this process and help you feel comfortable. Today, we’ll explore your treatment options so you can pick the best method for your needs.

Choosing Between Metal And Ceramic Braces

When you think of braces, the first thing you envision may be colorful bands and metal brackets. This traditional method is popular for a wide range of patients. Braces help correct your teeth by gradually moving them into the proper position with the help of brackets and wires. This traditional method can help address a variety of concerns, from overlapping teeth to large gaps in your smile. We also offer ceramic braces for adult patients, which work the same way but use more discreet materials. This may be preferable if you are concerned about colorful bands disrupting your appearance. Like the traditional kind, you will come in every few weeks for adjustments and wire changes.

Invisalign Offers You Privacy

Another option for adult patients is Invisalign clear trays. This popular treatment method uses clear trays to shift your smile into the correct placement. Instead of coming in to have your braces adjusted, your dentist will instruct you on when to change out your aligner trays. You will continue to see your orthodontist to ensure that the process is going smoothly. Many patients notice that Invisalign is more comfortable than alternative options. This is because you can remove the trays when eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth. Traditionally, you would need to avoid certain foods as you went through orthodontic care so that your wires would not break. With this option, you can worry less about that. Invisalign is also virtually undetectable to others, so others will not know you are going through treatment.

Staying Confident Throughout The Process

Your team can help you choose the right option for your needs. Invisalign can address many of the same problems that traditional braces can. No matter which option you choose, the end results will be the same. You can have a boost in confidence, a more symmetrical smile, and improved long term oral health once your teeth have been straightened. Remember that nearly everyone will need to correct their smile at some point and there is nothing to be self-conscious about.

Schedule An Appointment To Learn More

Are you ready to have a straight smile? Call Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatrics in NY today at 631.399.1600 to schedule an appointment with our team.