Shirley, NY dentist offers braces and invisalign

When you think about orthodontic treatments, traditional braces are likely the first thing you envision. This popular method uses metal brackets and wires to gradually shift your teeth into the correct position. In today’s blog, your Shirley, NY, orthodontic and pediatric team is here to explain what you can expect from this process.

A Consultation Can Help Plan Out Your Treatment

Before getting started with the alignment process, you will first need to bring your child in for a consultation. At their first visit, the orthodontist may take pictures and X-rays of your little one’s smile to create a baseline for the treatment plan. This consultation can be used to assess the severity of misalignment and give an estimate of how long the process will take. If you have had a consultation elsewhere, we offer free second opinions so you can feel confident in the alignment process. Your child may need phase one treatments such as expanders, space maintainers, or retainers to help guide the development of their jaw. This can help ensure that there is enough space to shift their teeth around when wearing braces.

Braces Can Address Various Concerns

Metal braces can correct overcrowded teeth, gaps between them, uneven bites, and many other concerns. This option is great for the majority of patients, regardless of their age or alignment concerns. The metal brackets and wires will help gradually move their teeth into the correct position and straighten their smile. This can take around one to two years, depending on the patient’s needs. Every few weeks, you will come in for adjustments and changing the bands. You may need to avoid eating certain foods like popcorn, sticky candy, or gum during this process to avoid breaking your wires. Metal braces use colorful bands to hold the brackets and wires. This may not be a preferred option for all patients since they are very apparent in your smile. As an alternative, we offer ceramic braces that are clear and less visible to others.

Deciding Between Braces Or Invisalign

Teenagers and adults seeking orthodontic treatment may want a more discreet option for alignment. We offer Invisalign clear aligners that help correct your alignment without brackets and wires. Your dentist will take an impression of your oral cavity to create your custom trays. Unlike braces, you can remove your trays during meals and when doing your oral hygiene routine. This means you may have more comfort throughout your treatment and can continue eating your favorite foods. If you are unsure which method you would prefer, you can discuss these options with your orthodontist to determine which one is best for your needs.

Schedule An Orthodontic Consultation With Our Team

Before the alignment process can begin, you will need a consultation with our team. Schedule an appointment with Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatrics today by calling 631.399.1600.