Adult Orthodontic Care

It’s never too late to have a perfectly straight braces

Getting braces might seem like something children and teens often have to go through to get the smiles they want, but if you never had braces growing up then you may be dealing with a misaligned smile as an adult. Don’t worry; our Upper East Side, NY, orthodontists and dental team have been providing orthodontic treatment to countless adults to help them finally have a smile with which they can feel confident.

There are many adults who can benefit from getting braces. If you have a crooked or misaligned smile then orthodontic treatment is the way to go to get the straighter smile you’ve always wanted. You are never too old to get braces. In fact, there are many treatment options at your disposal when you get braces from our Upper East Side, NY, orthodontic specialist.

Braces can do more than straighten your smile. They can also realign the jaws to provide a better bite, close up gaps between teeth or make teeth less crowded. Of course, things to think about before you get braces include:

Regular checkups: You’ll visit your dentist about every 4 to 6 weeks to make sure your treatment is progressing the way it should. We know that lives can get hectic, but you need to make sure that you can follow through with these appointments.

Your diet might change: Depending on the type of braces you get, you may need to nix certain foods from your diet. For example, brackets and wires can be prone to damage if you eat foods that are hard, crunchy, sticky or chewy. Of course, clear orthodontic aligners are also removable, so you won’t have any dietary restrictions.

Your oral routine may take longer: Brushing around brackets and wires can be challenging. While you will get used to it, it will take some time in the beginning. You’ll want to spend extra time on your smile to prevent decay and bacteria from building up on teeth and gums.

What are my orthodontic options?

The type of braces that are right for you will depend on several factors including the type and severity of the dental issues you want to treat, your lifestyle and financial situation. The most common orthodontic options include:

  • Traditional metal braces: standard metal-and-bracket system
  • Tooth-colored braces: brackets and wires are tooth-colored instead of metal
  • Damon braces: similar to traditional braces but without the elastic ties
  • Lingual braces: brackets and wires are bonded to the back surface of your teeth
  • Invisible braces: clear, thermoplastic custom-made aligners that cover teeth

If you are an adult living in the Upper East Side of New York, NY, who is currently weighing the pros and cons of getting braces, then let us help make the decision easier. Call Upper East Smiles and let’s schedule your free consultation with us.

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