Orthodontists diagnose and correct a variety of problems pertaining to the alignment, spacing and positioning of the teeth, as well as problems with the jaw. Depending on the problem, braces, finger appliances or other orthodontic gear might be needed. Below are the answers to a few frequently asked questions patients often ask orthodontists. At Upper East Smiles, Dr. Junginn Choi is your Upper East Side orthodontist and can answer any additional questions you might have.
What Types of Braces are Available?
There are several types of braces for straightening the teeth and correcting problems with the bite. Three types of braces are traditional metal, clear ceramic and lingual. All three types utilize brackets and wires to move the teeth. With both traditional metal and clear ceramic braces, placement of the brackets is on the front of the teeth. With lingual braces, brackets are discreetly mounted on the back of the teeth. All three are effective for straightening your smile. Ceramic and lingual braces happen to be less noticeable options versus metal braces.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an alternative to braces for straightening your smile. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign aligns the teeth using soft trays that are both removable and clear. These two features offer several advantages. Since the trays are clear, they are is barely noticeable, which is appealing to many patients. Being able to remove the trays, as needed, is extremely convenient. The trays can be removed for photographs, important events, when eating or drinking and when brushing and flossing.
What are Thumb and Finger Appliances?
Thumb and finger appliances are metal devices worn in the mouth to help children stop sucking on their fingers or thumbs. Some appliances are removable, while others are fixed in place temporarily to keep the child from removing the device. Your Upper East Side Orthodontist can determine which type is best for your child’s situation. Whether removable or not, these appliances fit in the mouth in the area where the thumb or finger usually sits, making it impossible for children to continue sucking on the thumb or finger until they lose interest.
Is it Important to Still See a Dentist While Undergoing Orthodontic Treatment?
Although you are seeing a dental professional while undergoing orthodontic treatment, such as braces for straightening the teeth, it is still important to see your dentist regularly. Dentists and orthodontists specialize in different areas. While an orthodontist specializes in correcting problems with positioning of the teeth or jaw, a dentist focuses keeping teeth and gums healthy. In fact, since braces and other orthodontic gear can easily trap food particles, it is especially important to see a dentist for regular cleanings while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
See your Upper East Side orthodontist for additional questions about orthodontic treatments. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Choi, call Upper East Smiles at (646) 864-1808.