Are you embarrassed about crooked, crowded, or gapped teeth? Would you love your smile if you could just change a couple of things about it? Today, orthodontic treatment is easier than ever before. With numerous options, you can choose a solution to fit your personal preferences and your budget. Our team of specialists can design a personalized plan according to your unique needs. If you are looking for an orthodontist in Long Island, look no further than National Dental East Meadow.
Orthodontics: More than Aesthetics
There’s no doubt that braces can deliver a straighter smile. But many patients do not realize that orthodontic treatment actually improves your overall oral health as well. When teeth are crooked or crowded, they are more difficult to clean, making them more vulnerable to decay and gum disease. Additionally, if your bite is off, it can place undue pressure on certain areas, leading to issues like tooth erosion, gum recession, TMJ disorder, and more. By straightening your teeth and balancing your bite, all elements of your smile can work together for optimal oral health.
Orthodontic Treatment Options at National Dental
At National Dental East Meadow, we have onsite orthodontists who specialize in straightening teeth. The type of treatment recommended for you will depend on the complexity of your case and your personal goals. Below, we will discuss the most common orthodontic treatments at our practice.
You are undoubtedly familiar with metal braces. They are a tried-and-true orthodontic option that has been used in dentistry for decades. While older versions of braces were big and bulky, the newer varieties are much more smooth and comfortable. Using stainless steel wires, bands, and brackets, traditional braces move the teeth into their appropriate positions gradually over time. Placing pressure on the teeth effectively widens the ligaments around them. This temporarily loosens the teeth so that they can be moved. Once in their new positions, the metal components hold the teeth in place while the ligaments and surrounding bone heal. In most cases, treatment with metal braces can be completed in approximately 18 to 24 months. However, this can vary depending on the complexity of the case. >>Learn more about metal braces and clear aligners
Many people avoid orthodontic treatment because they do not like the idea of wearing metal braces. However, today, there are several alternative options. Invisalign is a system that moves the teeth using clear aligner trays. To do this, your doctor will take digital impressions of your teeth, and design a treatment plan to move your teeth over the course of the next several months. You will wear each set of trays for about two weeks, then switch them out for the next set in the sequence. Invisalign offers several benefits. First, since they are virtually unnoticeable, most people will not know you are undergoing treatment. Secondly, because they are removable, hygiene is easy! There are no metal components to clean around. Simply remove the trays, and then brush and floss normally. As an added bonus, you can also enjoy all your favorite foods, as there are no dietary restrictions.>>Learn more about Invisalign
Contact Your Levittown Orthodontist
No matter what your orthodontic needs, our team at National Dental East Meadow can help you determine a treatment option that is right for you. To learn more, contact us online or give us a call at (516) 962-2292.