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Orthodontic Treatments

Orthodontic treatment can correct issues with malocclusion, where teeth do not bite together properly and can reposition teeth that are unevenly aligned.


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Nowadays, adult orthodontics is increasingly popular, and age is no barrier to treatment, provided your teeth are generally healthy and strong.

“Advanced options to straighten your teeth are discreet and effective, and some solutions are even removable.”

Who Should Consider Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontic treatment can be helpful for anyone with teeth that are significantly overcrowded or overlapping, or which have unsightly spaces between them that can frequently trap food. Wearing braces corrects other problems such as a poor bite or malocclusion. Adult orthodontics can realign teeth, creating a more perfect and attractive smile.Wearing adult braces can be an alternative option to cosmetic dentistry or may be part of a smile makeover plan. Often, realigning teeth is a more conservative solution than choosing veneers or crowns because it preserves healthy teeth, merely moving them into the proper positions.

What Are the Advantages of Orthodontics?

Most people investigate orthodontic treatment because they want to improve the appearance of their smile. When your teeth are straighter, it can give you greater self-confidence and increase your sense of well-being because you know your smile looks its best. However, some other benefits are frequently overlooked and which include:

  • Straighter teeth are easier to clean effectively, potentially reducing your risk of dental diseases like tooth decay and gum disease
  • Well-aligned teeth are more comfortable because they bite together correctly
  • Teeth that are in the proper occlusion place less strain on your jaw joints or temporomandibular joints, so you are less likely to develop TMD
  • Evenly aligned teeth will not wear excessively, avoiding problems that can be caused by misalignment including teeth that fracture or chip or which wear down more quickly than others

When problems with a bad bite are left untreated, it can cause significant oral health issues and even tooth loss. Choosing orthodontic treatment can help avoid these problems, leaving you with a healthy-looking smile that, with the proper after-care will last for life.

There are numerous orthodontic treatments available, and we offer a range of braces, including fixed and removable solutions. Two of the most popular options are Damon braces and Invisalign. Both systems use the latest technologies and can move teeth discreetly and quickly.

Who Can Wear Braces?

An initial consultation with our dentist at Gentle Dental will quickly determine if you are suitable. We will carefully examine your jaws and the relationship between your teeth to assess the problems requiring correction. Digital dental x-rays help us assess your jaws and possibly your jaw joints more fully. Once we have this information, we can discuss all possible solutions with you and will explain each treatment clearly.

Is Treatment Uncomfortable?

It’s perfectly normal to experience some minor discomfort during treatment because gentle yet firm forces are used to reposition your teeth in your jaw. Usually, any discomfort is easily controllable with over-the-counter painkillers. If the discomfort persists, our dentist can almost certainly adjust your treatment slightly to ensure you feel more comfortable. Often the discomfort will disappear after the first few days of wearing a new brace or aligners or after the brace is adjusted.

Our orthodontists here at Gentle Dental can discuss all options suitable for your situation and will explain the possible pros and cons of each choice and the difference in costs. For more information about the orthodontic treatment or adult orthodontics in Queens, contact Gentle Dental at (718) 461-0100.

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