Do I Need Orthodontics?

To correct misaligned teeth, orthodontics are the best option. In some cases, crooked or spaced teeth are concerning from an esthetic standpoint. In other cases, misaligned teeth can be harmful by causing chewing forces to be directed more on some teeth in unnatural directions. Over time, these forces can be detrimental to teeth, bones, and gums causing accelerated breakdown and eventual tooth loss.

As long as teeth are healthy, they can receive orthodontic treatment at any age. One of the most important factors is ensuring that the gums and bone level are healthy enough to undergo orthodontic treatment. When teeth are moved, the bone reshapes to accommodate the new tooth position and healthy gums are needed to make this happen. Periodontal (gum) disease is more prevalent as we age, so any gum disease must be treated and controlled prior to orthodontic treatment. Maintaining a healthy periodontal status during orthodontic treatment is accomplished by having regular professional cleanings and proper hygiene at home.

It is also important that orthodontic treatment is done slowly, if teeth are moved too quickly then irreversible damage can be done to the teeth and bones. Patience is necessary when doing orthodontic treatment to ensure that the movements are done properly. Your dentist will carefully monitor your progress and make necessary adjustments to ensure the integrity of your teeth is maintained throughout orthodontic treatment.

Clear aligner systems, such as Invisalign are a great choice for people who want to undergo orthodontic treatment without the highly visible metal brackets of traditional braces. Invisalign works with a series of clear plastic trays that move the teeth step by step until the results are achieved.

After orthodontic treatment, teeth can shift back to their original position. It is important that retainers are worn to allow for the supporting bone to fully transform to the new teeth position.

Invisalign is a clear aligner system that is a wonderful and more esthetic alternative to braces. It can correct problems like spacing between teeth, overcrowding, crossbite, overbite, underbite and crooked teeth. It works through a series of clear aligners, worn for periods of two weeks at a time, until you achieve the perfect smile.


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New York Total Dental offers cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry services including full mouth rehabilitation, Invisalign, dental implants, orthodontics, veneers, periodontics gum treatment, teeth whitening, crowns and bridges, teeth fillings, and dental cleaning to Midtown Manhattan, Upper Manhattan, Lower Manhattan, and Downtown Manhattan in New York City.