Orthodontics uses special appliances to address issues like misaligned jaws, malpositioned teeth, and crowding. At Q Smiles Dental, with two locations in Sleepy Hollow and Wappingers Falls, New York, general and cosmetic dentist Quho Choi, DDS, offers several types of orthodontics for adults and teens. To see if you’re a candidate for orthodontic treatment, book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the nearest office today.
Orthodontics is a dental specialty that diagnoses treats, and prevents malpositioned teeth and jaw or bite misalignments.
If your teeth are crowded, crooked, or abnormally positioned, it increases your risk of oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Orthodontics can prevent these issues and make your smile more aesthetically pleasing.
2 Smiles Dental uses orthodontics to correct various problems, including:
Orthodontic treatment can also improve your ability to chew and speak confidently.
2 Smiles Dental offers several types of orthodontics, including:
Conventional braces are custom oral appliances bonded to your teeth. Braces utilize a combination of rubber bands, wires, and brackets to place mild pressure on your tooth roots and alveolar bone. Over time, this pressure moves your teeth into the proper position, improving the appearance of your smile.
Lingual braces are similar to conventional braces. The main difference is that they’re bonded to the back of your teeth, allowing for more discreet treatment. Lingual braces are a little harder to clean, but they’re just as effective as conventional braces or Invisalign®.
Invisalign is an advanced orthodontic treatment system that uses clear, nearly invisible plastic aligners. Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can still eat your favorite foods, including traditional braces no-nos like popcorn and pretzels.
Orthodontic treatment is safe and typically well-tolerated. Each time you visit Q Smiles Dental for an adjustment or a new set of Invisalign aligners, it’s normal to experience some mild soreness. However, any discomfort should subside within 24 hours. You can take over-the-counter pain medication if necessary.
The length of orthodontic treatment depends on the issues being addressed and the type of appliances used. Mild and moderate misalignments typically resolve in 6-12 months* while more complex issues can take 18 months or longer. To ensure the process goes smoothly, follow your provider’s instructions closely and attend each of your appointments.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of orthodontics, request a consultation at Q Smiles Dental. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the nearest office today.
*Individual results may vary