Getting braces today doesn’t necessarily mean being a “metal mouth” anymore! Today’s orthodontics offers more types and styles of braces than ever before. At Park Smiles NYC in New York City, our orthodontists offer customized braces for your individual needs, personal preference like aesthetics and finances. Following are the options we offer and the benefits of each.
Known as traditional braces, metal braces have metal brackets and wires that are made up of different metal composition (and hence metal-colored). However, today’s metal braces are much more advanced than ever before. The brackets that get attached to the teeth are smaller and less noticeable than the ones in the past, and a large variety of arch wires (the wires attached to the brackets) help teeth move more quickly and less painfully.
Additionally, many different colored bands that hold wires into brackets are available today to provide kids the chance to express themselves creatively.
Using tooth-colored ceramic brackets and wires instead of metal, ceramic braces are an attractive option for patients who are more concerned about aesthetics. Sometimes referred to as clear braces, ceramic braces are transparent and a popular choice for many adults as well as teenagers who prefer a subtle look compared to metal braces.
Sometimes known as “inside braces” or “braces behind teeth,” lingual braces are another type of braces where the brackets, wires and elastic bands used to align your teeth are all mounted on their backside (tongue side). One advantage of lingual braces is that they are generally not noticeable to others as no appliances are attached to your teeth from outside. Lingual braces are ideal for those who wish to do neither conventional metal braces nor clear aligners for different reasons.
Clear Aligners such as Invisalign are one of the most popular options for almost all ages. They’re virtually invisible and more comfortable to wear, with no hard parts to rub against gums and cheeks inside the mouth. Another important benefit is that patients don’t need to make any changes to their diets, because clear aligners are easily removed for eating. Also, removable aligners allow normal cleaning regimes, which are very important for good oral hygiene. There’s good reason why orthodontic treatment using clear aligners is so popular today!
If your child is at a young age and has a noticeable issue with their teeth, it’s advisable to bring them into their pediatric dentist or an orthodontist. The recommended first orthodontic evaluation visit is at age 7, and after that it’s good to have periodic follow up even if there are no significant issues, because patients and parents may be unaware of ongoing issues.
Often the problem could be an overbite (deep bite), failure to eruption due to teeth misalignment, unusual spacing, or several other orthodontic issues. Depending on the age of your child and the issue, appropriate orthodontic treatment will be recommended.
The choice of orthodontic treatment option includes metal, ceramic or lingual braces – or clear aligner therapy like Invisalign. All of these options will give the same treatment outcome, so the main issue becomes personal preference so you have the motivation and excitement, which are key contributing factors for achieving treatment goal successfully. All of the options require patient compliance but because clear aligners are easily removable by patients themselves, the compliance especially plays a huge role in clear aligners.
Every smile is unique -- and so is every orthodontic treatment, including braces and clear aligners. At Park Smiles NYC, we want your entire dental experience to be painless and stress-free: from your treatment to your pocketbook.
We are in-network with many insurance plans that cover orthodontic treatment.
We also offer a variety of affordable payment options, including financing through CareCredit.
If you or anyone in your family is in need of orthodontic treatment, the best first step is to call our office at 212-988-6724 and schedule a consultation. At that time, we’ll help determine the best option in orthodontic treatment for you – and our financial consultant will also help determine an affordable plan to meet your budget, whether or not you carry dental insurance.
Attaining a healthy, straight smile is like a Walk in the Park – at Park Smiles NYC!