If you always smile with your mouth closed because you have crooked teeth, or you have difficulty chewing because of bite problems, the team at Cosmetic Dentistry Center provides expert orthodontic care in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, New York. The highly trained orthodontists treat teenagers and adults who need teeth straightening or jaw realignment. To learn more, call the office today or schedule an appointment online.
Questions & Answers
Orthodontics Q & A
An orthodontist provides diagnosis and treatment for improperly positioned teeth and misalignment of the jaws. Orthodontists use special appliances to put gentle pressure on the teeth or jaws, causing them to shift intentionally into a healthier position.
Conditions that orthodontics can address include:
- Crooked teeth
- Overlapping teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Gap teeth
- Open bite
These conditions can affect the look of your face and may lead to painful complications if they’re left untreated.
Crooked teeth that are visible when you smile or jaw misalignment that causes a distortion in your facial shape are good reasons to consider seeing an orthodontist. Speech problems and difficulty chewing or biting can also indicate that you have a condition that requires orthodontic treatment. A trained dentist can detect more subtle orthodontic concerns with a dental exam and X-rays.
The highly trained providers at Cosmetic Dentistry Center treat adults and teens with a variety of orthodontic services, including:
- Traditional braces
- Clear braces
- Invisible aligners (Invisalign®, ClearCorrect™)
- Fixed and removable appliances
- Tooth spacers
Which orthodontic appliance is right for you depends on the severity of your condition. Many patients have more than one condition, so your orthodontist may create a treatment plan for you that involves a series of orthodontic devices.
When your child is around the age of 8, you should discuss orthodontic care with their dentist. Most children who need braces or another type of orthodontic appliance begin treatment between ages 9-15
The most common age range for adult orthodontic patients is 26-44, but there’s really no age limit for orthodontics. Adult orthodontic care is more complicated than it is for teenagers, however. The team at Cosmetic Dentistry Center has training and experience treating older patients so you can feel confident about orthodontic treatment even if you’re an older adult.
If you’d like to see a straighter smile when you look in the mirror, or if you have questions about orthodontics for yourself or your child, call Cosmetic Dentistry Center today, or book an appointment online.