Straight teeth can certainly make you more confident about your smile. But did you know that proper tooth alignment also helps to balance your bite and position your jaw joints correctly? All of these elements are essential for healthy teeth and gums. At National Dental’s Upper East Side location, our team of orthodontic specialists can design a treatment plan to address the unique needs of children, teens, and adults. The result is a beautiful smile that is also functional for long-term oral health. If you are looking for the best orthodontist in Manhattan, we encourage you to find out what we have to offer.
Why Choose National Dental for Your Orthodontic Treatment
It seems that no matter where you turn, nearly every dental practice offers orthodontic treatment. But who should place your braces – a general dentist or an orthodontist? Both of these professionals are required to complete training at an accredited four-year dental school. However, in addition to this education, orthodontists are required to complete an additional two-to three-year residency with a focus in their chosen field. At National Dental, we have a team of orthodontic specialists on staff. With years of experience and a passion for quality patient care, we believe that our doctors are the best orthodontists in Manhattan.
Traditional Metal Braces
When you think of braces, you probably envision the bulky, cumbersome appliances of the past. Although the functional concept of orthodontic braces has not changed much over the years, the design has become much more sleek and comfortable. Conventional braces gradually move the teeth using these metal components:
- Bands: Attached to the back teeth, these metal bands serve as anchors for the archwires.
- Brackets: These rectangular components are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth.
- Archwires: Most of the tooth movement occurs because of the archwires. These are anchored by the bands on your molars and are connected to the brackets with the use of elastic rings. Typically, your treatment will begin with a thin wire. As you continue to progress, we will slowly move up to thicker wires for optimal results.
Because each patient is unique, treatment times will vary for every individual. However, in most cases, treatment can be successfully completed in about 18 to 24 months.>>Learn more about metal and clear braces
Invisalign®: An Alternative to Metal Braces
Many patients avoid orthodontic treatment because they do not like the idea of wearing metal braces for nearly two years. Teens and adults who prefer a more discreet teeth-straightening option can enjoy the advantages of Invisalign. Removable and clear, Invisalign moves the teeth gradually over time using a series of thermoplastic trays. Each set of aligners places steady, gentle pressure against the teeth. These subtle movements help nudge the teeth into their desired positions over the course of several months. Because Invisalign is removable, patients undergoing this type of treatment will not have any dietary restrictions. Therefore, you will be able to eat the foods that you love and enjoy. Additionally, others will not be able to tell you are undergoing treatment, as the trays are virtually invisible.>>Learn more about Invisalign
Find the Best Orthodontist in Manhattan
Having a straight, beautiful smile can give you the confidence you need to take on the world. To explore your options, schedule a consultation at National Dental Upper East Side. Contact us online anytime or call our office at (646) 736-2206.