If you would like to enjoy an even smile but have misalignment, then you may benefit from orthodontic treatment. To help our Astoria, NY, patients enjoy a beautiful new smile without the use of metal braces, we may prescribe clear plastic aligners. How do clear aligners help correct the appearance and health of our patients’ smiles?
Why Do Our Teeth Become Misaligned?
Misalignment may develop for a number of reasons, including tooth loss, bite imbalance, issues with the arrival of the permanent teeth, poor oral health in childhood, and the size of the jaw and mouth. When our teeth become crowded or crooked, this means our oral health suffers. For example, did you know that uneven teeth are difficult to brush and floss thoroughly? The bits of food left behind on and between your teeth could feed oral bacteria and increase the risk of cavities and gum disease! In addition to the impact on your smile’s appearance, poor alignment has also been linked with a greater risk of jaw joint problems, such as TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding). As part of your treatment, we will carefully examine your smile with advanced technology and identify the cause and severity of your misalignment. In many cases, we will be able to correct the issue with clear aligners!
Smile Correction With Clear Aligners
ClearCorrect™ doesn’t require patients to wear metal braces. Instead, we will take detailed impressions and measurements of your teeth and jaw, using the information gathered to design and fabricate a series of aligners from a BPA-free plastic material. Patients begin wearing the first set for around 20 to 22 hours a day, moving on the next in the series after about two weeks. Over the course of about a year, the alignment of the smile will be gradually shifted and improved.
When to Remove Your Aligners
Unlike metal braces, clear aligners can be removed. Taking them out prior to mealtime means you don’t have to avoid certain foods or change your diet. Being removable also means a much easier time brushing and flossing your teeth during the treatment process. As long as you wear them each day as the dentist prescribes, you can also remove them for special occasions, such as a graduation, date, job interview, or family get-together. If you have any questions about our clear braces, then talk to us today. We would love to schedule a consultation and start you on a journey towards an even, healthy smile, one you can’t wait to show the world!
Cosmetic Orthodontic Options
If you have crooked or crowded teeth, then we can help with a cosmetic approach to braces. For more information on the ClearCorrect™ system, then schedule a consultation, call Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.