The word “orthodontics” is composed of two root words: “ortho” which means straight, and “odont” which means tooth. Orthodontics is a specialty area in dentistry which focuses solely on the development of the face, jaw, and upper arch of the mouth in childhood and teen years, and modifying the alignment of the teeth in adults. The most common practice is to treat malpositioned teeth when adult teeth start to appear in children, but more and more adults are seeking treatment to straighten their teeth as well as correct misaligned jaw structure, improve the function of their bite, and create the beautiful smile they’ve always wanted.
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There are two main ways in which youth and adult orthodontics differ. The first is the physics involved with planning treatment, and the second is biology. This is something to consider, and adult teeth need more planning than teenage teeth do. The expertise of a may be necessary for adulthood, who can help to manage your entire smile.
In adulthood, teeth management is different as you have to choose between choosing the best brace and choosing the shortest possible treatment. Some adults who require braces may want to go for invisible solutions like Invisalign, as these are great for world-facing jobs and social situations. However, they may need the regular braces to get their teeth fixed in the time frame that they want. No adult wants to wear braces, but every visit to an adult orthodontist can help to reduce the treatment time.
We want you to be at your smile goal as quickly as you like so that you can feel confident and comfortable once again.
Every dentist is allowed to perform orthodontic procedures, but there are dentists who specialize in orthodontics. The most common orthodontic procedure is fixed braces, which are adhered to the teeth until they are aligned and the braces removed.
However, dental technology has changed in recent years, and you can now nearly invisible solutions as mentioned above like Invisalign. These are hardly visible, and when you’re in front of others, you want to feel confident and calm – your Westchester Orthodontist can do this for you.
When patients are feeling self-conscious about their braces, they may be advised to look into lingual braces, which are worn behind the teeth. These render them virtually invisible, and for minor alignment issues out there are removable braces and retainers as options as well.
Once your braces are removed, retainers are worn to retain the position of your teeth and prevent them from moving them to their old position. Dr. Celenza, an Orthodontist at our sister location Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, will be able to talk you through all of the various adult orthodontic services we provide that can make sense for your unique situation.
Plenty of adults going to the orthodontist to fix teeth that are not aligned correctly, which causes an incorrect bite and difficulty eating. An improper bite can lead to pain, so one of the most common conditions that braces hope to treat include underbite, overbite, overcrowded teeth and asymmetric teeth. They can also help the protrusion of the upper teeth, which is usually addressed in childhood but is also common to fix in adults.
In adulthood, asymmetric teeth can happen due to tooth loss, teeth moving because of other factors like gum disease and more.
Another reason why patients may come to us for adult orthodontics is in preparation for more advanced dental treatment. This includes dental crowns, bridges and even dental implants. Some patients have seen a benefit from using orthodontists for snoring treatments and sleep apnoea, with an appliance worn at night to keep the airways open.
Our Westchester Orthodontist, Dr. Celenza, has an in-depth understanding of how your bite, jaw and face works with your teeth. We are able to use a full range of appliances to tailor your treatment plan. We will listen and talk to you about your aesthetic concerns. We will do all we can to ensure a positive result with your orthodontic treatments.
At Chappaqua Dentistry in Westchester, we are able to accommodate multi-disciplinary treatments. If you need restorative dentistry, or cosmetic dentistry we can combine that with orthodontic treatment to meet your needs. Our dental team has worked for years on patients of all ages, and we have done so with great success. Some of the benefits of adult orthodontics in Westchester include:
Do you want to find out more about our adult orthodontics and what other dental services we can do for you? Get in contact with us today by requesting an appointment. We look forward to working with you to improve your smile and build up your confidence!