Many people come to our office to talk about orthodontic treatment because they are dreaming of a straight, attractive smile. While esthetics may have brought them to our Queens, NY dental practice, however, what they learn about the health benefits of straight teeth is usually what convinces them to begin treatment!
There’s no question that straight teeth are beautiful. Everyone loves a well-aligned smile, and it’s fun to show off your new smile after orthodontic treatment. We recognize the importance of having a beautiful smile too, and we get excited about the boost in confidence that so many of our patients discover after orthodontic treatment.
As dentists, we also get excited about the positive, long-term health effects of straight teeth. For instance:
- It’s much easier to brush and floss straight, properly aligned teeth. When teeth are crowded or overlapping, your toothbrush often can’t reach in between them, and you may have difficulty flossing as well.
- A properly aligned bite comes together correctly, distributing pressure and biting force evenly among your teeth. When teeth are misaligned, some teeth take on more force than others, which can result in chips and even fractures.
- When teeth are aligned, the bite is more comfortable. A misaligned bite can lead to unconscious efforts to distribute force. In time, this can lead to discomfort, clenching and grinding (bruxism), and even a painful jaw condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder.
Orthodontic Treatment in Queens, NY
Our office offers several orthodontic options so that you can make a smart choice about your health and smile.
Invisalign and ClearCorrect are both innovative options that use clear plastic aligners instead of bracket-and-wire braces. The clear aligners are nearly invisible (hence the names!) and are comfortable to wear. Plus, since the aligners are removable, you don’t have to deal with food limitations or changes to your home dental hygiene routine.
The Propel system can be combined with Invisalign to speed up your treatment, reducing treatment times by up to 60%! This is great news for anyone who has a special event coming up in the next year or so (like a wedding) or just anyone who would like to have their ideal smile even more quickly.
Are Orthodontics Right for You?
It’s never too late to have a healthier, straighter, more attractive smile. We’d love to take some time to discuss your needs and review your options to determine how we can help you meet your goals. Older teens and adult patients can benefit from orthodontics and reduce the risk of numerous complications in the future by straightening their smiles today.
We offer solutions to fit a range of lifestyles and budgets, and we can’t wait to meet with you and give you the knowledge and advice you need to make informed decisions about your dental health.
Give us a call today to schedule your orthodontic consultation with Queens dentist Dr. Ian Mapes.