More than four million Americans wear braces. These oral devices correct the alignment of your teeth and jaw, improving your oral health and the appearance of your smile. At Bayside Orthodontics, Inna Gellerman, DDS, Emanuel Mizrahi, DDS, and the team offer braces to people of all ages. Their years of experience and individualized treatment plans ensure exceptional outcomes. To make an appointment at the practice in Bayside, New York, call the office to speak with a friendly staff member or click the online booking tool.
Dental braces are orthodontic devices that correct alignment issues of the jaw and teeth. They’re often prescribed to children and teens but can benefit adults as well.
Braces are made of metal, ceramic, and wires. They’re attached with dental bonding and place mild pressure on your teeth so they move into the optimal position.
To ensure a positive treatment outcome, closely adhere to the team’s instructions. Attend each checkup, brush and floss regularly, and avoid bad habits that might break a wire or bracket.
The team at Bayside Orthodontics offers several types of braces, including:
The type of braces that will most benefit you depends on your age, oral health history, and goals. Following an oral exam and a series of oral X-rays, the team can develop a custom orthodontic treatment plan that aligns with your needs.
Braces move your teeth by placing pressure on them. Over time, this pressure causes your jaw to change shape, allowing for proper alignment. Some types of braces are best at addressing mild or moderate alignment issues; others are designed to treat more complex conditions.
Throughout treatment, you visit Bayside Orthodontics every two or three weeks. At each checkup, your provider makes adjustments as necessary, ensuring a positive and long-lasting outcome.
The length of time that treatment with braces takes depends on the alignment issues treated and your adherence to the care plan. Most people achieve a straighter, more symmetrical smile within 12-18 months*, but it can take longer. Be patient, carefully follow the team’s instructions, and attend each checkup.
Braces are safe and typically well-tolerated. You shouldn’t experience any discomfort when they’re placed, but in the days after, it’s normal to experience some mild jaw pain and swelling. If you experience pain after getting braces, apply an ice pack to your cheek or take over-the-counter pain medication.
If you get conventional metal, lingual, or ceramic braces, it’s important to avoid certain foods like popcorn, hard candy, and chewing gum. These items can get stuck in your braces or beneath your gum line, increasing the risk of cavities or gum disease.
To see if you’re a candidate for braces, make an appointment at Bayside Orthodontics by calling the office to speak with a friendly team member or clicking the online booking tool.