What are Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the treatment of an irregular bit, tooth irregularity and/or disproportionate jaw relationships. Several methods can be used to straighten teeth:
- Metal brackets
- Ceramic brackets
- Invisalign invisible braces
- Orthodontic appliances to widen the palate or jaw
Dental braces are used to correct the following conditions:
- Cross bites
- Open bites
- Deep bites
- Crooked teeth
- Various other flaws of the teeth and jaw
Once the orthodontic treatment is completed, wearing a retainer is necessary to maintain the improvements. This may include a clear essix or viviera retainer, or simply a lingual metal wire worn on the inside of the arch.
If you are looking for an orthodontist, you may want to consider consulting with a general dentist as well. When you see an orthodontist, you pay specialty fees that are usually higher. Whereas, when you visit a general dentist, I can be more affordable. Dr. Edward Gelfand is a general dentist who has been providing Invisalign since it was introduced in 2000 and has completed over 450 cases since then. If you’re seeking traditional dental braces, Dr. Mark Joe who is a general dentist whose practice is limited to Orthodontics can also help you straighten your teeth.
And remember, dental braces aren’t just for kids and teenagers anymore! We treat many adults with orthodontics, especially to improve their oral health. Brushing and flossing is much easier once treatment is completed. Some patients have found their teeth to be whiter now that they can access the tight spots they were never able to effectively clean beforehand.
We encourage you to reserve an appointment today for a free consultation with Dr. Gelfand. If your schedule is hectic, we also provide virtual consultations for your convenience. We can give you an estimate of how much invisalign treatment will cost and let you know if you are a candidate. We would be happy to provide you with a second opinion!