Braces may not be something that anyone wants to wear, but the effort put into wearing them can yield highly pleasing results that are not just cosmetic but that improve your dental health as well. Whether for your teen or for you, braces improve the positioning of your teeth and along with it, the alignment of your jaws and your bite (also known as occlusion). Straighter teeth serve you well for a lifetime, and at Central Park North Orthodontics, we offer a variety of braces, from the traditional to the state of the art. What they all have in common is that with the guidance of our orthodontist in Harlem, Dr. Bradford C. Washington, yours or your child’s teeth will be on their way to a more ideal position and level of comfort.
Metal braces have been around for a very long time. They aren’t always flattering to your appearance, but they get the job done and they do so with efficiency and more quickly than other types of braces. In some cases, depending upon how our orthodontist in Harlem evaluates the current level of misalignment, metal braces may be the best choice to achieve the needed results. The downside of metal braces includes the risk of irritation and discomfort to your gums. Although adjustments can be made and not everyone experiences these concerns. Also, metal braces are not removable so certain food restrictions have to be observed so that nothing gets caught up in your braces. Clear braces can be desirable for those who are concerned with feeling self-conscious about wearing metal braces. Because they are made of ceramic or other materials that mimic the shade of your teeth, they are far less detectable as you go about your daily routine.
Representing the most recent technological advances in orthodontics, Invisalign provides clear aligners that are made to fit perfectly with the use of a 3-D computer. You wear a total of 12 to 48 of these aligners, each for approximately two weeks, before moving onto the next. They’re removable and you take them out to eat, brush, and floss. So there are no restrictions about what foods can be eaten while undergoing orthodontic treatment with Invisalign. Our orthodontist in Harlem would be pleased to consult with you to determine which of these fine options is best for you or your teen.