The most visible benefit of undergoing orthodontic treatment is the improved appearance and self-esteem that comes from a straight, beautiful smile!
how treatment works
Goodman Orthodontics offers a wide variety of treatments that utilize various orthodontic appliances like braces and Invisalign. These appliances are made from different materials including metal, ceramic, and plastic. Certain appliances are removable during treatment; others are bonded to your teeth.
Today’s technology has reduced the size of braces brackets, making them less noticeable and more efficient. In addition to choosing between metal, ceramic, or plastic brackets, patients can choose the color ties they want to hold their wire to the brackets.
While not all orthodontic treatments suit all patients, your smile will benefit regardless. No matter the type of orthodontic appliance you use, the design’s function is the same—apply gentle and constant pressure to the teeth to slowly move them into the proper alignment.
Treatment times vary depending on the patient and their specific oral/dental needs. Interceptive treatment may take as few as six months. Full orthodontic treatment generally takes between one to three years. Patient cooperation helps keep treatment on track, so be sure to keep up with your Manhattan or Riverdale appointments, avoid harmful foods, and wear your rubber bands or headgear as instructed by Dr. Goodman.
types of braces
Few people are lucky enough to be born with perfect teeth, but orthodontic treatment can produce beautiful results. With advancements in the orthodontic field, there are several braces options that generate great results. Here at Goodman Orthodontics, we provide personalized treatment plans that best suit your orthodontic needs. Below are the various types of braces or dental appliances to help correct your particular orthodontic problem.
Metal braces are made of high-quality, durable stainless steel. They are the most common type of braces. The brackets, which are bonded to the front of each tooth, are connected by the archwire, which helps guide the teeth into the correct positions. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.
Ceramic braces move teeth just as efficiently as metal braces, except the brackets are clear, so they are less noticeable. They are most popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawbacks to ceramic brackets are that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
Clear aligners are made of durable plastic or acrylic material. They effectively straighten teeth without brackets and wires. Clear aligners are customized, comfortable and removable. Ask us if clear aligners are the perfect treatment option for you.