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While the general idea of orthodontic correction is essentially the same in childhood and adulthood, many adults find that their careers or lifestyle seriously limit their options for corrective treatment. Metal braces may have not been a big deal in adolescence, but they can be quite an inconvenience as an adult, especially if you spend a lot of time speaking in front of people. Fortunately, there’s an option called Invisalign that more and more adults are turning to. Here’s why:
Invisalign is Covert
When you want orthodontic treatment but you don’t want everyone else to know, Invisalign may be right for you. Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic trays to gently and gradually bring your teeth into proper alignment, so it’s difficult to see them unless you get extremely close. The trays can start yellowing if you use them past the two weeks they were designed to work, so make sure you do change your trays as advised.
Invisalign is Convenient
If your orthodontist gives the go-ahead for Invisalign treatment, you won’t have to worry about your braces cramping your style. Since the trays are removable, you can eat virtually anything you want, just like you did before beginning orthodontic treatment. Moreover, you don’t have to learn how to brush and floss your teeth all over again. Just remove the trays and clean them, then brush and floss like normal before putting the trays back in and going on about your business.
Invisalign is Comfortable
While there can be a mild level of discomfort with any orthodontic treatment, Invisalign carries a number of benefits over metal braces. Because there are no brackets or wires, you’re less likely to develop sore spots on your tongue or cheeks. If you’re into sports, you don’t have to worry about extra injury risk from your orthodontics.
At Astoria Family Orthodontics, we offer a number of orthodontic treatments for adults, including Invisalign. To learn more about your options in the Astoria, Long Island City, Jackson Heights, Woodside, and Brooklyn areas, visit our website or call (718) 340-3587 for an appointment.
Last updated 14 days ago
Once you have decided to receive orthodontic treatment, picking which doctor to see is a crucial decision. It is important to see someone who has the right combination of education and experience, like Dr. Robert Lopatkin. Dr. Lopatkin studied mathematics as an undergraduate at Queens College, and then went on to receive a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is a member of the American Dental Association, and has served as a Diplomate on the American Board of Orthodontics for over 25 years. Not only is he a practicing orthodontist, but he also teaches at the New York University School of Dentistry. When he is not working, Dr. Lopatkin enjoys his time off with his wife and two daughters in Long Island.
At Astoria Family Orthodontics, Dr. Robert Lopatkin and Dr. Jill Varriale pride themselves on providing premier orthodontic treatment to the communities of Astoria, Brooklyn, Long Island City, Woodside, and Jackson Heights. Call us today at (718) 340-3587 to see how we can help you.
Last updated 21 days ago
The period of time that a patient has to have braces can be daunting. However, orthodontic acceleration could help to expedite the process in a safe and efficient manner. Dentists use a drill to create tiny holes in the bone underneath the surface of the gum. This creates less bone density, and enables teeth to move quicker, speeding up the entire process. After braces are removed, gums will fully recover, and bone density will return to normal levels. Watch this video for more information.
Astoria Family Orthodontics proudly serves the communities of Astoria, Brooklyn, and the surrounding areas. We offer popular treatments, like traditional braces or Invisalign, for both kids and adults. Call us today at (718) 340-3587, or visit our website to see how new patients can receive a discount.
Last updated 28 days ago
Getting braces is typically a life altering transformation for patients. After they are off, individuals will have that beautiful smile they have always wanted. However, before getting braces, it can be helpful to review some key terms that orthodontists will talk about during the process.
Physical Components of Braces
The bracket is a metal piece that is pasted onto each tooth in order to hold the arch wire. The arch wire is a piece that attaches to the brackets, gradually shifting them into alignment. Sometimes individuals need headgear, which connects a piece in your mouth to another piece, either around your neck or on top of your head. Headgear is responsible for shifting upper molars back, in order to make more space for front teeth. After your braces are off, you will likely have to wear a retainer, a device to keep your teeth from moving.
There are many reasons why individuals see an orthodontist. For example, a patient might have a lot of a lot of crowding. This is when certain teeth take up too much space, or there are too many teeth in one area. Another popular reason for receiving braces is when there is excessive space between teeth. A diastema is when there is a gap between the two front teeth.
Patients will come across many standard procedures when receiving braces. Bonding is what happens when the metal brackets are pasted onto each tooth using a strong adhesive material. Once getting braces on, patients usually need to revisit their orthodontist every 4-6 weeks for a tightening procedure, in which wires are changed, and adjustments are made to keep progressing.
Are you interested in improving your smile? Come see the family-friendly staff at Astoria Family Orthodontics. We offer top-of-the-line treatment for both adults and kids. Call us at (718) 340-3587, or visit our website for more information.
Last updated 1 month ago
Contrary to what many people think, having straight teeth is not purely cosmetic. It has added health benefits that you may not know. Whether you already have straight teeth, or are thinking to ask your orthodontist about treatment, having a good smile is just one of the great rewards.
Prevention of Periodontal Disease
Before having straight teeth, many people have either large spaces between teeth or crowding. Crowding occurs when there are too many teeth in one area. Both crowding and excessive space between teeth can lead to red, swollen gums. This is also a symptom of periodontal disease. Having straight teeth makes it easier for gums to fit perfectly around each tooth, helping to reduce the risk of gum disease.
Easier to Clean & Longer-Lasting Teeth
Malformed and crooked teeth can make them harder to clean. This can lead to gradual food and plaque build up, which causes tooth decay. When you have straight teeth, it can be much easier to brush, floss, and diligently remove all food particles. In addition, misaligned teeth can lead to an unbalanced placement of force when you bite down. This causes your teeth to wear down faster.
Improvement of Overall Health
Having straight teeth can impact many other parts of your health. It can help to prevent gum disease, which could decrease the likelihood of other serious illnesses. For example, the American Dental Association has associated periodontal disease with other conditions, like diabetes. Straight teeth can also help with chewing food, leading to improved digestion. Lastly, having straight teeth comes with innumerable social and mental benefits. You can smile with confidence, and make a great first impression.
At Astoria Family Orthodontics, we pride ourselves in providing the best treatment available to help our patients straighten their teeth. We serve the neighborhoods of Astoria, Jackson Heights, Woodside, Long Island City, and Brooklyn. Call us at (718) 340-3587 to inquire about our different treatment options.