Orthodontic Services in Levittown, NY
Braces and other orthodontic treatments don’t just improve your smile. They also boost your overall oral health and self-confidence. Orthodontics may be used to fix overbites, underbites, crossbites, malocclusion, crooked teeth, as well as any other issues with the teeth or jaws. Here is what you should know.
Our doctors excel at recognizing the need for early, or interceptive orthodontic treatment. Early treatment can significantly improve the relationship between the upper and lower jaws and can even help create space for the future eruption of permanent teeth. By identifying and treating certain tooth and jaw problems early, interceptive orthodontics can help avoid future oral trauma and prevent much more complicated treatment later on which may include the extraction of adult teeth or even jaw surgery.
Interceptive orthodontics treatments include, but are not limited to:
Palatal Expander: A fixed or removable palatal expander is designed to gently widen the upper jaw, improving jaw alignment and reduce tooth crowding.
Habit Appliance: A habit appliance is used to stop bad habits such as thumb sucking, odd swallowing patterns, or correct and retrain improper tongue positioning. The habit appliance is typically attached to the back molars, and can only be removed by the dentist or orthodontist.
Space Maintainer: A space maintainer keeps the teeth from drifting into empty spaces that are created by the early loss of baby teeth. A stainless steel or plastic space maintainer may be removable or attached to the teeth.
Functional Appliance: A functional appliance is used to treat more moderate to severe jaw discrepancies. Functional appliances can either be fixed or removable.The ultimate goal is to help redirect and guide upper and lower jaw growth into the correct front to back relationship. This will then allow the teeth to erupt and function in their correct relationship with each other.
Distalizer: A Distalizer gently adjusts the molars to improve malocclusion or prepare for braces, significantly shortening the time required for full orthodontic treatment.
Although there are numerous other options today, metal braces still remain very popular. Attached and adjusted by the orthodontist, metal braces use a system of brackets and wires to gently shift teeth into the desired position. Metal braces are now available in fashion colors for a bit of extra fun.
Radiance Plus clear braces are made from pure grown sapphire, making them both extremely strong and highly stain resistant. They are an excellent choice for those who are seeking an option that is less noticeable than metal braces.
Invisalign® treats the same issues as braces in a whole new way. You will use a series of custom-made, smooth plastic aligners to gently shift your teeth without brackets or wires. The aligners are virtually invisible and are removed for both eating and oral hygiene. You will change aligners at home every one or two weeks or as directed by your orthodontist, minimizing the number of office visits that are required.
If you are in the Levittown area and your child needs orthodontic services, we invite you to call our office at 516-226-7337 for immediate assistance.