A malocclusion is a clinical way of saying that your bite is not synced up properly or that your jaws are not aligned with each other. Along with misaligned or poorly positioned teeth, it is a big reason for needing our expertise as specialists here at Graziano Orthodontics.
How is a malocclusion treated? In most instances, the answer is braces. But if you’re thinking of the old-fashioned heavy monstrosities that used to be metal braces, our Staten Island NY dental office wants you to know that advancements in the field of orthodontic appliances has let us offer streamlined, lightweight braces that can even be described as attractive. Some are even customizable. Of course, the primary concern when addressing a malocclusion is the practical aspects, but if you can also look better and be more comfortable in the process, that is certainly a major plus, isn’t it? However, metal braces are not your only option for treating malocclusion. Our Staten Island dental office can also offer Invisalign, the revolutionary system of aligners that is made out of clear plastic. Yes, it is virtually undetectable to the eye, so you can wear it and no one else will have a clue (unless, of course, you tell them). Invisalign is comfortable, not subject to the possibility of causing mouth irritation or soreness. It is removable, allowing you to eat all your favorite foods just by taking it out; and making your oral hygiene more efficient for the same reason. Unlike metal braces, which are made at the dental lab, Invisalign aligners are made right here using state-of-the-art 3-D computer technology. Which is best for you? It will depend on your preferences, as well as the severity of your malocclusion. Sometimes, metal braces are the best choice.
Arrange a consultation by calling us today. When you come to our Staten Island dental office, you will be able to discuss the pros and cons of both metal braces and Invisalign in relation to your individual circumstances.