Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that involves correcting jaw and teeth alignment through the use of braces. Braces are necessary for young children and young adults for a variety of reasons, including poorly aligned jaws, crowded teeth, missing teeth, crooked teeth, or a misaligned bite. Most of these orthodontic problems will be easily assessed and diagnosed by your primary dentist, in which case you’ll be referred to the Staten Island orthodontic specialists at Graziano Orthodontics for braces.
There are three types of traditional braces that can be prescribed by your orthodontist at Graziano Orthodontics. Conventional braces are one type of braces, which employ the use of metal strips or bands to realign the teeth.The most commonly seen form of braces use metal or plastic brackets that are cemented to each tooth, connected by a thin wire which is often changed and tightened on a monthly basis. The last type are lingual braces, which implement the same procedure as traditional metal brackets, but are instead attached to the back teeth.
While braces may sound extremely uncomfortable and aesthetically unpleasing, great advances have taken place in dental technology to ensure that your experience with orthodontia is pleasant and as quick as possible. The braces offered at Graziano Orthodontics are extremely lightweight and often available in natural-colored materials to better blend in with the shade of your teeth. Most patients can be expected to wear braces for about two years, depending on the severity of your orthodontic problems. Adults usually require a longer treatment period because their jawbone and facial structures have already developed. Treatment varies from person to person, so only a consultation with your Staten Island orthodontist at Graziano Orthodontics will reveal how long your treatment period will need to be.