Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry designed to correct various developmental abnormalities of the teeth and jaw. While your orthodontist can best determine if you are in need of orthodontic treatment, it is a good idea to educate yourself on which types of dental problems and malocclusions can be treated through braces, clear braces, or Invisalign:
Crowding often occurs due to insufficient space along the dental arch that interferes with the eruption of your teeth, causing them to become impacted or overlapped. Crowded teeth are not only an aesthetic issue, but are also much harder to keep clean. This means that crowded teeth can increase your risk of tooth decay. Orthodontic treatment can also help to correct spacing issues due to a dental arch that is too large.
An overbite occurs when the upper front teeth extend too far down over the lower front teeth. In some instances, individuals with severe overbite may actually bite into the roof of their mouths with their lower teeth.
An underbite occurs when the lower front teeth extend too far forward compared to the upper front teeth. Underbites often cause early wear and tear.
Crossbites occur when any of the teeth along the upper jaw fit into the wrong side of the lower teeth.
An open bite is characterized by upper and lower front teeth that do not overlap slightly when the teeth are closed.
The midline of your teeth refers to the line between your two front teeth and two bottom teeth. A misplaced midline occurs when the line between the upper front teeth and bottom front teeth do not match up.
Get the straight, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted by contacting Park Avenue orthodontist of Seligman Orthodontics. We offer clear braces and Invisalign and can be reached at (212) 988-8235.
Interceptive or early orthodontic treatment is a great way to correct dental problems and malocclusions so that they do not impact your oral health. However, orthodontic treatment can be initiated at nearly any age.
This video takes a closer look at the age requirements for undergoing orthodontic treatment. At Seligman Orthodontics, age is not a factor when it comes to obtaining a straighter smile. In fact, any adult in good general health with healthy teeth and good bone support is usually a candidate.
Approximately 25% of all patients at Seligman Orthodontics are adults. Give our Park Avenue office a call at (212) 988-8235 for more information on adolescent and adult braces.
Most individuals tend to associate orthodontic treatment with adolescents and teens; however, many orthodontists offer treatment options for adult patients as well. Here is a look at different orthodontic treatment options:
Interceptive or early orthodontic treatment is typically initiated around age eight, as this is when children will have a mix of both primary and permanent teeth. An orthodontist will perform a series of x-rays and visually examine the patient’s oral cavity to identify signs of various malocclusions, structural defects, and jawbone abnormalities. This ultimately reduces future orthodontic treatment time and provides better overall results.
Adolescents and Teens
Traditional metal braces and clear braces are often placed between the ages of eight and 14. These orthodontic appliances can be used to treat overbites, underbites, crossbites, open bites, misplaced midlines, crowding, and spacing. Metal braces and clear braces can also correct structural abnormalities that may later affect facial symmetry.
Undergoing orthodontic treatment as an adult is a great way to improve your self-confidence as well as reduce your risk of tooth decay, as crooked teeth are much harder to keep clean. While adults may take advantage of traditional metal braces or clear braces, a number of adult patients turn to the Invisalign system, which uses a series of clear removable aligners to straighten teeth in approximately one year. The Invisalign system is a terrific option for adults who are often in the public eye or required to speak in public as part of their profession.
Get on the road to a straighter smile by discussing your orthodontic treatment options with your Park Avenue orthodontist. Give Dr. David Seligman with Seligman Orthodontics a call at (212) 988-8235 for more information on braces and clear braces. We also offer the Invisalign system, among many other options.
Have you ever wondered why some individuals require more extensive orthodontic treatment than others? In this video, you can explore the underlying causes of orthodontic problems.
Oral malocclusions are classified as inherited or acquired. Inherited dental problems include crowding and spacing issues, extra teeth, and discrepancies with the jawbones. Acquired problems are those created by certain actions or characteristics, including trauma, thumb-sucking, airway obstruction by tonsils and adenoids, and the premature loss of primary or permanent teeth.
Whether you’re suffering from an inherited or acquired condition, orthodontics can help. Give Park Avenue’s Dr. David Seligman of Seligman Orthodontics a call at (646) 719-0076 to get started.
While traditional metal braces are a great way to treat a number of oral malocclusions, many people prefer a less noticeable approach to orthodontic treatment . If you’re looking for a subtle orthodontic treatment, Dr. David Seligman with Seligman Orthodontics on Park Avenue offers three unique treatment options for improving your smile:
1. Damon System
The Damon System uses a revolutionary type of bracket to reposition your teeth faster and much more comfortably than traditional metal brackets. The Damon System combines self-ligating braces and light, high-technology shape-memory wires to move your teeth without the need for elastic or metal ties, tooth extractions, or palatal expanders.
Insignia is a unique software program and custom appliance system that provides patient-specific brackets, computer-assisted bracket placement, and custom wires that eliminate the need for frequent adjustment appointments. Additionally, Insignia software can be used in conjunction with Insignia™ Clearguide Express™, Damon Clear braces, and Inspire ICE braces.
One of the most popular orthodontic treatment methods is the Invisalign system, which utilizes a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten your teeth. Invisalign completely eliminates the need for brackets, archwires, and elastic ties, increasing patient comfort and making it easier to maintain proper oral hygiene. The number of aligners will vary from patient to patient based on the level of malocclusion. These aligners should be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours per day in order to achieve maximum results.
The best way to determine which orthodontic treatment method is right for your needs is to consult with your orthodontist. For more information on Damon brackets, Insignia software, or the Invisalign system, contact Dr. David Seligman with Seligman Orthodontics at (212) 988-8235. You can also visit our website to learn more about our services.
Orthodontic treatment is instrumental in correcting problems with a person’s teeth or jaw that may lead to future complications. To learn more about orthodontics, read these articles. For more information about potential orthodontic treatments, contact Seligman Orthodontics on Park Avenue at (888) 785-6413.
- The American Association of Orthodontists provides a comprehensive list of common orthodontic terms that may be helpful to know.
- Learn about braces by reading this article from the American Dental Association.
- If you would like to learn about how dental retainers work and how you can best take care of them, check out this information from Colgate.com.
- If you are considering Invisalign as a form of orthodontic treatment, take a look at this information page.
- InsigniaSmile.com has some great information on state-of-the-art orthodontic treatments .