Orthodontics Specialists

West Broadway Dental

Dental Clinics located in Paterson, NJ

Orthodontics has the power to change lives. For men, women, and teens with serious teeth alignment issues, it’s hard to feel confident about the appearance of your smile. Orthodontics can provide astounding results, making the most of your smile and boosting your self-esteem. To begin your journey to a straighter smile, use the online scheduling tool to find a convenient appointment time at West Broadway Dental in Paterson, New Jersey. Visit our dental office today!

Orthodontics Q & A

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What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing, treating, and preventing facial and dental irregularities. Most people encounter an orthodontist in their efforts to straighten misaligned teeth.

Orthodontic misalignments are called malocclusions, and include teeth that are missing, overlapped, crowded, twisted, or improperly spaced. Orthodontists can offer numerous treatment options for misaligned teeth.

Many people think of orthodontics as a specialty used mostly by teenagers, but more and more adults are also seeking orthodontic care. It’s never too late to achieve straight teeth and a gorgeous smile. 

What are the pros and cons of metal braces?

Metal braces are also known as “traditional” braces because they’ve been around for decades. They work by placing gentle force on teeth to move them slowly into optimal alignment.

Metal braces include small square brackets cemented on the surface of your teeth.

A top and bottom arch wire connects the brackets, and provides the tension that gently moves your teeth. Additional devices are used to secure the wires, provide different types of force or create proper spacing between your teeth. Metal braces also use additional components to customize treatment.

Metal braces have many advantages, including:

  • Least expensive alignment option
  • Demonstrated history of results
  • Ability to address the full scope of alignment issues

There are also some disadvantages:

  • Highly visible
  • Brackets and wires can be uncomfortable
  • More difficult to keep teeth clean

What are some other orthodontic options?

Metal braces are not the only orthodontic treatment option. There are alternatives that offer a better fit for some.

There are clear or tooth-colored brackets and wires available that are less obvious than metal options, but they also tend to be less durable. Some braces can even be attached to the back side of your teeth, where they are virtually invisible.

InvisalignⓇ is a popular choice among adult orthodontic patients. The Invisalign system uses a series of customized clear plastic trays to gently reposition your teeth. You change the trays every week or so as you move closer to your ideal smile.

To learn more about orthodontic options, schedule an appointment with West Broadway Dental in Paterson, New Jersey, today. Online scheduling makes it easy to find an appointment time to suit your busy schedule.

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