If you’re considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child in Forest Hills, NY, you may be wondering if braces are the right option for you! Orthodontic treatment with braces has come a long way in the past few years and the options available to you are numerous. Looking to find out more information about the types of braces available to you? Dr. Mizrahi and his team can fill you in.

Why Should I Choose Braces to Straighten My Teeth?

Braces are the tried and true method of straightening teeth for people of all ages. A manual action by nature, braces will force your teeth into the position best suited for you. With constant upkeep and attention to detail, Dr. Mizrahi will give you the perfect smile by the end of your treatment.

Regardless of tooth position, our team can fit you to braces and custom-make treatment for you. With care and patience, most patients can expect to have the smile they have been dreaming of in 1-3 years. You can rest easy knowing you’re working towards your dream smile!

Braces Types

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces, made mostly from stainless steel, are the most popular types of braces. They’re smaller and more comfortable than metal braces of the past and consist of a long archwire that runs through square metal brackets fastened to each tooth.

Every month at your child’s follow-up, they’ll get a chance to swap out vibrant bands for a new color, and Dr. Mizrahi will slightly tighten and adjust the wire to bring your child closer to a straighter smile.

Although metal braces are most effective for extreme cases like protrusion, extrusion, and large gaps, they can get in the way of your oral hygiene. Brushing and flossing more intricately after every meal will prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar.

Damon Braces

While Damon braces look like traditional braces, they’re self-ligating, meaning they run through the brackets without the assistance of elastics. That allows for more movement as the patient’s teeth begin to shift and fewer orthodontic visits for adjustments.

What’s more, brace clips exert less pressure than elastics, resulting in more comfort.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces, which are made with porcelain or ceramic material, offer a discreet alternative to shiny metal braces. While the brackets are faintly larger, their near-invisible tooth color will give your child more confidence during school performances and presentations.

However, avoid staining foods and drinks since discoloration is possible.

What Type of Braces Should I Get?

While Dr. Mizrahi may make recommendations based on your best treatment option, you will often have the ability to choose the braces type you desire! If you’re looking for braces that are classic and retro, traditional metal braces are a good call! If you’re looking for a very conspicuous orthodontic option, ceramic braces may be the way to go. If you’re looking for a high-tech and low-maintenance option, Damon braces may be able to give you the effect you’re looking for.

Regardless of the treatment option, Dr. Mizrahi loves consulting with his patients on their preferred style of braces.

Life With Braces

After receiving braces, a few changes in your child’s daily lifestyle are expected, including avoiding hard foods that can break the brackets and sticky foods that can latch onto the equipment. It’s also important to note that while soreness in the inner lips and cheeks is possible, it shouldn’t last long. You can remedy poking wires by placing dental wax over troublesome areas.

For further understanding of the types of braces we carry or how to care for them, contact us at Forest Hills Orthodontic Associates. We’ve been serving patients for over 30 years, and with our same-day treatments, trust us to serve you too!