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Hartsdale Dental Care

Andrew Woo, DDS

Cosmetic Dentistry located in Hartsdale, NY

Orthodontic treatment with braces improves the appearance of your smile and addresses underlying functional issues with your jawbone. Using a series of wires, brackets, and rubber bands, traditional braces treat malocclusion or bite issues as well as cosmetic imperfections. At Hartsdale Dental Care, in Hartsdale, New York, cosmetic dentist Andrew Woo, DDS, offers an array of orthodontic treatment options, including traditional braces. To see if you’re a candidate, call the office or book online today.

Braces Q & A

Am I a good candidate for braces?

The majority of healthy teens and adults can benefit from traditional braces. However, the only way to determine if you’re a good candidate is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Woo and the team at Hartsdale Dental Care. 

At your initial consultation, Dr. Woo performs a thorough oral exam and asks you a series of questions about your treatment goals. He also takes impressions and photographs of your teeth, as well as a series of X-rays, which provide a comprehensive view of your teeth and jaw. Dr. Woo reviews all of this data and formulates an orthodontic treatment plan based on his analysis. 

Are there different types of braces?

Thanks to advances in orthodontic technology, you have multiple options when it comes to treatment with braces.

Traditional braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment. Although they involve wires, brackets, and rubber bands, new heat-activated archwires make the application and removal process quick and hassle-free. 

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces look very similar to traditional braces, but the brackets are made of ceramic, so they blend in with your teeth. Some ceramic braces also feature tooth-colored wires. 

Lingual braces

Lingual braces use traditional brackets and wires, but they’re placed behind your teeth instead of on top of them. You’ll know they’re there, but no one else will. Lingual braces are generally more expensive and harder to clean than traditional braces.

Is wearing braces painful?

Throughout your orthodontic treatment, Dr. Woo makes regular adjustments to the wires and brackets in your mouth. Some of these adjustments may leave your gums and teeth feeling slightly sore or irritated. 

If this happens, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever to address your discomfort. If you always experience pain after braces adjustments, let Dr. Woo know, as your comfort is his top priority.

How long will I need to wear braces?

The length of time you’ll need to wear braces depends on a variety of factors, including: 

  • Your original orthodontic problem
  • The amount of space available in your mouth
  • The distance your teeth must travel

Your overall oral health and ability to follow Dr. Woo’s instructions also contributes to your progress. On average, most people wear their braces for between one and three years. 

Braces can restore your smile and help you feel more confident. Call the office or use the online booking tool to request a consultation at Hartsdale Dental Care today.