What’s The Best Age To Visit The Orthodontist?
If you’re wondering when it’s the right time to start thinking about orthodontic care, we have an answer for you: as soon as possible! The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children visit an orthodontist around the age of seven. At this point in their development, they’re just beginning to develop their adult teeth, and it’s the perfect time to assess any potential problems.
However, if you never received orthodontic care as a child, that doesn’t mean it’s too late! Dr. Elaahi and Dr. Berk have over ten years of experience working with patients of all ages. Whether you’re a teen, an adult, or somewhere in between—we can help you achieve the healthy and beautiful smile you deserve. So don’t wait to get the perfect smile—call us today and schedule your complimentary consultation!
What Types Of Braces Do You Offer?
At Gramercy Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer a wide selection of braces, including:
- Traditional Metal Braces
- Gold Braces
- Ceramic Braces
These different types of braces in New York, NY, are available for patients of all ages and are designed to help improve both the look and function of your smile by correcting problems with spacing, bite, and alignment. When you meet with Drs. Elaahi and Berk about your needs and goals to figure out which choice is ideal for you; they can share with you the advantages and disadvantages of each option. Your lifestyle, financial situation, and anticipated length of treatment time will all play a role in helping you make the best decision.
If I Have Braces, Do I Still Need Dental Checkups Every Few Months?
Yes, and, in fact, they are more important than ever. When you have braces, it’s easy for food and plaque to build up in those hard-to-reach places. Because of this, your regular dental cleanings are important to make sure that you do not develop any cavities during your treatment.
Do I Need To Brush My Teeth More Often If I Have Braces?
With braces, no matter what type, it’s important to brush and floss at least twice a day to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy and clean. When brushing and flossing, you need to be careful to remove all food particles from your braces so you don’t have any build-up.
Do Braces Hurt?
Braces are not meant to be painful, but you may feel some discomfort for a few days after the braces are adjusted. It is also important to note that it’s normal to experience some tenderness in your mouth when you first get braces. This should pass within a few days as your mouth gets used to the new appliance. You can use over-the-counter pain relievers, but if the pain is persistent, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office right away.
Will My Braces Interfere With Extracurricular Activities?
While playing sports and instruments with braces is an adjustment, it is not impossible. It is critical to wear a mouth guard when participating in sports to protect your braces. If you play an instrument that needs a lot of pursing or pressing against the teeth, such as a flute, you may wish to get special wax for your braces. This will help to reduce any irritation that may come with long-term use of the device.