Teeth Straightening

Susan Liebman, DMD -  - Orthodontics

Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics

Susan Liebman, DMD

Orthodontics located in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY

Straight teeth grace the covers of magazines, billboards, and movie posters. If you don’t have them, you likely wish you did. With teeth straightening treatments by Susan Liebman, DMD, at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics in Brooklyn Heights, New York City, anyone can have a perfectly aligned smile ready for photos. To find the right teeth straightening treatment for your mouth, call Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics, or book a consultation online today.

Teeth Straightening Q & A

What is teeth straightening?

Teeth straightening is an integral part of orthodontics with several available methods. With today’s available appliances and technologies, you can fix nearly any issue with the alignment of your bite at any age. 

Current teeth straightening methods available at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics include:

Braces

Braces are the metal appliances and wires that have been around forever in the world of orthodontics. The wire pulls on the metal or ceramic brackets attached to your teeth and the metal bands around your molars to straighten and align them. Dr. Liebman tightens the wire incrementally to guide your teeth into position.

Invisalign

Invisalign is an inconspicuous alternative to traditional braces. Using the system, you’ll get a series of removable aligner devices made of clear plastic that fit perfectly over your teeth. Each time you move on to the subsequent aligner, your teeth move slightly under the pressure.

Regardless of which you use, your teeth straightening plan also includes a retainer to keep your teeth straight after you stop using the braces or aligners. You may also need more complex appliances like headgear or functional jaw positioners.

When do I need teeth straightening?

Teeth straightening efforts are faster and simpler when you start during your childhood or teenage years, but you can get them as an adult, too. Issues that call for teeth straightening treatments include:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite (upper teeth fall to the inside of the lower teeth)
  • Open bite (front teeth that don’t fully close together)
  • Protruding teeth
  • Crowding

These issues can cause uneven pressure across your jaw when you close your mouth. They can cause damage, speaking issues, and even poor self-esteem.

Why should I straighten my teeth?

Although many people seek teeth straightening treatments simply because of the change to their appearance, dentists and orthodontists encourage teeth straightening for other reasons, too. The benefits of straightening your teeth with braces, Invisalign, and other devices include:

  • Easier brushing and flossing
  • Reduced chances of gum disease
  • Less wear-and-tear on your teeth
  • Clearer speech

When you have poor oral hygiene and health, your whole body suffers. Healthy, easy-to-clean teeth lower your chances of getting heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and more.

To get started on straightening your teeth with the help of Dr. Liebman, call Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics, or book a consultation online today.