Braces Specialist

Dr. K Dental

Dentists located in Gramercy Park, New York, NY & Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, NY

Crooked or misaligned teeth can ruin a beautiful smile and make teeth difficult to keep clean. To get the straight teeth and perfect smile you desire, experienced orthodontic providers At Dr. K Dental, located in Union Square of Manhattan, New York, and Manhattan Beach of Brooklyn, New York. They offer braces that slowly shift your teeth into a desirable position and make your smile more attractive. Call Dr. K Dental to learn more about braces or book an appointment online today.

Braces

What are braces?

Braces are a series of metal brackets, wires, and rubber bands that correct:

  • A bad bite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Misaligned teeth

Crooked and misaligned teeth aren’t desirable for many people and can lead to dental problems in the future.

How do braces work?

Your dentist cements custom metal brackets to your teeth and attaches wires to them to slowly shift your teeth into a straighter position over time. Wires help move the teeth, and rubber bands can correct poor alignment. Your dentist lets you know how long you’ll have to wear braces. It might be about 12 months or longer, but each patient is different.

What are the different types of braces?

There are various types of braces to choose from, and your Dr. K Dental provider lets you know which is best based on your unique needs and preferences. Examples include:

Custom individualized braces

Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach to braces, your dentist creates custom individualized braces. The braces are made of metal and supported by wires but are customized just for you. Your Dr. K Dental provider evaluates each tooth to find the best type of bracket for it.

They use computer-aided technology to predict each tooth’s path to its final position, which reduces unexpected movement during treatment.

The result of custom individualized braces is faster treatment (at least six months faster than traditional braces), enhanced comfort during treatment, fewer treatment visits, and a more aesthetically pleasing result that lasts a lifetime.

Invisalign®

You might also be a good candidate for Invisalign, which is a series of clear aligners that gradually straighten your teeth without wires or brackets.

Do braces hurt?

Getting braces isn’t painful, but as teeth begin to shift you may experience some soreness. Over-the-counter pain relievers help ease pain associated with braces.

A great benefit of the custom braces Dr. K Dental provides is that because you have custom wires, you experience fewer wire changes, pain, and irritation. If you do have any trouble, such as a wire poking into your mouth, have your Dr. K Dental provider adjust it to avoid irritation.

How should I care for my braces?

Care for your braces and teeth by:

  • Brushing twice daily
  • Flossing every day
  • Avoiding chewing on sticky foods and hard candies
  • Attending regular dental and orthodontics checkups and cleanings

It can be difficult to properly brush between brackets, so take extra time to do a thorough job. Ask your provider which toothbrush is best to use with braces. If you’re wearing removable Invisalign clear aligners, you’ll take them out when you eat and brush.

Don’t let crooked or misaligned teeth ruin your smile or bite. Call Dr. K Dental for a braces consultation today or book an appointment online.