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Orthodontics for Adults New York, NY

Orthodontics for Adults

Adult Orthodontics
Adult orthodontics is a dental specialty that involves straightening teeth and aligning a patients' bite. Dr. Sharde Harvey, DDS is an expert orthodontist that has received additional schooling and hands on training in how to work with adults to straighten their teeth and improve their smile. Many adults think that they cannot straighten their teeth or qualify for braces because they are older. This is simply not the case. Adults represent twenty percent of the patients that get braces every year. In many ways, it is easier for an adult in the New York area to get and take care of braces. Adults are more responsible, making it easier to avoid foods that can harm braces. Additionally, it is easier for adults to learn how to care for their braces and teeth, decreasing the risk for cavities. At times, this can make the process faster for adults than it is for children. When braces and teeth remain in perfect condition throughout the treatment, the process will stay on schedule without being delayed by broken brackets or the need for brackets to be removed in order to receive dental care. Adults are more equipped to keep their treatment on track and on schedule.

At Dr. Sharde Harvey, DDS, we help adults and children to straighten their teeth while focusing on adult orthodontics. Adults have more options for doing so. Aligners resemble a clear retainer. They are made of plastic and surround the teeth entirely. At the beginning of the treatment, Dr. Sharde Harvey, DDS will use the impression of a patient's teeth to have aligners created in a lab that will slowly move teeth into position. Every two weeks a new aligner is worn until teeth are completely straight. Patients throughout New York like how easy it is to straighten teeth and the fact that aligners are clear and difficult to see. Adult orthodontics and these expanded options are primarily available because an adult has all of their teeth and a jaw that is unlikely to continue growing. This reduces some of the complications that can arise when treating children while creating an opportunity for more unique and innovative treatment options.

If you live in the 10022 area, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with Dr. Sharde Harvey, DDS to learn more about what your options are. Every patient has different needs based on the position of their teeth, bite problems, and their lifestyle. With that in mind, there is no one size fits all solution to orthodontics. At Dr. Sharde Harvey, DDS, we create a customized treatment plan based on the needs and goals of each patient. During your consultation and examination we can discuss these options in further detail along with what life will be like, how often you need to come in for checkups, and how long the process should take. Once you have information on adult orthodontics, you can easily determine which treatment option will fit your lifestyle and smile goals. Our courteous staff will make the process go as smoothly as possible. Call 212-697-1701 to schedule your appointment and learn more about adult orthodontics.

Adult Braces
If you live in New York and are considering adult braces, call our orthodontist office. We provide adult braces to those throughout the 10022 area. Adult braces are similar in function to what is worn by children only with fewer potential complications. Adults have all of their mature teeth in and their jaw has typically stopped growing. This makes it possible to straighten teeth once, instead of potentially needing an additional treatment when back molars come in.

At Dr. Sharde Harvey, DDS, we provide a variety of treatment options as part of our adult orthodontics services. This includes both traditional metal braces and clear aligners. Traditional braces are attached to the teeth using metal brackets and wires to straighten them. Aligners are a clear plastic tray that is worn and taken out in order to eat and brush teeth. Both are affective solutions for straightening teeth and transforming smiles.

We work with patients throughout New York, New York and no matter how crooked your teeth are, they will still need to go through the same basic process. The only thing that changes is how long you need to wear your braces and which adult orthodontics treatment option will work best for straightening your teeth.

Here are the steps that we take to transform your smile:

Make room for your teeth.
Many people suffer from overcrowding due to baby teeth falling out too soon and the space for adult teeth being eliminated as the remaining teeth shift out of place. Others simply don't have a palate large enough to accommodate all of their teeth. In order to correct this problem, we can use an expander to slowly push the teeth outward and broaden the palate. This way there will be room for the adult teeth to be moved into position. The alternative is having a few teeth pulled by your dental professional. To determine if an expander will work for you, call 212-697-1701 and schedule a consultation.

Straighten teeth. Once there is enough room, teeth can be moved into position. This can be done using metal braces or aligners. If you wear adult braces, a metal bracket will be placed onto each of your teeth with a wire threaded between them and secured in place by rubber bands. Adult braces are more comfortable and attractive than they used to be because both the brackets and wires are smaller. On a regular basis, you will visit our orthodontist office to have the wire adjusted so that your teeth can continue moving as they should. We focus on orthodontics for adults and can tell you how long this portion of the treatment is likely to last.

Bite alignment. Adult orthodontics is more than straightening teeth. It is also for aligning a bite. Many people suffer from an overbite, underbite or crossbite. We can correct these problems while you wear adult braces. By using headgear, rubber bands or alternative tools, we can gradually move your jaw into position so that your bite is aligned, and you can eat and speak more comfortably. This will work to improve your appearance and health at the same time.

If you live in the New York area and want more information on adult braces, call Dr. Sharde Harvey, DDS at 212-697-1701 to schedule your consultation.

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