Recognizing and Treating Your Child’s Misaligned Jaw
July 30, 2021
Did you know that nearly one in three patients at Hidden Smiles Orthodontics is an adult? Whether due to decreased social stigmas surrounding adult treatment or an increased awareness of the benefits of orthodontics, more and more adult patients are visiting our Huntington office for a beautiful new smile from Dr. Mita Parikh and her expert team. If you’ve been waiting for years to improve the look, feel, or function of your teeth and jaws, we’ve got great news for you: there’s no better time than now to achieve a healthier and more confident smile! For your guide to the customized orthodontic treatment and care available to you as an adult, keep reading below.
Younger patients whose parents have chosen orthodontic treatment for them after consulting with Dr. Parikh can certainly understand the importance of orthodontics and are thrilled with their final results, but the truth is that adults tend to have a better understanding of how a healthier smile will positively impact their lives.
Adults also tend to be more aware of the ways that good oral health can benefit their overall body health. This leads many of them to seek out dental or orthodontic treatment to keep their teeth and gums in the best possible shape! As an adult patient, you’ll be able to truly grasp how investing in orthodontic treatment will reward you with a beautiful smile, improved health, and increased self-confidence.
The benefits of orthodontic treatment go far beyond straight teeth! Crooked or crowded teeth can impede brushing and flossing, thereby increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Misalignment can also cause excess or irregular wear on the teeth and enamel, which may lead to chronic headaches, jaw soreness, or pain in the face and neck.
Orthodontic treatment can help reduce or eliminate these symptoms. Not only that, but braces and aligners can protect you from developing serious oral health problems in the future! This can mean big-time financial savings down the line.
Achieving a confident smile is more affordable than ever, thanks to a variety of innovative treatment options. Hidden Smiles Orthodontics offers flexible payment options to suit your budget, and we’ll work with you to make sure that you can afford the best treatment possible for you and your family.
For your convenience, we accept most major credit and debit cards. We’ll be sure to take your insurance coverage or Flexible or Health Savings Account (FSA/HSA) into account as well, and we’ll even help you file claims if you intend on using insurance to cover your treatment. And don’t worry—our team will help you fully understand every fee included in your treatment plan before we move forward with your treatment.
Not so long ago, methods for improving smiles were few and far between, and what options existed were bulky, uncomfortable, or just plain inefficient. Today, we have multiple sleek and comfortable ways to align your teeth and jaws! Our practice is proud to offer the following treatment options for your complete smile transformation:
Metal braces & lingual braces
Traditional metal braces are the most widely used orthodontic appliance for a reason—these workhorses have a proven track record of successfully correcting a variety of orthodontic issues. Though they’ve been around for a long time now, braces have undergone a major makeover in recent years to become far more comfortable, effective, and low-profile than ever before! Metal braces are one of our most cost-effective options and can be particularly useful in cases that are more complex or severe.
In addition, Hidden Smiles Orthodontics is one of the few practices in Long Island that specializes in lingual braces! This innovative treatment option works just like traditional metal braces, but the brackets are placed on the backs of your teeth instead of the front. We offer both InBrace and Brius lingual braces for subtle treatment options that can be just as effective as traditional braces!
Also known as clear braces, ceramic braces work just like metal braces but come with clear brackets that match your natural smile. When paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored bands, they’re an incredibly subtle way to straighten the teeth! Because they’re far less visible than their metal counterparts, clear braces are popular with image-conscious teens and adults. Ceramic brackets are slightly larger and a bit more fragile than metal brackets, so we tend to use them on the upper front teeth more often than the lower teeth.
With this innovative system, no brackets or wires are required to move your teeth! Instead, Invisalign uses a series of clear, comfortable aligners to help you achieve a healthier smile. These customized plastic aligners are completely removable, offering an extra measure of freedom and flexibility that you’ll love.
Patient compliance is an essential part of Invisalign treatment—the aligners must be worn for 20-22 hours per day throughout the orthodontic process. They’re also designed to be switched out with the next aligner in the series every 1-2 weeks to keep up with the movement of the teeth. When worn as directed, Invisalign are as efficient as braces at treating the most common orthodontic issues.
If you’ve been waiting years to take your first step towards a healthier smile, the last thing you want is lackluster results from cookie-cutter treatment or mail-order aligners. Our team personalizes every treatment plan to meet your specific needs, lifestyle, and goals, so you can be sure you’ll receive only the best treatment for your unique smile!
Our goal is to give you a rewarding and stress-free experience from your first visit to your last. We want you to feel right at home from the moment you walk through our door, and we work hard to provide our patients with a warm and welcoming environment.
If you’re ready to get started on the confident smile you deserve, then get in touch today to schedule a FREE consultation at our Huntington office!