These days, one of the most important accessories that you can have isn't the latest designer handbag, but rather your smile. Unfortunately, some adults feel self conscious because their pearly whites are crooked, crowded or misaligned. New York City orthodontist Dr. Tanya Vaysman of Upper Eastside Orthodontists understands these concerns and wants to do all that is possible to help you regain your self-esteem.

When you schedule an appointment at our office, one course of treatment that you may explore are adult braces. If you think that this form of orthodontics is just for teenagers, think again. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, from 1994 to 2010, the number of Americans who are 18 and older and who have had their teeth straightened jumped 58 percent from 680,000 per year to 1.1 million annually.

Why you may be a good candidate for adult braces

One of the most common reasons that people require orthodontics is because their teeth are not straight. Dr. Vaysman, winner of the Academy of Dental Materials Award, will tell you that having crooked teeth doesn't just affect your appearance, it can also have a negative impact on the way you chew food. A bite that is not properly aligned can even lead to headaches and backaches.

Another common reason for getting adult braces involves correcting overbites. This condition creates an appearance in which the upper jaw protrudes, causing the your pearly whites to look as though they are too far forward. Underbites are also prevalent in some adults and occur when chompers stick out past the upper teeth. Both of these dental problems can lead to jaw and joint problems, wear and tear on your chompers and even gum issues.

Although mouths with gaps may be unique, it's important to note that gapped teeth can lead to periodontal diseases like gingivitis. Teeth protect the gums, and when too much of your oral tissue is exposed, it decreases the amount of protection offered by your chompers.

The different types of braces offered by Dr. Vaysman

In this day and age, you don't need to be embarrassed about having braces for adults. After you meet with Dr. Vaysman and she deems that you are a good candidate for orthodontics, both of you will discuss what type of braces will be most beneficial for your needs and budget.

     ♦ Traditional braces – The brackets are usually made of metal, ceramic or plastic and are secured using a band and wire.

     ♦ Clear braces – This bracketed option are ideal for patients who want their adult braces to be less visible.

     ♦ Lingual braces – These are also known as iBraces or invisible braces. They are placed on the inside of your teeth and are 100 percent individualized and created to fit your unique dental situation.

Invisalign is another option that is becoming increasingly popular because not only do they straighten teeth, they are also invisible so that most people won't even know you are correcting your smile. During your appointment, Dr. Vaysman will fit you for custom-made plastic aligners that you will wear for a short period and then replace with new trays every two weeks or so.

Contact Dr. Vaysman today

If you want to consult with a professional who is not only an experienced orthodontist, but a recipient of various accolades like American Association of Women Dentists Colgate-Palmolive Research Award and Invisalign provider, then schedule an appointment Upper Eastside Orthodontists today.

Don't delay correcting your teeth another minute. Contact Dr. Vaysman by calling 1-888-378-2976 or filling out our easy contact form online. 

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