Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the movement of teeth. Experienced orthodontists such as Dr. Pat Cuozzo use braces and removable appliances to make corrections involving straightening of the teeth and improving the bite. Orthodontics can provide a healthy, attractive smile for a lifetime. Orthodontists are dentists who have undergone years of additional, specialty training in an accredited orthodontic residency program. While many dentists offer orthodontic treatments, it is often advisable for patients who need these procedures to see an orthodontic specialist who is devoted full-time to orthodontics.
We offer a number of orthodontic treatment options here at Cuozzo Orthodontic Specialists, including a variety of options when it comes to braces. Quite simply, braces work. For people with crooked or misaligned teeth, braces provide gentle pressure to the teeth in order to give them a straighter appearance. This not only leads to a more beautiful smile, but can also give you more self-confidence about the way you look.
Typically composed of clear, porcelain, or metal brackets, braces are bonded to the teeth and are designed to pull them into position through a system of wires. As traditional braces have evolved over the years, they have become more comfortable to wear and more pleasing in appearance. For example, you can now choose between metal or clear braces, as well as the colors of the ties that hold the wires in. Plus, new advances in orthodontics, such as Invisalign®, offer alternatives to traditional braces by using clear, removable teeth aligners that can be removed while you eat and drink.
Although traditional braces can take one to three years to achieve optimal effect, the results braces ultimately bring to the appearance of your teeth will last a lifetime. Millions of people all over the nation have improved the look of their teeth with orthodontic treatments.
The following descriptions include links to more information on our many treatment options:
Types of Braces
In addition to the traditional form of braces that use metal brackets and wires to guide the teeth into a more desirable position, our practice offers numerous advanced options to suit a variety of goals. Clear braces can dramatically minimize the visible appearance of brackets on the teeth, while Invisalign® eliminates brackets altogether by utilizing a series of clear plastic aligners to address orthodontic concerns.
Orthodontics for Adults
It’s never too late to begin orthodontic treatment. In fact, a large percentage of orthodontic patients are over the age of 21. At Cuozzo Orthodontic Specialists, you’ll find a full selection of effective, discreet treatment options for adults that can help you meet your needs.
Orthodontics for Children
Once children reach 7 years of age, it’s a good idea to schedule an orthodontic evaluation. Early diagnosis and treatment of orthodontic concerns (or potential concerns) can reduce the likelihood of serious problems occurring later. An orthodontic exam can identify issues that may not be currently noticeable, or it can confirm that there are no problems at all. Either way, it’s important to have an evaluation at an early age in order to monitor the progress of developing teeth and formulate a treatment plan if concerns are found.
The Alexander Discipline is an innovative orthodontic technique that utilizes smaller brackets and lighter wires to pull the teeth into a straighter position. It employs less force than traditional braces, which can make the overall treatment process more comfortable. The Alexander Discipline can also make the process more convenient since the need for follow-up maintenance visits is often reduced. Cuozzo Orthodontics has been using this technique for many years and has seen numerous patients experience a quicker treatment process and excellent results.
Orthodontic appliances available at our practice can include options that either serve as the primary orthodontic procedure or are used in addition to an orthodontic treatment such as braces. The following link explores information about appliances such as retainers, headgear, and palatal expanders. You can also find details on what to do if you are suffering an orthodontic emergency such as headgear discomfort, pain and soreness, a loose appliance, jutting or poking wires, or other concerns.
Tips On Retainer Wear and Care
Retainers are often the final step in the orthodontic treatment process – and one of the most important. Proper wear and care of your retainer can mean the difference between maintaining the results of your treatment and seriously compromising its effects. Click the link below to view our detailed guide on how to remove your retainer, the best ways to handle and clean it, and how to ensure your retainer does its job!
For more information on braces and other procedures we offer, please contact our Monmouth County, New Jersey orthodontic specialist. Cuozzo Orthodontics looks forward to hearing from you!