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 the 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.
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 give you more self-confidence about the way you look.
Typically composed of ceramic, plastic, or metal brackets, braces are bonded to the teeth and are designed to pull them into a new direction through a system of bands and 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, color, or clear braces, as well as the colors of the bands that surround them. 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 can last for decades. Millions of people all over the nation have improved the look of their teeth with orthodontic treatments.
Please visit the following pages for more information:
- Types of Braces
- Orthodontics for Adults
- Orthodontics for Children
- Alexander Discipline
- Orthodontic Appliances
For more information on braces and other procedures we offer, please contact our Monmouth County, New Jersey orthodontic specialist. Dr. Pat Cuozzo looks forward to hearing from you!