Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. One of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over 21. Jaw surgery is more often required for adult orthodontic patients because their jaws are not growing. Adults also may have experienced some breakdown or loss of their teeth and bone that supports the teeth and may require periodontal treatment before, during, and/or after orthodontic treatment. Bone loss can also limit the amount and direction of tooth movement that is advisable. We offer traditional braces, as well as many hidden orthodontic options like Invisalign invisible braces.
All About Orthodontics At RockCenter Orthodontics
Dr. Hung’s first priority is to provide the highest quality orthodontic care in New York City. Using proven state-of-the-art technology, RockCenter Orthodontics is able to complete orthodontic treatment in the most comfortable and efficient way possible. Utilizing the most advanced procedures and equipment, we are able to ensure that each patient receives a healthy and happy smile that will last a lifetime.
Orthodontics Services Offered At RockCenter Orthodontics
Here at RockCenter Orthodontics, we are pleased to offer orthodontic services including:
- Clear Aligners Therapy: a low-profile alternative to braces for some types of orthodontic treatment, clear aligners gently move teeth into alignment in stages without the use of metal wires or brackets.
- Emergency Care: as a rule, if you experience severe pain or have an appliance problem you can’t take care of on your own, contact our office and schedule an appointment.
- Invisalign: unlike with traditional braces, you can remove your Invisalign aligner during your oral hygiene routines and while eating your favorite meals! Brushing and flossing are not complicated with Invisalign and you don’t have to give up any of the foods you love.
- Invisalign for Teens: parents can easily monitor whether their teens are wearing their Invisalign trays as often as they should because they contain a blue indicator that fades with use.
- Invisalign FAQ: check out our answers to your frequently asked questions if you’d like to learn more about Invisalign.
- Orthodontic Mouthguards: once we fit your braces, your mouthguard may not fit properly. Even if you don’t always wear a mouthguard while playing sports, you’ll want to reconsider while wearing braces.
- Retention: now that you have the smile you’ve always wanted, you have to keep it. That means wearing your retainers as instructed by Dr. Hung.
Adults Can Get Invisalign Too!
If you’re out of your teens, you might think you missed your chance for straight teeth, but that’s not true! Modern orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign, is for adults as well as teens. And even if you had braces before, your teeth might still shift over time, which is another reason to consider treatment as an adult.
The Biology Of Shifting Dental Alignment
So what’s actually happening on the cellular level during orthodontic treatment? Specialized cells called osteoclasts and osteoblasts respond to the pressure around the periodontal membrane (the pocket of gum tissue connecting the tooth’s root to the jaw bone). Osteoclasts break down the bone tissue so that the tooth can move, while osteoblasts gradually form new bone tissue behind it. So it’s not just your teeth moving into position; your jawbones are reshaping themselves too!
Beyond Phase 2 Orthodontic Treatment
Your teeth still remember where they used to be for a while after the braces come off, which is why it’s so important for you to remember to wear your retainers as directed. Retainers will help your teeth get used to their new position, and they’ll prevent unrelated shifting that happens to most people naturally over the course of time.
How Dr. Hung Can Help
If you want to feel great about your smile and would like a consultation, please contact us at (212) 265-3577 or send us an email. We would love to listen to your concerns and find a treatment plan that is perfect for you at our dental office in New York, New York.