Jane Yang Dental, P.C.
General & Cosmetic Dentistry & Dental Implant Specialists located in Chinatown, New York, NY & Brooklyn, NY
Orthodontics can do so much more than just getting straighter teeth with braces. Orthodontics not only focuses on fixing crooked or misaligned teeth, but also looks at jaw issues related to improper positioning. If you think you may have an orthodontic issue, make an appointment with Jane Yang, DDS, and her team at Jane Yang Dental P.C. with offices in Chinatown and Brooklyn, New York. Book your appointment online or call today.
Orthodontics Q & A
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the name of dental specialty area that addresses issues with crooked teeth or bite issues, also known as a malocclusion. Orthodontic treatments also address jaw misalignment.
Common dental issues addressed through orthodontics are:
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked teeth
- An overbite or “buck teeth”
- An underbite
- An open bite
- A crossbite
Orthodontics was once known as a kids’ issue, but with innovative orthodontic treatments like clear braces, adults and teens are also getting the beautiful smiles they always wanted. Dr. Yang and her team enjoy helping families meet their dental goals.
Why is proper teeth alignment important?
Although we usually think of orthodontics as purely an aesthetic issue, misalignment and bite issues can have an equal effect on the mechanics of eating, chewing, and even speaking. When your teeth are offset is some way, it’s harder to clean them properly, putting you at risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
In addition, the hard outer layer of your teeth, known as enamel, acts as the ultimate protector against decay. When your teeth and jaw don’t line up correctly, your enamel wears down, and additional stress is placed on your gums and jawbone.
How is skeletal anchorage used in orthodontics?
Skeletal anchorage refers to screws and plates that are surgically placed in bone and used in coordination with traditional braces. These temporary anchorage devices provide ongoing force to help move teeth. Dr. Yang may use this technique in particularly complex cases.
What are the treatment options in orthodontics?
Gone are the days of few options in orthodontics when metal braces ruled, headgear was commonplace, and only kids got braces. Today more and more adults are getting straighter teeth using braces. Although there is more variety in the types of braces offered, the basic premise is the same: correcting misalignments.
There are three main types of braces:
- Traditional, metal braces, which are made from stainless steel with metal brackets
- Ceramic braces, which use tooth-colored or transparent materials
- Clear braces, which are clear, removable aligners that fit over teeth
Dr. Yang and her team offer a full array of braces for teens and adults, including traditional braces, ClearCorrect, and Invisalign®. If you’ve been considering orthodontic treatment, make an appointment for a consultation by calling one of the offices or booking online.