Orthodontics in Gasport, NY

Are you looking for traditional braces or Invisalign in Gasport, NY? Have you considered straightening your smile but weren’t sure where to begin? We are here to help!

Some people are born with perfectly aligned teeth, but most of us aren’t! Crooked teeth, a misaligned bite, gaps between teeth, or crowded front teeth can be more than a cosmetic annoyance. Issues like these could compromise your dental health. Fortunately, teeth don’t have to stay crooked.

At Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky, your dentist in Gasport, NY offers more than one orthodontic treatment so that we can choose the one that will best meet your needs.

The orthodontic treatments we offer include:

  • Invisalign
  • Traditional braces

If you would like to schedule a consultation for Invisalign or traditional braces in Gasport, NY, contact a member of our dental team. Also, continue reading to learn more about traditional braces and Invisalign.

Do I need orthodontics?

woman holding up an invisalign tray to her mouthOrthodontic treatment addresses problems with your bite and issues related to crooked teeth. One important goal of orthodontic treatment is to gently move your teeth so that the upper jaw aligns perfectly with the lower jaw.

If you have an unhealthy bite – like an overbite, underbite, or crossbite – you may be experiencing a number of unpleasant symptoms. This kind of problem, also called a malocclusion, could cause discomfort while eating or chewing, harmful teeth grinding, or your features to appear unbalanced.

Crooked teeth can also cause dental health issues. When teeth are crooked or crowded, it may be harder to brush and floss. This could lead to an increased risk of tooth decay. Crooked teeth may also place excessive pressure on adjacent teeth.

Having your teeth straightened can improve the appearance of your smile and keep you in good oral health.

Dr. Igor Kaplansky will listen closely to your goals and concerns. Depending on your goals and desires, he can recommend an appropriate orthodontic treatment for you.

Do I qualify for orthodontics?

Before your dentist in Gasport schedules you for orthodontics, he makes sure you’re a good candidate. This includes a consultation, which may include x-rays. During this consultation, your dentist discusses your smile goals with you, determines whether you’re a good candidate for orthodontics, and helps you choose an orthodontic option that fits your needs and goals.

Considerations may include gum health issues, or your dentist may suggest pre-treatments to align you with a better outcome following orthodontic therapy. For example, if your teeth are overcrowded and your jaw cannot accommodate an entire row of straight teeth, your dentist may recommend pre-orthodontic extraction. This does not mean you will have a gap in your smile; your orthodontic treatment closes your smile gap.

Most patients are good candidates for orthodontics.  

Do you offer orthodontic treatment for all ages?young boy smiling with a set of braces

Orthodontic treatment is particularly effective in children and adolescents whose jaws have not stopped growing. Dr. Kaplansky enjoys working with children, and our team is experienced at gently molding their smiles into a work of art that will last a lifetime.

If you’re past the adolescent stage and you still have problems with crooked teeth or a malocclusion, it’s not too late. Orthodontic treatment is still effective in adults whose jaws have stopped developing. If you are generally in good dental health, you can have orthodontic treatment at any age.

Typically, younger children do well with traditional braces. For older teens and adults, your Gasport dentist may recommend Invisalign clear aligners.

How are traditional braces and Invisalign different?

Today’s methods of treatment are comfortable and effective.

Traditional Braces 

Traditional metal braces consist of wire and brackets that attach to each tooth. The wire-and-bracket system efficiently applies pressure to the teeth over time in order to move them into their ideal positions. Periodically, you come into our dental office, and Dr. Kaplansky tightens the wires to coax your teeth into straighter positions throughout treatment.

Invisalign

We also offer Invisalign – a method that uses a series of clear plastic aligners that work to adjust your teeth over the treatment timeline.

We take an impression of your teeth, and Invisalign uses the resulting model to create a series of transparent aligners. Every few weeks, or according to your dentist’s instructions, you switch to the next aligner in the series until you have exhausted your supply. It is also essential to wear your aligner for at least twenty-two hours per day.

One advantage of Invisalign over traditional braces is that the aligner trays can be removed during mealtime. The ability to remove your aligner also allows you to brush and floss your teeth without obstacles. And the clear aligners are discreet and not very noticeable to others.

Many people choose Invisalign for cosmetic purposes because the aligners are nearly invisible. This may be a particularly good option for adults who want to continue to look professional and mature while discreetly correcting the alignment of their teeth.

Whether you and your dentist choose traditional braces or Invisalign, Dr. Kaplansky will design a detailed, step-by-step orthodontic plan just for you!

Orthodontics is designed to correct the following issues:

  • Bite alignment, including crossbite, overbite, underbite
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crooked, twisted, and overlapping teeth

Which orthodontic option is right for me?woman with black curly hair smiling with white braces

When you have a consultation with Dr. Kaplansky, he will go over the best options for your orthodontic treatment. What will work best depends on what you want for your smile. If you are making cosmetic improvements, this often requires specific treatment than if you are only looking to correct your occlusion (bite).

At our Gasport, NY dental office, we offer traditional orthodontics as well as Invisalign.  

Traditional orthodontics - These are the braces with the brackets and wires that you probably think of when you think about orthodontics. Traditional orthodontics is still one of the best ways to correct orthodontic conditions, including misaligned teeth, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Brackets and wires come in traditional metal silver and ceramic tooth-colored brackets.

Invisalign – We use Invisalign to treat simple orthodontic cases and cosmetic orthodontic cases. If you are looking to improve the appearance of your smile and you do not have any major occlusal problems with your bite, Invisalign might be the best option for you.

Invisalign allows for discreet, invisible orthodontic treatment. We use a series of plastic trays that gently move your teeth over time. Invisalign is the perfect way to address teeth that have gaps or are mildly misaligned.

In most cases, one option will work better than the other based on your specific needs, and Dr. Kaplansky will guide you through the process of choosing.

Schedule Your Orthodontic Consultation Today!

At Dentistry by Dr. Kaplansky, we can’t wait to help you reach your smile goals. We always enjoy the big reveal!

Take the first step toward your perfect smile today by giving us a call at our Gasport, NY dental office. We are also here to answer any questions that you may have about orthodontics.

We proudly improve the smiles in Gasport, Lockport, Middleport, Terrys Corners, Wrights Corners, Carlisle Gardens, Hartland, Highland Park, Medina, and anywhere else patients are looking for excellent oral health and a beautiful smile.