Dentistry at the Heights
142 Joralemon Street, Suite 12C
Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201
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An orthodontic problem is known as a 'malocclusion', or in plainer terms, a bad bite. Some causes of malocclusion are crowded teeth, extra teeth, missing teeth or a jaw that is out of alignment. Most malocclusions are inherited, although it can come about due to an accident, early or late loss of baby teeth, or prolonged sucking on the thumb or fingers.
The good news is that both children and adults can benefit from orthodontics. The American Dental Association recommends that every child receive an orthodontic evaluation by age seven, and a growing number of adults are seeking orthodontic treatment; some eager for a more attractive smile, others seeking freedom from jaw or joint pain. Whatever the reason, technological breakthroughs have made treatment less intrusive than ever. Today's treatment options are less noticeable; they include ceramic brackets, Invisalign™, Red, White & Blues and braces mounted behind your teeth, as opposed to the front.
Treatment in adults, generally takes a little longer, because an adult's facial bones are no longer growing and certain corrections may not be accomplished with braces alone. The average length of treatment is approximately 24 months, but varies somewhat, from patient to patient.
We encourage you to make an appointment; we would be happy to sit down with you to evaluate your bite and outline available treatment options. If you decide to proceed, you'll have an opportunity to meet with a Payment Coordinator to discuss the cost of treatment and payment options.