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Braces Specialist

Masood Safaie, DDS -  - Cosmetic, General & Specialty Dentistry

Total Dental Care PC

Masood Safaie, DDS

Cosmetic, General & Specialty Dentistry located in New Rochelle, NY

Braces aren’t glamorous, but they can correct an array of common problems including overcrowding, misalignment, and spacing issues. At Total Dental Care PC in New Rochelle, New York, Masood Safaie, DDS, regularly prescribes orthodontic treatment using traditional braces. If you’re interested in learning more, request an appointment today by calling the office nearest you or clicking the online scheduling tool.

Braces Q & A

What are braces?

Braces are a type of orthodontic treatment used to correct crooked and crowded teeth or misaligned jaws. They use a combination of brackets, wires, and rubber bands to gradually align and reposition your teeth. 

Many teenagers get braces, but they’re beneficial for adults, too. If you’re unhappy with the physical appearance of your smile, braces may be able to boost your confidence and self-esteem. That said, the success of braces depends on your willingness to follow Dr. Safaie’s instructions. 

Are there different types of braces?

Dr. Safaie offers several types of braces, including:

  • Traditional metal braces
  • Lingual braces, that sit behind your teeth
  • Ceramic braces
  • Invisalign® oral aligners

The type of braces you’ll most benefit from depends on your individual oral health history, the severity of the issues being addressed, and your goals for treatment. 

How do braces straighten my teeth?

Braces move your teeth by placing constant pressure on them for lengthy periods of time. Ultimately, the shape of your jaw conforms to this pressure, improving the aesthetic appearance of your bite and smile. 

Believe it or not, your teeth aren’t directly attached to your jaw bone. Instead, they sit on top of a membrane that controls their position. Wearing braces puts pressure on this membrane, causing your teeth to shift. 

Does getting braces hurt?

Braces are safe and well-tolerated, but you may experience some soreness or general discomfort after they are installed. Pain caused by braces is usually dull and throbbing. 

If you experience pain following your initial appointment or subsequent checkups, take an over-the-counter painkiller such as ibuprofen. This should relieve inflammation and make chewing and biting easier. 

How long will I need to wear braces?

The length of time you’ll need to wear braces varies from person-to-person and depends on the severity of the orthodontic issues you’re trying to correct. That said, most people achieve their desired results within 1-3 years. 

If you want to speed up the process, make sure to follow Dr. Safaie’s instructions and attend all of your follow-up appointments. 

If you dream of having a more aesthetically pleasing smile, braces are worth considering. Request your orthodontic consultation at Total Dental Care PC today by calling the office nearest you or clicking the online scheduling tool.