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Dental Braces Specialist

House of Braces

Yon H. Lai, DDS, PC

Orthodontist located in Lower East Side, New York, NY & Flushing, NY

If you’re unhappy with the alignment of your teeth or jaw, consider dental braces. These custom orthodontic appliances can improve your oral health and bite. At House of Braces, in Flushing, Queens, and the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City, Yon Lai, DDS, PC, and the team offer several types of dental braces, including conventional metal and clear braces. To make an appointment, call the nearest office or click the online booking tool today.

Dental Braces Q&A

What are dental braces?

Dental braces are custom-crafted orthodontic appliances bonded to your natural tooth enamel. Once placed, they put mild pressure on your teeth and jaw, gradually moving them into the optimal position. 

Dental braces improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile. They can also correct alignment issues like crooked teeth, crowding, or gaps. 

What are the types of dental braces?

At House of Braces, the team offers several types of dental braces, including:

Conventional metal braces

Conventional metal braces feature metal brackets, flexible archwires, and rubber bands. They’re the most common type of dental braces and have a proven track record of success. In most instances, metal braces provide a healthier and more attractive smile in as little as 12* months.

Clear (ceramic) braces

Ceramic braces are very similar to conventional metal braces. The only real difference is that the brackets are made of ceramic instead of metal. Ceramic blends in with your tooth enamel, allowing for a more discreet type of orthodontic treatment.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are like conventional metal braces, but they’re bonded to the back of your teeth instead of the front. That means you can undergo orthodontic treatment without anyone knowing. 

Clear aligners (Invisalign®)

If you have mild or moderate alignment issues, your provider might recommend Invisalign. Invisalign straightens your teeth and jaw with a series of clear plastic aligners. During treatment, you visit the House of Braces every few weeks and transition into a new pair of aligners.

What type of dental braces will benefit me?

To determine the type of dental braces that will most benefit you, the team at House of Braces conducts an oral exam and asks about your goals for treatment. Next, they order a series of X-rays to assess the position of your teeth and jaw. They use that information to develop an orthodontic care plan that meets your needs.

If you have serious alignment issues, you’ll likely benefit from conventional braces or lingual braces. Minor issues might benefit from clear braces or Invisalign.

Do I need to clean my dental braces?

Yes. It’s important to keep your dental braces clean and free of food particles, plaque, and tartar. While wearing braces, brush and floss daily and visit your dentist every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning. If you have questions about caring for your braces, let your provider at the House of Braces know.

To learn more about orthodontic treatment with dental braces, make an appointment at House of Braces by calling the nearest office or by clicking the online booking tool today.

*Individual results may vary.