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Orthodontics Specialist

House of Braces

Yon H. Lai, DDS, PC

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

Each year, more than four million Americans participate in orthodontic treatment. Orthodontics corrects jaw and bite misalignments, improving your oral health. 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 use orthodontics to help people of all ages achieve attractive, symmetrical smiles. To make an appointment, call the nearest office or click the online booking tool today.

TMJ Q&A

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is an oral health specialty that diagnoses and corrects malpositioned teeth or misaligned bite patterns. It can improve the alignment of your jaw, making daily activities like biting and chewing easier. 

At House of Braces, the team boasts years of experience treating both mild malocclusion and more complicated cases such as facial deformities. To ensure positive, long-lasting outcomes, they often partner with the team at their affiliated practice, NYU Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgery Group.

What types of issues can orthodontics help correct?

At House of Braces, the team uses orthodontics to correct various issues, including:

  • Wide gaps between teeth
  • Straightening crooked teeth
  • Improving speech and chewing ability
  • Long-term excessive wear to the teeth
  • An improper bite

You might also benefit from orthodontic treatment if you have a history of cavities or gum disease. When your teeth are properly aligned, they’re much easier to clean and care for. 

What are the types of orthodontic appliances?

At House of Braces, orthodontic appliances fall into two categories:

Fixed orthodontic appliances

Fixed orthodontic appliances attach to your teeth. They’re incredibly precise and help correct moderate or serious alignment issues. Some of the most common fixed orthodontic appliances include conventional metal braces, clear (ceramic) braces, lingual braces, and fixed retainers.

Removable orthodontic appliances

Removable orthodontic appliances help with minor alignment issues. You take them out to eat, brush, or floss. Some of the most common removable orthodontic appliances include clear aligners (Invisalign®), palatal expanders, and removable retainers. 

Will orthodontics benefit me?

To determine if you can benefit from orthodontics, make an appointment at the House of Braces. Following an oral exam, a review of your dental health history, and a discussion of what you like and don’t like about your smile, your provider can develop a custom treatment plan. 

No matter your individual situation, the team strives to provide care that’s quick, minimally invasive, and convenient.

How long does treatment with orthodontics take?

The length of time that orthodontics treatment takes depends on several factors, including the severity of the alignment issues and your adherence to the care plan. Most people achieve their desired outcome in 12-18* months, but it can take longer.  

To speed up the process, attend each checkup and carefully adhere to your provider’s treatment plan.

If you’d like to learn more about orthodontics, make an appointment at House of Braces by calling the nearest office or clicking the online booking tool today.