Crooked teeth can seriously impact your quality of life. The most obvious impact is the beauty of your smile. Misaligned teeth can also affect your oral health. When your teeth don’t align properly, your bite can be thrown off. Your teeth wear unevenly, and you could be faced with significant jaw pain. At National Dental Douglaston, we can help. With braces, we can straighten your teeth, restoring the beauty of your smile as well as the health of your mouth.


Traditional braces are a treatment method used to straighten misaligned teeth. There are several components to braces, all of which work together to fix your teeth, and give you a healthy, beautiful smile:

  • Brackets: The brackets are the metal pieces that are affixed to your teeth with the help of a special bonding material, which is done during your first visit. The brackets are what the wires attached to.
  • Archwire: Archwire connects to the brackets and is held in place by elastic rings. The wires are made in several different sizes. In general, we start you with thinner wires, and gradually move you up to thicker wires as your treatment progresses.
  • Metal bands: The metal bands are placed over your back molars. They anchor the archwires in place.
  • Other components: Depending upon your specific needs, we may use other components to achieve the desired results. These components are designed to align your teeth or your jaw. Some of these pieces consist of headgear, rubber bands, hooks, loops, and springs.


Braces are highly effective at setting your misaligned teeth into proper placement. The archwires are responsible for their movement. The archwires are designed in such a way that they exert pressure on your teeth. The pressure on your teeth then puts pressure on the periodontal ligaments, which are the structures that hold your teeth securely in place. The archwires then guide your teeth into proper alignment and hold them there until the bone and ligaments heal. On average, it takes about three months for new tissue to grow, and about a year for your teeth to stabilize in their proper positions.


While traditional braces are an effective solution, they are not for everyone. Metal braces are highly visible in your mouth, which can be a big problem for older teens and adults. At National Dental, we offer clear braces as an alternative.

Clear braces are aligners made of a clear, rigid plastic material. The aligners are created from 3-dimensional molds of your mouth. Treatment with aligners involves a series of aligners, each meant to be worn for two weeks at a time, gradually shifting your teeth into proper alignment.

Clear braces provide several benefits:

  • Treatment time is typically shorter with aligners than with traditional braces. Many patients can complete treatment in less than a year. There are some patients, though, who may need treatment for as long as two years. During treatment, anywhere from 18 to 30 sets of aligners may be used.
  • They require fewer office visits
  • They are more comfortable
  • They are removable, which makes eating and brushing your teeth significantly easier
  • They are removable, which makes eating and brushing your teeth significantly easier

While there are many benefits, clear braces are not for everyone. If your teeth are severely misaligned, or your jaw is misaligned, clear braces will not be able to help you achieve the results you need. In cases like these, traditional braces may be your best option. Even if you start with traditional braces, it is possible to switch to clear braces when your teeth are less misaligned. >> Learn more about Invisalign®

With the help of braces, your misaligned teeth can be set straight, fixing many of the oral issues you are experiencing. Contact National Dental Douglaston today at (718) 557-9882 for more information.