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If you're beginning your orthodontic journey or have been on it for some time, it's completely normal to have questions. Gen Z Dentistry is dedicated to assisting individuals in rejuvenating their smiles. For details on orthodontic treatment and to discover why so many people are enhancing their smiles with Gen Z Dentistry, please reach out.

What is Orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the field of dentistry dedicated to diagnosing and correcting "bad bites" or malocclusions. It often involves treatments like braces, clear aligners, and retainers. The alignment of your teeth greatly affects your oral health. Enhancing the alignment of your upper and lower teeth can lower your risk for various oral health problems such as cavities, gum disease, and tooth erosion.

Common Orthodontic Issues

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Overlapping Teeth
  • Crowded Teeth
  • Crooked Teeth
  • Rotated Teeth
  • Impacted Teeth

Orthodontic Treatments at Gen Z Dentistry

We understand that every smile is unique, which is why we offer a wide range of orthodontic treatments tailored to meet your individual needs and goals. Whether you're dealing with crooked teeth, overcrowding, misalignment, or bite issues, our experienced orthodontists will work closely with you to develop a customized treatment plan that delivers outstanding results.


At Gen Z Dentistry, we offer braces as an orthodontic solution to gradually shift your teeth into their desired positions over time. These braces consist of brackets, bands, and wires. Brackets are small, square-shaped pieces that are bonded to the front of each tooth, while bands are metal rings placed around the back teeth to anchor the braces. The wires are then threaded through the brackets and bands, applying gentle pressure to guide the teeth into the correct alignment.

One option we provide is traditional metal braces, which are the most common type. These braces feature brackets made of high-grade stainless steel, known for their durability and effectiveness in treating a wide range of orthodontic issues. Another option is clear (ceramic) braces, which work similarly to traditional metal braces but with a less noticeable appearance. Made of clear or tooth-colored ceramic material, these braces blend in more with your teeth for a subtler look.

Clear Aligners

At Gen Z Dentistry, we offer clear orthodontic aligners as a popular alternative to traditional braces, providing patients with options like Invisalign®. Instead of utilizing brackets and wires, these innovative systems utilize custom-made, clear aligner trays to straighten teeth effectively. The process involves wearing each set of aligner trays for approximately one to two weeks before advancing to the next set in the series. Over time, these clear aligners gradually shift your teeth into their proper positions, offering a discreet and comfortable orthodontic solution.

Clear aligners are favored by many individuals for their nearly invisible appearance and convenience. They can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing, allowing for greater flexibility in daily activities. At Gen Z Dentistry, we customize clear aligner treatment plans to suit each patient's unique needs and smile goals. During your consultation, we'll discuss whether clear aligners are the right choice for you and provide personalized guidance throughout your orthodontic journey. Our goal is to help you achieve a beautifully aligned smile while ensuring your comfort and satisfaction every step of the way.


A retainer is a personalized oral appliance designed to prevent your teeth from shifting out of their correct positions after treatment. Once your braces or clear aligner treatment is complete, wearing a retainer becomes crucial to preserve the alignment achieved. Your orthodontist will provide specific instructions on how often you should wear your retainer. Generally, it's recommended to wear your retainer full-time initially, gradually transitioning to wearing it only at night. Gen Z Dentistry in Glendale, NY, offers a range of custom retainers to ensure your newly straightened smile remains beautifully aligned.

Hawley Retainers: Hawley retainers are one of the most common types available. They feature a removable acrylic piece that fits on the roof of your mouth and is connected to a wire that goes around your teeth. This design allows for adjustability and durability, making Hawley retainers suitable for a wide range of orthodontic needs. The wire component allows for adjustments as your teeth settle into their new positions, and the sturdy materials ensure they are designed to last.

Clear Retainers (Essix Retainers): These are made of transparent plastic, similar to the material used in Invisalign aligners. They are custom-fitted to your teeth and are virtually invisible when worn. Clear retainers provide a discreet option for post-treatment retention without drawing attention. This makes them ideal for those who prefer a subtle retainer option, and they can easily be removed for eating, brushing, and special occasions.

Fixed Retainers: Fixed retainers are a permanent solution for maintaining your straightened teeth. They are bonded to the back (lingual surface) of your teeth and provide continuous retention without the need for daily removal. Fixed retainers are invisible from the front, ensuring your smile remains natural-looking. This type of retainer offers 24/7 retention, ensuring your teeth stay in their corrected positions without being visible when you smile or speak.

Specialized Orthodontic Appliances at Gen Z Dentistry

In addition to braces and aligners, we also offer a variety of orthodontic appliances to address specific dental issues such as jaw misalignment, teeth grinding, and sleep apnea.

Palatal Expanders: Palatal expanders are a common treatment option for widening the upper jaw. This appliance helps create more space for crowded teeth and corrects crossbites. By gradually widening the palate over time, the expander encourages proper alignment of the upper teeth. This not only improves bite function but also addresses crowding issues effectively.

Space Maintainers: For pediatric patients with prematurely lost baby teeth, space maintainers are crucial. These appliances prevent neighboring teeth from shifting into the gaps, preserving space for permanent teeth to erupt correctly. By maintaining proper alignment, space maintainers reduce the likelihood of future orthodontic complications.

Mouthguards and Nightguards: Custom-made mouthguards and nightguards are essential for protecting teeth from damage caused by teeth grinding (bruxism) or sports-related injuries. Nightguards are worn during sleep to prevent grinding and clenching, while mouthguards offer protection during sports activities. These appliances help safeguard teeth from wear and damage, ensuring long-term oral health.

Herbst Appliance for Overbites: The Herbst appliance is an effective treatment for correcting overbites. This device gradually moves the lower jaw forward, improving the alignment of the upper and lower jaws. By promoting the growth of the lower jaw, the Herbst appliance not only corrects the overbite but also enhances overall bite function.

Tongue Thrust Appliances: Improper tongue positioning during swallowing can lead to orthodontic issues. Tongue thrust appliances help retrain the tongue to rest in the correct position, preventing it from pushing against the teeth. By correcting tongue posture, these appliances enhance the effectiveness of orthodontic treatment and reduce the risk of relapse.

CPAP Alternatives for Sleep Apnea: For patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), we offer CPAP alternatives such as oral appliances. These custom-fit devices keep the airway open during sleep, reducing snoring and improving breathing. CPAP alternatives provide a comfortable and convenient option for managing sleep apnea and promoting better sleep quality.

Trust Gen Z Dentistry in Glendale, NY, for Your Orthodontic Needs

With our experienced orthodontic team, advanced technology, and personalized approach, you can trust Gen Z Dentistry to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Contact Gen Z Dentistry today to schedule your orthodontic consultation. Let us help you transform your smile and boost your confidence with our expert orthodontic services. Your dream smile is within reach at Gen Z Dentistry!

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