Orthodontics Specialist

Patrick Ryan, DMD

General Dentists & Implant Specialist located in Paterson, NJ & North Haledon, NJ

If you have crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth, orthodontics can safely transform your smile. At his eponymous practice, Patrick Ryan, DMD, his associate, Naldo Barbagelata, DMD, and the team provide several types of orthodontic treatment, including clear aligners and traditional metal braces. To make an appointment, call the office in Paterson or North Haledon, New Jersey, to speak with a team member, or use the online booking tool today.

Orthodontics Q&A

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics diagnoses and treats misalignments of the teeth and jaw. Specifically, it uses custom oral appliances, like metal braces or clear aligners, to gradually move your teeth into the optimal position.

Orthodontic treatment makes your smile appear more balanced and symmetrical. It also improves your oral hygiene. When your teeth and jaw are properly aligned, it’s easier to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar, lowering the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

What issues can orthodontics treat?

Patrick Ryan, DMD, uses orthodontics to treat a variety of alignment issues, including:

  • Spaces between teeth
  • Crowding
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • A misaligned jaw

You might also benefit from orthodontic treatment if there’s not enough room for your wisdom teeth to break through the gumline. 

What are the types of orthodontics?

The team at Patrick Ryan, DMD, offers several types of orthodontic treatment, including:

Clear aligners

Clear aligners are custom-crafted mouthpieces that fit snugly over your teeth. You wear them for 20-22 hours a day, only removing them to brush your teeth or eat. Over time, the aligners place mild pressure on your teeth, moving them into the proper position.  

Because clear aligners are removable, you can still eat your favorite foods, including seeds, nuts, and fruit slices. They’re almost invisible, making treatment discreet.

Conventional metal braces

Conventional braces use metal brackets and archwires to place mild pressure on your teeth. During treatment, you visit the office every few months. At each appointment, your provider adjusts the braces as necessary, ensuring a successful treatment process.

Will I benefit from orthodontic treatment?

To determine if you could benefit from orthodontic treatment, the team at Patrick Ryan, DMD, conducts an oral exam and takes a series of digital X-rays. After assessing the alignment of your teeth and jaw, he can develop a custom care plan that aligns with your needs.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

The length of time that orthodontic treatment takes depends on the issues addressed and your commitment to your provider’s care plan. Most people develop a more balanced, healthy smile within 12-18 months, but it may take longer. 

Follow your provider’s instructions carefully and attend each checkup to monitor your progress.

To learn more about the benefits of orthodontics, make an appointment at the practice of Patrick Ryan, DMD, by calling the office or using the online booking tool today.