Trusted Orthodontics in Hamden
Elm Tree Orthodontics proudly serves orthodontics patients of all ages from Hamden and the surrounding communities.
2989 Dixwell Ave #1,
Hamden, CT 06518
Phone: (203) 281-1022
Your Hamden Orthodontist
Dr. Shamik Desai was born in Bryn Mawr, PA, and soon after moved to Farmington, CT with his family. Dr. Desai attended Villanova University, which is outside of Philadelphia, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 2008.
After that, Dr. Desai spent four years at Harvard School of Dental Medicine where he earned his dental degree in 2012. Finally, Dr. Desai continued his education at Columbia University in Manhattan where Dr. Desai completed a three-year orthodontic residency program in 2015.
Traditional braces are one of the most efficient orthodontic tools we have. We attach metal or ceramic brackets to your teeth in positions that will help your teeth move how they need to. We then connect them with wires and tiny rubber bands or elastics. These brackets, wires, and bands work together to apply the gentle pressure that will gradually move the teeth into the desired positions through regular adjustment appointment with Dr. Desai.
Hamden braces are an excellent choice for correcting tooth issues from simple to complex. Braces can sometimes close gaps and align teeth faster than other options might, overall treatment time may be slightly reduced. In addition, braces don't require some of the more complicated technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments can, making Hamden braces a cost-effective orthodontic option for patients on a budget.
Instead of using brackets and bands, our Hamden Invisalign system uses clear, removable aligners to gradually move your teeth until they are straight. Invisalign is incredibly popular with both patients and orthodontists and is currently the top alternative to traditional braces.
Invisalign aligners are made of a comfortable plastic material and designed to fit snugly over your teeth. The nearly invisible trays are usually switched out every 1-2 weeks for the next in the series in order to keep the teeth moving in the direction we want them to. Aligners should be worn 20-22 hours per day during the whole course of treatment. The Invisalign system can only work if these recommended guidelines are followed exactly! If you don't wear the aligners as directed can impede the results and also add time to the orthodontic process.
Invisalign is at it's best when used to treat most common orthodontic issues. Invisalign might not be the best option for complex cases. A free consultation with Elm Tree Orthodontics will be able to determine if you're eligible for Invisalign.
Hamden Braces and Invisalign: finding the right treatment for your smile
Our doctor and staff have many years of experience providing customized treatment plans for each individual patient. When you visit our office for a free consultation, our talented team will pay special attention to your particular orthodontic needs, as well as your specific tooth shape, the movement of your lips, and the shape of your face. Using these as the basis for treatment, we'll give you a beautifully aligned smile that's just right for your face.
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