Rita Taliwal, DMD, MS
Orthodontist located in New York, NY
Braces are a way to change the shape of your jaws and positions of your teeth to restore balance in your bite and smile. They can help everyone from children and teens to adults enjoy straighter, healthier teeth and more attractive smiles. As a top-ranked orthodontist in Midtown Manhattan, NY, Dr. Rita Taliwal is skilled in innovative styles of braces, helping patients at Metro Orthodontics feel more confident about their smiles
Braces Q & A
Are metal braces the only option for straightening my teeth?
No. While metal braces are still a popular bracket-type option for straightening teeth and correcting alignment issues, today patients who need braces have many more options, including braces that are virtually invisible while being worn. Different types of braces may be more effective in treating specific types of alignment issues. Dr. Taliwal will do an evaluation will help determine which approaches are the best options for each patient's individual needs and treatment objectives during the consultation appointment.
What are lingual braces?
Lingual braces use brackets that are attached to the back surfaces of the teeth, using wires to gently shift teeth into their proper positions over time. Unlike traditional metal braces, lingual braces are virtually invisible to anyone but you and your dentist and orthodontist.
What are Damon braces?
Damon braces use special self-adjusting brackets (Damon brackets) combined with “smart” memory wire to gently move your teeth continually over time without the need for constant adjustments using orthodontic instruments. In most cases, that means patients need fewer office visits to keep their teeth moving in the right direction, making these braces a particularly good option for people with busy and demanding schedules. Damon brackets use a special sliding mechanism that enables wires to move without manual adjustment and without elastic bands or ties. The memory wire uses gentle but continual pressure for a more natural adjustment that's more comfortable than traditional metal braces. Plus, continual gentle pressure means teeth are subjected to less extreme pressures and friction so the potential for damage is decreased. And finally, Damon braces are clear, making them much less noticeable than traditional metal braces.
What are Clarity™ braces?
Clarity™ braces represent the latest advancements in ceramic braces, featuring a small, rounded profile for greater comfort and a translucent effect that looks natural and attractive. Clarity™ braces are designed to be good-looking as well as extremely sturdy, enabling patients to enjoy treatment without many of the restrictions associated with many other types of braces. The translucent appearance blends beautifully with the natural tooth color, and the material resists staining.
Our office accepts all PPO insurance plans. Orthodontic insurance is typically a lifetime benefit that can only be applied once and does not renew annually like your dental insurance does. We are happy to check your benefits for you in advance of any treatment provided and will file all claims on your behalf. We also accept Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts as forms of payment towards your orthodontic treatment plan. If you have any questions in regards to insurance, please give us a call. We are happy to assist you!
Words from our patients
"I cannot recommend Dr. Taliwal more enthusiastically! She is an extremely talented orthodontist and I am so pleased with her work."
"I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Taliwal. She is so knowledgable and thoughtful and make me feel comfortable right from the start."
"Dr. Taliwal is a by far one of the best health care professionals I have ever interacted with."