SPEED Braces…Better? Faster? Stronger?

Many have heard of a system used in Orthodontics called “self-ligating braces” and have been told it is the latest technology, promised a much more rapid treatment time, and better oral hygiene. While it may mean less visits to the Orthodontist, finishing treatment with this system may take longer than expected. This is due to the lack of control with this type of bracket, especially when it comes to rotations. This system of self-ligating brackets is also known as SPEED System, The Damon System, and In-Ovation, works by applying light and constant pressure to the teeth allowing the wire to slide into a “door” on the bracket, holding it in place. Seems innovative, but despite popular belief, self-ligating brackets were first created in the 1930’s, re-surfaced in the 1970’s, and have recently become more popular with, what appears to be, a promise of convenience. What many people do not take into consideration once they hear about “the latest technology”, is that innovation comes with a high price tag. Also, keep in mind that many insurance companies do not cover the cost of braces with self-ligating brackets. These brackets are also more fragile than normal to the fidgety patient as well- “doors” on the bracket may break or pop open open if you are touching your brackets; whereas, with traditional braces, a broken bracket is only evident in patients who do not comply with food restrictions, or those with bad oral habits. At iSmile Orthodontics, we believe in using the best products and technology for our patients, and that means standing by what has and will always work more effectively for our patients. We are able to promise the best result possible from a tailored treatment plan made to suit each and every one of our unique patients. Call today for a free consultation to see what our White Plains or Yonkers Orthodontists may do for you! 🙂

Tis the season for repairs!

With Easter just passing, many are paying a last minute visit to their orthodontist at our White Plains or Yonkers office to repair the damage of Easter candy’s path. Yes, all those broken brackets which are loose and spinning around the wire! Although it may be hard to resist eating hard and crunchy candy, there are many gentler alternatives to snacking. Fruit is perfect to satisfy a sugar craving. Much healthier too! For example, bananas, kiwi, strawberries, grapes, and mangoes are all perfectly safe to eat with braces when they are sliced and cut into bite-sized pieces. Good thing too because May’s fruit of the month is mango! So, from all of us at iSmile Orthodontics, cut up, enjoy and don’t forget to brush! 🙂