Summer is Here!

summersandIts here and it is time to have some fun!

What does summer mean? No school, fun, pool parties and, our favorite, BBQ’s!  Those BBQ’s can be fun for our stomach, but bad for our brackets.  We already know, now that Halloween has passed, that sticky sugary things can break our brackets.  However, chewycookout things can as well.  That means, burgers, hot dogs, steaks, rubs, corn on the cob, all these tasty foods can not only break a bracket but, a few brackets at a time!

Be mindful of those awesome foods.  Also, it is imperative to take a quick break from your summer fun and spend 20 minutes at iSmile Orthodontics in White Plains or Yonkers for your appointment.

Breaking a bracket can set you and your perfect smile a month or two back.  This means MORE TIMES IN BRACES!  Once you notice that your bracket is broken, contact us so that we are able to accommodate your time as best we can!

With more food comes more brushing!  During these summer BBQ’s its important to improve your brushing techniques.  If your teeth look like the photo below, let us work harder together to stop plaque from building up, making your teeth yellow, and breaking the brackets off.   How?! Better brushing and more flossing!

Remember, your teeth want to be clean and move better and faster that way!not brushing

Happy Summer!

 

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Orthodontic Myths

“My family dentist said they would do my braces”
Orthodontists have an extra 2-3 years of specialized education and training in tooth and jaw function. Would you get brain surgery from a physician who operates on a brain once or twice a year? I would hope not.

“I am too old for braces.”
There is no age limit for to receive orthodontic treatment! The reality is that age doesn’t matter; health does. Tooth movement can be achieved quite successfully, no matter how old the patient may be, so long as teeth, gums, and bone are in good shape.

“Orthodontics hurts.”
Orthodontics does not require needles or drilling into teeth, so there is no need for that fear. There is, however, an initial period of adjustment to the appliance in your mouth. Also, each visit requires a specific approach to movement, so there may some pressure felt after each monthly visit. An over-the-counter anti-inflammatory will help with any discomfort.

“I can’t play sports with braces.”
Of course you can! For your own safety, be sure to wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports.  Not only will a mouth guard save your teeth, but may also protect against jaw fractures. You may buy one at a local pharmacy, or ask the staff at iSmile Orthodontics for one during your next visit.

“Braces will set off a metal detector.”
Braces are made from lightweight materials, so it will not affect metal detectors.

“Braces will rust in your mouth.”
Orthodontic materials are made from surgical stainless steel, nickel, copper, cobalt and Chromium,so they cannot rust. Please notify your Orthodontist if you have an allergy to any of these metals.

“Braces cost too much money.”
Orthodontic treatment is the most conservative cosmetic procedure to align teeth for a healthy and beautiful smile for patients of all ages! It can be accomplished with minimal discomfort, in a reasonable time period with lasting results. At iSmile Orthodontics, we are in network with most Insurance companies, and work with our patients to offer interest-free financing. Our staff is knowledgeable of the dental insurance companies offering benefits for orthodontic coverage, so do not hesitate to call and ask.

“Braces increase my chance of being struck by lightning.”
Whether you have braces or not your chances of getting struck by lightning remain the same, which is 1 in 700,000 according to National Geographic.

Do not ever hesitate to contact the knowledgeable staff at iSmile Orthodontics with any question or concern you may have regarding Orthodontic treatment. Keep in mind that a consultation is always free or charge! We participate with most Dental Insurance Companies, as well as offer interest-free financing- if there is a will, there is a way.

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! 🙂

Early Orthodontics

Although most orthodontic treatment begins between the ages of 9 and 14, the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that a child has his/her first visit with an Orthodontist no later than the age of 7. By that time, their first molars have already erupted, and teeth are developed enough to notice abnormal eruption or jaw growth.  Our White Plains Orthodontists and Yonkers Orthodontists will be able to educate parents on issues of malocclusion (bad bite), unhealthy oral habits, removal of supernumerary (extra) teeth, and will advise when the time is right to begin treatment. For younger children, our Orthodontists may recommend beginning preventive or interceptive treatment, which may include use of a habit breaker, palate expander, or an arch holder. Not only does this early treatment guide tooth and jaw growth, but aids in building self-esteem, and allows for a healthy smile from a young age.

If you notice any of the following in your child, it would be best to schedule your complimentary consultation today:

  • Thumb-sucking
  • Difficulty with biting/chewing
  • Mouth breathing
  • Unbalanced jaw growth
  • Grinding of teeth or clenching of jaw

Living With Braces on Summer Vacation

As we greet summertime on Memorial Day, many are planning and preparing for their vacations. We understand that holidays and vacation planning can get a bit chaotic, but please keep your White Plains Orthodontist and Yonkers Orthodontist at iSmile in mind! Be sure to schedule an appointment before your trip to ensure your treatment plan is going as planned. If you happen to be out of the state or country with a broken bracket or poking wire, please feel free to visit the closest Orthodontist who can make you comfortable. Although we suggest seeing another Orthodontist for your comfort, DO NOT receive treatment outside of our office. Our Orthodontists dedicate a great deal of time to personalize each patient’s treatment plan, and work together to ensure that your visits are handled as they are supposed to. We expect our patients to remain compliant with treatment, even in beautiful weather and between trips! So come to iSmile Orthodontics to adjust or repair your braces before you leave for your summer getaway. See you soon! 🙂

Living with Braces

At iSmile Orthodontics of White Plains and Yonkers, we heavily stress compliance with scheduled appointments, oral hygiene, and being aware of foods you should not eat to avoid breakage. Braces are fixed orthodontic appliances that, while sturdy, are very vulnerable to breakage when the patient is not compliant with food restrictions. At times, though, there is so much focus on foods you can’t eat (i.e. sticky, chewy, crunchy, hard foods) and not enough focus on food that can be eaten comfortably with braces. Just to give you an idea of the foods you CAN eat, you are more than welcome to enjoy soft chicken, meatballs, sandwiches with soft bread, jell-o, pudding, pasta, seafood without bones, ice cream without nuts, soft fruits, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, soft rice, beans, and pancakes. If you do happen to break a bracket, make sure to call your White Plains Orthodontist or Yonkers Orthodontist to schedule a repair as soon as possible. Keep in mind too that each break may extend your treatment time for about one month or two. As far as discomfort from wearing braces goes, it will not last forever! You may take over-the-counter pain relievers, rinse with warm salt water, or consume cold foods and drinks. Always remember that the doctors and staff at iSmile Orthodontics is always here to answer any questions you may have about your braces. Never hesitate to call your White Plains Orthodontist or Yonkers Orthodontist if something is bothering you, or if you are unsure of anything! We are here for you and your smile, every step of the way. 🙂

Invisalign Teen – The Clear Alternative to Traditional Braces

The team at iSmile Orthodontics is proud to provide our patients with a wide array of orthodontic options to help each one achieve that straight, beautiful smile they both want and deserve. Among the options we provide our teenage patients is the innovative Invisalign Teen system. Our orthodontists are proud Invisalign Teen White Plains providers who have helped many young people improve their smiles using this modern approach to straightening teeth.

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Invisalign Teen – What it Is, How it Works

Invisalign Teen takes a unique approach to straightening teeth using a series of custom-made, removable, clear aligners that gradually and gently shift the teeth into place based on the exact movements your orthodontist plans out. The aligner trays are smooth and comfortable and there are no brackets or wires to tighten. Your teen simply pops in a new set of aligners every two weeks or so until the treatment is complete and he or she achieves the confident smile he/she has always wanted. Teenagers enjoy wearing Invisalign due to the fact that the aligners are nearly invisible and because there are less office visits required since there are no wires that need adjusting.

Advantages of Invisalign

When Invisalign is compared to other teeth straightening options, the advantages are very clear. For one, Invisalign can effectively treat a wide variety of cases including crowded teeth, spaces between teeth, crossbites, overbites and underbites. And, because the aligners are removable, your teen can eat whatever foods he or she enjoys as the aligners can be taken out while eating and then put back in when done. Your teenager also will be able to brush and floss his or her teeth normally for much better overall oral hygiene throughout the treatment process.

When regular braces are worn, your teen can experience pain, discomfort, mouth sores or injuries caused by the wires. There can also be tooth decay from inadequate brushing & flossing and a build up of plaque because it can be difficult to brush and floss well with traditional braces. All these things can be avoided with Invisalign Teen. Additionally, because the aligners can be removed when eating, your child will be able to enjoy the foods he or she loves such as pizza, hard-crusted breads, corn on the cob, apples and more.

The Invisalign Teen aligners feature a small, inconspicuous Blue Dot wear indicator that tells your child when it’s time for a new set of aligners. Invisalign Teen also provides up to six free replacement aligners in case your child loses or breaks an aligner.

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Young People Love Wearing Invisalign Teen

A growing number of young people are wearing Invisalign Teen today because of the many advantages this teeth straightening option provides. Young people who wear Invisalign Teen love the fact that they’re able to take the aligners out for special occasions like school photos and then simply pop them back in when done.

Invisalign Teen is ideal for the busy teenager who may be self-conscious about wearing conventional metal braces. Of all the other orthodontic treatment options out there, none offers the level of comfort, convenience and confidence provided by Invisalign Teen. Your child is sure to appreciate how this revolutionary approach to orthodontic treatment has minimal interference in how he/she lives, looks and feels.

Guaranteed Results

The iSmile Orthodontics team strives to provide the highest quality care possible to ensure that each of our patients leaves with a beautiful, healthy smile and superior results.

If you are not pleased with your teen’s Invisalign results, we offer free braces treatment for the last couple of months so that the perfect smile can be achieved. We also include 1 free refinement with your teen’s Invisalign treatment.

If you would like to see if White Plains Invisalign Teen is right for your child, please schedule an appointment with us. You can do so by filling out and submitting the Appointment Request form that is on our website. One of our team members will then contact you to set up an appointment time.