Halloween Candy your Orthodontist in Westchester says to Avoid

Halloween is around the corner and we all like to indulge a bit.  Here at Glaser Orthodontics we have a few recommendations to help care for your teeth when eating sugary sweets. The danger of sweets is that it can lead to tooth decay if not treated properly. Both Dr. Glaser and the American Dental Association encourages proper care of your teeth all year long.

The downside of sour candies is the large amount of acid.  It’s that acid that makes you pucker.  The acid in sour candies wears down the enamel on your teeth.  Without the enamel coating, your teeth can be brittle in addition to exposing some nerves. Glaser Orthodontics recommends that you brush or at a minimum, rinse your teeth after indulging.

If hard candies are your favorite keep this in mind. Hard candies take longer to dissolve so it’s like bathing your teeth in sugar and acid. The sugar stays in your mouth longer and the longer the sugar is in your mouth, the more vulnerable your teeth are to cavities. Again, Glaser Orthodontics encourages its patients to rise with a fluoride mouthwash or brush.

Love those sticky, chewy candies? Well your braces and your teeth are not a fan. Candies that include taffies, caramels, peanut butter or nut filled leave a sticky residue on your teeth and gums.  This acts like an adhesive for bacteria which leads to tooth decays. Dr. Glaser says brushing is best.

While trick or treating in Cortlandt Manor and Yorktown HeightsGlaser Orthodontics recommends limiting your sweet intake and brush afterward.  Stay safe and bring a flashlight!

How Does Glaser Orthodontics, in Southern Putnam, Get Brackets to Stick to Teeth?

Thirty years ago in Yorktown Heights, Somers and the surrounding Northern Westchester area, metal bands that encircled the whole tooth were common throughout the whole mouth.  This made it very unsightly, as a lot of metal was exposed during a smile.  Today, with the invention of new materials and procedures, brackets are securely glued onto the surface of the teeth, thus eliminating a lot of unsightliness.  Bands are still commonly used on the back molars, as bands provide increased stability on larger teeth that experience a lot of use.

 

The procedure to glue brackets on to the teeth involves several steps.  They are:

– Prep the teeth by polishing them with an unflavored paste
– The cheek is pulled back by a “cheek retractor” so that the teeth are visible and can stay dry
– The teeth are dried and a conditioner is placed on the tooth
– A primer is placed on the teeth
– A bonding cement is placed on the bracket and the bracket is placed on the tooth
– A blue light is used to “cure” the cement
– The cheek retractor is removed and the wires are placed in the brackets

 

The entire bonding procedure can take anywhere from 10-20 minutes to complete.  Placing the brackets is relatively pain free.  Most of the discomfort comes from the cheek retractor – when it’s removed your cheeks and lips may be dry and tired from being stretched, but the discomfort will quickly pass.

 

At Glaser Orthodontics in Cortlandt Manor, we are here to answer any questions you may have about the bonding procedure.  Please call Dr. Glaser at 914-739-6400 with any questions or for a free consultation!

Proper Cleaning of Your Invisalign in Northern Westchester

Once you’ve taken the first step in talking with your orthodontist and selected Invisalign as your preferred straightening method, it’s time to learn how to care for your aligners.

 

At Glaser Orthodontics which serves Yorktown Heights, Garrsion and surrounding areas, we recommend wearing your Invisalign approximately 23 hours a day. The aligners are typically removed when you eat so this is the perfect time to clean them.

 

One method is the Invisalign cleaning system that we sell here at Glaser Orthodontics.  This system is designed by Invisalign and helps remove plaque within 15 minutes and keeps your aligners odor-free, hygienic and clear.

 

Another method of keeping your aligners clean is to purchase a denture cleaning product. While you eat, you can soak one  aligner per one tablet of denture cleaning.  At Glaser Orthodontics, we suggest leaving the aligner in the cleaning product for approximately one hour. This can be done up to twice a day.

 

A third method of keeping your Invisalign trays clean is to use a baking soda product. It is suggested that you dissolve 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 1/2 Cup of water. Soak your trays in the baking soda water for about an hour. This method can be done twice a day.

 

Another cleaning method is to brush your aligners with a toothbrush and toothpaste. This will help keep them clean of particles as well as smelling fresh.

 

At Glaser Orthodontics, we want to help you keep your aligners clean while straightening your teeth. If you have any quetions regarding your Invisalign care, the staff in Cortlandt Manor is here to assist you. Always remember to rinse before putting your aligners back on and keep on smiling!

 

Can I Whiten My Teeth While My Braces Are On?

A frequent question we’re asked by patients and parents of Northern Westchester is if they can get their teeth whitened while their braces are still on. I mean who doesn’t want a nice white smile, right? The answer is you can in fact have them whitened, but its not suggested. The reason being, when you get your braces off you would have yellow squares on your teeth where the brackets are. The best thing you can do is use a whitening toothpaste, mouthwash and floss! Don’t forget you should brush them after every meal or AT LEAST swish water in your mouth.

 

As soon as those braces are off we will clean them and whiten them for you! And if your son or daughter is still not content then you can buy over the counter whitening strips or even go to your local dentist and have them whiten them for you!!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please call Glaser Orthodontics in Cortlandt Manor at 914-739-6400!