Common Braces Problems in Westchester County

Getting braces is a big step in anyone’s life, and along with it comes a lot of responsibility. It is up to the patient to make sure they are caring for their teeth and braces when Dr. Glaser isn’t there, but often times Westchester County patients neglect their important oral habits. This neglect can lead to many common problems such as gingivitis, demineralization, plaque, tartar, sensitivity, and bad breath. All of these problems can be prevented, but it is important to know what these problems exactly are and the preventative measures that should be taken.


Gum disease is a severe condition, but the first, more mild step before it is called gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when the tissues around the teeth become and flamed, and can bleed, become sore, tender or swell. Although this condition is curable it can extend the time the patient wears braces. Anyone can suffer from Gingivitis but braces wearers are extremely susceptible because braces make it harder to clean around the gum line. It is important to make sure you clean those hard to reach spots especially while wearing braces so this condition can be prevented.


Demineralization is not only unhealthy for your teeth but it also physically unappealing. This condition occurs when bacteria comes in contact with food to form acid and wears away the tooth creating decalcification or white scars. The white scar occurs where the braces once were and are permanent once developed. Braces act like a trap for food, so make sure you are brushing after every meal, flossing, and you can even cut back on soda.


Plaque is an extremely common problem in not only braces wearers but everyone else. Plaque is a colorless film of bacteria that is a combination of saliva and food particles. When the patient does not make sure to properly clean their teeth plaque can harden forming tartar. Tartar can form quickly and acts as a trap for stains along the gum line, under the gums, and around braces or other orthodontic appliances. Once tartar has formed only a Yorktown dentist or hygienist can remove it, so make sure to brush teeth after every meal to clean plaque.


A receding gum line is the main cause of sensitivity, and that can be prevented by regular brushing and flossing. Under your gums are the roots of your teeth which are not protected by hard enamel. These roots contain tiny tubules which lead to the tooth’s nerve center. When eating hot, cold, or even sweet food the tubules stimulate the nerve in your tooth causing pain. Although it is common for Millwood patients to experience some sensitivity when first receiving braces, chronic sensitivity can be a problem.


Halitosis, also known as bad breath, is usually caused by poor oral hygiene, and should be specially noted if developed only after getting braces. Bacteria feeds on food particles left in your mouth and produces an odor. Braces act as a trap for food, so oral hygiene habits used before getting braces may not be enough anymore. Brushing right after meals or vigorously rinsing your mouth can loosen up and remove these food particles. It is also important to note that bacteria and food can cling to removable orthodontics such as retainers or clear aligners, so be sure to remove these before eating.


There is a ton of information on all of these problems, but this shouldn’t scare you, it should make you more aware of your oral habits. Along with taking care of your teeth at home to prevent any of these complications, make sure you are visiting Glaser Orthodontics every six months to see how your teeth are doing. If you have any questions, please call Dr. Glaser at his Cortlandt Manor office

Patients are Advised to Protect Teeth and Gums as You Age by Westchester Orthodontist


The team at Glaser Orthodontics stress the importance of proper care of our patients teeth and gums. Dr. Glaser says that taking steps now will help protect your dental health and prevent serious decay and disease from developing as you get older. Glaser Orthodontics tells Westchester residents that you are never too young to start the proper cleaning and care of your mouth.

The changes that occur in your body as you age can be seen in your mouth just as readily as they can be seen in other areas. Being aware of these changes is the first step in protecting your teeth and gums.

Erosion/loss of tooth enamel. Over time, depending on your eating habits and the state of your health, you may begin to lose tooth enamel. As enamel wears away, teeth become brittle and sensitive. Teeth also dry out and become more brittle with age because fewer blood vessels are available to deliver fluids and nutrients.

Slowdown of saliva production. As you get older you produce less saliva, and you may routinely take medications that reduce it even further. Dr. Glaser says the result is a dry mouth, which is not only unpleasant, but can cause chewing and swallowing difficulties, bad breath, tooth decay, and irritated tissue in your mouth that can lead to infection.

Gum infections and inflammation. Chronic medical conditions that are more common in later years, such as heart disease, diabetes and respiratory distress are thought to be associated with gum infections and inflammation. According to Harvard Family Health Guide, some scientists believe that bacteria present in gum infections can get into the bloodstream and causes inflammation in other parts of the body.

Call Glaser Orthodontics in Cortlandt Manor for a consultation on how to protect your teeth and gums.

Westchester Orthodontist Tells How To Prevent Decay While Wearing Braces

You’ve just gotten Glaser Orthodontics in Upper Westchester to put your braces on.  Dr. Glaser realizes that having braces can present some new challenges when it comes to oral hygiene. Preventing tooth decay can be a big challenge simply because of the tendency for braces to trap food under the wires and between the teeth and the brackets. Dr. Glaser and his team offer a few tips to keep our patients teeth healthy while wearing your braces:

1. Eat Braces-Safe Foods

Keeping your teeth from decay starts with a proper diet. Foods that are high in sugar or starch can cause more plaque which is difficult to remove during your brushing. There are certain foods that should be avoided while wearing your braces. First, sticky foods like caramel or gum can get stuck in your braces and be difficult to remove during brushing. Next, hard foods such as nuts and candy could bend wires or even break a bracket. Foods that are firm or hard to bite into like apples, carrots, or corn on the cob should be avoided. As much as we like to snack on them, those crunchy treats can harm your braces. Things like chips, ice, popcorn can also bend or break your braces.

On the other hand, bananas, mangoes, milk, water, poultry, and pasta all tend to be low in enamel-busting acids.

2. Proper Brushing

You want to place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums in order to clean the whole tooth, and brush gently in the area between the wiring and the teeth. Use a softer toothbrush with fluoride paste for best results. Rinsing every day will help, too. Rinsing is important regardless, but especially important when you have braces as you need to disinfect the entire mouth, including those spots under the braces where your brush can’t always reach.

3. Ask About Special Cleaning Tools

There are also special brushes, or other tools, to get under and clean your braces. You can also find many of these items at your local pharmacy.

4. Regular Teeth Cleaning

It’s important to keep your routine appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist for a thorough cleaning twice a year or as directed. The exact frequency of these visits will be up to your dentist as some types of braces are more demanding of a regular cleaning than others.

As long as you practice good oral hygiene and follow these basic tips from Glaser Orthodontics, you should have no problem keeping your teeth from decaying while you wear braces. Call the office at 914-739-6400 with any questions.


National Dental Health Month is Celebrated in Upper Westchester

October is National Dental Health Month, and the best time to make sure that your oral health is in tiptop shape. Here at Glaser Orthodontics, we want all of our patients from Cortlandt Manor, NY to remember to get back to the basics of oral health. While we all rush to be out the door on time during the busy fall and winter months, it is important to still take the time to thoroughly clean. The ADHA suggests these 3 main things to stay diligent with:



Research shows that brushing for two minutes is the single most important method for reducing plaque and preventing cavities, gingivitis and other plaque-related diseases. The most obvious of tasks can also be the most commonly neglected. A quick brush will not do the job; it is essential to your smile that you brush thoroughly, twice a day.


Luckily, for the things brushing can’t reach, there is floss. Plaque tends to build up in those tricky places, and flossing every day can greatly improve your hygiene. Try using flavored floss, or a floss stick to make flossing every day a more convenient and enjoyable experience.



While teeth are a hugely important component to the mouth, oral hygiene does not stop at just brushing. Gum and tongue health are important as well. To ensure this, rinse at least once a day with mouthwash. If you are not a fan of mouthwash, try one without alcohol or with a less harsh minty flavor. This will ensure that you can enjoy fresh breath, while limiting gingivitis and gum disease.

So this October let Dr. Barry Glaser  show Westchester how to integrate these health habits into your daily routine.  Glaser Orthodontics celebrates National Dental Health with its patients.



Why Early Evaluation by Your Orthodontist is Important

Taking your child to Glaser Orthodontics for an evaluation means that you may be able to identify problems with the jaw and teeth early when they are still easy to treat. Early treatment often equals a more simplified treatment plan, which is beneficial to both children and their parents. Often, earlier treatment can cost less to correct a problem than delayed treatment.

If a problem is detected, Dr, Barry Glaser and his team will discuss corrective options and provide a recommended treatment schedule. Depending on your child’s orthodontic needs, he or she may benefit from:


Palatial Spacers Helpful for correcting a crossbite by expanding the width of the upper jaw.


Fixed Functional Appliance Helpful for correcting severe upper tooth protrusion.


Headgear Helpful for guiding healthy growth of new teeth and the jaw. Headgear is removable, but usually must be worn at least 10 hours per day.


Schedule your child’s evaluation at Glaser Orthodontics in Cortlandt Manor to get the best orthodontic care in Westchester county.


Brace Wearers experience Demineralization in Upper Westchester

The day every brace wearer looks forward to is the day their braces are removed and they can see their beautiful, unhindered smile!  But, for some, white spots surround where their braces once were.  These white spots are known as demineralization and can happen to anyone, not just brace wearers.

Demineralization of the teeth occurs when food is left on the teeth.  The food interacts with bacteria on the teeth, otherwise known as plaque, causing acid to form.  This acid is what eats away at the calcium and phosphate of the teeth, causing white spots or demineralization. These spots can be sensitive and can lead to cavities.  Even people who don’t wear braces can experience demineralization, though braces are a common culprit due to the fact that braces are good at trapping food.

Here at Glaser Orthodontic we work to establish good oral hygiene with all our patients.  If good oral hygiene was not practiced while wearing braces, a square white mark around the bracket can occur.  Braces trap food more easily, so it is very important to practice good oral hygiene while wearing braces. Dr. Glaser and his team offer these tips to brace wearers to help minimize these white spots:

  • Brush thoroughly after eating to remove any food debris from around the braces
  • Floss once a day
  • Use a fluoride rinse daily
  • Limit sugary sodas and juices

If Glaser Orthodontics tells you that you should be brushing better, listen.  Dr. Bary Glaser is seeing plaque build-up which can cause these white marks.  Have the best smile you can have and make sure to brush thoroughly and often!  If you have any questions about your oral hygiene in the Yorktown Heights and Cortlandt Manor area , please call Dr. Glaser and the staff at Glaser Orthodontics at 914-739-6400 and he will be happy to answer them.