Can I Whiten while wearing Braces?

Can I whiten my teeth while I have braces on?  According to Glaser Orthodontics, the answer is yes. You can in fact whiten your teeth while wearing braces, but it is not recommended. Dr. Glaser says, when you get your braces off after whitening, you may have yellow squares on your teeth where the brackets were attached. The best thing you can do instead is to use a whitening toothpaste, mouthwash and floss! Don’t forget you should keep up with good oral hygiene by brush your braces after every meal.

Who doesn’t want a nice white smile to go along with those perfectly straight teeth? As soon as those braces are off, Glaser Orthodontics recommends that you schedule a cleaning with your dentist.  After a good cleaning, if your son or daughter is not content with the color of their teeth, you can buy over the counter whitening strips. Or you can go to your local dentist near Somers, NY and have them whiten them for you!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please visit our office near Somers! Glaser Orthodontics is always excited to assist you so feel free to call 914-739-6400.

Retainer Options

When the day finally comes for you to get your braces removed at Glaser Orthodontics near Yorktown Heights, NY, the next step is a retainer! Retainers are used to hold the teeth in their new positions, and are either removable or permanent.

Removable retainers are fairly easy to use and care for, and they make brushing and flossing easier and more comfortable. The retainer is placed in at night, worn while you sleep and taken out in the morning. Retainer schedules may vary from individual to individual, but there are generally times during the day where Dr. Glaser may or may not mandate wearing it. Dr. Glaser stresses that the removable retainer schedule can lead to forgetfulness. However, if you don’t remember to wear the retainer, you won’t be benefiting from it completely.

Permanent retainers are more effective than removable retainer, and are a great option for patients who don’t want the extra responsibility of a retainer schedules. The only thing you should be mindful of with a permanent retainer is that it may be more difficult to floss, but Dr. Glaser can help show you how to quickly and effectively do so.

Both may be recommend in some cases with a permanent retainer on the bottom and removable one on top. Whatever the case may be, be sure to follow Dr. Glaser’s advice when using and caring for a retainer.

When Glaser Orthodontics removes your braces, Dr. Glaser will use pliers to remove all the brackets, thoroughly scrape and clean all the glue off your teeth, and take a mold for your new retainer. You will feel a little pressure when the braces are being removed, but no pain. Noteworthy, the newly exposed enamel and your gums will be sensitive at first so Dr. Glaser encourages you to stick to your braces-friendly diet for a little while longer. Just like your braces in the beginning, it will take some time to get use to your retainer, and it may be difficult to speak normally at first. Dr. Glaser recommends practicing speaking, reading aloud or singing as much as you can.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Glaser Orthodontics at 914-739-6400.

Braces Shrub Oak, NY

Braces Shrub Oak, NY

Dr. Glaser and our team at Glaser Orthodontics pride ourselves on our years of experience, training, and success with treatment with braces in the Shrub Oak, NY area. We always work our hardest to develop the best treatment plan for your orthodontic needs; that’s why we offer a variety of orthodontic treatments for you to choose from.

What Kinds of Braces Are There?

At Glaser Orthodontics, we offer a wide number of braces types to ensure that you receive the best possible treatment for your individual needs. Some of the orthodontic treatments we offer include:

  • Traditional metal braces: These are made of metal wires and brackets that are fastened to the front surface of the teeth. You can select a variety of colors of rubber bands that hold your wires in place, and gradually the braces will guide your teeth to a perfect alignment.
  • Clear braces: this treatment works the same way as metal braces, but instead of metal brackets, they employ porcelain or ceramic brackets. These brackets are designed to be tooth-colored, creating the effect of being “clear”. In some cases, you can receive clear wires, as well.
  • Invisalign: the Invisalign system is comprised of a series of clear, plastic aligner trays. These trays are molded specifically to fit your teeth throughout a treatment course that is designed for your perfect smile. Every couple of weeks, Dr. Glaser will switch out your current set of Invisalign aligners for the next set, and with each new tray, your teeth will gradually shift into the smile of your dreams.

How Do I Get Started?

The team at Glaser Orthodontics is dedicated to providing you with the best possible braces treatment in the Shrub Oak, NY area. If you have questions or you’re ready to get started with your orthodontic treatment, don’t hesitate to contact Glaser Orthodontics today!

Dr. Barry Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontics are the experts in braces. If you have any questions pertaining to orthodontic treatment in Shrub Oak, NY, Cortlandt Manor, NY, Cold Spring, NY, Croton-on-Hudson, NY, Westchester County, NY, or the 10588 zip code area, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Barry Glaser contact Glaser Orthodontics at: 914-739-6400


Questions about Orthodontic Treatment

Are you thinking about orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth or correct jaw alignment? Make your first step be a free consultation with Glaser Orthodontics. During the orthodontic consultation, Dr. Glaser will address your questions, concerns, and talk about a treatment plan that will best suit your situation.

We want you to feel prepared and in charge of your orthodontic treatment decisions, so keep these questions in mind when you come in for your appointment:

• If I do need some adjustments to my teeth, what options will I have besides braces?

(This will help you determine what approaches we use to straighten your teeth.)

• What kind of preparation is needed to get braces? How many visits will it take?

(It’s important to know how many appointments may be needed and what you will need to do between appointments to be ready for braces.)

• Can I expect any pain when getting braces?

(Ask about the ways we address pain management.)

• What determines how long I have to wear braces?

(The length of treatment will vary from patient to patient. During your consultation we can evaluate your teeth and jaw alignment to determine the correct course and length of treatment.)

• How will braces affect my lifestyle? Foods I can eat? Activities I can do?

(You may find that little needs to change in your daily routine to have a successful orthodontic outcome. We can discuss and address any changes so you can be prepared before you get your braces.)

• Who will be involved in the orthodontic work? Whom can I expect to see during my adjustment visits?

• What will my orthodontic work cost? What is the “average” cost and what could be the maximum?

(Make sure you are clear about what your insurance covers, who contacts the insurance company for pre-authorization, who files the insurance forms, and what flexibility there is to pay the remaining amount not covered.)

Your initial orthodontic consultation is just the first step towards that perfect smile that awaits you. Going in with the right questions will help you to understand the entire process and prepare you to do your part for your orthodontic experience. Be sure to bring a list of your questions to our office near Yorktown Heights! To schedule a consultation with Glaser Orthodontics please call 914-739-6400.



Flossing with Braces

Even though it’s a little more difficult, flossing with braces keeps your smile healthy and confident. At Glaser Orthodontics, we want to make sure all of our patients with braces know how to floss with their individual orthodontic devices. Here are some tools to help you floss while you’re wearing braces and keep your oral hygiene healthy:

Floss Threaders work like a needle threader for sewing. You put the floss through a loop at the top and then thread the pointy part under or over the wire (depending on whether you’re flossing top or bottom teeth). Once threaded, you can floss that space like normal. Then just repeat for each space until you’ve got a clean, tartar-free mouth.

Proxy Brushes are lifesavers for cleaning teeth with braces. These are tiny little cone-shaped brushes that fit under the wire and between the teeth to remove buildup.

WaterPiks are the fanciest flossers for braces. You simply point the flosser tip between your teeth and along the gum line, and it sprays high-pressure water into the spaces between your teeth, removing hard to reach buildup.

If you just can’t get it, you’re welcome to stop by Glaser Orthodontics near Mohegan Lake, NY and we’ll show you how to floss with braces quickly and efficiently. And as always, if you have any questions or concerns Dr. Glaser is your guy! He can be reached at 914-739-6400. Keep smiling!


Braces in Cortlandt Manor, NY

While emergencies with braces are rare, minor issues like general soreness, a headgear that does not fit, loose/poking wire(s) and loose/broken bracket(s) are issues that can happen as a result of normal usage, shifting and wear of your braces. Note that eating unusually hard or sticky foods can also cause or exacerbate these problems. And moreover, vigorous brushing of the teeth can also be a factor. If any of these issues occur while you are going through orthodontic treatment with Glaser Orthodontics in Cortlandt Manor, NY contact Dr. Barry J. Glaser immediately at 914.739.6400.

Invisalign Near Cortlandt Manor, NY

Choosing to straighten your teeth is the first step towards Invisalign® treatment with Glaser Orthodontics in Cortlandt Manor, NY. Much more comfortable than traditional metal braces, the discreet teeth straightening system has become popular amongst patients at Glaser Orthodontics.

The second step is contacting Dr. Barry J. Glaser so that he can analyze your case. He can be reached at 914.739.6400.

Protect Your Braces with a Mouth Guard

Braces are an investment both time wise and financially. So don’t risk damaging your braces while playing spring sports. Get Glaser Orthodontics to recommend which mouth guard will protect your braces and your teeth. Mouth Guards are an essential part of many athletes’ sport equipment. Mouth guards will protect a players’ teeth from dental injury. There are three types of mouth guards: stock mouth guards, boil and bite mouth guards and orthodontic mouth guards. Glaser Orthodontics is happy to advise his patients near Yorktown Heights on which mouth guard is right for them.

Stock mouth guards are preformed and come ready to wear. They are inexpensive and can be bought at most sporting goods stores in Yorktown Heights. Unfortunately, little can be done to adjust their fit: they are bulky, make breathing and talking difficult and they provide little or no protection. Dr. Glaser does not recommend this type of mouth guard to their patients because it does not provide the proper protection needed for braces.

Boil and bite mouth guards can also be bought at many sporting goods stores in Yorktown Heights, and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. Boil and bite mouth guards are made from a thermoplastic material so that consumers can do just as the instruction says; “boil and bite” to ensure a perfect fit around your braces. Hot water softens this product and allows consumers to shape the mouth guard around their teeth using finger and tongue pressure. Dr. Glaser does recommend that patients use this mouth guard if they have braces.

Lastly, orthodontic mouth guards are mouth guards you can get from Glaser Orthodontics. They are more expensive than the other types, but they will provide the most comfort and protection for your teeth and braces.

Don’t hesitate to contact Call us at 914-739-6400 near Yorktown Heights to learn more about mouth guards and how to protect your braces. The team at Glaser Orthodontics is always ready to assist with any of your orthodontic needs.