Can Pre-Teens Get Invisalign Too?

There is no “yes-or-no” answer. The decision, ultimately, will be made by the patient’s parents and their dentist or orthodontist. As long as your pre-teen has a fully developed set of teeth, Invisalign can be used in treatment. Invisalign clear aligners are generally safe for developing pre-teens, and the resulting tooth placement lasts a very long time. A consultation with Dr. Barry Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontics can help you determine the best course of orthodontic treatment for your child near Yorktown, NY.

Imagine being treated with a set of braces that are virtually undetectable.

That’s the beauty of Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign costs around the same as treatment with traditional braces, but is more discreet, more comfortable, and more easily worn than metal braces. Being treated with Invisalign near Yorktown, NY by Dr. Barry Glaser of Glaser Orthodontics can correct a patient’s orthodontic issues without anyone ever noticing that they are wearing braces.

Invisalign instead of metal braces.

Image and self-esteem are critical personal issues for developing children, teens, and adults with a less-than-perfect smile. Dr. Barry Glaser says that the real appeal of Invisalign clear aligners is the freedom to eat and drink whatever you want without worrying about damaging your dental work. Invisalign clear aligners are removable by the wearer, making cleaning, eating, and active pursuits more comfortable.

Traditional braces are fixed.

That means they can’t be removed by the patient, and the various metal parts can cause irritation and pain in the mouth. Invisalign trays are made of clear plastic and can be removed and replaced at will. They only require a few simple cleanings each day that they are worn. And unlike braces, Invisalign clear aligners require only about 22 hours of use – less than the 24/7 hours presence of traditional metal braces.

Follow the instructions.

Pre-teens being treated with Invisalign risk interrupting the progress of their treatment by forgetting to wear the appliance. An Invisalign patient is afforded the opportunity to remove the trays before eating, and a pre-teen patient may forget to replace them in their mouth afterwards.

Assuming your pre-teen is qualified for treatment with Invisalign, make sure too that they understand how to wear, clean, and store the Invisalign trays. For some pre-teens, it is easy to follow instructions at home, but in school your child may forget some of the responsibilities that come with being treated with Invisalign. With conscientious care and application, your pre-teen’s treatment with Invisalign will ensure a great set of healthy, straight teeth that will serve them well for a lifetime.

Invisalign works well for adults and teens, but only a professional like Dr. Barry Glaser can help decide if Invisalign treatment near Yorktown, NY is the correct course of action to take in regard to your child’s orthodontic care. To learn more about treatment with Invisalign, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Barry Glaser, call Glaser Orthodontics at: 914.739.6400

 

No Age Limit When it Comes to Braces

Adults who are considering orthodontic treatment with braces near Somers, NY are finding that the patients of Dr. Barry Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontics have more positive treatment experiences and more successful outcomes

A concern for adults considering orthodontic treatment with braces is that their treatment will not fit into their otherwise busy schedules, and that orthodontic care will become a burden. Adult patients of Dr. Barry Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontics are advised to follow these simple steps to minimize their efforts and to maximize the successful outcome of their treatment with braces.

  1. Pick a treatment plan that works for your lifestyle. The first step in ensuring that your orthodontic treatment goes well is selecting a treatment plan that fits seamlessly into your lifestyle. Adult patients of Dr. Barry Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontics are able to explore the many treatment options available to them including traditional metal braces, clear braces, or Invisalign clear aligners.

  2. Know the care requirements of each treatment option. Dr. Barry Glaser will meet with you and discuss in more detail the benefits and drawbacks of each system to help you determine what option is right for you. Clear braces sometimes require more careful care, as they are easier to stain and break. Invisalign is removable and easy to clean. But, if you are extremely busy and tend to lose things, the removable nature of Invisalign makes it easy to misplace or forget.

  3. Keep your adjustment appointments. Any setback or delay in treatment, even if it is a small one, may compromise the timing of your treatment. During these appointments, Dr. Barry Glaser will check on your progress and make any adjustments to your appliance that are needed to keep your teeth moving correctly. Conscientious adherence to adjustment schedules will ensure that your treatment will always be progressing on schedule, and you may even finish your orthodontic treatments earlier.

  4. Use appliances as directed. Sometimes appliances like rubber bands or retainers will need to be employed during your treatment. Dr. Barry Glaser recommends to his patients to always wear these appliances exactly as directed and to make wearing them part of their daily routine. Reserve some time daily (at the same time, perhaps after lunch or right when you wake up) to care for your braces and appliances properly, so that eventually it feels second nature. A consistent daily regimen of care, following the directions appropriate for your treatment, will help relieve the stress of worrying about tending to your orthodontics.

Dr. Barry Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontics are the experts in adult orthodontics near Somers, NY. If you have any questions about traditional braces, clear braces, or Invisalign clear aligners, or if would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Barry Glaser, contact Glaser Orthodontics at: 914.739.6400

How Do I Know if I Chose the Right Orthodontist?

If you’re seeking an orthodontist for you or your child, then don’t make a commitment too quickly; every orthodontist is different. Some may prefer to use a specific treatment plan over others, and some may charge their patients more for treatments more than other orthodontists do.

Orthodontics treatment (especially with traditional metal braces) means that you’re making a big commitment to an orthodontist for multiple years, so we understand the importance of doing your research. Be sure to search for and select the orthodontist that meets your individual needs and criteria. Dr. Barry Glaser of Glaser Orthodontics is here today to help you choose the right orthodontist near Putnam County, NY.

Ask your family, friends, and Dr. Glaser.

The first step to finding the right orthodontist for you is to simply ask around. You can always ask friends or family if they know about a good practice that they might’ve used for their treatment.Your family’s dentist also can help point you in the right direction. Dentists usually are knowledgeable about the other dentists and orthodontists in your area. Once you’ve considered your options and have narrowed it down to a few orthodontia providers near Putnam County, NY, you should call to ask them a few questions. Their answers will be helpful in determining if their practice is right for you.

There are several questions that you should ask your prospective providers.

  • What are the possibilities of orthodontic treatment?

  • What treatment options do you offer?

  • How often will visits take place?

  • How long will treatment last?

  • What are your office hours? (Many orthodontists have limited hours, meaning that working parents may have to take time off or kids will have to be taken out of school.)

  • How many orthodontists work in your office?

  • How long have you been in practice?

  • What is the cost of treatment, and how do you determine the cost?

  • What insurance plans do you accept?

  • Do you offer a free consultation?

  • Can you provide references from current or past patients?

  • Is the orthodontist using the most recent technology in their procedures?

Be aware of your surroundings.

Pay attention to the office around you and remember to take mental notes on what you see and experience. Are the office staff and hygienists friendly? Is the office staff professional? Are they flexible to work with? Are the orthodontist and office accessible for advice or emergencies?

Think about what type of orthodontic treatments are available to you.

Most orthodontists offer four main treatment options.

  1. Metal braces are the traditional and most common option. They are most often used for children under 12 years of age.

  2. Ceramic braces are clear or tooth-colored and are usually self-ligating. They work the same as metal braces, but are much less visible making them more popular with adults. However, they cost more than traditional braces.

  3. Lingual braces are the most inconspicuous as they are fixed to the back of (behind) the teeth, enabling them to remain completely unseen. The downside to lingual braces is that they are usually much more expensive, and very few orthodontists offer them due to the associated costs and longer treatment time.

  4. Clear aligner systems like Invisalign are made of smooth plastic, are virtually invisible, and can be taken out to eat, brush, and floss. One big advantage to aligners is that they are now practically the same cost as traditional metal or ceramic braces. However, they are only used in treatment for teens and adults.

If you’re an adult looking to restore your or your child’s sparkling, beautiful smile, then look no further than Dr. Barry Glaser at Glaser Orthodontics near Putnam County, NY. To schedule a consultation with the Glaser Orthodontics team, call them today at: 914.739.6400