Have you been searching for “braces near me” in Westchester County but you’re not sure which orthodontist is best for you? Glaser Orthodontics in Cortlandt Manor can provide you with the treatment you need. At Glaser Orthodontics, our goal is to offer affordable orthodontic care such as braces and clear braces to all of our patients.
What Are Braces And How Do They Work?
Braces are an orthodontic treatment that fixes a variety of misalignment issues of the teeth and jaws, including crossbite, overbite, underbite, open bite, crookedness, gaps between teeth, and overcrowding. They feature multiple parts that work together to gradually shift teeth into alignment over a period of time.
Brackets are bonded to the front of each tooth using an adhesive. An archwire runs through each bracket and is the mechanism primarily responsible for putting pressure on the teeth to move them. To apply this pressure, Dr. Glaser tightens the wire during your appointment and will tighten it again at follow-up appointments to maintain pressure. In addition, elastic bands will add additional pressure later on in your treatment.
Braces are typically made of stainless steel or titanium alloys.
What Are The Types Of Braces?
As a result of advances in orthodontics, patients have more options today than they did a few decades ago. You can choose from several different types of braces, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Traditional Metal Braces
The traditional metal braces feature small brackets with an archwire and elastic bands. Treatment time is usually faster and the hardware is more comfortable. They are also the most affordable and popular choice.
Ceramic braces feature bigger brackets but are less noticeable because they can be clear or match your natural tooth color. However, they can stain and are a little more costly.
Self-ligating braces take braces innovation to a whole new level that reduces the time spent in the chair during appointments. This is because of a special hinged door mechanism on the brackets that clips the wire in, allowing Dr. Glaser to tighten the wire more easily. They are available in metal or ceramic, but can also be more expensive.
Lingual braces are the most expensive type of braces but are also the least noticeable because they are bonded to the back of your teeth instead of the front. However, they can also be more uncomfortable and can alter the way you speak.
This option doesn’t feature brackets or a wire at all. Invisalign is a series of clear removable aligners that patients wear 22 hours a day. They are made of multiple layers of medical-grade plastic and treat the same problems as braces. Instead of a wire, you switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks to start a new stage of shifting, which reduces the number of follow-up appointments.
Invisalign costs around the same as traditional braces and treatment time is generally shorter, not to mention that it’s easier to clean and has no dietary restrictions.
How Long Do Braces Take?
The average patient will complete treatment in 15-18 months, but treatment time could be shorter or longer depending on several factors such as the severity of your problem, how well your teeth respond to the pressure, and how well you take care of your teeth and hardware. Braces work 24 hours a day and you don’t have to worry about remembering to put them back in your mouth since they are not removable like Invisalign.
Are There Dietary Restrictions?
Unfortunately, some foods can get stuck in or even damage your hardware, which is why patients have to follow some dietary restrictions until the completion of treatment. For example, you should not chew gum or eat popcorn. You should also avoid hard candies, raw carrots, taffy, and corn on the cob, just to name a few. Follow the instructions your orthodontist provides. If you are unsure about eating something call Glaser Orthodontics and ask. We’ll have an answer for you.
Are Braces Easy To Clean?
Because braces are not removable, it will be a little more difficult to clean them. Your regular toothbrush and toothpaste will work just fine. Try to clean every nook and cranny you can in order to prevent the growth of bacteria that causes tooth decay and gum disease. Wearing braces increases your risk of developing these problems simply because your teeth are harder to clean.
Don’t forget to floss either. If you need help, try using a floss threader or an oral irrigator. Cleaning between your teeth is tedious but is also necessary. An interdental toothbrush can also help you clean hard-to-reach places.
The most important thing you can do to keep your teeth and braces clean is to schedule a dental cleaning. Your dentist will be able to give your teeth and braces a thorough cleaning and check for potential problems such as cavities that could cause a setback in your treatment.
Are There More Follow-up Appointments?
Yes, the wire will need tightening every four to six weeks or so, which means you need to visit Dr. Glaser every one to one-and-a-half months to maintain pressure on your teeth so they continue to shift into alignment. It may seem frustrating to schedule so many appointments, but the results are worth it.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
The average patient can expect to spend $3,500 to $8,000 on braces treatment. Of course, the cost of braces varies from patient to patient. Your location, the length of treatment time, the severity of your problem, and the experience level of your orthodontist are all factors that will determine the final cost.
The good news is that Glaser Orthodontics offers low monthly payment plans that fit just about any budget and zero percent interest financing. Dental insurance also usually covers at least part of the cost of treatment, which can save you thousands of dollars. We accept most dental insurance providers and major credit cards. We’ll even help you file an insurance claim.
Choosing Braces Near Me In Cortlandt Manor NY
Dr. Glaser and our team of professionals at Glaser Orthodontics are experts in orthodontic treatment. We are happy to answer all of your questions or concerns regarding braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Cortlandt Manor NY, Croton-On-Hudson NY, Briarcliff Manor NY, Buchanan NY, Montrose NY, Yorktown Heights NY, and surrounding areas of Westchester County NY. Contact Glaser Orthodontics today to schedule a complimentary consultation by calling 914-739-6400 today!