How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Last?

How long does orthodontic treatment last? We look at the answer, which is difficult to pin down. However, we can suggest average timelines for orthodontic treatments like Invisalign or braces.

Then, please see the video below in which Dr. Glaser discusses the question.

Dr. Barry J. Glaser is a leading orthodontist serving the Westchester County area for over two decades. We offer the latest cutting-edge technologies and personalized care in a friendly, comfortable, and fun environment.

How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take (On Average)?

Today, there is a wide range of orthodontic treatments available for everyone ages seven and up. Now, more adults than ever are beginning treatment and getting incredible results. 

Over the years, orthodontic treatments have continuously improved. Now, you can achieve your dream smile in less time with discreet and convenient options like Invisalign and translucent In-Ovation-C braces.

Average Time for Invisalign and Braces

Now, we’ll look at the average times for orthodontic treatments, such as Invisalign.

For those with healthy teeth and gums, the average time for Invisalign and braces can be between six months (for minor adjustments) to three years (for advanced complex correction). On average, the time tends to be between 12 to 18 months.

As you can see, the average times vary widely. Why? Let’s look at a few of the many reasons next.

Treatment Time Varies Due to Many Factors

As noted, treatment times vary widely due to many factors. Below, we’ll point out a few of those issues.

Severity of Malocclusions

In many cases, people may have only a slight malocclusion (misalignment). Most of the time, people have an overbite, causing their front teeth to extend beyond their lower teeth. In a minor case, treatment time may only require six months.

On the other hand, others have advanced misalignments. For example, there may be considerable gaps or crooked teeth, or misaligned jaws causing pain and discomfort. When it comes to malocclusions, there are many types:

  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Spacing issues
  • Openbite
  • Crowding
  • Dental Midlines not Matched

Unfortunately, as many as nine in 10 people have teeth that are at least slightly misaligned or maloccluded. See more about each of these common problems here.

Fortunately, with orthodontic care, our patients can dramatically improve their appearances and self-esteem. As we align the teeth and jaws, we improve oral and overall health. Therefore treatment does much more than transform smiles but also improves life’s quality.

How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Last – For Adults?

Today, more adults are getting started with orthodontic care. A large percentage of our patients are adults, and they agree that it’s never too late to improve their greatest asset – their smile.

With the new techniques and appliances, we can make treatment more comfortable, shorten the frequency of visits and treatment time. Plus, we offer discreet options that no longer have the “metal mouth” look.

However, orthodontic treatment times for adults may average a little longer. In younger patients, the jawline tends to be more flexible, and teeth may be more responsive to movement. So, adults may require more time to achieve the best results. However, those results are amazing, as you can see in our Galleries.

You Can Help Reduce How Long Orthodontic Treatment Lasts

Importantly, patients play a big role in helping keep orthodontic treatment on track. For example, routinely cleaning your Invisalign aligners helps maintain oral health during treatment. Also, being mindful of what foods to avoid helps treatment go faster.

Similarly, keeping your teeth brushed and flossed throughout treatment will help. 

For Invisalign patients, it can be tempting to take out the aligners. However, one must wear the aligners except when eating, drinking, and cleaning teeth. By keeping your aligners in place, you can reach your dream smile faster.

How Long Will Your Treatment Last?

To find out how long your orthodontic treatment will last, get started with a free consultation. After examining your smile, Dr. Glaser can approximate treatment time. Also, he can determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign, braces, or other care. 

Today, you can choose a free virtual consultation, allowing you can stay home and get the facts. 

Find out more about virtual consultations here, or click on the blue button on the bottom right of the screen that reads, “Start your Virtual Appointment!”

With your free consult, you can learn about our affordable payment plans, insurance coverage, and get answers to any questions. 

As always, we’re here for you at 914.739.6400 to answer any questions.

We hope this has been helpful as you consider “How long does orthodontic treatment last?”

Proudly providing orthodontic services to Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties. Including Cortlandt Manor, Peekskill, Yorktown Heights, Mahopac, Croton-On-Hudson, and Cold Spring.

Below, see Dr. Glaser answer the question, “How long does orthodontic treatment last?” 

Why Do Teeth Shift?

Why do teeth shift? Although one might think teeth are solidly rooted in place and unmovable, they do move over time. With orthodontic treatment, an orthodontist can take advantage of this gradual mobility. With treatments like Invisalign and braces, teeth can shift very slowly to their ideal positions.

However, teeth also move gradually, all on their own naturally. As we age, this process can lead to problems like gaps and crowded teeth. Otherwise, minor shifts may not cause a problem.

Why Do Teeth Shift?

To understand why teeth shift, we’ll look at how teeth are held in place. Rather than being fixed in place by the gums and bone, a somewhat flexible ligament secures teeth.

The periodontal ligament (PDL) fastens teeth to the jaw with connective tissue and collagen. Light yellow minerals and collagen on the outside of the tooth’s roots, called cementum, interlocks with root dentin and helps to secure the ligament.  

Thankfully, the PDL acts like a shock absorber when you chew. In cases of grinding teeth, it can help, though constant grinding called bruxism can damage teeth over time.

As another advantage, the PDL allows a dentist to remove a problem tooth if necessary. With no direct attachment to the jawbone, wisdom teeth can come out if necessary, for example.

Grinding Teeth

If you have a habit of grinding your teeth, the pressure can enlarge the PDL ligament. Then, your teeth are more likely to shift over time. Over time, it can damage the surrounding tissue.

Also, bruxism often leads to problems with the temporomandibular joint in the jaws. Once more, an orthodontist like Dr. Glaser can help. Please, contact us if you believe you suffer from bruxism or have jaw pain.

Teeth Shift Naturally

As people age, teeth naturally drift toward the front of the mouth. The process is called mesial or physiological drift. 

Over years of chewing and grinding teeth, the enamel can wear down. As a result, small gaps form with can become larger over time. Then, teeth will drift more as spaces grow larger. When a tooth is lost, the drift becomes worse and underlying bone can recede.

Crooked and Crowded Teeth

Unfortunately, as many as nine in ten people have teeth that are at least slightly misaligned. Such misalignments are called malocclusions ( or a bad bite) and often involve crowded or crooked teeth. 

When there are malocclusions, they can get worse over time. Fortunately, orthodontists can correct malocclusions with a range of treatments like Invisalign or braces.

With treatment, we can guide the teeth to drift back toward their ideal positions slowly. Then, wearing a retainer after treatment ensures they stay put. 

Teeth Shift When You Lose a Tooth 

In America, most adults can expect to lose a tooth. By age 65, as many as 30 percent of adults may have no natural teeth.

When you lose a tooth, the underlying bone can recede. Thus, it can change your appearance, and teeth will shift where there are open spaces. 

However, a combination of restorative dentistry and orthodontic treatment can restore your smile in both appearance and health. At Glaser Orthodontics, treatment is affordable and can help you look and feel your best.

Periodontal Disease 

Periodontal (gum) disease can damage the PDL and lead to infections in the gums and bone. Since about 47% of adults age 30 have periodontal disease, this can lead to loose teeth and – you guessed it – teeth shift.

With routine dental check-ups and orthodontic care, you can avoid potentially serious health problems.

How to Keep Teeth from Shifting

Since teeth naturally drift with age, we can expect some movement. However, an orthodontist is a specialist in aligning the teeth and jaws. Then, you can avoid oral health concerns and be proud of your stunning smile.

At Glaser Orthodontics, the retention stage of treatment starts immediately after braces or Invisalign. By wearing a retainer, you can ensure your teeth won’t shift again. So, you can enjoy your perfect smile for a lifetime.

We hope this helps with the question, “Why do teeth shift?” With an expert orthodontist like Dr. Glaser, your teeth will stay in place and look amazing.

For any questions, give us a call at 914.739.6400 anytime. 

Proudly providing orthodontic services to Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties. Including Cortlandt Manor, Peekskill, Yorktown Heights, Mahopac, Croton-On-Hudson, and Cold Spring.

See Dr. Glaser discuss “Why do teeth shift?” below:

When Should a Child See an Orthodontist?

When should my child see an orthodontist? We’ll look at the facts.

First, you may ask, “Why start so early?” Orthodontists can help set the stage for a lifetime of better oral health and smiles. A check-up can determine if there are any red flags. Then, early treatment can intercept issues before they have a chance to worsen. 

As a result of early orthodontic care, kids avoid the need for more extensive treatment later in life. Thus, families can avoid more expenses down the road and keep kids healthy with beautiful smiles.

Notably, kids should see a pediatric dentist when their first tooth comes in, around their first birthday. However, orthodontic care isn’t generally recommended until later, until permanent teeth begin to emerge.

When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

Generally, the magic number for when kids should see an orthodontist is by age seven. That’s the age recommended by the Amerian Association of Orthodontists because it’s when adult molars tend to come in. However, the exact age can vary, and if you suspect there are any issues with how teeth are aligned before then, ask your orthodontist.

What if your child is older than seven? In cases where kids haven’t seen an orthodontist by seven, it’s not too late to begin. With a free consultation, you can learn if treatment is recommended.

Many times, kids may not need orthodontic treatment. But, if Dr. Glaser finds signs of developing malocclusions (misaligned teeth and jaws), you’ve caught it at the best possible time.

With early treatment, kids may not need orthodontic care as adults.

Best of all, treatment improves oral health while it creates aesthetically beautiful smiles. As a result, kids can feel more confident. Over a lifetime, the benefits can be life-changing.

Screen for and Intercept Malocclusions

When orthodontists assess smiles, they can screen for signs of malocclusions and other health issues. 

Unfortunately, most people don’t have a perfect smile from birth. As many as nine in 10 people have teeth that are at least slightly misaligned or maloccluded. 

 Most often, people have a common malocclusion called an overbite. If minor, an overbite may not require treatment. However, advanced malocclusions require treatment to prevent oral health problems. If left untreated, malocclusions tend to worsen as people age.

Orthodontic treatment precisely corrects malocclusions such as:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Spacing problems
  • Crowding
  • Crossbite
  • Openbite
  • & more

By aligning the teeth and jaws, kids, teens, and adults can avoid problems like:

  • Tooth decay and wear
  • Tooth loss and resulting bone loss
  • Negative changes in appearance
  • Gum disease and related problems
  • Speech impediments
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Painful bite and jaw problems
  • Hesitance to show one’s smile
  • Worsening malocclusions

As you can see, there are numerous ways that orthodontic care can improve overall health, appearance and enhance one’s sense of well-being.

You Don’t Need a Referral from a Dentist

Many times, parents believe they may need a referral from a dentist to see an orthodontist. However, you don’t need a referral, and your first visit is complimentary. So, it’s a good idea to choose the best orthodontist in your area.

Dr. Barry J. Glaser is a leading orthodontist serving the Westchester County area for over two decades. His expertise with Invisalign allows him to provide Invisalign First, an efficient, convenient, and discreet treatment. We offer the latest cutting-edge technologies and personalized care in a friendly, comfortable, and fun environment.

Our award-winning team has helped generations of families and loves seeing each patient reach their full, smiling potential.

Please, schedule your first in-person visit with your child here. 

 For any questions, give us a call at 914.739.6400 anytime. 

We hope this has been helpful as you consider “When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?” 

Proudly providing orthodontic services to Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties. Including Cortlandt Manor, Peekskill, Yorktown Heights, Mahopac, Croton-On-Hudson, and Cold Spring.

See Dr. Glaser discuss “When Should Kids See An Orthodontist?” below:

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Why Do Teeth Shift with Age?

Why do teeth shift with age? From the time our first teeth come in around the first birthday, our teeth can move. As we age, slow, gradual movement is normal. 

Sometimes, larger shifts can happen. When teeth move, orthodontic treatment can move them gradually back to their ideal positions. Otherwise, shifting teeth can cause deterioration in oral health.

Let’s take a closer look. First, consider how teeth are held in place.

The Periodontal Ligament

How are teeth held in place? Often, people believe the gums and jawbone hold the teeth firmly in place. However, there’s another quite flexible way teeth are secured. 

The periodontal ligament (PDL) fastens teeth to the jaw with connective tissue and collagen. Light yellow minerals and collagen on the outside of the tooth’s roots, called cementum, interlocks with root dentin and further secures the ligament.  

This special ligament serves as a kind of shock absorber when you chew and grind your teeth. However, if constant or excess pressure is applied, teeth can become loose.

Thankfully, there are big advantages to the PDL. For example, a dentist can remove a tooth without affecting the underlying bone. Plus, orthodontists can apply constant pressure with braces or Invisalign. Thus, we can gradually shift teeth and straighten your smile.

Bruxism – Grinding Teeth

Sometimes, excessive teeth grinding (bruxism) and jaw clenching can enlarge the PDL. Then, teeth are more prone to shifting. Over the years, bruxism can damage surrounding bone and gum tissue. 

Also, grinding teeth can impact the temporomandibular joint in the jaws. Consequently, TMJ symptoms can lead to a range of debilitating symptoms.

Natural Mesial Drift

Through a process of mesial drift, teeth naturally move toward the front of the mouth as we age. Sometimes, this can cause misalignments that negatively impact jaw and proper dental function.

Over a lifetime of chewing and consuming food, tooth enamel becomes worn or damaged. Often, people lose teeth as they age. Occasionally, injuries damage teeth. As things like this happen, it can leave gaps that encourage teeth to shift.  

Whenever there are open gaps and lost teeth, neighboring teeth can shift. Worse, the underlying bone can recede. Without the constant pressure of the tooth above it, the bone deteriorates. It’s similar to how muscles atrophy if you don’t use them.

Malocclusions – Misaligned Teeth and Jaws

Unfortunately, most people aren’t lucky enough to have a perfectly aligned smile from birth. Due to changes in the human diet over thousands of years, people tend to have more crowding and spacing issues. In particular, sugary soft foods contribute to dental problems.

Thus, misalignments called malocclusions ( or a bad bite) are very common. Common malocclusions include overbites, underbites, crossbites, openbites, and more. Often, the jaws can become misaligned, resulting in a wide range of symptoms.

Fortunately, orthodontists have many options to address malocclusions. With treatments like Invisalign, braces, and corrective surgery, you can have a picture-perfect smile again. It’s not too late to get started. Today, more adults are going forward to get the smiles they’ve always wanted.

Lost Teeth and Gaps

Whenever you lose a tooth, the nearby teeth may shift, leading to malocclusions. As many as 178 million Americans have lost at least one tooth. However, by age 65, up to 30 percent of Americans may lose all of their teeth. If teeth are missing, restorative dentistry and orthodontics ensure teeth don’t shift. Even in advanced cases, you can enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile.

Periodontal Disease 

As we age, we are more likely to develop periodontal (gum) disease. By age 30, 47.2% of adults have periodontal disease, and 70.1% of adults over 65 are affected. Gum disease is the result of bacteria that forms plaque and tartar below the gum line.

When this happens, it can damage the PDL and the underlying bone. Once more, teeth become more prone to shifting. However, dental professionals can treat gum disease effectively.

Stopping Teeth from Shifting

Orthodontic treatments like braces and Invisalign can slowly move teeth in a controlled way. During treatment, you’ll notice gradual changes and see your teeth moving. Finally, your teeth will reach their ideal positions.

Immediately after orthodontic treatment, teeth will be more susceptible to shifting again. Thus, you will need to wear a retainer to keep teeth in place. A retainer ensures you’ll enjoy your beautiful new smile for a lifetime. 

Wearing a retainer means you’ll continue to enjoy fantastic results. We’ll discuss retainers when your treatment concludes. Then, you’re ready to show the world your spectacular, healthy smile.

We hope this helps with the question, “Why do teeth shift with age?” Although some shifting is inevitable, an orthodontist can shift the movement back in your favor.

Please, check out our Before and After Gallery and testimonials for examples of the smiles we help create.

Today, you can get started from home for free. Take a free virtual consultation and learn more. Or schedule your first in-person visit with a top award-winning orthodontist, Dr. Barry J Glaser.

For any questions, give us a call at 914.739.6400 anytime. 

Proudly providing orthodontic services to Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties. Including Cortlandt Manor, Peekskill, Yorktown Heights, Mahopac, Croton-On-Hudson, and Cold Spring.

When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

When should my child see an orthodontist? Let’s take a closer look. By seeing an orthodontist early, you can ensure your child gets the best start. 

Notably, there are tremendous advantages in getting an early start. By spotting any red flags in the early stages, you can help ensure a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles.

When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

The Amerian Association of Orthodontists recommends children see an orthodontist no later than age seven. Most kids have some permanent teeth at this age, and the orthodontist can spot potential malocclusions. (a bad bite caused by misalignments)

However, if you spot something of concern and your child is younger than age seven, it’s a good idea to have an orthodontist check it out. Furthermore, if your child hasn’t seen an orthodontist by age eight, it’s not too late to get started. Please, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Glaser at your earliest convenience.

Remember, it’s never too late to get started with an orthodontist, at any age.

Pediatric Dentist Vs. Orthodontist

For general dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child’s first visit be when the first tooth comes in, no later than age one to two. Whereas a dentist helps maintain oral health, an orthodontist is a skilled smile specialist with years of additional education and training. 

Thus, your orthodontist ensures smiles are beautiful, functional, and healthy. If there are misalignments, they can correct them whether there are minor or extensive irregularities. Both dentists and orthodontists are your allies in better oral health but have different specialties.

Often, a dentist will recommend an orthodontist, but you don’t need the recommendation to get started.

Your First Visit is a Fun, Educational Experience

We all know going to a dentist or orthodontist can be an intimidating experience, especially for youngsters. However, we always strive to make your visits fun, educational, and comfortable. By making the visit a positive and fun experience, we can help encourage a lifetime of better oral health habits.

Therefore, your first visit is a time to learn more without discomfort. After looking at your child’s smile, the orthodontist will explain if any potential problems are present. Often, kids won’t need further treatment, but if there is an issue, then we’ve caught it early! 

Intercept Problems to Avoid Bigger Issues

Next, if we spot something of concern, we’ll discuss all of the options to correct and prevent further problems. Then, we’ll go over all the details like treatment cost and how long it will likely take.

With interceptive treatment, kids can avoid bigger problems later. Therefore, we can prevent a more expensive treatment down the road. Even better, orthodontic treatment improves health, so kids are happier and more confident from the start.

Choosing an Orthodontist

When it comes to you or your child’s smile, you deserve award-winning treatment. 

If you live in the Westchester County area, you can access a world-class orthodontic leader: Dr. Barry J. Glaser. Using his advanced experience, he can design more convenient and comfortable treatment plans for kids. Today, we also have ways to make treatment more fun, as you can see in the Instagram post below.

By choosing an experienced orthodontist, you can make sure that treatment is efficient, effective, comfortable, and affordable. At Glaser Orthodontics, our award-winning team makes you and your child our top priorities. So, can be confident you’ve chosen the best care for your family.

We Look Forward to Meeting You and Your Child

Please, check out our Before and After Gallery and testimonials for examples of what you can expect. As you will see, we love what we do and helping people of all ages get amazing smiles.

We hope this has been helpful as you consider “When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?” For any questions, give us a call at 914.739.6400 anytime. Or, schedule your first in-person visit with your child here. 

Proudly providing orthodontic services to Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties. Including Cortlandt Manor, Peekskill, Yorktown Heights, Mahopac, Croton-On-Hudson, and Cold Spring.

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How to Clean My Invisalign Clear Aligners

Are you wondering “how to clean my Invisalign clear aligners?” Keeping your aligners clean goes a long way to making sure your treatment remains comfortable and discreet.

Since the aligners are clear and removable, treatment is convenient. While you work on your smile, most people won’t know. Plus, you can eat your favorite foods and brush your teeth as usual. 

Since the aligners come out, they are easy to clean. However, the thin SmartTrack material is somewhat delicate. So, it’s important to gently clean the aligners without abrasive cleaners or toothpaste.

Avoid Hot Liquids

SmartTrack material allows a precise, comfortable fit shaped to your unique smile. However, the aligners are for temporary use as you switch to the next set in the series. So, they aren’t meant to last long-term. As such, they can be delicate when it comes to hot liquids. 

Therefore, always take out aligners when you eat or drink something other than plain, cool water. When cleaning aligners, avoid using hot water. Otherwise, the aligners may warp.

Avoid Staining Aligners

Recently, we looked at foods to avoid with Invisalign and braces. Although aligners come out, it’s still a good idea to limit or avoid sugary foods and drinks. Plus, some foods may stain your aligners or clear braces. Thus, it’s a good idea to be mindful of these items for discreet treatment. Otherwise, you may not be able to clean off discoloration.

Keep Aligners in Their Case

Whenever you eat, drink, or clean your teeth, you should take out the aligners. (except for plain water)

Sometimes, people sit their aligners on a napkin. However, this is easily lost and ends up in the trash can.

Therefore, it’s best to get in the habit of carrying your Invisalign case. Always place the aligners in the case, rinsing them off if possible. Then, place the case in the same place every time so you’ll never forget to bring it with you.

Importantly, the case will help prevent bacterial growth on your aligners. Thus, it can also help you avoid bad breath during treatment.

Reserve a Soft Toothbrush for Cleaning Aligners

Once a night, it’s time to brush your aligners with a soft toothbrush gently. We recommend buying a toothbrush with soft bristles that won’t scuff up the plastic. Then, keep this brush aside for cleaning your aligners.

Gently brush all the surfaces of your aligners under cool tap water.

Products to Clean Invisalign

Many people use Invisalign’s cleaning system, including cleaning crystals and a sterilizing tray. These work great if you want to try them.

Clear Liquid Soap

Fortunately, clear liquid soap will work adequately. Note, soaps with added coloration could discolor the aligners.

Retainer Cleaning Products 

As another alternative to Invisalign cleaning products, you may use cleaning products made for delicate retainers. 

Remember, these not the same as products used to clean dentures. Both denture cleaners and toothpaste are too abrasive on the thin aligners.

Following Invisalign or braces, you’ll wear a retainer to make sure your smile stays perfect. Thus, you’ll already have the retainer cleaning products on hand.

Before treatment, we’ll discuss how to “clean my Invisalign,” including the cleaning products we recommend.

Steps to Clean My Invisalign

Here are the easy steps to clean aligners:

  1. Rinse your aligners under the tap. (never use hot water)
  2. Use your designated soft brush and clear soap to brush the aligners on all surfaces.
  3. Rinse the aligners again until clean.
  4. Put your aligners back in for the night.

While you sleep, your aligners will continue to work their magic, slowly moving your teeth to their ideal positions. After breakfast, rinse them before putting them in for the day. 

Daytime Cleaning on the Move

To keep your aligners clean on the go, we recommend carrying a soft travel toothbrush with you. Then, whenever your aligners need it, you can gently brush them in cool water. While on the move, clean or rinse the aligners when you get the opportunity.

Remember to place the aligners in your case when you eat or drink something other than water. If, for any reason, they come into contact with food, then clean them as soon as possible. 

That’s it! As you can see, caring for the aligners is not difficult and will help you enjoy a better experience during treatment. Following Invisalign, you can start showing off the beautiful smile you deserve!

We hope these tips on “how to clean my Invisalign clear aligners” are helpful. If you have any questions, call us anytime at 914.739.6500.

Glaser Orthodontics is proud to offer world-class service to the Jefferson Valley, Westchester, and Putnam Counties, NY. 

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Foods to Avoid with Invisalign & Braces

This time, we’re looking at foods to avoid with Invisalign & braces. In previous posts, we looked at foods to eat with braces and braces-friendly Halloween candy. 

Notably, the main difference between Invisalign & braces is that you can take out the aligners. Thus, you don’t have to be as careful about foods to avoid. On the other hand, some foods can damage braces’ wires and brackets.

However, some foods are best limited or avoided with Invisalign and braces. By following the general rules, you can help avoid tooth decay and discolored aligners or braces. 

Generally, people love clear braces and Invisalign because you can’t see them. By avoiding foods that stain, you can keep it that way.

Foods that Could Stain Invisalign & Braces

Most of the time, you wouldn’t want to show off a yellow smile. However, if you eat lots of foods that stain, your clear aligners or braces could appear yellowish and discolored. Or, they might look purple, brownish, or reddish, depending on the food. Fortunately, you can avoid this by limiting or avoiding foods such as the ones below.

Staining foods (not a complete list):

  • Tea
  • Beets
  • Curry
  • Coffee
  • Berries
  • Mustard
  • Tomatoes
  • Red Wine
  • Soy sauce
  • Grape juice
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Some food colorings

If a food would likely stain your clothes, then it is likely to stain your clear aligners. Of course, it’s always best to take out aligners when you eat. However, you can’t do that with braces, so it’s a little more important to be mindful if you have clear braces.

Avoid Hot Drinks with Invisalign

Invisalign’s thin SmartTrack material is a perfect custom fit for your teeth. However, it is susceptible to warping if you drink hot liquids with the aligners in place. So, be sure to take them out before enjoying hot drinks.

Similarly, it’s not a good idea to clean your aligners using hot water. With braces, hot liquids that stain could be a problem, such as coffee.

Limit or Avoid Sugary Sodas and Beverages

As a rule, it’s a good idea to limit surgery foods and drinks. Of course, this is true even when you aren’t wearing Invisalign or braces. However, during treatment, it becomes more important. Why? With braces, it’s trickier to clean your teeth thoroughly.

With Invisalign, you can clean your teeth normally after taking out the aligners. However, sugary foods and drinks coat your teeth with a film that causes tooth decay. Therefore, the American Association of Orthodontists suggests limiting or avoiding sugar with Invisalign. 

Since liquids can get under the aligners, it’s best to drink only plain water. Notably, even some bottled waters can pose a problem because they are acidic.

Avoid drinks like these:

  • Sodas
  • Acidic liquids
  • Flavored water
  • Fruit drinks
  • Sports drinks
  • Energy drinks

If you drink something other than water, rinse and brush your teeth soon afterward, wherever possible.

Avoid or Limit Sugary Foods 

In our prior post about foods to enjoy with braces, we discussed avoiding foods that are:

  • Hard
  • Sticky
  • Chewy 
  • Crunchy
  • Staining

Do you have to watch out for these foods with Invisalign? Not as much, but it’s still a good idea to limit sugary foods and hard, crunchy foods, even with Invisalign. On the other hand, an occasional treat is great! We all have a sweet tooth, so just clean and rinse well after enjoying softer treats. We discuss the best candies and soft treats in our previous post about Halloween candy.

Remember, since these foods coat the teeth with a sugary film, they promote tooth decay. Also, hard, crunchy bits can be difficult to clean between teeth. Then, when you put your aligners back in, these particles can be trapped and lead to tooth decay.

Foods to Avoid with Invisalign & Braces

Below, we list some examples of foods best limited or avoided with Invisalign & braces: 

  • Lollypops and suckers
  • Sticky, chewy candies
  • Taffy, Caramel, Starbursts, or similar
  • Hard candies and jawbreakers
  • Gummies and jellybeans
  • Sour candies 
  • Popcorn, chips, hard pretzels
  • Nuts and crunchy trail mix
  • Chewing gum or bubble gum

If you wear braces, it’s important to watch out for these foods. By doing so, you can avoid an emergency visit to fix a broken or loose wire or bracket. With Invisalign, it’s still a good idea to limit or avoid them to keep your teeth strong and healthy.

We hope this list of foods to avoid with Invisalign & braces has been helpful. Although it might seem like a lot, remember it helps your treatment go faster and more comfortably. Then, you can reward yourself with any favorites you avoided when treatment is complete. 

Of course, the best reward is a beautiful smile to show off for life!

Glaser Orthodontics is proud to offer world-class service to the Jefferson Valley, Westchester, and Putnam Counties, NY. 

Call us anytime at 914.739.6500 with any questions about braces, Invisalign, or other orthodontic services.

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Foods to Eat with Braces

In this post, we’ll discuss foods to eat with braces. Unlike Invisalign, braces always remain attached to the teeth until your smile is perfected. Thus, you have to be mindful of what foods you consume. 

Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to figure out using some simple rules. And remember, when treatment is over, you can indulge again. Consider it a reward for a job well-done as you show off a fantastic smile for life.

Avoid These Foods When Wearing Braces

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) suggests staying away from foods that fall into these categories:

  • Hard
  • Sticky
  • Chewy
  • Crunchy

Avoiding these categories of food is essential with bracers. And, even if you wear Invisalign, it’s a good idea to limit foods like this. If you do eat foods like these, it’s always necessary to carefully rinse, brush, and floss after snacks or meals.

Some foods, like apples or carrots, can be enjoyed if cut up into small pieces. However, chomping into a whole apple isn’t a great idea. Wires and brackets can be pulled loose or contorted, requiring an emergency appointment.

Limit Sugary Beverages

 As you might expect, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends avoiding sugary drinks with braces or Invisalign. Even diet soda can promote cavities, and sugary sodas are not a great idea for anybody. Also, limit the number of sports or energy drinks and sugary, acidic fruit juice. 

With aligners, you have to watch out for hot liquids like coffee. Otherwise, the plastic could warp or stain. However, you can enjoy these beverages when the aligners are out. Staining is also a potential problem with braces, as we’ll look at next.

Avoid Foods That Stain

Some foods can stain the brackets of braces, particularly the clear ceramic variety. Thus, it’s a good idea to avoid them if possible. Otherwise, clean and rinse well after partaking.

Examples of Foods that Stain:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red Wine
  • Beets
  • Curry
  • Currants
  • Mustard
  • Tomatoes
  • Grape Juice
  • Berries
  • Soy sauce
  • Grape juice
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Some food coloring

Some Foods To Avoid Temporarily

Right after getting braces, your mouth will be more sensitive. Thus, there is a period of adjustment when it may be better to avoid some foods for a time. After this period, you can work them back into your diet.

Avoid these foods until you adjust to braces: 

  • Any pieces of bread that aren’t soft or have thick crusts
  • Citrus and spicy foods can be irritating
  • Tough or thick cuts of meat
  • Ice cream if your teeth are sensitive to cold

On the last item, ice cream can help some people adjust, but others are sensitive to the cold temporarily.

Foods That Are Out with Braces

In addition to what we’ve looked at so far, these foods are best to avoid during treatment. Then, when your braces come off, you can enjoy them again.

  • Nuts
  • Ice
  • Chips
  • Popcorn
  • Hard tacos
  • Chewing gum
  • Hard crackers
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples, carrots, hard veggies (unless sliced into small pieces)
  • Tough bread like bagels, pretzels, or pizza crust

As noted, these fall into the hard, sticky, chewy, crunchy categories.

These Foods Are In with Braces

Now for some delicious options to enjoy. As you can see, they’re softer and won’t stick to braces and wires.

  • Soups
  • Seafood
  • Soft fruit
  • Pancakes
  • Muffins
  • Puddings
  • Soft bread
  • Soft cheese
  • Cooked rice
  • Milkshakes
  • Cooked pasta
  • Oats and grains
  • Soft wraps and tortillas
  • Cooked and soft veggies
  • Soft desserts and cakes

With so many options, there are plenty of delicious recipes to enjoy. Thus, you can enjoy a nutritious, varied diet and treat yourself on occasion. To see which kinds of sweets are safer with braces, see our recent blog here.

By sticking to foods like these, your treatment will be smoother, and the braces will come off faster. Then you can once again reward yourself as you show off your new perfect smile.

We hope this information about foods to eat with braces has been helpful. Glaser Orthodontics is proud to offer world-class service to the Jefferson Valley, Westchester, and Putnam Counties, NY. 

Call us anytime at 914.739.6500 with any questions about braces, Invisalign, or other orthodontic services.

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Braces-Friendly Halloween Candy

In this post, we’ll discuss braces-friendly Halloween candy. Halloween is a fun time for costumes and treats, and hopefully, fewer tricks. For those who are wearing braces, you can avoid a scare by avoiding certain scary treats. 

This year, Halloween is a bit different amid the pandemic. However, following CDC guidelines, you can still have a great time. Now more than ever, we need stress relief and a lighthearted escape. So long as you are safe, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy Halloween 2020 with your loved ones –even if it’s a quiet night watching Halloween movies at home.

Below, we offer some suggestions for treats to enjoy this year if you are wearing braces. By sticking to the soft, safer foods, you can avoid breaking a wire or bracket. Thus, you won’t need an emergency visit and keep treatment comfortable and on schedule.

See more about what foods to eat with braces anytime in our blog.

These Treats Are a Fright!

Halloween candy is tempting, but before you eat, remember to avoid any treats that are:

  • Hard
  • Crunchy
  • Sticky
  • Chewy
  • Or will stain your braces

So, if you receive candy or another item that falls into one of these categories, it’s probably best to avoid it. All year, it’s best to limit sugary sweets and be sure to rinse, brush, and floss after eating snacks or meals.

Soft, Safer Treats to Enjoy

Below are a few treats that are softer and less likely to damage braces. 

  • Kit-Kats
  • Pixie Stix 
  • Malt Balls 
  • Soft cake 
  • Apple cider
  • 3 Muskateers
  • Jell-O and pudding
  • Ice cream and yogurt
  • Doughnuts and soft cookies
  • Peeled thinly-chopped apples
  • Soft cheese puffs (never popcorn)
  • Milkshakes and smoothies, floats
  • Peanut butter cups and Reese’s Pieces
  • Soft cookies and cupcakes without nuts
  • Soft peppermint patties and Junior Mints
  • Smooth pure chocolate that melts in the mouth (Kisses, Hershey bars without nuts)

Many of these candies are our favorites, with or without braces. So, you’re sure to find something to enjoy for Halloween. 

 

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Treats That Can Be a Nightmare

Many popular Halloween candies are a problem for those with braces. They fall into the categories we looked at before: Hard, Crunchy, Sticky, and Chewy. Thus, they can get stuck to wires and brackets and may result in an unplanned emergency visit to your orthodontist.

  • Candy corns
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Chewing gum
  • Caramel and taffy
  • Skittles and Starbursts
  • Lollipops and hard candies
  • Popcorn, chips, hard pretzels
  • Licorice, gummies, and jelly beans
  • Jawbreakers (always a bad idea)
  • Nuts (except soft peanut butter)
  • Apples and carrots (unless finely chopped and peeled)

If any of these treats are a favorite, don’t worry. By avoiding them for now, your braces will come off faster and more comfortably. Then, you’ll be able to enjoy them again. Even better, you’ll have a perfect smile!

Glaser Orthodontics is proud to offer world-class service to the Jefferson Valley, Westchester, and Putnam Counties, NY. 

We hope you have a wonderful and safe Halloween!

Call us anytime at 914.739.6500 with any questions about braces, Invisalign, or other orthodontic services.

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