Do Braces Hurt?

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Orthodontic treatment with braces can hurt occasionally, but most often, the “hurt” reported by a patient is more of a “discomfort.” The best way to avoid and reduce any possible pain or discomfort is to keep a conscientious care schedule. Dr. Barry Glaser of Glaser Orthodontics knows that a patient who is consistently experiencing pain or discomfort associated with their braces near Montrose, NY should be examined for any problems with their orthodontic appliances.

Why do braces hurt?

The mouth is a very sensitive part of the body. Adding new brackets, wires, and other appliances to the teeth may cause an orthodontic patient some occasional pain or discomfort. But most people don’t understand or even care why they are in pain. Pain from orthodontic treatments with braces may be cause by a variety of factors:

  1. Irritation inside the mouth: Your mouth will need a few days to adjust once they have been fitted and your teeth and gums are interacting with your appliances for the first time. These new additions to your teeth require your mouth to get comfortable with their presence. However, once the two are comfortable, the irritation will ease over time.

  2. Broken bracket: Your braces are constantly working. Because of this, there is always a possibility that something can break. Broken brackets should be expected, and they happen to almost everyone at least once during treatment. This can cause some pain and irritation because the broken bracket may poke at or tear the delicate surfaces in the mouth (especially if you have traditional metal braces). If this occurs, make an appointment with Dr. Barry Glaser and Glaser Orthodontics near Montrose NY, as soon as possible to fix the problem and make sure no further problems or pain occurs.

  3. Shifting of teeth: Braces shift your teeth to give you the healthy, picture-perfect smile you’ve always dreamed of. It’s important to know that the shifting of the teeth is what causes the most pain when it comes to braces. When your braces are tightened, they are working harder to align your teeth and essentially changing your teeth’s position in your mouth.

How do I keep my braces from hurting me?

To help you avoid minor pain or discomfort during your course of treatment:

  • Avoid hard foods. Dr. Barry Glaser says that hard foods should be avoided, especially after an adjustment appointment. The extra effort to chew these foods may cause or exacerbate any discomfort the patient may already feel. When your braces hurt, stick to soft foods such as pasta, mashed potatoes, yogurt, bananas, etc.

  • Take over-the-counter or doctor-prescribed medication. When your teeth are hurting,  Dr. Barry Glaser recommends taking an over-the-counter medicine that to lessen any pain. Medicines such as Tylenol, Advil, or Aleve can help ease the pain until your teeth and gums get used to their new positioning.

Braces may hurt, at least initially, because of how they work inside the mouth. The result with this orthodontic treatment, however, is a mouth of straight, functional, and healthy teeth and gums.


Dr. Barry Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontics are the experts in braces. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen near Montrose, NY, Peekskill NY, Cortlandt Manor, NY, Cold Spring, NY, Croton-on-Hudson, NY, Westchester, NY, or surrounding areas, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Barry Glaser, contact Glaser Orthodontics at: 914-739-6400.

How Do I Floss With Braces?

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Dr. Barry Glaser and the Glaser Orthodontics staff take the time to instruct each of their orthodontics patients in the Jefferson Valley, NY area how to floss while they are being treated with braces. Wearing braces on the teeth can make good oral hygiene habits difficult to perform, can create spaces where food debris can collect, and they provide an environment for bacteria to thrive. Good brushing and flossing techniques and habits while undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces is often a challenge, but flossing with braces can be accomplished effectively once equipped with a little advice.

Why floss with braces?

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) advises that flossing is just as important as brushing in a conscientiously applied regimen of good oral hygiene. Toothbrushes are great for cleaning plaque from the fronts and back surfaces of the teeth, but they simply cannot reach the sides, in between the teeth, and along the gumline. Food debris in the mouth feeds bacteria. The bacteria in the mouth creates acid that causes bad breath and breaks down tooth enamel. Flossing removes most of this acid-causing food debris to keep teeth healthier and breath fresher. All of this becomes even more prevalent while undergoing treatment with braces because of the brackets and wires that often become a catch-all for food and bacteria.

Get in the game.

A floss pick is an instrument that is effective at keeping braces clean and clear of food debris. A piece of dental floss spans a space at one end, kind of like a harp. The other end is a tapered point that can be used to force food debris from behind the wires, around the brackets, and in between the teeth. Floss picks are available for both children and adults and may be either reusable or single use. A floss threader is a thin piece of plastic with a loop at the end to hold the floss. The plastic piece is threaded above or below the wires to access the spaces between teeth. You can learn more about the different kinds of orthodontic floss and find out which is the best for you here.

Up your game.

There is actually a technique for flossing that is proven to help effectively remove plaque from teeth. Carefully manipulating the dental floss between the teeth and into a “C” shape is a good method to clean the back surfaces of the teeth, including down by the gumline. Make an up-and-down motion against the tooth, keeping the floss tight against the surface. Floss each tooth individually and move in sequence. Keep going until each tooth has been flossed. A Waterpik water flosser is an oft recommended method of flossing. It may be more effective than dental floss and works with a pulsating stream of water to flush out food or particles stuck between teeth and gums and to remove the plaque that can build up on braces.

Stay on the scoreboard.

A conscientious oral hygiene regimen including a fluoride toothpaste, anti-plaque mouthwash, and thorough flossing is the program patients near Jefferson Valley, NY can rely on to keep their mouth after braces clean, healthy, and in the best condition possible. Dr. Barry Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontics coach their patients to a winning treatment outcome every time. They are important teammates in their patients oral health care. For more information about how to floss with braces, or to schedule an appointment, contact Glaser Orthodontics today at:  914.739.6400

Braces vs Invisalign: Which is the Real Winner?

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 Of all of the treatment plan options Dr. Barry Glaser of Glaser Orthodontics near Jefferson Valley, NY, most patients choose treatment with either traditional metal braces vs Invisalign clear aligners.

When considering a plan for orthodontic treatment, it can be difficult to decide which plan is best for you or your child’s needs. So many factors need to be considered (price, length of treatment, comfort and convenience, visibility). It can be difficult to divine which pros outweigh which cons.

No matter which treatment plan you choose, braces vs Invisalign, they both address similar issues and offer similar treatment outcomes. Invisalign provides patients with an invisible, comfortable, and convenient orthodontic appliance; braces provide patients with a reliable and proven solution that is designed to treat even the most difficult cases.

Dr. Barry Glaser offers both types of treatments and is here to explain the upsides and downsides of each orthodontic treatment approach.

Some differences between braces and Invisalign

Braces

Today’s metal braces are more comfortable and less noticeable in the mouth. Braces are constructed of a bracket, bonding, or band and an archwire that controls the movement and realignment of your bite, teeth, and jaw. Braces provide the quick treatment outcomes that some patients are looking for. Younger patients tolerate metal braces especially well. Metal braces:

  • Can handle all types of orthodontic cases.
  • Require extra care and handling when brushing and cleaning teeth.
  • Come with some common-sense food restrictions.

Invisalign

Invisalign aligners give the patient a more flexible approach toward treatment and is recommended more for adults and teens. Invisalign clear aligners give patients easy-to-care-for usability, form-fitting comfort, and the flexibility needed to function confidently throughout their day while wearing an orthodontic appliance. Orthodontic treatments with Invisalign with Dr. Barry Glaser allow patients to eat almost any type of food (because they are removable by the patient);  brush and floss their teeth normally (i.e., without the hassles involved with brushing and flossing while wearing a fixed appliance), and ultimately take on their day-to-day activities without the worry of being pegged as a braces wearer.

  • Aligners are clear (virtually invisible).
  • Aligners are removable (so you can floss, brush, and eat as usual).
  • Aligners are made of a plastic (which won’t irritate the soft tissue inside your mouth).

Invisalign is an essentially invisible fix that let patients conduct their day without their orthodontic appliance affecting the appearance of the teeth and mouth. Invisalign clear plastic aligner trays are easy to keep clean and ensure healthy dental development for the wearer. Invisalign aligners do require the patient to wear the appliance as long as 22 hours a day.

Get informed

Dr. Barry Glaser and Glaser Orthodontics near Jefferson Valley, NY can help you make the most appropriate decision for your orthodontic treatment. Whether you are considering traditional braces vs Invisalign treatment schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Barry Glaser call our office at: 914.739.6400

How To Make Your Invisalign Treatment Quick and Easy

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Invisalign patients of Dr. Barry Glaser enjoy a more comfortable and convenient orthodontic treatment around Garrison, NY, in Putnam County, NY. The system of plastic aligners are effective at providing the wearer with a straighter smile while being much less noticeable in the mouth. Invisalign offers benefits that traditional braces can’t offer; they are removable by the wearer. This is a critical reason why many Glaser Orthodontics patients have chosen Invisalign for themselves. 

Although Invisalign is one of the most advanced orthodontic treatments available today, patients are reminded that their teeth and the aligners need regular attention during treatment.

To get the best results from treatment with Invisalign…

  • Keep Invisalign in a safe place: Invisalign aligners are compact and clear, and some patients find them easy to misplace. Always keep the clear aligner trays in a case or safely tucked in a plastic bag within your pocket, purse, or bag. Do not wrap them in a napkin when taking them out to eat. Many patients end up accidentally tossing the napkin out in the trash! If you have pets at home, make sure too that your aligners are always high up and out of reach of probing paws. The plastic material may be appealing to them as a chew toy. 
  • Remove Invisalign to eat and drink: One of the great benefits of the clear aligners are that they are removable. Dr. Barry Glaser says to take advantage of this! Always take your plastic trays out when you’re eating or drinking. Leaving them in may lead to staining of the trays or other damage, such as distortion of shape due to hot food or drinks. Plus, removing them makes eating much easier.
  • Clean your Invisalign properly and thoroughly: To keep the clear aligners working well for your smile and for your oral health, be sure that you are always cleaning them correctly and completely. The plastic trays should be cleaned at least twice a day, preferably after meals. Dr. Barry Glaser recommends that patients use a small toothbrush to softly brush the insides of the aligners with just a tiny drop of toothpaste. Some patients use denture cleaner as a soak for their clear aligners. (Simply fill a cup with warm water, put the tablet in, and let the aligners soak.) Glaser Orthodontics says both methods will keep the clear aligners looking clean, feeling fresh, and working effectively.
  • Wear Invisalign as directed: The most important aspect of treatment with the clear aligners is to use the system properly. Always follow the exact instructions from Glaser Orthodontics. Likely, this means never leaving the trays out of your mouth for extended periods of time, and always being aware of updating the set of trays when the 2-3 week time period has elapsed. Patients should remember that the longer the clear aligner trays are out of a patient’s mouth, they are not working to correct their orthodontic issue. This will extend the treatment time for the wearer.

Invisalign is designed to be comfortable and convenient, and by following some easy instructions, patients can ensure their successful treatment outcome. If you have any questions about the Invisalign clear aligner system and how to care for it, contact Glaser Orthodontics in the Garrison, NY area today at: 914.739.6400


Dr. Barry Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontics are the experts in Invisalign. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Garrison, NY, Cortlandt Manor, NY, Cold Spring, NY, Croton-on-Hudson, NY, Putnam County, NY or the 10524 zip code areas, or would like to schedule a complementary consultation with Dr. Barry Glaser contact Glaser Orthodontics at: 914-739-6400

No Age Limit When it Comes to Braces

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Adults who are considering orthodontic treatment with braces near Putnam County, 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 adult 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. 

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 Name Orthodontics are able to explore the many treatment options available to them including traditional metal braces, clear braces, or Invisalign clear aligners.

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. 

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. 

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 Putnam County, 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

What You Need to Know Before Choosing Braces

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Dr. Barry J. Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontics develop orthodontic treatment plans that are personalized for each patient’s needs. These plans may include treatment methods and approaches that are best suited to the patient’s needs and treatment goals near Somers, NYTraditional braces, ceramic or lingual, and Invisalign clear aligners are options Glaser Orthodontics offers their patients. 

If you have chosen orthodontic treatment with braces, you should know:

  • Braces Can Be Uncomfortable. Traditional braces are made of metal that are comprised of many small parts such as wires and brackets. Because of this, you may experience trouble with a loose bracket or wire. If your system seems to cause you pain apart from the normal discomfort of jaw or misalignment movement, you need not worry. The solution is simple – apply soft wax to the area that is bothering you, and come into Glaser Orthodontics as soon as possible. Dr. Barry J. Glaser will be able to fix the broken part so that they will work properly for you to continue a comfortable day-to-day routine with braces near Somers, NY.
  • Braces Can Trap Food. Braces can trap food in and around the teeth. Regardless of what you’re eating, the location of them will cause some food debris to get stuck. It is important to brush thoroughly and completely while being treated. Dr. Barry J. Glaser suggests brushing after every meal, before bed, and upon waking. It is important also to floss well during treatment. You may want to purchase a braces-friendly flosser, like a Waterpik, to eliminate food debris between your brackets and wire.
  • Some Foods Should Be Avoided. Dr. Barry J. Glaser also suggests that you avoid some foods during this orthodontic treatment near Somers, NY. Some commonly known foods to avoid include gum, popcorn, and bagels. Glaser Orthodontics can provide you with a detailed list of foods to avoid that could damage your brackets.

Eventually, caring for your braces will become second nature and adjusting to your new lifestyle will be easy. You may find that your new oral health care habits stick around after your braces are removed. 

Glaser Orthodontics and Dr. Barry J. Glaser help their patients decide which orthodontic treatment options fit best with their budgets, schedules, and treatment goals. If you have more questions, need further information, or to schedule an appointment, call Glaser Orthodontics at: 914.739.6400

Which is better for Adults, Invisalign or Braces?

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 Are you an adult considering orthodontia to straighten your teeth but are concerned about your appearance while undergoing treatment? At Glaser Orthodontics, we customize a personal plan of teeth-straightening care that best fits your orthodontic treatment goals and your cosmetic concerns for patients living in Yorktown Heights, NY.  Advancements in orthodontic care technology such as Invisalign or braces may be the right course of treatment for you.

But, which form of treatment is more effective? The answer is subjective, as is the needs and tastes of every patient at Glaser Orthodontics.

Differences between Invisalign or braces

  • Traditional braces are not removable by the patient. These types of teeth-straightening braces consist of brackets and wires that are fixed onto your teeth and worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Because they are not removable, patients using this treatment plan must take the proper precautions, such as avoiding certain foods or playing rough in contact sports).
  • Invisalign is removable and essentially invisible to the human eye. Invisalign is a clear plastic tray that fits over your teeth. They may be taken out during the day for eating, brushing your teeth, and flossing. A removable appliance, however, requires extra care to ensure that they stay clean and hygienic. Invisalign is easy to remove and to keep clean.
  • Traditional braces are made of metal brackets and wires. They provide stability and are effective at straightening teeth. However, the sides or “wings” of the brackets might cause sores and pain during mouth movements.
  • Invisalign is made of a strong, medical-grade, thermoplastic material. The Invisalign trays are fitted snugly around your teeth. They are clear and removable, so they are not very noticeable. They cause less discomfort than metal braces but might not be as effective as traditional braces in treating vertical adjustments.
  • Traditional braces can sometimes be less costly than Invisalign. It is difficult to state definitively whether traditional braces or Invisalign costs more than the other. The price of both treatments depends on the individual patient’s needs. The amount of work needed, the length of the treatment, your insurance coverage, and the course of treatment worked out with Glaser Orthodontics all factor into the price of your treatment.
  • Traditional braces are cheaper, easy to clean, and more effective in raising or lowering misaligned teeth.
  • Invisalign clear aligners are removable, lighter, and more convenient to wear during day-to-day activities.

Trust Glaser Orthodontics to help you choose the right course of treatment for your individual needs and lifestyle, whether that is Invisalign or braces near Yorktown Heights, NY. They can help you make the best decisions for you and your smile and will help you in choosing the right orthodontic treatment for you. Contact us at: 914.739.6400

Invisalign Costs

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You Are Your Best Investment

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It’s true. No matter what you’ve believed in the past, a confident, radiant smile can be within reach. And if you think about it, improving your smile is an important investment, because you’re doing it for yourself.  Dr. Barry Glaser of Glaser Orthodontics will make sure you can have one of the best smiles in Westchester County.

Invisalign Costs: How Much Does Invisalign Really Cost?

There are many factors that determine the your Invisalign costs and treatment: how extensive the issues you want corrected are, how long your treatment plan will last, and the specific treatment details prescribed by Dr. Glaser in his Cortlandt Manor office.

We strive to make Invisalign affordable to everyone. You can get a beautiful, healthy and straight smile for as low as your monthly cell phone bill.

Invisalign Payment Options

  • 7% discount for payment in full
  • Low and no down payment options available
  • Finance free extended monthly payments to fit your budget
  • Various payment arrangements to coincide with your Flex Plan needs
  • Most major credit cards accepted

Insurance

If your dental plan covers orthodontic treatment, you may also qualify for Invisalign. Talk to your insurance provider to determine the extent of coverage for your treatment.


Dr. Barry Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontics are the experts in Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces. He provides these orthodontic services to residents of Cortlandt Manor NY, Westchester County NY, and Putnam County NY. If you have any questions or  or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Barry Glaser, contact Glaser Orthodontics at: 914-739-6400.