Find Out If Braces Are Right For You

According to Preferred Consumer, it’s estimated that 50 percent of people have teeth that are crooked, not aligned properly, or irregular. Fortunately today, orthodontics has advanced to the point where corrective devices, such as braces and retainers, are less obvious, more comfortable, and can be worn for shorter periods of time.

 

So, with that being said, how do you know if braces are right for you? Typically Dr. Glaser will be able to point out any issues with your teeth at your consultation and recommend what is best for you. But here are some other things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not braces could be in your future:

 

Crooked Teeth

As children grow, so do their teeth. And more often than not, certain teeth will grow in crooked. This isn’t uncommon, as the majority of children will require some sort of teeth correction, whether that’s braces or retainers. Retainers are custom-made devices that either work to hold teeth in place or correct tooth alignment. They’re often worn all day, aside from meals, at the start of the treatment period and then eventually are rolled back so they’re just worn at night. Braces on the other hand are worn for at least a year and work to help straighten or position teeth.

 

Overbite or Underbite

The other main oral issue that orthodontics helps correct is uneven alignment, such as an underbite or an overbite. You might hear Dr. Glaser refer to this as a “malocclusion,” which means “bad bite.” Braces can help rearrange your alignment so an overbite or underbite is less of a problem. Typically after the braces come off for this sort of treatment, patients need to wear a retainer from Glaser Orthodontics to finish the treatment.

 

While braces are typically associated with dental issues in children, more adults are wearing the devices as well. According to USA Today, about one in every five braces wearers are adults; a sign that it’s never too late to correct any oral issues. Part of this is due to the technological advancements in orthodontics. For instance, new braces feel much better and come in a variety of styles — including clear — so they’re far less obvious. Plus, the wires on braces are now made from advanced metals, which are stronger and lighter, so they get the job done much more efficiently. With so many people wearing braces these days (according to the Pennsylvania Dental Association, about four million people in the US wear braces at any given time and many more have worn them at some time in their lives), nicknames like “metal mouth” and “brace face” are almost a thing of the past. What’s more, is that insurance plans are increasingly covering orthodontic treatment, making braces a much more feasible option for families on a budget.

 

When weighing whether or not braces are in your future, it’s important to study all of your options about the styles of braces and what treatment option is best for you. Also be sure to contact your insurance provider to see what is covered and what will have to be paid out of pocket. It might take a few years of treatment, but braces can give you that winning smile for the rest of your life. Call our Cortlandt Manor NY office with any questions you might have or visit our website!

Invisalign Q & A in Cortlandt Manor NY

The fact is, most of us aren’t born with a red carpet smile. And that’s where Dr. Glaser and our team at Glaser Orthodontics can help. Of course, orthodontic treatment help make your teeth stay strong, healthy and become perfectly-aligned. But did you know you can get the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted without braces?

 

We are proud to offer a clear alternative option for straightening teeth called Invisalign, which uses a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. Today, we thought we would answer some of the most common questions we hear about Invisalign in Westchester NY!

 

Q: How is Invisalign treatment different than traditional braces?

A: Not only does Invisalign effectively straighten teeth, Invisalign aligners are comfortable and durable, and provide patients the opportunity to enjoy their favorite activities such as sports and playing instruments, activities that can be challenging while wearing braces. Also, Invisalign’s near-invisibility is a popular feature; treatment is very inconspicuous, making it easier to fit in rather than call attention to treatment. And because Invisalign aligners are removable, patients can take remove them at meal times, as well as to properly brush and floss to maintain healthy hygiene during treatment. Finally, Invisalign treatment has fewer emergenies because there are no wires or brackets to break or stick the patients.

 

Q: How does Invisalign work?

A: Using a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually straighten teeth, we use proprietary 3D computer imaging technology to map the complete treatment from start to finish. When the aligners are placed on the teeth, they cause your teeth to gradually shift from their current position. After approximately two weeks, you will begin using the next set of aligners, which will continue the teeth straightening process, ultimately giving you the smile you’ve always wanted.

 

Q: Is Invisalign as effective as regular braces?

A: Yes. Depending on the case Invisalign maybe more effective than braces but in certain cases braces may be the optimal appliance. We recommend that you get a consultation with our orthodontists in Hudson Valley NY to see if your case will be best treated with Invisalign.

 

Q: How long does treatment in White Plains NY take?

A: The length of treatment depends on the severity of each case and can only be determined by a visit to Glaser Orthodontics during a consultation with Dr. Glaser.

 

We hope this helps! If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, please give us a call at our Westchester County NY office to schedule your initial consultation.

How Long After My Braces Come Off Should I Wear My Retainer?

Braces are an investment in your smile. When your teeth reach a desired straightness, you’ll have a beautiful smile, but it’s important to keep it that way! You can accomplish this with a retainer provided by Glaser Orthodontics.

A retainer is a small, custom-fit device that reinforces the new position of your teeth after your braces are removed. But for many patients, especially the youngest ones, wearing a retainer may seem like an annoyance. So exactly how long after your braces come off should you wear your retainer?

Graduation of Wear Time

When we remove your braces, Dr. Glaser will evaluate the condition of the bone structure surrounding your teeth and determine how well it is adjusting to the new position of your teeth. For the first few months, we may require you to wear your retainer both day and night, except during meal times and for brushing and flossing.

As the bone and gum tissues adjust to your new smile, we may determine that you need to wear your retainer only at night. After about one year of wearing the retainer every night, you may be able to take a couple of nights off each week.

However, we do not recommend ever stopping permanently. To best secure the position of the teeth, especially through future extractions and oral health changes, wearing your retainer a few nights a week will be necessary for many years.

Considerations

If you are concerned about your appearance when you wear a retainer, there are many that can be worn discreetly. You could choose a clear plastic one that is less obvious during the months immediately following removal of your braces. When you change to night wear only, clear wire retainers are available for minimal visibility as well.

Another option is a lingual retainer. It is placed on the back sides of your teeth so no one will ever know it is there! Lingual retainers are also permanent, so there’s no risk of losing them.

Remember, wearing your retainer is an investment in your smile. If you fail to wear it consistently, the tissues that support your teeth will be unsupported, and you may begin to experience noticeable shifting. You’ve worked hard to get that beautiful smile — your retainer will let you keep it! Remember to call our Cortlandt Manor office if you have any questions about your retainer!

 

What Questions Should You Ask During Your Orthodontic Consultation?

When you visit Glaser Orthodontics for your orthodontic consultation, you’ll probably have a lot of questions. We want you to be prepared for your appointment and feel in charge of your orthodontic treatment decisions, so keep these questions in mind to ask when you come in for your appointment:

  • How long will I have to wear braces?

  • Will getting braces hurt?

  • Will I have to wear additional appliances to correct jaw problems while I have braces?

  • What can I eat when I have braces?

  • Are there certain things, like playing sports or playing an instrument, which I won’t be able to do?

  • How can I make sure my teeth stay clean and healthy while I have braces?

  • How often will I need to come in for appointments?

  • How much will my orthodontic treatment cost?

Dr. Glaser and his team are here to answer all your questions and concerns, and we’re happy to explain all aspects of your treatment plan and expected outcome. We believe your orthodontic experience should be comfortable, hassle-free, and most importantly, leave you smiling! If you have not scheduled your appointment yet, please contact us or just stop by for a visit!

Keep Your Smile Stain Free in Cortlandt Manor NY

A smile that is stained, yellow, or dingy-looking can make a person look much older than they are and can negatively affect his or her self-esteem.  What many people aren’t aware of is that some of the foods or beverages they regularly consume may be leading to a less-than-brilliant smile.  While a tooth whitening treatment is a great way to brighten your grin, it’s a good idea to avoid these smile-staining foods in the first place.

  1. Coffee – a well-known offender, coffee can sink into the teeth. Its dark color quality can make it a tough opponent for white teeth. But fear not, a little bit of milk or something to lighten the color can minimize the chance of staining.

  2. Beets – Beet juice, which is concentrated, is especially dangerous for light fabric, which of course means the same for teeth.  If you eat beets, try to brush your teeth within an hour to reduce their potential to stain your teeth.

  3. Soy Sauce-
Just like dark beverages, dark sauces can also stain your teeth.  In fact, some dentists recommend that patients remember that a food that can stain their clothes can also stain their teeth.  Other sauces to watch out for include tomato sauce and balsamic vinegar.

  4. Red Wine– another obvious danger, red wine can stain teeth due to its color. While it may reduce gum inflammation and thus diminish the potential for gum disease, it can also stain the teeth.  Try opting for white wine instead, or swishing some water in your mouth after drinking red.

  5. Fruit juices– Yellowed teeth can be caused by drinking juices that contain a lot of acid. Of course, fruit juices will fall under this category, so try to minimize the acid consumption. 

For more information on keeping your teeth healthy and white, please contact Dr. Glaser at his Cortlandt Manor office or stop by for a visit!

What Attracts People to a Smile?

In a world where Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites rule, it’s almost a must for you to have a camera-ready smile. Whether it’s a random moment or a special event with friends, someone’s sure to bring out a camera or phone and take a snapshot of you. You naturally want to look great in all the pictures, and your smile makes all the difference! More than just the aesthetic quality of your smile, it has something to do with the sincerity of the act and how you can positively affect someone else’s day. So what exactly is the aspect of a person’s smile which attracts others? Dr. Glaser of Westchester County New York has uncovered the truth behind what makes a smile so attractive! Here are a few of the best characteristics:

 

Qualities of a Smile That Attract People :

  • The mere fact that you are smiling — You won’t believe how a negative attitude can have a domino effect on others and the rest of your day. The mere fact that you are smiling already has a positive effect on you and the people around you!

  • The overall quality of your smile – Consider the aesthetics of your smile. If you have straight teeth but the surface is discolored, it can be distracting and unattractive. However, this is an easy fix. You can simply look for an over-the-counter solution for teeth whitening. For severely stained teeth, talk to Dr. Glaser about professional teeth whitening.

  • The straightness of your smile — If you have crooked, misshapen, chipped or damaged teeth, have no fear! Simple misalignments are easy fixes, and you will be on your way to a picture perfect smile in no time. There are plenty of modern solutions, including, but not limited to, traditional braces. Don’t worry about having to wear metal on your mouth, because there are other options like ceramic braces or Invisalign which can be worn to straighten your teeth and get that perfect smile!

  • The sincerity of your smile — Finally, make sure that your smile is sincere and genuine. Whether it’s for the cameras or if you simply want to make someone’s day, a sincere smile will make a world of difference!

If you are interested in achieveing the perfect smile, contact Dr. Glaser at his Cortlandt Manor NY office!

The Best Toothbrush for a Beautiful Smile in Cortlandt Manor

A Toothbrush seems to be a simple purchase. There are many kinds and styles to choose from when you visit the pharmacy or super market. But that just may be the problem! Many people come to us every day questioning which kind of toothbrush is best. Should they use electric or conventional? What about soft or hard bristles? Well, we at Glaser Orthodontics are here to help!

The electric vs. manual debate is always a difficult one. What are the benefits of technology vs good old man power? The answer to this is not direct. In fact, this more a matter of preference. Many people feel that the electric toothbrush gets a cleaner feeling in the mouth. However, others see them as pointless, for the extra cost does not produce a result. We as orthodontists want your teeth to be and feel as clean as possible. While electric toothbrushes may make brushing with braces harder or more uncomfortable for some, they are still a great alternative to the classic toothbrush. Whatever your preference, make sure you are thoroughly brushing twice a day.

It is also important to consider bristle type. Hard toothbrushes can cause abrasion to the teeth when used too aggressively, which can increase teeth sensitivity. For this reason, we suggest use of soft bristles rather than medium or hard. Soft bristles are more flexible and can reach deeper into the areas around braces. They are also able to work in circular motions, which can aid in a more complete brushing. When brushing make sure to get close to cheek and tongue, and try to brush 30 seconds on each part of your mouth for a total of 2 minutes.

No matter which device you choose to use, ensure that you are brushing properly after each meal. Continue to stop in our offices to keep your teeth healthy!

Myths and Facts About Braces in Cortlandt Manor NY

With so many people needing braces annually, it is no secret that there is a lot of discussion around the tooth-correcting device. However, as popularity is on the rise, so are the myths associated with the tool. Dr. Glaser and his team at Glaser Orthodontics is here to separate fact from fiction when it comes to braces:

 

Fact or Fiction?: Braces are just for kids.

This is Fiction. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. Braces do not have an age limit. People of all ages deserve a beautiful smile, and should not shy away from orthodontic treatment. Our doctors are specialists in providing quick, easy, and quality care to adults and children alike, making now as good a time as any to look in to tooth correction.

 

Fact or Fiction?: Braces can be fashionable.

This is Fact. Contrary to popular belief, braces nowadays can be a true fashion statement. With bands and rubber bands available in many colors, your mouth can be completely personalized! On the other hand, new technologies have made braces virtually invisible, should you wish. Clear Braces or Invisalign treatments are now available to help you get your best smile, without making it obvious! Many prefer to use invisible products to help their smile, rather than its hardware, be the focus. However, both options are expertly provided here, and will produce amazing results.

 

Fact or Fiction?: Braces will make it hard to play sports

This is Fiction. While they may add just a slight discomfort to some sports, they will not hinder your ability to play or perform your best. In fact, your orthodontist or online source can provide you with a mouthguard. This is highly recommended as it will reduce discomfort and risk of injury or breakage. Mouthguards are will stop jaw or mouth injuries, gum cuts, and bracket breakages so as to make playing your sport as easy and comfortable as possible.

 

Fact or Fiction?: You will have to wear a retainer after braces

This is Fact. While there are some patients who are fortunate enough to not require a retainer after treatment, more often than not patients will need to wear a retainer so as to keep the teeth in their new positions. This will most likely not be permanent, and depending on your individualized case may be quite short. You can get Invisalign retainers to keep them invisible, or choose from a variety of colors so as to make wearing it more fun! But don’t worry, retainers are a very regular part of treatment and often do not hurt or interfere with every day life.

 

We hope these have clarified some of your concerns or questions about braces. For more information please stop by our Cortlandt Manor office or contact us!