Avoid Orthodontic Emergencies While on Vacation

At Glaser Orthodontics, there are a few things we want to remind you of when you’re on vacation, so that a day with friends and family won’t be spent dealing with an orthodontic emergency. Firstly, we are here for you whether you are in town or out of town on vacation. Give us a call and we may be able to address the problem over the phone. Second, if we are unable to help you fix the problem over the phone, we will help you find an orthodontic practice in your vacation area that can help you.

If you experience problems reaching our office, we suggest going online and searching for orthodontic practices in your area. Most orthodontists will lend a helping hand to another orthodontic patient and get them out of pain or discomfort.

If you have braces, whether they are metal, ceramic, or lingual, Dr. Glaser and our team suggest steering clear of the following foods to avoid broken brackets and/or wire distortion while you are on vacation:

  • -Chewy, sticky, or gummy food

  • -Apples, pears and other whole fruits (cut fruit into thin wedges before consuming)

  • -Bagels and hard rolls

  • -Bubble gum

  • -Corn on the cob

  • -Hard candies

  • -Hard cookies

  • -Pretzels

  • -All varieties of nuts, including peanuts, almonds, and cashews

Finally, if you have clear aligners and you lose your tray, don’t worry! Simply put in either the previous tray or the next tray and contact us as soon as you get home.

Make sure to keep our phone number close at hand so you can easilly reach us in case of an event. Follow these tips and you can have a worry-free vacation! 

Prevent Tooth Decay While Wearing Braces in Westchester New York

Having braces can present some new challenges when it comes to oral hygiene. Preventing tooth decay can be a big challenge simply because of the tendency for braces to trap food under the wires and between the teeth and the brackets. Here are a few tips from Glaser Orthodontics to keep your teeth healthy while wearing your braces:

  1. Eat Braces-Safe Foods
    Keeping your teeth from decay starts with a proper diet. Foods that are high in sugar or starch can cause more plaque which is difficult to remove during your brushing. There are certain foods that should be avoided while wearing your braces. First, sticky foods like caramel or gum can get stuck in your braces and be difficult to remove during brushing. Next, hard foods such as nuts and candy could bend wires or even break a bracket. Foods that are firm or hard to bite into like apples, carrots, or corn on the cob should be avoided. As much as we like to snack on them, those crunchy treats can harm your braces. Things like chips, ice, popcorn can also bend or break your braces. On the other hand, bananas, mangoes, milk, water, poultry, and pasta all tend to be low in enamel-busting acids.

  1. Proper Brushing
    You want to place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums in order to clean the whole tooth, and brush gently in the area between the wiring and the teeth. Use a softer toothbrush with fluoride paste for best results. Rinsing every day will help, too. Rinsing is important regardless, but especially important when you have braces as you need to disinfect the entire mouth, including those spots under the braces where your brush can’t always reach.

  2. Ask About Special Cleaning Tools
    There are also special brushes, or other tools, to get under and clean your braces. You can also find many of these items at your local pharmacy.

  3. Regular Teeth Cleaning
    It’s important to keep your routine appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist for a thorough cleaning twice a year or as directed. The exact frequency of these visits will be up to your dentist as some types of braces are more demanding of a regular cleaning than others.
    As long as you practice good oral hygiene and follow these basic tips, you should have no problem keeping your teeth from decaying while you wear braces.

Contact Dr. Glaser at his Cortlandt Manor office for more information about keeping your teeth healthy or just stop by for a visit!

Kicking Your Nail Biting Habit Can Improve Your Oral Health

Also known as onchophagia, the habit of nail biting is one of the so-called “nervous habits” that can be triggered by stress, excitement, or boredom. Approximately half of all kids between the ages of ten and 18 have been nail biters at one time or another. Experts say that about 30 percent of children and 15 percent of adults are nail biters, however most people stop chewing their nails by the time they turn 30.

 

Here are four dental and general reasons to stop biting your nails:

 

1.It’s unsanitary. Your nails harbor bacteria and germs, and are almost twice as dirty as fingers. What’s more, swallowing dirty nails can lead to stomach problems.

 

2.It wears down your teeth. Gnawing your nails can put added stress on your pearly whites, which can lead to crooked teeth.

 

3.It can delay your orthodontic treatment. For those of our patients wearing braces, nail biting puts additional pressure on teeth and weakens roots.

 

4.It can cost you, literally. Our friends at the Academy of General Dentistry estimate up to $4,000 in extra dental bills over a lifetime.

 

Dr.Glaser and his team recommend the following to kick your nail biting habit:

  • – Keep your nails trimmed short; you’ll have less of a nail to bite.

  • – Coat your nails with a bitter-tasting nail polish.

  • – Ask us about obtaining a mouthguard, which can help prevent nail biting.

  • – Put a rubber band around your wrist and snap it whenever you get the urge to gnaw on your nails.

  • – Think about when and why you chew your nails. Whether you are nervous or just bored, understanding the triggers can help you find a solution and stop the habit.

  • – If you can’t stop, behavioral therapy may be an effective option to stop nail biting.

 

If you are interested in more information about nail biting or would like to assess your oral health, please contact Glaser Orthodontics or just stop by a visit at our Cortlandt Manor location!

Ten Tips to Keep Your Braces Clean

Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever when you have braces! Food bits have more spots than usual to hide in your mouth, so you must be diligent in order to avoid bad breath, swollen gums, discolored teeth and cavities. If you remove plaque regularly during treatment, you’ll experience better results and shorter treatment time. We at Glaser Orthodontics want to help you keep plaque at bay with these top ten tips:

1. One tooth at a time! When you brush, take time with each individual tooth – at least 10 seconds each – and pay careful attention to the spots where your teeth touch your braces.
2. It’s all about the angles! Brush the tops of your teeth and braces with your brush angled down toward where they meet. Brush the bottoms of your teeth and braces with your brush angled up.
3. The tooth, the whole tooth, nothing but the tooth! While the front surface of your teeth may seem like the most logical to clean, it’s equally important to clean the inner surface of your teeth (tongue side) as well as the chewing surface. And be sure to clean along your gum line – a key spot for plaque buildup.
4. Step 1: eat, step 2: clean! While you’re in treatment, it’s important to brush after every meal. Bits of food can easily get caught between braces and teeth, and these food bits interact with bacteria in your mouth to cause decay. The longer food is in contact with your teeth, the greater opportunity for plaque to form. If you are eating somewhere that you can’t brush, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.
5. Always be prepared! The easiest way to be sure you can brush after every meal is to get in the habit of taking a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss with you wherever you go. Designate a special container just for your teeth-cleaning tools and keep it in your purse, backpack, or laptop case.
6. Remove the moving parts! If you have elastic bands or headgear, remove these parts before you brush or floss.
7. Fluoride is your friend! Fluoride helps prevent cavities. Be sure to brush with fluoride toothpaste, and rinse with fluoride mouthwash.
8. Pointy brushes reach tiny places! Interproximal brushes (sometimes called proxa brushes or interdental brushes) are cone-shaped and come in very handy for reaching spots around your braces that standard brushes can’t.
9. Find the floss for you! Regular floss works for some patients, but others find it easier to work with a floss threader, which helps you get the floss into tight places. Other patients like an all-in-one product called Superfloss, which comes with a stiff end for easy threading, a spongy section for cleaning wide spaces, and regular floss for narrow spaces.
10. Make time for the pros! It’s your job to take care of the everyday cleaning. But make sure to visit your dentist regularly while in treatment, to get the deep, thorough cleaning that only a professional can provide.
We hope this helps, and remember to give Dr. Glaser and his team a call at their Cortlandt Manor office if you have any questions, concerns or would like to schedule an appointment!