Do Braces Hurt?

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 Orthodontic treatment with braces can be uncomfortable occasionally, but most often, the “hurt” reported by a patient is more of a feeling of pressure and can be more accurately described as “discomfort.” The best way to avoid or reduce any discomfort that may be associated with braces 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 Yorktown Heights, NY should be examined for any problems with their orthodontic appliances.

What is this feeling?

The mouth is a very sensitive part of the body. For any type of braces, adding new brackets, wires, and other appliances to the teeth may cause an orthodontic patient some occasional discomfort. But most people don’t understand or even care why they are feeling this way. Discomfort associated with this orthodontic treatment may be caused by a variety of factors:

  • Irritation inside the mouth: Your mouth will need a few days to adjust once your new braces 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.
  • 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 ones). If this occurs, make an appointment with Dr. Barry Glaser and Glaser Orthodontics as soon as possible to fix the problem and make sure no further problems or pain occurs.
  • 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 the brackets 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 comfortable?

To help you avoid any discomfort you may experience 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 because of braces, 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 of orthodontic treatment with braces, however, is a mouth of straight, functional, and healthy teeth and gums.

For more information about why braces may hurt during treatment or to make an appointment with Dr. Barry Glaser and Glaser Orthodontics near Yorktown Heights, NY, call: 914.739.6400

Dentist or Orthodontist? What’s the Difference?

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Dr. Barry Glaser of Glaser Orthodontics near Peekskill, NY has some tips to help patients distinguish between a dentist and an orthodontist. The difference between an orthodontist and a dentist may be indistinguishable to some people. Something that many folks don’t know is that all orthodontists can be dentists, but not all dentists can be orthodontists. They are both certified oral health care professionals, both treat and maintain the health of your teeth and gums, and both have the education and experience to be called doctors. In these areas, they are pretty comparable. However, there are more differences than similarities. 

What’s the difference?

All orthodontists require further schooling and more experience in their specialty (orthodontics) beyond their dental school training. A similar example would be if a medical doctor elects to take special training to become a surgeon. So, if a dentist has a patient with a dental malocclusion, they will refer them to an orthodontist for treatment.

What services do they provide? 

Dentists typically deal with problems like:

  • Gum Disease
  • Tooth Decay
  • Root Canals
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Veneers
  • Tooth Whitening

An orthodontist is a dentist that specializes in the alignment of your teeth, and their services typically are employed to correct common problems like:

  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Misaligned teeth

Traditional braces, Invisalign clear aligners, and other corrective treatments are methods an orthodontist might use to treat these issues.

What Kind of Care Do You Need? 

Orthodontists help with crooked teeth, underbites and overbites, crossbites, spaces between teeth, overcrowded teeth, and the effective treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. An orthodontist should be consulted for other jaw issues as well. While your dentist may be qualified to offer their patients fillings, TMJ treatments, and other orthodontic care, putting your smile in the hands of a qualified professional orthodontist can help a patient to experience better treatment outcomes. 

Any Questions?

Dr. Barry Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontics can help answer any questions you might have about orthodontist near Peekskill, NY. If you still have questions about the differences between dentistry and orthodontics, or to schedule an appointment, call: 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

Six Of The Best Foods to Eat During Your Treatment with Braces

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Many orthodontics patients with braces are unsure of what foods are restricted in their diets. Many also believe the list of foods to avoid is longer than it actually is. Dr. Barry Glaser of Glaser Orthodontics shares some ideas about what foods are safely enjoyed and which foods are best to avoid eating while wearing braces near Yorktown, NY.

It is true that during your treatment with braces there are limitations on what you can eat. But the time (and money) invested in them is well worth coping with these limitations. The payoff is a perfectly straight, healthy, and attractive smile.

What foods can be enjoyed during your treatment?

There are many delicious food options that can be eaten while wearing braces including:

  • Bananas
  • Yogurt
  • Soup
  • Cheese
  • Pasta
  • Mashed Potatoes

Dr. Barry Glaser wants to make sure that every patient with braces eats healthy food and gets enough daily nutrients. Here are some meal ideas that are safe for patients with this orthodontic treatment. Perhaps there is a family favorite among some of these delicious meal options:

  • Lasagna. Lasagna is a great dinner because it provides many food groups in one dish, is tasty, and is soft.
  • Grilled Chicken and Vegetables. While meat from a bone can cause damage to your braces, deboned meats like chicken breast can be eaten. Chicken pairs nicely with vegetables like broccoli.
  • Chicken Noodle Soup. Chicken noodle soup gives you many necessary nutrients because of the variety of ingredients that can be added. Soup is also a filling and tasty meal and will not damage your braces.

What foods should be avoided?

While wearing braces, the three types of food that should be avoided are hard, sticky, and chewy foods. These types of food should be avoided because they can get stuck in your braces easily and be difficult and sometimes painful to get out. Some food categories that should be avoided are:

  • Gum
  • Popcorn
  • Ice
  • Caramel
  • Pretzels
  • Raw vegetables
  • Steak
  • Hard candies

Some of these foods do not have to be completely avoided, however. Foods like vegetables, steak, and pretzels can be broken or cut up into smaller pieces and then eaten safely.

There are many foods which are nutritious, delicious, and are friendly to your braces. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Barry Glaser and Glaser Orthodontics near Yorktown, NY, or for more information, please call: 914.739.6400

How Often Do I Need to Visit an Orthodontist?

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Orthodontic treatments can help a patient achieve a life-long healthy and straight smile with an orthodontist. The length of treatment is always as different as each patient and their treatment goals.  Dr. Barry Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontics near Ossining, NY can help give you a better understanding of the processes of orthodontic treatment and which approach may provide their patients with the best outcomes possible.

Schedule a consultation

During the initial consultation, Dr. Glaser will complete a new-patient exam and diagnose your orthodontic treatment needs. This assessment usually lasts about an hour and allows the doctor to evaluate your needs as a patient and answer all of your questions about your proposed course of treatment. X-rays and/or photographs of your teeth may be taken and will help Dr. Glaser identify which treatment option is the best for you.

Once you’ve decided on a course of treatment, Dr. Glaser will provide you with an estimated cost of treatment, a timeline for how long the course of treatment will take, and any options for finishing your treatment. 

The time that you have to actually wear your braces will vary depending on your needs and the type of treatment indicated. The typical treatment time is 23 months. Some patients have their braces on for only six months, while other patients can have them for longer than three years. 

Getting your braces

Dr. Barry Glaser and his team will walk you through the entire course of treatment from beginning to end, schedule a series of appointments to get you started, and can discuss with you options for funding your treatment. The team will review your dental records and show you samples of braces, Invisalign aligners, and other appliances that may be integrated into your treatment.

The appointment to affix your braces to your teeth takes about 2 hours and can be scheduled almost immediately after your consultation. A Glaser Orthodontics associate will first prepare your teeth for the brackets, and then your orthodontist will carefully position each bracket on each tooth. Because this is such a critical step in the process, Dr. Glaser invests a lot of time sweating the details (including bracket type, positioning, and wire selection) to help each of his patients achieve the best treatment outcome possible. 

Throughout your treatment, the Glaser Orthodontics team will help you schedule routine checkups; brief appointments to adjust your brackets, answer questions, and check your progress. These meetings usually average 15 to 20 minutes and take place every 8 to 10 weeks. If you’re using Invisalign aligners, these checkups occur every 4 to 6 weeks.

Concluding Treatment

When your course of treatment with braces is coming to an end, your doctor will schedule you for a “debanding.” Removing your braces will take a little over an hour, and you will be pleased at how easy and comfortable the process is. It is then important that you arrange with your dentist to have a thorough cleaning, check-up, and fluoride treatment after the removal of your braces. 

To hold your teeth in their new position, Dr. Glaser will evaluate which retainer is appropriate for you and make you a set of retainers and recommend a practice for wearing them. Most patients are advised to wear their retainers indeterminately in some capacity. The general rule is, “Wear your retainers for as long as you want your teeth to stay straight.”

Go show the world your healthy, gorgeous, new smile!

Before you leave the office after your final treatment, you will be given a photo of how your teeth looked before you had braces so that you can compare how your beautiful smile looks now. 

If your dentist recommends braces for you, then Dr. Barry Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontics near Ossining, NY can help. To schedule an appointment, call: 914.739.6400

Can Pre-Teens Get Invisalign Too?

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There is no “yes-or-no” answer to the question “Can pre-teens get Invisalign, too?” The decision, ultimately, will be made by the patient’s parents and their dentist or orthodontist. As long as your pre-teen has a fully developed set of teeth, Invisalign can be used in treatment. The clear aligners are generally safe for developing pre-teens, and the resulting tooth placement lasts a very long time. A consultation with Dr. Barry Glaser and the team at Glaser Orthodontics can help you determine the best course of orthodontic treatment for your child near Yorktown, NY.

Imagine being treated with a set of braces that are virtually undetectable.

That’s the beauty of Invisalign clear aligners. Treatment with the clear aligners costs around the same as treatment with traditional braces, but they are more discreet, more comfortable, and more easily cared for than metal braces. Being treated with Invisalign near Yorktown, NY by Dr. Barry Glaser of Glaser Orthodontics can correct a patient’s orthodontic issues without anyone ever noticing that they are wearing braces. 

Invisalign as an alternative to metal braces. 

Image and self-esteem are critical personal issues for children, teens, and adults with a less-than-perfect smile. Dr. Barry Glaser says that the real appeal of Invisalign Teen clear aligners is the freedom to eat and drink whatever you want without worrying about damaging your dental work. The clear aligners are removable by the wearer, making cleaning, eating, and active pursuits more comfortable. When consuming acidic drinks such as soda and orange juice, Dr. Barry Glaser always recommends removing your Invisalign to prevent the acids from getting trapped in the aligners and damaging one’s teeth.

Traditional braces are fixed. 

That means they can’t be removed by the patient, and the various metal parts associated with metal braces can cause irritation in the mouth. The trays are made of clear plastic and can be removed and replaced as necessary. They require only a few simple cleanings each day. Invisalign is more comfortable and easier to care for than traditional braces.

Follow the instructions.

Pre-teens being treated with the clear aligners risk interrupting the progress of their treatment by forgetting to wear the appliance. An Invisalign patient is afforded the opportunity to remove the trays before eating, and a pre-teen patient may forget to replace them in their mouth afterward.

Assuming your pre-teen is qualified for this treatment, make sure too that they understand how to wear, clean, and store the the clear aligner trays. For some pre-teens, it is easy to follow instructions at home, but in school your child may forget some of the responsibilities that come with being treated with Invisalign. With conscientious care and application, your pre-teen’s treatment with the clear aligners will ensure a great set of healthy, straight teeth that will serve them well for a lifetime.

Invisalign works well for adults and teens, but only a professional like Dr. Barry Glaser can help you decide if Invisalign treatment near Yorktown, NY. is the correct course of action to take in regard to your child’s orthodontic care. To learn more about treatment with Invisalign, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Barry Glaser, call Glaser Orthodontics at: 914.739.6400

Braces VS Invisalign, Who is the Real Winner?

When looking for an orthodontic treatment plan, it can sometimes be hard to see which one is best for you. With so many factors to consider such as price, length of treatment, comfortability, and visibility, it can be difficult to decide which pros outweigh which cons. However, most patients end up choosing either traditional metal braces or Invisalign as their final choice. But what about for those who are choosing between the two? Dr. Barry Glaser of Glaser Orthodontics near Somers, NY is here to discuss which orthodontic treatment, braces or Invisalign, is better for those deciding on which treatment avenue to take.

Both traditional metal braces and Invisalign are known to have pros and cons. Although Invisalign provides patients with an invisible, comfortable, and convenient orthodontic appliance, braces provide you with a reliable and trusted solution which is known to treat even the toughest of cases. Below, Dr. Barry Glaser has broken up both treatments in order to lay out their pros and cons side by side to compare traditional metal braces and Invisalign.

Some differences between braces and Invisalign:

Braces:

  • Requires the use of brackets and wires

  • Requires extra care and handling when brushing and cleaning teeth

  • There are some food restrictions

Today’s metal braces consist of a more comfortable and less noticeable response. Braces are made of three basic parts—bracket, bonding or band, and an archwire—to help with the movement and modification of your teeth, bite and jaw. Braces provide the quick convenience our patients are looking for, especially our younger patients, and will help us make sure you’re receiving the correct amount of treatment necessary.

Invisalign:

  • Aligners are clear, making them virtually invisible

  • The aligners are removable so you can floss, brush, and eat as usual

  • Invisalign aligners are made of a plastic that won’t irritate the inside of your mouth

Using Invisalign gives our patients the easy, form fitting, and comfortable flexibility needed to function throughout everyday life. Dr. Barry Glaser says that through orthodontic treatment with Invisalign near Somers, NY, you’ll be able to eat any foods, brush and floss your teeth, and ultimately take on your day-to-day activities without worry. Invisalign is ultimately hassle-free, and very easy to keep clean throughout the day to guarantee healthy dental development. It will also provide you with an ultimately invisible fix, letting you continue your day without changing the physical appearance of your teeth and mouth.

Although the Glaser Orthodontics associates say that using Invisalign gives you a more flexible approach of treatment, it is recommended more for adults and teens, due to the easy temptation of taking the aligners out or not wearing them for the proper amount of time needed. You are required to wear Invisalign aligners for a maximum of 22 hours a day. It is also important to note that the Orthodontic treatment required may already be too complex to be treated with Invisalign.

Don’t suffer through the effects of teeth and jaw misalignment. If you live near Somers, NY, we  can help you make the difficult decision for your orthodontic treatment between braces and Invisalign. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Barry Glaser at Glaser Orthodontics, please contact our office at 914.739.6400 so we can help you create the straight and healthy smile you’ve always wanted.

How to Make Wearing Braces More Fun

As a parent, getting your child to do anything they don’t want to do can be a daunting task. And let’s face it, properly caring for their braces is probably not something your child wants to do. However, it is extremely important that braces are properly cared for, or treatment will not go as planned. The trick to getting them to want to take proper care of their orthodontic systems is to make it fun! So, Glaser Orthodontics  has come up with a list of fun ways to get your child to take care of his or her braces in Putnam Valley, NY.

  1. Brushing dance party- Glaser Orthodontics  recommends brushing at least twice a day all the time, but especially when children are undergoing treatment with braces in Putnam Valley, NY. Proper brushing entails a full two minutes of thorough cleaning, something that many children fail to do. To get your child excited about brushing, make a playlist or CD with their favorite songs and set up a speaker by the sink. Play this song when they start brushing and dance around with them as they clean for the full two minutes. This will make brushing fun, and will help them keep their teeth spotless!

  1. Braces-friendly baking-  Dr. Barry Glaser says that unfortunately, braces can restrict kids from eating certain foods. Taking hard candies away from kids can cause quite a fight, but these foods can be extremely dangerous to braces, and it is very important to follow the rules. So, Glaser Orthodontics  suggests having a braces friendly recipe bake-a-thon. Go online and find sweets that won’t damage braces, such as gooey brownies, fruity cupcakes, or creamy ice cream sundaes, and set aside time to make these sweets with your child. Then, let him or her eat them as a reward for flossing well, for example. This is a great way to help your child stay optimistic about braces in Putnam Valley, NY, and make sure they are caring for their appliances properly.

  1. Colored bands- Glaser Orthodontics  offers the option of adding colored bands to traditional metal braces. These have been a huge hit among kids, as they allow them to customize their experience in a fun way! To make colored bands even more effective for kids, use them to incentivize your child. For example, for every 2 months they go without a break in their wires or brackets, or for every 25 times they properly brush or floss, promise them that you will set up an appointment with Dr. Barry Glaser to have their colors changed. Then, when they have switched to new colors, have a photo shoot of their new, beautiful braces. At the end of orthodontic treatment, use these pictures to make a fun “Before, During, and After” scrapbook!

Starting treatment early is a great way to ensure a lifetime of beautiful smiles. But getting your child to properly care for his or her braces can be tough. By using some of these tips, you can get your child excited about caring for their orthodontic treatment near Putnam Valley, NY. And, make sure to continue to schedule them for regular appointments at Glaser Orthodontics. Call us at 914.739.6400 to set up your child’s next appointment with Dr. Barry Glaser, or for some more fun ideas!

Halloween Goodies That Are Braces Friendly

Here at Glaser Orthodontics we have a few recommendations to help care for your teeth when eating sugary sweets. The danger of sweets is that it can lead to tooth decay if not treated properly. Both Dr. Barry Glaser and the American Dental Association encourage proper care of your teeth all year long, but with the abundance of candy available this time of year, it’s time to be extra vigilant. Sour and Fruity Candies. The downside of sour candies is the large amount of acid contained in them. Starburst and Skittles are the worst for your child’s teeth since these candies have a low pH value, which is known to ruin enamel. It’s the low pH, or acid, that makes you pucker and it’s also what wears down the enamel on your teeth! Without the enamel coating, your teeth can get brittle and nerves can be exposed. Glaser Orthodontics recommends that you brush, or at a minimum, rinse your teeth after indulging in these candies. Hard Candies If hard candies are your favorite, keep this in mind. Hard candies take longer to dissolve so it’s like bathing your teeth in sugar and acid. The sugar stays in your mouth longer and the longer the sugar is in your mouth, the more vulnerable your teeth are to cavities and tooth erosion. Sugar creates an environment perfect for cavity and bad breath, causing bacteria to flourish. Again, Glaser Orthodontics encourages its patients to brush or rinse with a fluoride mouthwash. Sticky, Chewy Candies Love those sticky, chewy candies? Guess what, your braces and teeth are not a fan. Candies that include taffy, caramels, peanuts or nuts leave a sticky residue on your teeth and gums. This acts like an adhesive for bacteria which leads to tooth decay. These ingredients can also cause damage to your orthodontia, breaking your wires and brackets. To protect your braces, avoid the following Halloween treats, or recipes with these ingredients: All hard candies, All chewy candies,Caramel, Nuts, Licorice, Taffy, Jelly beans, Hard pretzels, Bubble gum, Popcorn (including unpopped kernels), Ice. Some Halloween goodies that are brace friendly include treats such as plain chocolate candies, milkshakes, pudding, cakes, and thinly sliced apples dipped in creamy chocolate sauce. For more information, a consultation, or quote, contact Dr. Barry Glaser and his team. Call Glaser Orthodontics at (914) 739-6400 or visit our office in Katonah, NY today!