How Often Do I Need to Visit an Orthodontist?

Orthodontist Ossining, NY

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

How Do I Keep My Invisalign Clean?

Invisalign Ossining, NY

If you have recently been fitted for Invisalign near Ossining, NY, the team at Glaser Orthodontics would like to congratulate you on getting one step closer to a confident and healthy smile! Dr. Barry J. Glaser knows that while the clear aligners are in your mouth doing the important work of straightening teeth, it’s also crucial to maintain good oral hygiene and keep your Invisalign tray clean. The Glaser Orthodontics team recommends that their patients follow these tips to keep their Invisalign clear aligners clean and working properly.

Tips to keep your Invisalign clean.

  • Saliva and plaque may collect on the plastic trays, and that creates the perfect home for harmful or odor-causing bacteria. It is important to clean your aligners every time you take them out. (You take your aligners out before you eat, right?) Brush your aligner the same way you brush your teeth; with a little bit of toothpaste and a toothbrush. You should also brush and floss your teeth while you’re at it. That will help to reduce bacteria also.
  • Soak your aligner in a product like Invisalign Cleaning Crystals, Retainer Brite, or even denture cleaner once or twice a week. Avoid a colored denture cleaner; it may stain or color your aligners. 
  • Avoid foods that may stain your aligners. Tea, coffee, wine, and sodas stain the aligners most often. Hot drinks may warp the plastic trays into a position that no longer fits on the teeth, thus extending treatment time.
  • Wear Invisalign conscientiously. The clear aligners need to be worn to work. The trays are removable to eat, but they need to be worn to be effective. Do not keep the plastic trays out of your mouth for longer than is necessary to eat, brush, or floss.

Keeping your clear aligners aligners clean is easy, and it’s a very important part of the overall treatment. Just remember, whenever you brush your teeth, brush your aligners too. To make sure you remember, the team at Glaser Orthodontics recommends that you make a small Invisalign cleaning kit for when you’re on the go. Include a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss to keep your teeth and the clear aligners sparkling clean!

If you have any more questions on keeping your Invisalign clean, or anything else Invisalign related, give Dr. Barry J. Glaser a call. You can reach Glaser Orthodontics near Ossining, NY by visiting our website or calling: 914.739.6400