Orthodontic Misconceptions

While everyone understands that a dentist takes care of teeth, not everyone is aware of what an orthodontist does. This confusion sometimes leads to misunderstandings about what Glaser Orthodontics does for our patients and how exactly Dr. Glaser can help them. Let’s take a closer look at a couple of the myths and misconceptions about orthodontics.


Perhaps the biggest misconception about the orthodontist is that we’re just like your family dentist. The truth is, we’re actually very different. While it’s true that both orthodontists and dentists care about helping you enjoy a lifetime of good dental and oral health, we go about achieving this goal in different ways. For instance, if you need to have a cavity filled, you probably won’t make an appointment to see me. Dentists are the health professionals to see if you’re concerned about a cavity or need a filling. A dentist can also treat gum disease, tooth decay, toothaches, and other common oral health problems.


People see an orthodontist for very particular services. Most of the patients I see on a daily basis are here because they have braces, or they need to be fitted with braces or another form of tooth-straightening device. In other words, they consult an orthodontist when they are concerned about the alignment of their teeth. As a child grows up, his or her teeth may come in crooked. This can happen for a number of reasons, so it’s important for an orthodontist to take a look at a child’s teeth at about seven years of age. At that age, it’s possible to detect any problems that have not become too advanced to treat easily. Your family dentist may also refer your child to an orthodontist once the adult teeth have fully grown in.


Another common misconception about orthodontists is that we only treat children. It’s true that when you visit an orthodontic clinic you’re apt to see a lot of young kids, but you’ll also see teenagers, college students, and adults. Because crooked teeth can be caused by a number of different factors, it’s entirely possible for someone to require orthodontic treatment at any age.


If you want to know more about the practice of orthodontics or what your orthodontist can do for you, then simply ask Dr. Glaser. It’s best to get answers to your specific questions directly from the person who will be treating you. While you’re sure to find Internet resources helpful, there really is no substitute for the personal attention you’ll get during your appointment in Westchester County NY. Call Glaser Orthodontics for an appointment today!

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!

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.


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 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!

Advantages of Invisalign in Westchester NY

Invisalign has become a popular treatment amongst the teens and adults of today. Invisalign has many advantages over braces, and may be the perfect option for you! Consider some of these key points, and stop in to talk to Dr. Glaser about getting your Invisalign today!

  1. Invisalign is removable!

  2. Invisalign is nearly invisible and remarkably unnoticeable

  3. Unlike braces, you can eat all the foods you love, without all the hassle

  4. There is no metal to irritate your mouth, just comfortable plastic

  5. Fewer visits are required to maintain them than are required with braces

  6. It is much easier, and more effective, to brush your teeth!

  7. The cost is generally the same, even with all these terrific benefits!

There is no reason not to love Invisalign! They are a convenient, comfortable, and effective alternative to braces. Let us make your Invisalign experience easy, and make your smile a winner! Call Glaser Orthodontics in Cortlandt Manor NY today for a free consultation!