ORTHODONTIST FOR TEENS WESTCHESTER, NY
Sparking Teenage Confidence with Orthodontics
Teens are in their crucial years when the chance to take care of their dental health and self-confidence is at its peak. At Glaser Orthodontics, our goal is to help teens and their parents achieve healthy, confident smiles that will set them up for a brighter future.
How is Teen Orthodontics Helpful?
Orthodontic treatment during the teenage years is highly effective and beneficial. By the time your teenager reaches this stage, all of their permanent teeth have erupted, and their facial bones are growing to their adult size. This provides an ideal window of opportunity to address orthodontic issues and achieve outstanding results efficiently.
A beautiful and healthy smile is not just about aesthetics; it plays a vital role in boosting a teenager’s self-esteem and overall well-being. We understand the importance of this transformational phase in your teenager’s life, and we are here to make it a positive and empowering experience.
Orthodontist for Teens Westchester NY
WHAT WE DO
A teen orthodontist specializes in diagnosing and treating orthodontic issues in adolescents, typically within the age range of 12 to 19 years old. Dr. Glaser focuses on correcting dental misalignments, and bite problems, and improving the overall aesthetics of a teenager’s smile, specifically during this pivotal stage of development.
Using various treatment options, such as traditional braces, Invisalign, and other orthodontic procedures, a teen orthodontist works to align teeth, improve jaw alignment, enhance facial aesthetics, and boost a teenager’s self-confidence within this specific age group.
WHO WE ARE
Meet our teen orthodontist, Dr. Barry J. Glaser, a devoted specialist in Westchester with a keen focus on providing dental care to teenagers. With nearly three decades of experience, his expertise in teenage orthodontics is unparalleled.
Dr. Glaser’s commitment to excellence extends beyond his private practice. He actively contributes to the field by collaborating with leading organizations and serving as a sought-after speaker and consultant, all aimed at enhancing the orthodontic experience for his patients.
Our fantastic orthodontic team—Maureen, Nancy, Lindsey, Jaclyn, and Marisol—joins Dr. Glaser in his commitment to providing warm and quality care for teens.
Treatment Options for Teens
At Glaser Orthodontics, our commitment is to provide the most effective and comfortable orthodontic care that focuses on the needs and requirements of teen patients. Here are the primary treatment options we offer for teenagers:
Traditional braces remain a trusted and effective choice for aligning teeth and addressing various orthodontic concerns. Our orthodontists use the latest techniques and high-quality materials to ensure efficient and comfortable treatment. Today’s braces are smaller, lighter, and less conspicuous than ever before.
For those seeking a discreet option, ceramic braces are an excellent choice. These braces feature clear or tooth-colored brackets that blend with the natural tooth color, making them less noticeable while maintaining the effectiveness of traditional braces.
Self-ligating braces are known for their advanced design, which uses specialized brackets that eliminate the need for elastic bands. This can lead to reduced friction, faster treatment times, and fewer adjustments, providing a more comfortable experience for teenagers.
We understand that many teenagers prefer a nearly invisible and removable orthodontic solution. Invisalign Teen is specifically designed for adolescents. These clear aligners offer a discreet way to straighten teeth and correct orthodontic issues.
Dr. Glaser creates a customized treatment plan using a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually shift teeth into their ideal positions. Invisalign Teen also includes features like “eruption tabs” to accommodate emerging molars and “compliance indicators” to help parents and orthodontists monitor aligner usage.
Other Orthodontic Procedures
Aside from braces and aligners, specific misalignment cases in teens may require other appliances and treatment. At Glaser Orthodontics, we also provide appliances like expanders, Herbst appliances, and retainers. For more severe cases, surgery is also an option.
Choosing the Right Orthodontic Treatment
Selecting the right orthodontic treatment for your teenager is an important decision, and at Glaser Orthodontics, we’re here to guide you through the process. When determining the most suitable treatment option, several factors should be considered, including:
Their orthodontic needs
Are they dealing with overcrowding, misaligned teeth, bite issues, or other dental concerns? Dr. Glaser will conduct an examination and recommend the most effective treatment plan.
Their lifestyle and what appliance they prefer
Consider your teenager’s daily routine, social activities, and personal comfort level when selecting an orthodontic solution. Some may prefer the discreetness of aligners, while others may opt for the reliability of traditional braces.
How long their treatment time is going to be
Traditional braces and ceramic braces typically require consistent adjustments over an extended period, while Invisalign Teen may offer shorter treatment times in some cases. Understanding the expected treatment duration can help with planning.
The appliance’s maintenance requirements
Orthodontic appliances require specific maintenance and care to ensure optimal results. Consider your teenager’s ability to follow a care routine, including oral hygiene practices and aligner compliance, if you choose Invisalign Teen.
Your budget and insurance
It’s essential to discuss the financial aspects, including budget and insurance coverage when making a decision. Our team can provide information on payment plans and options to help make treatment affordable.
Tips for a Successful Teen Orthodontic Journey
Starting the process of getting braces as a teenager can be life-changing. We’re here for you at Glaser Orthodontics every step of the way. Here are some helpful tips to make sure your teen’s trip to the orthodontist goes well:
- Maintain consistent oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly.
- Follow your orthodontist’s instructions carefully for the best results.
- Attend all scheduled orthodontic appointments to monitor progress.
- Embrace changes in your daily routine and stay focused on the long-term benefits.
- Be mindful of your diet, avoiding hard, sticky, or crunchy foods.
- If you participate in sports, wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth and appliances.
- Don’t hesitate to communicate any discomfort or concerns with your orthodontist.
- If using Invisalign Teen, keep your aligners clean to ensure their effectiveness.
- Stay committed to compliance by wearing your aligners as prescribed.
- Celebrate your achievements throughout your orthodontic journey.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Teen Orthodontics
What is the ideal age for teenagers to start orthodontic treatment?
The ideal age for teenagers to start orthodontic treatment varies depending on individual orthodontic needs. However, it is generally recommended to consider treatment during the early teenage years, typically between the ages of 12 and 14, when most of the permanent teeth have erupted.
How long does orthodontic treatment for teenagers typically last?
The duration of orthodontic treatment can vary widely, depending on the complexity of the case. On average, treatment may last between 18 months and 2 years. Invisalign Teen may offer shorter treatment times in some cases.
Can I still play sports with braces or aligners?
Yes, you can participate in sports and physical activities with braces or aligners. Consider using a custom-fit mouthguard to protect your teeth and appliances during contact sports. Your orthodontist can guide mouthguard options.
How do I handle orthodontic emergencies, such as a broken bracket or wire?
In cases of orthodontic emergencies, such as a broken bracket or wire, contact your orthodontist for guidance. Our team and Dr. Glaser will provide instructions for temporary solutions until you can schedule an appointment for repairs.
Is Invisalign Teen as effective as traditional braces?
Invisalign Teen is an effective orthodontic treatment option for many teenagers, especially those with mild-to-moderate orthodontic issues. Its effectiveness depends on compliance with wearing the aligners as prescribed.
How much does teen orthodontic treatment cost, and does insurance cover it?
The cost of teen orthodontic treatment can vary based on the chosen treatment option and individual needs. Many insurance policies offer coverage for orthodontic treatment up to a certain age or percentage. It’s advisable to check with your insurance provider for details.