Understanding the Problems That May Arise Due to Poor Tooth Position

Many people think that the field of orthodontics is just about improving the look of one’s smile, but in reality, undergoing orthodontic treatment can actually do more than just improve the aesthetic qualities of your teeth. Make sure you understand the importance of orthodontic treatment by reading over this article about the dental problems that can arise due to poor tooth positioning .

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Worsening Malocclusion
Oral malocclusions  or “bad bites” occur when the teeth are misaligned. Common types of malocclusions include overbites, in which the upper front teeth extend too far down over the front bottom teeth; underbites, where the bottom front teeth protrude past the top upper teeth; and misplaced midlines, in which the center line between the top and bottom front teeth are not centered. Additional types of malocclusions include crossbites, open bites, spacing, and overly crowded teeth. Individuals who do not seek orthodontic treatment for these problems during the early stages are at risk for worsening malocclusion over time, as the teeth will continue to shift and increase the level of malocclusion.

Bite and Jaw Abnormalities
As the level of malocclusion worsens, individuals may experience abnormalities of their bite and jaw position. This may not only lead to problems while eating or speaking, but can also cause the jawbone to grow abnormally and increase the risk of temporomandibular joint disorders.

Tooth Decay and Periodontal Disease
Poorly positioned or overly crowded teeth are much harder to keep clean than straight teeth. This means that individuals with untreated oral malocclusions have a higher chance of developing cavities between the teeth and periodontal disease, both of which can lead to pain and eventual tooth loss.

Don’t let oral malocclusions interfere with your dental health. Learn more about your orthodontic treatment options by contacting Park Avenue orthodontist, Dr. David Seligman with Seligman Orthodontics, at (212) 988-8235 today! You can also  visit us online  for more information on Invisalign and Damon clear braces. 

A Quick Look at Elastics

Elastics are orthodontic devices composed of latex or a non-latex material that are designed to keep your arch wires securely attached to your braces brackets . In some cases, elastic bands may also be attached to one bracket on the top teeth and one bracket along the bottom teeth, so that the jaw may move into correct position. The strength, diameter, and width of this type of elastics may vary based on how they are being used.

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Many patients with traditional metal braces choose to change the colors of their elastics during each orthodontic visit to coordinate with their personal style or upcoming holiday. However, these elastics may become discolored over time, especially if they are pale in color. Damon clear braces offer patients an alternative to elastics as they utilize high-technology archwires and tieless braces, eliminating the need for elastics along the front of the brackets. However, elastic ties may still be required to correctly align the jaws. For more information on Damon Clear Braces, Incognito braces, and the Invisalign system, contact Park Avenue orthodontist Dr. David Seligman with  Seligman Orthodontics  today at (212) 988-8235. 

Damon Clear or Invisalign: Which Is Right for You?

Investing in orthodontic treatment is a great way to improve your smile and boost your overall dental health. However, many individuals would prefer an alternative to traditional metal braces. Park Avenue orthodontist Dr. David Seligman is proud to offer Damon clear braces and the Invisalign system. Continue reading to learn more about each treatment option.

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Damon Clear Braces
Conventional braces use metal brackets, archwires, and elastic ties to gradually straighten your teeth and correct a number of malocclusions. Damon Clear braces differ by combining high-technology archwires with tieless brackets for a faster, more comfortable treatment option. Unlike traditional metal braces, Damon Clear braces use a passive slide mechanism which allows the device to maintain the archwires within the bracket without the need for elastic ties, ultimately allowing them to move freely while reducing binding and friction. In this way, Damon Clear braces have been shown to speed up treatment by up to 20 percent when compared to traditional orthodontic devices.

Invisalign
The  Invisalign system  is a revolutionary treatment option that uses a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten your teeth without the need for archwires or brackets. Each aligner is worn for approximately 20 to 22 hours per day for a period of two weeks before being upgraded to the next aligner in the series. Invisalign offers a number of benefits over metal braces as they can be removed while eating and drinking, thereby improving an individual’s oral health during treatment and allowing patients to eat their favorite foods without the risk of damage to their appliances.

The best way to determine which  orthodontic treatment method  best suits your individual needs is to consult with your orthodontist. Give Dr. David Seligman with Seligman Orthodontics a call at (212) 988-8235 to set up an initial consultation. We also offer Incognito Braces which are adhered behind the teeth for an even less noticeable treatment option. 

Why Busy Parents Love Invisalign

Orthodontics can help you obtain the confident, healthy smile you want, but many of us would prefer an alternative to traditional metal braces. This video takes a closer look at the benefit of the Invisalign system for adults.

Invisalign is a great option for individuals of all ages and can treat many of the same conditions that once were only treatable through conventional braces. The average treatment time is one year, but it will vary based on the severity of malocclusion and your diligence in wearing your aligners. To learn how the Invisalign aligners are created, watch the full clip.

You can find out if you are a good candidate for Invisalign by contacting Park Avenue orthodontist Dr. David Seligman at (212) 988-8235. You can also set up an appointment to learn more about Damon clear braces by visiting  Seligman Orthodontics  at our website. 

A Look at Some Celebrities Who Have Proudly Worn Braces

Braces and orthodontic appliances are widely associated with teens and adolescents, but that does not mean that adults cannot benefit from braces as well. In fact, a number of famous people have chosen to undergo orthodontic treatment in order to straighten their smile and even improve their job outlook. Take a closer look at the celebrities who have invested in orthodontic treatment by reading through this article.

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Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise is well known for his appearances in movies such as Top Gun and Mission: Impossible. At age 39, the actor decided to fix his crooked teeth using clear braces, which he wore while filming and working on the next Mission: Impossible movies.  Some say he may have even have inspired fellow actor Nicolas Cage to invest in braces, which helped him land the title role in Ghost Rider.

Faith Hill
At the age of 45, singer Faith Hill decided it was time to improve her smile after she failed to wear her retainer following  orthodontic treatment  as a teen. As with many other celebrities, Faith Hill decided on clear braces which were first noticed at the 2012 Country Music Association Awards, despite the fact that she had gotten them put on approximately four months prior. 

Katherine Heigl
Known for her roles in Knocked Up, The Ugly Truth, and the hit show Grey’s Anatomy, actress Katherine Heigl decided to improve her smile in 2007 in preparation for her wedding. However, Heigl was still filming Grey’s Anatomy at the time, which inspired her to invest in the Invisalign system over metal or clear braces.

Are you ready to get a celebrity smile? Let Dr. David Seligman of  Seligman Orthodontics  educate you on the benefits of orthodontic treatment by calling our Park Avenue office at (212) 988-8235. We are proud to offer Damon clear braces, Incognito braces, Invisalign, and other services to our patients. 

Learn More About Your Orthodontic Treatment by Checking Out These Links

Having a straight smiles does more than just boost your confidence, it can help your overall health as well! If you are looking for straighter teeth, call Seligman Orthodontics at (212) 988-8235 today, or visit us on the web to learn more about our orthodontic treatment options. Check out these links to learn more. 

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Examining the Health Benefits of Invisalign Over Traditional Braces

One of the first decisions you and your orthodontist make together is what kind of orthodontic treatment is best suited to your needs. The overriding concern will always be selecting the right treatment for your specific issues, but other factors, including aesthetics and personal preferences, will also be considered. For many patients, there is no better choice than Invisalign. These clear, plastic aligners offer many significant health benefits over traditional, metal braces.

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Easier Oral Care
With traditional braces, dental health problems are much more common. Many patients find it difficult to effectively brush and floss with brackets and wires on their teeth. Most patients simply don’t follow the care plan for this reason. These patients end up with inflamed gums and tooth discoloration that compromises their great orthodontic results. With  Invisalign , you can remove the aligners to brush and floss your teeth normally, thus making proper oral hygiene much easier.  

Improved Overall Health
The problems associated with the poor oral hygiene that sometimes accompanies traditional braces don’t stop at your mouth. The bacteria that accumulate around teeth and gums can also compromise your general health. Heart disease, strokes, pneumonia, and even diabetes are associated with poor dental health. Not getting orthodontic care when you need it also increases your risk of dental infections. Invisalign not only addresses that concern, but may also keep you healthier during treatment.

More Self-Confidence
For some people, traditional braces are an aesthetic issue. They feel self-conscious about wearing metal braces, so their confidence in social and professional settings takes a hit. This is especially true of adult orthodontic patients. With Invisalign, you can get the orthodontic treatment you need without worrying about the cosmetic aspect of traditional braces.

Is Invisalign right for you? Only your orthodontist can tell you for sure. Make an appointment for a consultation at Seligman Orthodontics and find out. Call our conveniently located Park Avenue office  today at (212) 988-8235 for more information.

Determining if Your Child Needs Braces

A vast majority of children require braces to correct bite issues—but how do you know if your child needs to see an orthodontist ? You don’t have to wait for a dentist to refer you to an orthodontist if you think your child may need treatment. This video details some of the warning signs you should look out for.

Early indicators that your child need braces include prolonged thumb sucking, late or early eruption of baby teeth, and popping sounds when he or she chews. If your child’s bite is obviously misaligned, consult an orthodontist immediately.

You don’t need to wait until adolescence to seek orthodontic care. At Seligman Orthodontics, we care for patients of all ages.  Make an appointment  for your child or yourself by calling (212) 988-8235.

 

When Should Your Child First Visit the Orthodontist?

Most people associate orthodontic care and braces with being a teenager, but there is no reason to wait until your child reaches adolescence to get them the treatment they need. Orthodontists see very young children frequently. Most orthodontists recommend that children have a check-up by the time they are seven, or earlier if the need for treatment is apparent. Here are some signs your child could benefit from even earlier treatment:

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Jaw Popping
If you notice that your child’s jaw pops when they open it, there is a good chance that they have some kind of alignment issue that should be corrected by an orthodontist. Identifying these problems early in life may make orthodontic treatment easier.

Obvious Bite Issues
Orthodontists are experts at diagnosing even very minor bite issues that you may not have detected. However, sometimes children have malocclusions, or bite problems, that are very noticeable to parents. If your child has an obvious overbite, underbite, cross bite, or upper tooth protrusion, let an orthodontist help you decide what the next step should be. This is another instance in which early treatment can translate into more effective, less invasive care. If bite issues are addressed when your child is young, they may not need braces later on.

Speech Problems
Malocclusions are at the root of many  speech problems . As soon as you notice a pattern of speech issues, schedule an appointment with an orthodontist. Even minor tooth adjustments can make a big difference in speech. Getting your child to see an orthodontist early can save them from years of being self-conscious about their speech issues in the classroom.

If in doubt about whether your child needs orthodontic care, play it safe and schedule a visit. At the  Park Avenue orthodontist office  of Dr. David Seligman, we see patients of all ages and are equipped to treat even very young patients. Call Seligman Orthodontics today at (212) 988-8235 and make an appointment.