Why Wear an Orthodontic Retainer

A retainer is an orthodontic device that is designed to help keep your teeth straight once your braces come off. This video discusses the importance of wearing your orthodontic retainer . Teeth will tend to drift back into their original positions once your orthodontic treatment is complete. A retainer helps to keep your teeth in proper position while simultaneously helping to rebuild bone after your teeth have been adjusted. Check out this video to learn how long your retainers must be worn.

For more answers to your orthodontic questions, contact Park Avenue orthodontist  Dr. David Seligman  today at (212) 988-8235. You can also visit our website for additional information about our orthodontic services.

Is Orthodontic Treatment Painful?

In previous years, teens and adults often shied away from the thought of orthodontic treatment for fear of the pain they associated with it. However, recent advancements in the field of dentistry over the past several years have significantly improved the orthodontic treatment methods used today. This article will take a closer look at orthodontics and what you can do to combat feelings of discomfort.

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Pain vs. Discomfort
Orthodontic treatment is not associated with pain or major discomfort, as your New York City or Park Avenue orthodontic specialist will use only the latest in biocompatible braces and light forces to correct oral malocclusions, ultimately resulting in minimal discomfort and faster treatment times. Some patients will experience tenderness or soreness in the first few days after their braces have been put in place, as well as in the days following an adjustment or “tightening” appointment, but this is usually an annoyance rather than a major issue.

Steps You Can Take
There are a number of steps you can take to minimize any discomfort after your braces have been put on or adjusted. These may include taking over-the-counter pain or anti-inflammatory medications, placing an ice pack up against your cheek near the site of irritation, and  eating soft or pureed foods . Placing a small amount of orthodontic wax on your brackets will also help reduce any irritation to your lips, tongue, or cheeks while you adjust to your new braces.

Here at  Seligman Orthodontics , we want to ensure that you receive the best orthodontic experience possible. That’s why we offer a number of comfortable orthodontic solutions, including Incognito braces and the Invisalign system. Learn how to promote successful orthodontic treatment while minimizing any discomfort by calling our Park Avenue office today at (212) 988-8235. You can also visit our New York City office at our website for more information on our current Invisalign promotion. 

Bracket Breakdown: Best Braces Picks [INFOGRAPHIC]

Once upon a time, when you wanted a straighter smile, your only option was metal braces. Now, you have a variety of choices when your grin needs a tune-up. Do you want traditional metal braces or are clear brackets and wires a better choice? Maybe aligner trays are right for you, or perhaps computer-assisted care can save you time and money. How can you choose? Check out this infographic from Dr. David Seligman, a top orthodontist in NYC , to help match your orthodontic treatment demands with the perfect set of braces. You can spread the word about the revolutionary changes in orthodontic care by sharing this infographic with your friends and family!

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What Are Dental Impressions?

A dental impression refers to a mold or model of the teeth that is often created in order to plan a patient’s orthodontic treatment . These impressions are made by having you bite down into a container filled with a rubber-like material for several minutes, after which point the material hardens and is used to create a plaster model.

Your orthodontist will recommend that dental impressions be taken prior to initiating your orthodontic treatment, regardless of whether you are choosing traditional metal braces, Damon clear braces, or the Invisalign system. In some cases, your orthodontist may also use an intraoral camera to take digital images of your teeth.

Dental imprint

For more information about the orthodontic treatment process and steps involved, contact  top NYC orthodontist  Dr. David Seligman today at (212) 988-8235. You can also learn more about our pediatric and adult orthodontic treatment services and emergency orthodontic care by visiting our website. 

What Are the Most Common Orthodontic Emergencies?

As with other procedures and treatment methods, orthodontic treatment may result in a number of complications based on your lifestyle habits and activities. This is especially true if you consume sticky or hard foods, or if you fail to wear a mouth guard while participating in physical sports. Make sure you know how to handle some of the most common orthodontic emergencies by reading through this article.

Tooth First aid

Loose Spacers
Spacers are small rubber rings used to create a small opening in between your back molars in preparation for the placement of the metal band. These spacers or separators are typically left in place for a few days, but may fall out or slip out of position. This is relatively normal and can easily be remedied by having new spacers put in place.

Broken Wires
Individuals who eat hard foods such as chips, cookies, pretzels, and whole fruits may suffer damage to one of their archwires. If one of your  archwires becomes broken , you may consider placing a small piece of orthodontic wax over the wire to prevent it from scratching or poking your cheeks until you are able to obtain treatment.

Loose or Dislodged Brackets
Direct trauma, biting down on pencils or pens, and eating hard or overly sticky foods may cause one of your brackets to become loose or pop off completely. As with broken or lose wires, you can cover a dislodged bracket using a small amount of wax to keep it from irritating your gums or cheeks until you are able to see your orthodontist.

If you are experiencing any of the above emergencies, it is important to seek professional care as soon as possible to ensure successful treatment. For more information about obtaining treatment for after-hours  orthodontics emergencies , contact Dr. David Seligman today at (212) 988-8235. Seligman Orthodontics also offers Invisalign, Incognito braces, and Insignia braces. 

Damon Braces for the Whole Family

Orthodontic treatment may be widely associated with children and teens, but individuals of all ages can benefit from braces. In this video, we learn why one mother decided it was time to undergo orthodontic treatment after her daughter’s success using Damon Braces .

This mother knew that her daughter required orthodontic treatment, but did not want to have to worry about tooth extractions or lengthy treatment. Fortunately, the Damon System uses tieless brackets and advanced shape memory wire to expedite treatment without the need for tightening visits. Learn more about the benefits of Damon Braces by watching this clip.

Are you a good candidate for  Damon braces ? Find out by contacting Dr. David Seligman with Seligman Orthodontics in New York City. Call (212) 988-8235 to get started, and visit us online to read more about the services we offer. 

What is a Posterior Crossbite?

A crossbite occurs when some or all of the upper teeth fit into the wrong side of the lower teeth when biting down. A posterior crossbite may develop when a patient has a narrow upper jaw or an abnormally wide lower jaw, forcing the patient to move their lower jaw forward or sideways when closing their mouth into a bite position, to the point that the lower teeth sit outside of the upper teeth.

Posterior crossbites may involve one or both sides of the jaw. If one side of the jaw is affected the malocclusion is known as a unilateral crossbite, while a crossbite affecting both sides of the jaw is a bilateral crossbite. Untreated posterior crossbites can lead to a number of complications, including gum recession, loose teeth, abnormal wear and tear of the enamel, and asymmetric growth of the jawbones.

Seeking answer

Make sure you are getting the high-quality treatment you need for crossbites by contacting  Park Avenue orthodontist  Dr. David Seligman with Seligman Orthodontics at (212) 988-8235. We offer Damon Clear braces, Invisalign, and Incognito braces. 

A Look at Your Aesthetic Options for Braces

Braces refer to orthodontic devices that are used to align the teeth and improve their overall form and function. Many of the braces used today utilize less metal or no metal at all. In this video, the American Association of Orthodontists takes a closer look at the different orthodontic treatment options that are currently available.

Clear braces utilize white ceramic brackets made from composite materials and clear rubber bands, making them barely visible to others. Lingual braces, such as Incognito braces, are applied to the backside of the teeth for an even better aesthetic option. Watch the complete clip for more information about Invisalign.

Whether you are interested in Damon clear braces, Incognito braces, or the Invisalign system, Park Avenue orthodontist Dr. David Seligman is here to help. Give Seligman Orthodontics a call at (212) 988-8235 or  check out our website  to learn more about your options.