• Choosing Damon Braces Treatment for Teens

    The Damon system is unlike other orthodontic treatments as it uses self-ligating braces and shape-memory wires to straighten your teeth without the need for elastic ties. In this video, we take a closer look at why teens love the Damon system. Orthodontic treatment is usually associated with long appointments and painful adjustments, but the Damon system changes this by offering much faster treatments and comfortable appliances. Watch the clip to learn how long one patient underwent braces with the Damon system.

    Give  Dr. David Seligman  with Seligman Orthodontics a call at (212) 988-8235 for more information about the Damon system, and visit us online to read more about our services. We also offer the Invisalign system and Incognito braces. 

  • Understanding the Advantages of Insignia Adult Orthodontic Treatment

    Insignia is a computerized system which combines digital treatment planning tools with specially designed brackets and wires for a unique approach to orthodontic treatment. Many individuals think that orthodontic treatment is reserved for children and teens, but adults of all ages can benefit from straightening their teeth using Insignia technology. You can learn more about the advantages of Insignia for adults by reading over this article.


    Better Diagnostic Capabilities
    Successful orthodontic treatment starts with proper diagnostics. The Insignia system uses a three-dimensional representation of the exact position of your teeth, allowing orthodontists to better diagnose malocclusions and abnormalities, while calculating the ideal treatment plan for your individual needs. By creating a detailed treatment plan for each stage of treatment and offering you with a digital representation of the final result, Insignia provides more  accurate and predictable results  when compared to traditional orthodontics. 

    Customized Treatment
    One of the biggest benefits of Insignia is that the technology can be used for a number of treatment options, including traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, the Damon system, and even invisible aligners.

    Shorter Treatment Time
    In most cases, orthodontic treatment can last between 12 and 24 months, depending on the patient’s level of oral malocclusion and dental health habits. Unlike traditional orthodontic treatment, Insignia offers adults with a way to straighten their teeth and improve their oral health in treatment times that are up to 25 percent shorter.

    You don’t necessarily need to undergo lengthy orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces in order to improve your smile. Get the facts regarding Insignia by contacting Dr. David Seligman with Seligman Orthodontics at (212) 988-8235 today! Dr. Seligman is a premier provider of Incognito braces, and also offers the Damon System, and Invisalign clear braces. You can also learn more about our Park Avenue services by  visiting our website

  • What Is a Palatal Expander?

    When people think about orthodontics, their first thought is usually of braces or archwires. However, the field of orthodontics utilizes a number of additional oral appliances in order to expedite treatment.

    One such appliance is known as a palatal expander , also known as a rapid palatal expander, orthodontic expander, or rapid maxillary expansion appliance. This upper appliance is attached to the roof of the mouth and applies pressure to the upper jaw by turning a midline screw. Over time, this pressure separates the mid palatal structure, making the jaw wider so that the upper and lower teeth fit together better when biting down. Palatal expanders are often used to correct posterior crossbites as part of or prior to the placement of braces.

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    For more information on the orthodontic appliances and braces options offered by Seligman Orthodontics, call  Dr. David Seligman , a top orthodontist in NYC at (212) 988-8235. Dr. Seligman is one of Park Avenue’s premier providers of Incognito braces! 

  • What to Expect from Tooth Extraction

    Tooth extraction is a procedure in which a tooth and its roots are completely removed from the socket. Extraction may be recommended for teeth that are damaged beyond repair, as well as to extract wisdom teeth impacted below the surface of the gum line. However, many children require tooth extraction in preparation for orthodontic treatment. This article will take a closer look at the process for tooth extraction .


    Before undergoing any type of extraction, all patients will visit with their orthodontist for an oral examination. An orthodontist will also have a series of X-rays taken to identify the positioning of the teeth and determine if the patient requires extraction. Generally speaking,  extraction  may be necessary prior to orthodontic treatment if the eruption of a permanent tooth is prevented by the presence of a baby tooth which is not yet ready to come out. These teeth must be extracted prior to orthodontic treatment, as allowing the permanent teeth to come in after treatment increases the risk of malocclusion or shifting.

    Extraction Procedure
    After administering local anesthesia to numb the area, an orthodontist will extract the tooth and close the socket with stitches. Some patients may require oral anesthesia or IV anesthetic depending on the condition of the tooth and level of invasiveness required during the procedure.

    An orthodontist will typically provide pain killers to help manage discomfort in the hours after the procedure. Patients can help minimize swelling and discomfort by rinsing gently with warm salt water several times per day, using an ice pack up against their cheek near the site of the extracted tooth, and keeping their head propped up while sleeping.

    Here at  Seligman Orthodontics , we strive to make every effort possible to avoid tooth extraction using other therapies. However, we do perform extractions for severe crowding and jaw discrepancy issues. Find out if your child requires tooth extraction prior to orthodontic treatment by calling Dr. David Seligman at (212) 988-8235. 

  • The Basics of Adult Orthodontic Treatment

    Orthodontic treatment is often considered a rite of passage for children and teens—but studies actually show that one in every five orthodontic patients is an adult. This video provides an useful overview of adult orthodontic treatment.

    It seems that more and more adults are opting for orthodontic treatment today, but not just because they are interested in a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Many adults also turn to orthodontics because they are experiencing changes to their bite, gum recession, or are struggling to keep crooked teeth clean. Watch this clip to learn more about the health benefits of adult orthodontic treatment.

    Seligman Orthodontics offers  orthodontic treatment  options for individuals of all ages. Call our Park Avenue office at (212) 988-8235 today for more information about the services we provide. 

  • A Closer Look at the Orthodontic Process

    Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dental medicine which focuses on identifying and treating abnormalities with the teeth and jaws. One of the first questions most individuals have about orthodontics is what they can expect from the overall process. This article will discuss what you can expect from the orthodontic process when working with Dr. David Seligman.


    Preliminary X-Rays
    When you first arrive at our office, you will be greeted by our Treatment Coordinator who will then take you on a tour of our office. You will then have preliminary records taken, such as panoramic X-rays, and cephalometric X-rays, and three dimensional cone beam CAT scan. Dr. Seligman is one of the only New York providers who offers specialized technology that allows him to take either conventional X-rays or three dimensional CAT scans with safe, low-dose radiation exposure. You will then have a series of clinical photos taken, and may require a mold or impression of your mouth.

    The next step of the process is your consultation. Our treatment coordinator will take you into one of our exam rooms, where they will answer any questions, address your concerns, and take notes for Dr. Seligman so that he has the detailed information he needs. We will then show you an educational video about the Damon System and have you meet with Dr. Seligman in person to discuss any final concerns. At this time, Dr. Seligman will review your records and make a treatment recommendation based on the findings.

    Initiation of Treatment
    We offer a number of  treatment options  to choose from, including Damon brackets, Insignia, and the Invisalign system. Dr. Seligman will help you determine which of these options is best right for your needs before scheduling your appointment.

    If you’re ready to straighten your teeth and boost your oral health, it may be time to consider  orthodontics . Call Dr. David Seligman with Seligman Orthodontics today at (212) 988-8235 or check out our website to get started. 

  • What to Expect During a Panoramic Dental X-Ray

    Dental X-rays, also known as radiographs, are an essential part of maintaining your oral health as they provide your dentist with information that is not evident during a visual inspection. For example, X-rays can help your dentist identify cavities in between teeth, abscesses and cysts, bone loss, and oral malocclusions or abnormalities, and even evidence of oral cancer.

    A panoramic X-ray is often performed during the initial planning stage of orthodontic treatment. This X-ray is taken by a machine that rotates around your head in order to provide an image of your teeth and jaws in a single view. After the X-ray is taken, your orthodontist will assess the image for signs of malocclusion—including overbite, underbite, crossbite, misplaced midline, crowding, and spacing issues. 

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    Make sure you know what to expect before, during, and after orthodontic treatment by contacting Seligman Orthodontics in New York City at (212) 988-8235. You can also schedule an initial consultation by  visiting our website

  • Why Should You Consult an Orthodontist Instead of Speaking to Your Dentist About Braces?

    Investing in orthodontic treatment is a great way to improve the appearance of your smile while boosting your overall oral health. However, many dental patients are unsure of the steps to take once they have made the decision to undergo braces or the Invisalign system. Continue reading to learn why it is important to consult with a Park Avenue orthodontist rather than a general dentist when you are interested in braces.


    Specialized Training
    General dentists are trained to identify, treat, and prevent various oral conditions, such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, and even oral cancer. An orthodontist, on the other hand, is a type of dentist who undergoes additional education and training in order to treat conditions affecting the teeth and jaws. This means that visiting with an orthodontist rather than a general dentist ensures that your provider specializes in the type of treatment you require.

    Variety of Treatment Options
    Orthodontists specialize in treating malocclusions, also known as bad bites. For this reason, orthodontists usually offer a number of treatment options, including traditional metal braces, Damon clear braces, Incognito braces placed behind the teeth, and the Invisalign system. An orthodontic specialist will be able to determine which of these methods best suits your needs based on your aesthetic preferences and your specific level of malocclusion.

    Handles Orthodontic Emergencies
    Even the most diligent and careful orthodontic patients are at risk for an orthodontic emergency. Consulting with an orthodontist about braces not only opens the door to a wide variety of treatment options, but also means that you have access to immediate treatment following an orthodontic emergency. This includes broken or lose archwires, dislodged elastic ties, and loosened brackets.

    For more information on getting the smile you’ve always wanted, contact top New York City orthodontist  Dr. David Seligman  with Seligman Orthodontics today at (212) 988-8235. Dr. Seligman offers Damon brackets, Insignia braces, Incognito braces, and clear Invisalign retainers.