• A Patient’s Guide to Oral Malocclusions

    Malocclusion is a general term that refers to a variety of bite problems. The type of malocclusion you have dictates the choices your orthodontist makes about your treatment. Malocclusions are rated for severity using a three-class system, with Class III malocclusions being the worst. Although there are many different types malocclusions, these are some of the most common.

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    Upper Protrusion
    Upper protrusions are sometimes referred to as buck teeth. This bite problem is characterized by upper, front teeth that extend too far outward. Sometimes upper protrusions are actually a sign of a lower jaw that is too small. In other cases, long-term thumb sucking and pacifier use can cause the upper palate to change shape, forcing the teeth forwards. Note that this condition is different from another, similar  malocclusion  called an overbite. With an overbite, the front teeth are pushed forward, but instead of extending outward, they clamp down too far over the lower teeth, forcing those teeth into the roof of the mouth.

    Open Bite
    If your upper and lower front teeth don’t overlap at all, then you have an open bite. The molars line up in people with open bites, but the misalignment between the upper and lower front teeth means that there is an open space between the front teeth when teeth are clenched together. In some cases, open bites are only present on one side of the mouth, and in other case, open bites appear on both sides.

    Underbite
    Underbites are similar to upper protrusions, but they involve the lower teeth. With an underbite, the lower teeth extend outward beyond the upper teeth. This kind of bite forces the lower jaw forward.

    At  Seligman Orthodontics , Dr. David Seligman can treat all kinds of malocclusions to help you get the gorgeous, healthy smile you want. Make an appointment at our Park Avenue office to find out why we are one of the top-rated orthodontic offices in the city. You can schedule your consultation today by calling (212) 988-8235. 

  • Stay on Top of Your Invisalign Treatment By Downloading This Handy App

    Invisalign is a great way to boost your confidence in your smile without the cosmetic concerns associated with traditional metal braces . Wearing Invisalign is simple and painless, but one thing some patients struggle with is remembering to change their aligners. Forgetting to swap out your aligners, even for a few days, can add costly extra time to your treatment. Make sure your new smile is ready right on schedule with the help of this app.

    The Android Align on Time app lets you store your Invisalign schedule on your smartphone and sends you reminders whenever it is time for a new set of aligners. The app can store dates for up to 60 aligner sets, so you’ll never fall behind again.

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    Use this app to  generate an Invisalign schedule  with Dr. Seligman of Seligman Orthodontics. Make our Park Avenue orthodontic practice your pick for care for your whole family. Schedule an appointment by calling (212) 988-8235. 

  • Are You A Good Candidate for the Invisalign System?

    If you want orthodontic treatment but are hesitant to wear traditional braces , the Invisalign system could be right for you. These clear, plastic aligners deliver the same results as braces but are virtually invisible. Invisalign can be a great choice, but is it the right treatment for you? Here are some signs that you are a good candidate for Invisalign.

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    You Have Minor to Moderate Bite Problems
    Invisalign  is ideal for treating a variety of orthodontic problems, ranging from mild to moderate. Some of the conditions Invisalign is best suited to address include gapped teeth, overbites, underbites, excessive crowding, and open bites. Occasionally, some malocclusions are better treated with traditional braces. In these cases, Incognito braces may be a better choice. Your orthodontist will evaluate your bite issues and determine if Invisalign is the best treatment.

    You Don’t Want to Change Your Oral Health Routine
    A common complaint about traditional braces is that they make brushing and flossing more complicated and time-consuming. With Invisalign, you can remove your aligners so you can brush and floss as normal. That means that when your treatment is complete, you don’t run the risks of staining and decay that sometimes plague patients with braces.

    You Want Fewer Orthodontic Appointments
    Whether you have braces or Invisalign, regular visits with your orthodontist are important. During these appointments, your orthodontist tracks your progress and makes adjustments to make sure you keep moving toward your treatment goals. However, with Invisalign, you need fewer check-ups because your aligners don’t need to be tightened. If you have a packed schedule, this advantage can be a significant timesaver.

    If you’re considering Invisalign, make an appointment with Dr. David Seligman of Seligman Orthodontics. Dr. Seligman will work with you to select the  best orthodontic treatment  for your bite issues and help you finally feel confident about your smile. Call our Park Avenue office today at (212) 988-8235 to make an appointment. 

  • What Is a Deep Incisor Overbite?

    A deep incisor overbite is a malocclusion characterized by a protrusion of the upper front teeth. This condition is common and can be corrected with orthodontic interventions like braces and Invisalign . Left untreated, an overbite can cause speech impediments, difficulty with chewing food, excessive wear on the lower teeth, and jaw problems.

    With an overbite, the upper teeth extend out so far that they clamp down over the top of the lower teeth. Excessive eruption of the incisors is also common. Often, this condition is caused by a mismatch in size between the upper and lower jaws. Overbites are sometimes genetic but can also be caused by poor oral health habits, overdevelopment of bones in the mouth, and long-term thumb sucking or pacifier use. Your orthodontist can guide your teeth back into alignment using braces or Invisalign. The best treatment for you and the length of your treatment depend on the severity of your overbite.

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    If you have an overbite or any other kind of malocclusion, Seligman Orthodontics and Dr. David Seligman can help. We offer a  full range of orthodontic treatments  at our Park Avenue office. Schedule an appointment by calling (212) 988-8235 and get started on the road towards a new, beautiful smile today.

  • The Importance of Early Orthodontic Treatment

    Braces used to be a rite of passage in high school, but fewer teens are seen sporting brackets and wires today. The difference isn’t that kids don’t need braces anymore. The real reason that fewer high school students are wearing braces is that it is becoming increasingly common for kids to get orthodontic treatment at younger ages. Should you consider making appointment at the orthodontist for your child? Here is what you need to know about getting orthodontic treatment for your child.

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    First Appointments
    What is the right time to have your child evaluated by an orthodontist? Unless his pediatric dentist has referred him sooner, your child should have an exam by an orthodontist around age seven, according to the American Association of Orthodontics. If bite problems are obvious before that time, seek care as soon as you become concerned.

    Interceptive Orthodontics
    It is a common misconception among parents that orthodontic treatment can’t begin until all of the permanent teeth are in place. In fact, the best time to start treatment is much earlier. Before the permanent teeth are in place, orthodontists can offer what is known as  interceptive treatment . This kind of care is focused on encouraging permanent teeth to erupt in ideal positions to reduce the need for future treatment. For instance, instead of pulling teeth and then closing the gaps with braces to ease crowding, with interceptive care, orthodontists can use palatal expanders to increase the space in the jaw so that all the teeth fit. This is only possible while the jaw is still growing before the permanent teeth come in. Interceptive care can prevent the need for braces entirely or shorten the length of time braces need to be worn.

    Kid-Friendly Care
    To accommodate younger patients, orthodontic devices have become even more kid-friendly. In addition to increased comfort, special features like colored elastics with braces lets kids customize their treatment and feel more excited about receiving care.

    At  Seligman Orthodontics , Dr. David Seligman welcomes patients of all ages. It’s never too early or too late to start working on a great smile. Learn more by calling our Park Avenue orthodontic practice at (212) 988-8235. 

  • What Is Interceptive Treatment?

    Orthodontic treatment is always easiest when bite problems are in their earliest stages. Interceptive treatment lets orthodontists intervene into a moderate or severe malocclusion when a child is very young to maximize results and reduce the need for more invasive treatments later. Watch this video to learn how interceptive treatment works.

    Generally, orthodontists start this treatment when patients are between the ages of seven and nine, when they only have a few permanent teeth. Interceptive treatment is deal for treating moderate to severe crossbites and crowding. Although most interceptive patients do require a second round of treatment to perfect their bites, that therapy is usually shorter and less invasive than if initial treatment had been delayed.

    Let Park Avenue orthodontist Dr. David Seligman of Seligman Orthodontics start your child out on the road to a healthy and beautiful smile.  Find out more about our orthodontic services  by calling (212) 988-8235. 

  • The Benefits of Choosing Seligman Orthodontics

    Choosing the right orthodontist for your treatment is a crucial part of getting the results you want. Of course you want an orthodontist who is well-trained and has a proven track record, but it is equally important that your orthodontist embraces the latest technologies and is constantly updating his treatment approaches. In addition, you should choose an orthodontic practice where you feel welcomed by staff and comfortable expressing your questions and concerns. At Seligman Orthodontics, you get all of these things and more. Here are just some of the advantages of choosing our NYC practice .

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    New Approach to Orthodontics
    Orthodontics  used to be all about straightening teeth for a better-looking smile. Although achieving a gorgeous grin is still a part of orthodontics, the field has evolved. We now understand the importance of proper tooth alignment in overall health. Poorly aligned teeth can interfere with breathing, trigger jaw pain, and cause facial features to appear unbalanced. At Seligman Orthodontics, we embrace this new approach to orthodontics and focus on helping our patients improve their health and their self-confidence as we address their bite issues.

    Dedicated Staff
    Each member of the Seligman Orthodontics team is here for one reason alone: to deliver unparalleled patient care. The staff here is dedicated to creating a comfortable environment in which patients feel welcome and are encouraged to be active participants in their own treatments. Ensuring that you are happy with every stage of your care, including the outcome, is our No. 1 goal.

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    Dr. David Seligman is one of the leading practitioners in his field. A graduate of University of Connecticut Dental School and Vanderbilt University Medical School Division of Orthodontics, Dr. Seligman has been in private practice since 1997. He is one of New York’s top orthodontists and is committed to staying on the cutting edge of orthodontic treatment.

    The best way to find out the  benefits of choosing Seligman Orthodontics  is to experience them for yourself. Schedule an appointment with Dr. David Seligman today by calling (212) 988-8235.

  • How Long Does Treatment Take With Damon Brackets?

    The Damon system is a revolutionary approach to orthodontic treatment that results in fewer appointments, increased comfort, faster treatment, and high-quality results. Other braces use elastic or metal ties to attach the archwires, which can cause friction and slow down the treatment time. The Damon system, on the other hand, uses self-ligating braces that eliminate the need for elastic ties, as well as high-technology shape-memory wires that move the teeth faster than traditional archwires. In fact, most patients who correct their teeth using the Damon system have treatment times of six months or less.

    In addition to improving comfort and faster treatment, Damon braces are easier to keep clean and do not run the risk of the elastic ties attracting or collecting plaque. In this way, the Damon system not only corrects your smile much faster, but also decreases your risk for gum disease and cavities.

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    Find out if the  Damon system  is right for you by consulting with Dr. David Seligman with Seligman Orthodontics. Visit us on the Web or call our Park Avenue office at (212) 988-8235 for more information. 

  • How to Help Your Child Maintain Good Oral Hygiene During Orthodontic Treatment

    Early orthodontic treatment is a great way to improve your child’s s smile while reducing the risk of oral complications in the future. However, many children struggle to maintain their oral hygiene when they are wearing traditional braces. Continue reading to learn how you can help your child protect their oral health and wellness while undergoing orthodontic treatment

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    Encourage Brushing and Flossing
    Brushing and flossing are essential when it comes to protecting one’s oral health, but children often struggle to maintain these habits when they have braces. A good way to encourage your child to brush their teeth as instructed is to explain how poor dental hygiene habits will impact their health, including increasing the risk of cavities, gum disease, and longer orthodontic treatment. You may also help your child by providing certain aids to make the process easier, such as a  floss threader or interdental brush .

    Provide Dental-Friendly Foods
    Your child will need to avoid certain foods if they are wearing metal or ceramic braces. These include foods that are extremely sticky, sugary, or crunchy—as these all can cause damage to the brackets, archwires, or pull out the elastic ties. Instead, consider providing your child with more dental-friendly snacks, such as bite-sized cooked vegetables, slices of soft fruits, whole grains, and lean cuts of meat.

    Stay On Top of Orthodontic Visits
    One of the best ways to help your child maintain their oral hygiene while undergoing orthodontic treatment is to ensure that they stay on top of all their orthodontic visits. Keeping up with checkups and undergoing routine adjustment visits will not only ensure your child’s treatment is on schedule, but will also allow their orthodontist to identify problems or potential complications.

    Is your child ready for braces? Get the treatment you and your family need by contacting Park Avenue orthodontist,  Dr. David Seligman  with Seligman Orthodontics at (212) 988-8235 today. Dr. Seligman is also a premier provider of Incognito Braces.