• A Patient’s Guide to the Orthodontic Process at Seligman Orthodontics

    The decision to embark on an orthodontic process for yourself or a child can be overwhelming. The Manhattan-based Seligman Orthotics knows that you have many options, and we aim to alleviate these worries to help you select the best treatment possible . While your unique plan may be slightly different, this is a guide to our general orthodontic plan.

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    Step 1: Imaging
    We begin each consultation appointment with a tour of the office and diagnostic imaging. This includes either a cephlometric X-ray or a 3D cone beam CAT scan. Both options allow our staff to fully understand the inner workings of all of your teeth while subjecting you or your child to the minimal amount of radiation exposure. Furthermore, we use state-of-the-art technology to create a full rendering of the mouth and allow our team to show you how and why Damon, Insignia, or Invisalign can help.

    Step 2: Fact-Finding
    Before our medical professionals recommend a particular course of treatment, we want to learn about your goals and expectations. The second step of the orthodontic process involves meeting with a Treatment Coordinator so that we can get more information about your lifestyle, preferred timeline, and aesthetic preferences.  If needed, we will ask you to review an educational  video about the Damon System .

    Step 3: Doctor Consultation
    Next, you will meet with Dr. David Seligman to go over your options. He will review your imagery as well as notes provided by the Treatment Coordinator, and recommend one or two courses of action. The doctor can then answer any further concerns about the process and estimate a time of completion. 

    Step 4: Implementation
    After you agree on a course of action, our staff will help you schedule another appointment and embark on a journey to straight and beautiful teeth. Depending on which option you select, the next appointment may involve making a mold of your mouth and sending it away to create a custom orthodontic solution.

    If you live in any of the five boroughs and are considering orthodontic treatment, look no further than the NYC office of Dr. David Seligman. Our office offers a number of  invisible orthodontic treatment options , so call (646) 719-0776 today to schedule an initial consultation with Seligman Orthodontics.

  • Why More Adults Are Getting Orthodontic Care

    Americans are living longer than ever before. This means that proactive dental and orthodontic care can pay dividends for years to come. Orthodontists are noticing an increase in adults seeking orthodontic procedures to fix their smiles and create straighter teeth. In fact, one out of every five braces recipients is an adult.

    One of the most prevalent reasons why adults are opting for orthodontic care is good insurance. Both flex spending plans and dental coverage with orthodontic reimbursement lead to more affordable procedures for millions of Americans. Furthermore, advances in technology mean that adult patients can minimize the amount of time spent wearing braces or other aligners. Watch this video to learn more.  

    Professionals in New York City interested in improving their smiles should consider a consultation with the  experienced team at Seligman Orthodontics . Our Park Avenue office is experienced with the newest advances in orthodontic care, such as the Damon system, Insignia, and Invisalign. Call (646) 719-0776 today to schedule an appointment with a member of our skilled staff. 

  • What Foods Should You Avoid If You Have Braces?

    Unfortunately, braces and other orthodontic devices can make it difficult to eat certain types of foods. Accidentally consuming something viscous or thick can cause strain to braces and other devices. The following is a list of the most common foods to avoid if you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.

    Popcorn
    Popcorn is one of the most beloved snacks in the United States. However, this popular food can break braces and cause serious pain . Partially popped kernels and hulls of corn contain sharp edges that can stick to teeth or orthodontic devices even if chewed properly. They can lead to inflamed gums, unglued brackets, and even oral infections. For this reason, braces wearers should abstain from eating popcorn until their braces are removed.

    Caramel Candy
    Any thick candy such as toffee or caramel can stick to teeth and get lodged between the tooth and orthodontic device. If the braces wearer does not properly brush his or her teeth following candy consumption, the sugar in the caramel can wear away at teeth enamel and cause cavities. This type of candy is also more likely to adhere to the brackets themselves, which may lead to unglued or loose devices.

    Fibrous Fruit
    Biting into apples, carrots, and nectarines requires pressure from one’s front teeth. If the food is not yet ripe, its fibrous nature may cause it to pull brackets and hurt teeth. Individuals who still wish to enjoy these fruits while wearing braces should cut their fruits and vegetables up into little pieces so that they are easier to chew using the back of the mouth.

    New orthodontic technology means that braces wearers can minimize the time they have to abstain from the above foods. New York residents interested in learning about the newest advances in braces technology should dial (646) 719-0776 to reach the NYC orthodontics office of Dr. David Seligman. We specialize in the Damon System, Insignia, and Invisalign, so contact us today to see how we can help your smile.

  • A Brief Look at Excessive Gingival Display

    Excessive gingival display—or a “gummy smile,” as it is sometimes known—refers to a condition in which an excessive amount of the upper gum line is revealed when a person smiles. Although excessive gingival display does not normally cause any health-related problems, it can have a negative impact on self-esteem .

    There are several treatments your orthodontist can use to treat excessive gingival display. The right one for you depends on the severity of your condition. In some cases, surgery is necessary to reduce gingival display. During this procedure, a portion of the upper jaw is removed so that the remaining jaw shifts upward. This upward shift pushes the gum line further up so that less of the gum line is exposed when you smile.

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    If you’re concerned about  excessive gingival display  when you smile, top-rated Park Avenue orthodontist Dr. David Seligman can help. Schedule a consultation at Seligman Orthodontics today to find out how we can help you feel more confident about your smile. Call (646) 719-0776. 

  • What to Expect from the Orthodontic Treatment Process

    Orthodontic treatment can be life-changing. Not only will treatment help you get a smile you’ll be proud to show off, but that increased confidence in your grin will also spill over into your personal and professional life. Many people who could benefit from orthodontic treatment avoid it simply because they don’t know what to expect. This guide will clear up the process so you can feel good about scheduling your orthodontic appointment.

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    Consultation
    It is very important for you to be an active partner in your orthodontic care. Treatment begins with a consultation during which your orthodontist will perform an exam, view X-rays, and discuss your treatment goals. This is the time to speak up about the kind of smile you want to have and your concerns about getting orthodontic care. There are many treatment options available, from Incognito braces to  traditional brackets and wires . Your orthodontist will work with you to select the best one for you.

    Initial Fitting
    No matter which treatment you select, you will need an appointment for an initial fitting. During this appointment, your orthodontist will fit you with your braces, retainer, or aligners and make any necessary adjustments. You will also learn how to care for your orthodontic appliances and your teeth. With some kinds of braces, you may need to use special techniques for brushing and flossing, so use this visit to learn about any new dental hygiene requirements.

    Maintenance
    You will have orthodontic check-ups periodically during treatment. Your orthodontist will check your progress and tweak your care plan as needed during these appointments. Be sure to ask questions about any concerns you have at this time.

    Get the smile you deserve by starting your orthodontic treatment with Dr. David Seligman and  Seligman Orthodontics . Our top-rated Park Avenue practice will tailor a treatment plan specifically to your needs. Schedule your appointment today by calling (646) 719-0776.