Answers to Your Questions About Invisalign

If you’ve been delaying orthodontic treatment because of cosmetic concerns, it’s time to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist who offers the Invisalign system. Invisalign offers a significant cosmetic advantage over traditional metal braces; since the aligners are virtually undetectable, no one else needs to know that you’re having your teeth straightened. 

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How does Invisalign Work?
Just like traditional orthodontic treatment, Invisalign works by applying gentle pressure to your teeth to gradually coax them into their proper positions. You’ll be provided with a series of clear plastic aligners that have been custom-made to fit your mouth. Your orthodontist will let you know when it’s time to switch to the next aligner in the series. As you progress through the series of aligners, your teeth will gradually become properly aligned.

How Can I Start Orthodontic Treatment?
Your first step is to schedule a consultation with an Invisalign provider . This orthodontist will thoroughly evaluate your bite pattern and take images to plan your treatment. During your consultation, ask the orthodontist any questions you have about the treatment. If you decide to go ahead with the treatment, a lab will create your customized aligners for you.

Are There Any Dietary Restrictions?
Unlike traditional metal braces, you do not need to restrict what you eat and drink. The aligners are removable. Since you’ll take out your aligners prior to eating, there’s no need to worry that a crunchy or chewy food will damage them. You can also chew gum; however, you’ll need to remove your aligners beforehand.

How do I Maintain Oral Hygiene?
After each meal and snack, you’ll brush and floss your teeth. You can clean your aligners with the Invisalign Cleaning System or with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste.

Dr. David Seligman of Seligman Orthodontics is pleased to offer the Invisalign system to residents of New York City—including teens! To learn whether Invisalign might be right for you, call our Park Avenue practice at (646) 681-8519. You can also learn more about orthodontic treatment on our website.

Common Types of Malocclusion

Occlusion refers to the way in which your teeth are aligned, and the way your upper and lower jaws fit together. In a proper bite pattern, all of your upper teeth should be very slightly forward of the lower teeth, with the points of your molars fitting neatly into the grooves of the opposite molars. Malocclusion occurs when the teeth are out of alignment. There are many types of improper bite patterns. When you meet an orthodontist to discuss undergoing orthodontic treatment , he or she can explain your particular type of malocclusion.

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Open Bite
If your orthodontist diagnoses you with an open bite, it means that there is an abnormal opening where your teeth don’t fit together when you bite down. In an open bite, the molars may fit together properly, yet the front upper teeth do not properly overlap the front lower teeth.

Underbite
If your top front teeth are behind your lower front teeth when you close your jaws, you have an underbite. In most cases, an underbite is hereditary. However, sometimes other factors can contribute, such as tongue thrusting or mouth breathing.

Crossbite
Your orthodontist will diagnose you with a crossbite if any of the teeth on one jaw lie on the wrong side of the teeth on the other jaw when you bite down. A crossbite often occurs as a result of genetics or because one of your jaws is disproportionate in size to the other. If left untreated with orthodontic care, a crossbite may lead to excessive tooth enamel wear, receding gums, facial asymmetries, and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

Upper Protrusion
An upper protrusion is a type of malocclusion often caused by a small lower jaw. However, sometimes it’s the result of excessive pacifier use or thumb-sucking. An upper protrusion is characterized by the outward position of the upper front teeth. This condition is sometimes referred to as “buck teeth.”

Dr. David Seligman of Seligman Orthodontics has extensive experience in working with patients with all types of malocclusion. We’ll customize your orthodontic treatment to suit your unique needs. Schedule a consultation with our Park Avenue practice today by calling (646) 681-8519.

What Orthodontists Do

How does the expertise of an orthodontist differ from that of a dentist? This video explains why you may want to see an orthodontist.

Like a dentist, an orthodontist must finish four years of dental school. However, whereas a dentist can begin practicing immediately upon completion of dental school, an orthodontist must undergo additional training to learn the specifics of mouth structure and teeth movement. This know-how allows orthodontists to correct teeth alignment issues. Only those individuals who successfully complete their orthodontic training can practice orthodontic treatment. A capable orthodontist can remedy issues ranging from gapped teeth to buck teeth to crowded teeth.

Are you considering braces or Invisalign treatment? Then call Seligman Orthodontics in New York City at (212) 988-8235. Dr. David Seligman can help you decide the ideal type of treatment for your orthodontic needs. 

Why You Should Wear Your Retainer

Your retainer is customized to fit the unique contours of your mouth. Your orthodontist will let you know how often you should wear your retainer and for how long. It’s important to follow these instructions exactly for best results. Sometimes, if you only need to move one tooth or close a gap between two teeth, you’ll wear a retainer instead of braces. In these circumstances, you’ll need to wear your retainer according to your orthodontist’s instructions to keep the teeth moving in the right direction.

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It’s also common to wear a retainer after undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces. Even after your braces have shifted your teeth into their proper positions, they could still move out of alignment. By wearing your retainer, you’ll prevent your teeth from shifting out of place. Other people need to wear a retainer because of a medical condition, such as tongue thrust or temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

If you have any questions about your retainer, schedule an appointment with Seligman Orthodontics on Park Avenue. Call (646) 681-8519 or visit our website to learn more about our premier orthodontic practice.