How Can Teens Benefit from Invisalign Treatment?

Visiting the orthodontist is a common activity for teenagers. Once all permanent teeth have grown in, orthodontists can make sure they move into proper position and stay there well into adulthood with the use of braces. Teens may not find traditional braces to be a very appealing option, but they can benefit by choosing Invisalign:

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No Metal Mouths
Teenagers are constantly thinking about their appearances. They want to express themselves, look cool, and catch the attention of their peers—but not because of their braces! Traditional braces leave teens with mouths full of metal, potentially hurting their self-esteem. Invisalign uses clear aligners that are nearly invisible to others, allowing teens to perfect their smiles while still showing them off with pride.

No Painful Wires
Traditional braces are not just unsightly; they can also be painful. These braces feature an assortment of wires and other metal pieces that can poke the tongue, gum tissue, and lips. Teens can find it difficult to feel comfortable while undergoing orthodontic treatment with metal braces. Invisalign aligners do not have any irritating metal pieces, creating a much more comfortable fit for teens interested in straightening their teeth.

No Need to Miss Favorite Activities
Orthodontic patients often have to adapt their lifestyles after starting teeth-straightening treatment. That is because metal braces can be intrusive, making it difficult to eat, drink, and even speak as you normally do. Metal braces can also make it hard for teens to keep up with their favorite sports or instruments. Invisalign makes it easier to enjoy these activities.

No Trouble Keeping Mouth Clean
Good oral hygiene is not always a priority for teens. That is why it is important to make good dental habits as easy to maintain as possible! Metal braces can make it difficult to fully clean teeth and gums. Invisalign aligners can be removed, making it easy to brush and floss regularly.

Learn about other advantages offered by Invisalign from the orthodontic experts at Seligman Orthodontics. Head over to our website for information about our NYC orthodontic services or call us at (212) 988-8235 to schedule an appointment.

A Look at the Boom in Adults Seeking Orthodontic Treatment

Who says orthodontic treatment is just for children and teenagers? Today’s orthodontists perform a variety of procedures designed to improve both the appearance and function of the smile. Adults can benefit from these procedures , resulting in straighter, whiter, and brighter smiles that improve their health and confidence. Here is a look at the boom in adult orthodontic patients:

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The Numbers
It is easy to imagine that younger people make up the majority of orthodontic patients. During adolescence, orthodontic treatment can ensure that permanent teeth grow into their proper positions to provide the healthiest and most attractive smile possible. But many of today’s orthodontic patients are adults, some who have had treatment in the past and some experiencing their very first treatments. Research shows that more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment, with patients ages 18 and over accounting for 22% of orthodontic visitors in 2010.

The Reasons
Orthodontic treatment focuses on both cosmetic and functional aspects of a smile. Proper teeth positioning is essential for maintaining a healthy smile that is easy to clean and fun to show off. Some adult patients were never able to undergo orthodontic treatment during their younger years, but now have the resources to get the smiles they truly want. Other adult patients received orthodontic treatment when they were younger, but have experienced changes as they have gotten older. Modern orthodontic treatment can provide better results for these patients.

The Treatments
Adult patients typically seek orthodontic treatment to correct dental issues that affect their appearance, their health, or their oral hygiene habits. Orthodontists can provide a variety of straightening treatments that gently pull teeth into a more appropriate position, resulting in a healthier and more attractive smile. Many adult patients visit their orthodontists to learn about metal braces, Invisalign and other invisible options, and other treatments to straighten their smiles or fix age-related issues.

Are you ready to obtain a healthier and more attractive smile? Contact Seligman Orthodontics today! Give us a call at (212) 988-8235 to learn about our orthodontic treatment options for NYC patients of all ages. 

The Ultimate Partnership: Damon Braces and AcceleDent [INFOGRAPHIC]

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For most patients either considering or already undergoing orthodontic treatment, one question looms largely: how long will I need to wear braces? By combining Damon braces with the AcceleDent system, you can achieve your new smile faster than ever before. Damon braces already set the gold standard for quick results. Because Damon braces are self-ligating, treatment time is reduced. The AcceleDent system uses FDA-approved SoftPulse Technology to gently vibrate your teeth to encourage them to shift more quickly. By using AcceleDent for 20 minutes daily, you can shave up to 50% off your orthodontic treatment time. This infographic from Seligman Orthodontics explains everything you need to know about Damon braces and AcceleDent. Visit our NYC orthodontist’s office for a consultation on these treatments, and please feel free to share this information with your family and friends who are also considering orthodontic treatment.  

Understanding Interceptive Care

Children start out with baby or primary teeth. These teeth are smaller than permanent teeth but play an important role in overall dental health. The primary teeth are essential for holding the proper amount of space so that permanent teeth can grow in the right position. That is why it is so important to teach your children how to clean and care for their baby teeth.

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A dentist can help your child learn the right techniques for maintaining oral health. An orthodontist can also help your child’s smile by determining a treatment plan to ensure an attractive and healthy smile. Interceptive care provides earlier care by starting orthodontic treatment when children have a combination of primary and permanent teeth. This type of treatment is ideal for reducing treatment times, achieving great results, and enhancing facial growth.

Learn more about interceptive orthodontic care by contacting the friendly staff at Seligman Orthodontics. Give us a call at (212) 988-8235 to find out if this type of orthodontic treatment is right for your child. 

A Look at Treatment Options for Overbites

When teeth are not properly aligned, it can make it harder to chew, speak, and even maintain good oral hygiene. An overbite occurs when the bottom jaw is further back than the top jaw, resulting in top teeth that jut forward more than they should.

As you will see in this video, it is important to visit an orthodontist to figure out the best treatment option for an overbite. Surgery or tooth extraction may be necessary as well as braces to slowly move teeth into the proper position. Once the braces are placed on the teeth, rubber bands connect the jaws to aid in the repositioning process. 

If you think you have an overbite, schedule an appointment at Seligman Orthodontics today. Call us at (212) 988-8235 for more information about orthodontic treatment and how you can improve your smile.