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Orthodontic treatment can help you get the smile you have always wanted! Your orthodontist has the right tools, training, and treatments to straighten your smile and help you maintain better oral health.

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These professionals can also provide relief when you are dealing with orthodontic emergencies. If you have metal braces, common dental emergencies include getting items stuck between your teeth or between teeth and braces, losing a wire or part of the ligature of your braces, or experiencing a protruding wire that can cause sores or other mouth irritation. The team at Seligman Orthodontics can help you take care of these emergencies during our normal office hours. If you need help outside of office hours, you can call our office to leave a message and a team member will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Seligman Orthodontics offers top orthodontic services for patients of all ages. Our NYC orthodontic team can help you get a beautiful and healthy smile you will love to show off. Call us at (212) 988-8235 for more information about our clinic and services. 

Early Warning Signs of Orthodontic Issues

Is your child going to have to deal with orthodontic issues in the future? Today’s orthodontists are starting examinations earlier to spot issues before they become big problems. Determine if your child should visit the orthodontist by looking for these early warning signs: 

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Crowded or Overlapping Teeth
Teeth should align properly in the mouth so that there is no overlapping or empty space. This ensures proper functionality when it comes to talking, chewing, and breathing. When teeth do not grow in properly, they may become crowded or overlapped. It is harder to remove food and beverage particles from crowded or overlapped teeth, leading to an increased risk of developing tooth decay.

Gaps Between the Teeth
Crowded teeth are not the only sign to look for; spaces between the teeth can also be an early warning sign of orthodontic issues. It is normal for children to have gaps between their primary teeth as these are smaller than permanent teeth and gaps make it easier for permanent teeth to grow in properly. If your child continues to have gaps after getting his permanent teeth, it may be time to visit an orthodontist.

Misalignment Between Top and Bottom Front Teeth
The top and bottom teeth should line up properly when in a resting position. This is important for maintaining a healthy bite and avoiding pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorder. Check your child’s teeth to make sure his top and bottom front teeth are properly aligned. If they are not, schedule an appointment with an orthodontist.

Top Front Teeth That Cover More than 50% of the Bottom Teeth
The top front teeth should not be directly on top of the bottom front teeth; they should actually jut out slightly in front of the bottom teeth for a proper bite. If your child’s top front teeth cover more than 50% of his bottom teeth, meet with an orthodontist for an examination.

Schedule an orthodontist appointment for your child here at Seligman Orthodontics. Learn about our NYC top orthodontist by visiting our website or calling us today at (212) 988-8235.

How to Cope with Canker Sores When You Have Braces

Metal braces are a great option for anyone interested in straightening their smile. These traditional options gently move teeth to change crowding and create proper positioning. But metal braces also feature wires and brackets that can cut the mouth and allow canker sores to form.

Watch this video for tips on coping with canker sores while wearing metal braces. You can use a numbing gel to keep the area around the sore numb for 20 to 30 minutes. Your orthodontist can also supply orthodontic wax that you can place over brackets to soften the area and reduce canker sore risk.

If you want more tips for coping with canker sores while wearing metal braces, contact the friendly staff here at Seligman Orthodontics. Discover the perks of our NYC orthodontic office by giving us a call at (212) 988-8235.