• Spotlight on Aesthetic Braces

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    Orthodontics has progressed from just traditional metal braces. Though this treatment option may be optimal for some patients, many people seeking straighter teeth hope to do so without conspicuous care. To address these needs, top orthodontists can now provide aesthetic braces that can correct misalignment issues with subtle treatment choices.

    Ceramic braces offer one alternative to metal braces. Comprised of tooth-colored ceramic brackets, this treatment option can lessen the sometimes noticeable appearance that their metal counterparts produce. Many orthodontists also provide Invisalign treatment. This teeth-straightening method does not rely on brackets and wires at all. Instead, clear plastic aligners shift teeth into their proper placement. In many cases, Invisalign treatment is so inconspicuous that it is nearly invisible to others. Individuals who receive this type of care can even remove their aligners while brushing, flossing, and eating to prevent instances of cavities, gum disease, and stuck food particles that may hinder a beautiful smile.

    Are you a candidate for ceramic braces or Invisalign care? To find out, call Seligman Orthodontics at (646) 681-8519. Dr. David Seligman can provide a consultation at our NYC office to determine your orthodontic treatment options.

  • Tips for Helping Your Teen Adjust to Braces

    Braces are hardly an experience that only a few teenagers undergo. Despite the number of teens who get orthodontic treatment, though, some recipients may become hesitant at the thought of how braces can change their look and lifestyle. As a parent, you can assist your teen’s transition to getting braces with the following suggestions:

    Make Oral Hygiene Easy

    Braces can cause an initial disruption to a teen’s oral hygiene routine, as brushing and flossing around wire and brace brackets can take more time and attention. However, you can help your teen ease into his new cleaning practice with a little preparation and instruction. For example, to facilitate the flossing process, you may want to purchase a floss threader for your teen and show him how to use it. Having mouth rinse both at home and in his school locker can also help your teen wash away food particles that get stuck during mealtimes. 

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    Create Braces-Friendly Meals

    Hard and highly fibrous foods can make eating a challenge for teens. To make sure that his braces do not get in the way of a nutritious diet, create a menu that works with your teen’s orthodontic needs. Instead of giving him a whole apple in his lunch bag, cut it into easily edible pieces. Given that the days immediately following an orthodontic checkup might result in particularly sensitive teeth, you might also want to schedule meals with softer ingredients so that he avoids unnecessary discomfort. 

    Provide Orthodontic Options

    Not all teens require metal braces. Even when your teen requires orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist can still offer him choices that can alleviate the stress that may come with a drastic change of appearance. Depending on the nature of your teen’s misalignment issues, he may be eligible for Invisalign treatment or ceramic braces. By discussing your options with your orthodontist, you can give your teen the chance to pick out the treatment method most suitable to his preferences.

    Seligman Orthodontics on Park Avenue can help your teen enjoy the teeth-straightening process. After an initial consultation, Dr. David Seligman can assess whether your child might be eligible for aesthetic braces. Our orthodontic staff can also offer eating, brushing, and flossing tips. Call us today at (646) 681-8519 for more information. 

  • How Orthodontists Are Making Care Easier for Kids and Parents

    Top orthodontists can make braces fun for kids. This video reports on how new aesthetic features allow children to express their personalities through orthodontics.

    Traditional orthodontics typically entailed the use of clear bands and flesh-colored retainers. However, now kids can choose from a wide array of colors and designs each time they undergo an orthodontic appointment. This personalized approach to braces can make the teeth-straightening process more enjoyable for children. Parents can benefit as well, as kids are more eager to get braces and showcase their colorful mouth gear.

    Seligman Orthodontics offers customizable orthodontic options that cater to the needs of our pediatric and adult patients. For more information on our services, call our Park Avenue office at (646) 681-8519.