Getting Your Smile Ready for Your Big Day

You will probably pose for more pictures during your wedding than you will on any other day in your life. If you want to look your best for these mementos of your special day, you should start thinking about improving your smile now . Use the following tips to make sure your teeth and gums are camera-ready on your big day:

Straighten Your Teeth
If you have issues with crooked or crowded teeth, it could take away from the aesthetic appeal of your smile. Work closely with an orthodontist to find a teeth-straightening treatment that will help you fix these issues and get a smile that you love to show off. When you start early, this orthodontic treatment will have the desired effect and leave you with a gorgeous smile in time for your wedding.

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Step Up Your Oral Hygiene Routine
Make your newly straightened teeth sparkle by improving your daily oral hygiene routine. Make an effort to brush your teeth twice a day and floss them once a day to keep them clean and free from cavities. You might also want to look into a teeth-whitening treatment that will help you get the brightest, whitest smile in time for your wedding.

Avoid Foods and Drinks that Might Leave Stains
In the weeks leading up to your wedding, you might want to avoid certain foods and beverages that might stain your teeth and reverse your whitening efforts. Coffee, black tea, berries, red wine, cranberry juice, and soda can all stain your teeth and ruin their aesthetic appeal. Try to avoid these foods until after your wedding so you can show off a beautiful, clear smile.

Dr. David Seligman and the staff at Seligman Orthodontics can help you get your smile ready for your wedding. As the top orthodontist in New York City , Dr. Seligman can find the right way to straighten your teeth and improve your entire smile. To learn more about our office or to schedule your next appointment, visit us online or call (646) 681-3086.

What to Do In Case of Orthodontic Emergencies

Orthodontic emergencies, while rare, do happen. It’s important to know the proper course of action if you have something unexpected come up with your braces , and be sure to follow any instructions your orthodontist may have given you at the beginning of your treatment. Otherwise, follow these guidelines to handle most orthodontic emergencies:

Loose Brackets
Brackets can become loose or fall off the tooth completely when you experience trauma to the mouth, attempt to eat something crunchy or chewy, or rarely, when the adhesive fails. In most cases, the arch wire will prevent the bracket from leaving the mouth entirely, but it is important to get in to see your orthodontist as soon as possible to have the bracket reattached. 

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Displaced Wire
Occasionally, a ligature or bracket may loosen just enough to allow the arch wire to slide out of place. When this happen, the wire can poke and irritate the soft tissues in the back of one side of the mouth, resulting in moderate pain or sores. Sliding the wire back in place and tightening everything back up isn’t that difficult for your orthodontist, but you will need to schedule an appointment to have it done. Until you can get to the orthodontist, use orthodontic wax to cover the wire, or try to push the wire against the tooth gently with an eraser tip.

Sores, Irritation, and General Discomfort
While these situations are not considered true orthodontic emergencies, they can be troublesome when you’re experiencing them. Remember that there is always an adjustment period with new braces, as well as immediately after an orthodontic adjustment. Make use of orthodontic wax, warm saltwater rinses, and over the counter pain relievers as indicated by your orthodontist until your mouth makes the transition.

For more information about Park Avenues braces or top orthodontists in NYC, contact us at Seligman Orthodontics . Visit our website to learn more about our practice and services, or give us a call at (646) 681-3086 to schedule a consultation.

Your Guide to Common Orthodontic Terms

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You will likely find your entire orthodontic experience to be more enjoyable if you understanding what is happening, why, and the final results it will bring. Some of the orthodontic terms your orthodontist may use include:

  • Brackets : these are the metal, acrylic, or ceramic appliances that your orthodontist cements to your teeth at the beginning of treatment. They hold the arch wire and help facilitate the movement of the teeth.
  • Ligatures : these are the tiny rubber bands or wires that wrap around the bracket and hold them tight between orthodontic appointments.
  • Arch wire : these are the wires that are threaded between the brackets over your teeth, and are what your orthodontist adjust to apply the right amount of pressure in the right areas for proper movement.

For more information about braces in NYC, contact us at Seligman Orthodontics by calling (646) 681-3086 today.

Invisalign and AcceleDent: A Better Smile in Less Time [INFOGRAPHIC]

Everyone wants to have a beautiful smile full of straight, healthy teeth. If you feel that your smile could use some improvement because your teeth are crooked or misaligned, talk to your Park Avenue orthodontist to find out if Invisalign might be right for you. Invisalign is a discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional metal braces that uses clear plastic aligners to move your teeth into a better position. While most adults use Invisalign for about a year, your treatment could be drastically shortened with the help of AcceleDent. AcceleDent is a device that attaches to your aligners, and is used for just 20 minutes a day to reduce your orthodontic treatment time by as much as 50%. Take a look at this infographic from Seligman Orthodontics, PLLC to learn how combining these two treatments can give you the smile you want in less time. Please share with your friends and family

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Invisalign: The Choice for On-the-Go Adults

More and more, adults are taking charge of their oral health and appearance. If you never saw a top orthodontist in your youth, or if you did but your teeth have since shifted back out of place, you may be interested in having your teeth straightened. If you’re like most busy adults, though, you’re not interested in advertising your orthodontic work while it is in progress. In these cases, Invisalign may be just the option you need to get the smile you want in a way that fits your lifestyle.

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Discreet Orthodontics

Invisalign is aptly named because it is a virtually invisible method of aligning the teeth. Rather than having metal or ceramic brackets cemented to the surface of your teeth with the tell-tale orthodontic wires, Invisalign makes use of a series of custom designed, clear mouth trays. When you’re wearing the trays, they are barely noticeable, which means you can continue to smile confidently in whatever you’re doing.

Convenient Orthodontics
You’ll switch Invisalign trays about once every two weeks, but your orthodontist will provide you with six weeks’ worth of trays at each visit. That means less time visiting your orthodontist and more time going about your life. Of course, it is up to you to wear your trays for the recommended daily amount of time, but they are so non-intrusive that meeting this goal should be no trouble at all.

Because Invisalign trays are removable, they won’t interfere with your ability to eat your favorite foods, carry out proper oral hygiene, or even play sports. Simply remove the trays for these activities and replace them when you’re done. Do be sure, however, to always place your trays in their protective case when not in use so that you don’t accidently throw them away or damage them.

If you’re interested in discovering more about what Invisalign can do for you, contact us at Seligman Orthodontics here in NYC. We’ll be glad to tell you more about the busy adult’s preference over traditional braces, and assess your situation to see if Invisalign is right for you. Call (646) 681-3086 for an appointment today.

A Look at Invisible Braces

Invisible braces are an increasingly popular orthodontic treatment options for thousands of patients from NYC to LA. While invisible braces are not the best option for everyone, they can be an amazing experience for qualified patients. Watch this brief video clip to learn more.

As you’ll see, invisible braces are not braces at all, but rather clear plastic trays that gradually straighten your teeth. If you’re interested in this innovative orthodontic treatment, the first step is to set up a consultation to see if invisible braces can correct your unique smile.

At Seligman Orthodontics , we offer a variety of orthodontic treatment options, including traditional braces and invisible braces. Visit our website to learn more, or call (646) 681-3086 to schedule an appointment with one of the top NYC orthodontists today!