Orthodontics can seem extremely complicated or even overwhelming for some patients near East Shoreham. But Long Island Orthodontists believes our patients should feel at ease throughout the entire orthodontic treatment process. That is why we have created this cheat sheet to ask the orthodontist and help answer all your questions about orthodontics:

1.At what age should my child or I seek orthodontic treatment?

Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker say that the answer to this is that there is no right answer - every individual is different, so his or her mouth will be ready for orthodontic treatment at different times as well. Long Island Orthodontists do however suggest bringing in your child around age 7, when the teeth are starting to fully come in and protrude. This will allow Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker and the team at Long Island Orthodontists to stay on top of any problems before they become big issues! Additionally, Long Island Orthodontists specializes in providing treatment to both children and adults, so there is no age limit. Stop by our office near East Shoreham whenever you are ready to reinvent your smile.

2.How do I know which kind of braces are right for me?

The answer to this is simple – you don’t have to know! When you come to our office near East Shoreham for an appointment, Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker and the team will examine your mouth and evaluate what will need to be done in terms of length and complexity of the treatment. Then, Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker will work with you to decide which kind of braces best suits your lifestyle. So don’t worry, Long Island Orthodontists will help figure out what is right for you, and will give you the proper guidance for your orthodontics near East Shoreham.

3.Can I just get Invisalign from my dentist?

Recently, many dentists in the East Shoreham area have started to offer Invisalign treatment systems. While this may seem like a more convenient option, in the long run it is a much better idea to get Invisalign from Long Island Orthodontists. Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker are certified orthodontists, which means straightening and realigning teeth is his specific specialty. Unlike a dentist, Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker have seen many cases, and treated all kinds of patients with Invisalign, as well as other systems.  This experience allows for better accuracy and more pristine results. Plus, the Long Island Orthodontists staff is here to help you integrate the Invisalign system into your lifestyle, and make your orthodontic experience as enjoyable as possible.

Have more questions? Want to learn more about what to ask your orthodontist? Just want to get started? Long Island Orthodontists are happy to help. Contact us by calling 631-929-2655 or set up an appointment in our office near East Shoreham for more information. We look forward to helping you pave the way to a better and brighter smile!

 

Everyone knows the classic story:  A kid gets braces, goes to school and now he/she is the target for anyone who thinks it’s funny to be different.  You hear the old jabs; metal mouth, brace face, antenna head, etc.  The urban dictionary term for this (yes there’s a term!) is Brace-ism.  Brace-ism is defined as “Acting mean towards people who have braces on their teeth”. Bullying is wrong on many levels, especially when it’s for the greater good of teeth straightening!  Long Island Orthodontists in Wading River wish to assure every kid that it’s okay to be different.  Braces are essential for healthy straight teeth, so here are some ways to fight against the evil forces of brace-ism!

Take the high road!  When you are struck with the slings and arrows of an anti-braces onslaught, just turn around and smile.  Show them those big, beautiful brackets and be proud!  Soon you will have an award winning grin that will put most of those naysayers to shame.

Come up with a snappy retort!  If someone calls you “brace-face” or “metal mouth” you can volley back with “thanks for noticing I didn’t know you cared!” or “metal in your mouth is better than rocks in your head!”  This might give a bully something to chew on before he/she decides to mention it again!

Be confident that you are great looking!  Remember that those braces are a part of you, and that if you are beautiful then your braces are beautiful too!  Long Island Orthodontists will work hard to give you and your loved ones the confidence deserved that come with a great smile!  Browse our website or contact us at 631-929-0700 for more information on how we can help you improve your tomorrow!

 

It’s easy to see how having a perfect smile could benefit you in every way. Unfortunately though, most of us weren’t born with that picture perfect smile. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still get it with Invisalign! Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker and their team at Long Island Orthodontists have an office located near Manorville and are available to help you get your picture perfect smile. Now we can do it more easily than ever with Invisalign. By using Invisalign as your orthodontic treatment plan, Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker get to eliminate the hassle of traditional metal braces.

Our orthodontic office servicing the Manorville area offers a clear alternative option for teeth straightening called Invisalign.  The Invisalign orthodontic treatment plan uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. So while you’re on your way to that perfect smile, you can feel more relaxed and confident too.

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is removable and durable, so you can still enjoy participating in sports, playing musical instruments and even eating and cleaning your teeth without having to worry about making major adjustments. Long Island Orthodontists is an expert in Invisalign. Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker will help you to come up with the perfect, personalized Invisalign treatment plan, and is there every step of the way to answer your questions and give advice on how to incorporate your Invisalign care simply into your daily life.

If you live near Manorville and are interested in learning more about Invisalign, please give us a call at 631-928-2655. Our staff is ready to schedule an appointment for you with Long Island Orthodontists.

Is it time for getting braces? Long Island Orthodontists near Stoney Brook, NY say that braces have changed in recent years. Here are three facts about braces that you might find interesting: 

1. There is no age limit for dental braces

When most people think of orthodontic braces, they think of teenagers. But an increasing amount of adults are getting braces, too. As long as your teeth and gums are healthy, Long Island Orthodontists say you could benefit from getting your teeth straightened. One of the most important things to consider is the state of your gums and jaw bones. If you have unhealthy gums, a lot of gum recession, or bone loss, braces may not be recommended because the pressure they put on your gums could cause unfavorable complications.

Why do people get braces in adulthood? Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker say that some patient’s families could not afford braces when they were children. Now that they are adults, they want to improve their smile and their dental health. Some adults had braces as children or teenagers, but didn't wear their retainers, causing their teeth to become crooked again. So make sure to wear your retainer after your braces come off. 

2. Your "bite" is as important as the straightness and aesthetics of your teeth

Many people think that braces only make teeth straight. In fact, they accomplish a lot more than that.  Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker will evaluate a lot of things when you go in for your consultation. Are your teeth straight? Do they meet properly? Does your tongue stick out of your front teeth? Does your jaw hurt or click? Do you have a lot of crowding or large gaps? Have you lost all your baby teeth? Are your teeth and gums healthy? Do you have problems breathing or speaking?

One of the most important things that Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker evaluate is your "bite." This is the way that you’re top and bottom teeth meet when you open and close your mouth. Long Island Orthodontists are just as concerned with how your mouth functions as it is with making your teeth look great. After all, what good are straight teeth if you can't chew or speak properly, or if you get TMJ headaches?

3. Cost and treatment times vary

Braces aren't cheap. Long Island Orthodontists accepts many different insurances.  If braces are not covered by your insurance, Long Island Orthodontists will work with you and put together a payment plan that you are comfortable with. 

Everyone’s first question with braces is: How long will I be in braces? That depends on your individual case. While the average treatment is two years (24 months), Long Island Orthodontists will evaluate each individual and give their expert advice. Although two years in braces may seem like a long time, it will go by faster than you realize.

Long Island Orthodontists near Stony Brook is always here to help you with your braces.  If you have any concerns or questions, call us at 631-928-2655.

 

Is your teen worried about his/her image and how braces are going to look? At Long Island Orthodontists, we recognize that image is very important to a teen and the thought of braces that includes metal brackets and wires does not sound like the next hottest thing. The good news is that there is Invisalign Teen® which is an alternative to traditional braces. Long Island Orthodontists can fit your teen with Invisalign Teen® and give your teen a whole new way of wearing braces for a "clearly" amazing smile!

How does Invisalign Teen® work? Much in the same way as Invisalign®, but with a few added characteristics tailored specifically to the teenage lifestyle. For instance, Invisalign Teen® is designed with compliance indicators that fade from dark to light during the two-week period during which that particular tray is used. Once the indicator has faded, teens know to change trays. And, each aligner comes with up to six free individual replacement aligners in case the original aligner ends up lost or broken, which is another big benefit for teens!

For Invisalign Teen® to be the most effective, the same guidelines for Invisalign® should be followed:

•Wear each set of aligners for about two weeks

•Remove the aligners only to eat, drink, brush and floss

•Wear the clear aligners for at a minimum of 20-22 hours per day

•Visit us every 8-10 weeks for an orthodontic check-up

•See your dentist every 6 months for regular cleanings

Sounds cool right? Contact Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker at 631-928-2655 or visit our location near Rocky Point for any questions. Keep enjoying being a teen with Invisalign Teen®.

 

Should I whiten my teeth while I have braces on?  According to Long Island Orthodontists, the answer is yes. You can in fact whiten your teeth while wearing braces, but it is not recommended. Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker say, when you get your braces off after whitening, you may have yellow squares on your teeth where the brackets were attached. The best thing you can do instead is to use a whitening toothpaste, mouthwash and floss! Don’t forget you should keep up with good oral hygiene by brush your braces after every meal.

Who doesn’t want a nice white smile to go along with those perfectly straight teeth? As soon as those braces are off, Long Island Orthodontists recommends that you schedule a cleaning with your dentist.  After a good cleaning, if your son or daughter is not content with the color of their teeth, you can buy over the counter whitening strips. Or you can go to your local dentist in Port Jefferson and have them whiten them for you!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please visit our office in Port Jefferson, NY. Long Island Orthodontists is always excited to assist you so feel free to call 631-928-2655.

When the day finally comes for you to get your braces removed at Long Island Orthodontists near Brookhaven, NY the next step is a retainer! Retainers are used to hold the teeth in their new positions, and are either removable or permanent.

Removable retainers are fairly easy to use and care for, and they make brushing and flossing easier and more comfortable. The retainer is placed in at night, worn while you sleep and taken out in the morning. Retainer schedules may vary from individual to individual, but there are generally times during the day where Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker may or may not mandate wearing it. Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker stress that the removable retainer schedule can lead to forgetfulness. However, if you don’t remember to wear the retainer, you won’t be benefiting from it completely.

Permanent retainers are more effective than removable retainer, and are a great option for patients who don’t want the extra responsibility of a retainer schedules. The only thing you should be mindful of with a permanent retainer is that it may be more difficult to floss, but we can help show you how to quickly and effectively do so.

Both may be recommend in some cases with a permanent retainer on the bottom and removable one on top. Whatever the case may be, be sure to follow Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker’s advice when using and caring for a retainer.

When Long Island Orthodontists removes your braces, they will use pliers to remove all the brackets, thoroughly scrape and clean all the glue off your teeth, and take a mold for your new retainer. You will feel a little pressure when the braces are being removed, but no pain. Noteworthy, the newly exposed enamel and your gums will be sensitive at first so Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker encourage you to stick to your braces-friendly diet for a little while longer. Just like your braces in the beginning, it will take some time to get used to your retainer, and it may be difficult to speak normally at first. So practice speaking, reading aloud or singing as much as you can.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Long Island Orthodontists at 631-928-2655.

Are you thinking about orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth or correct jaw alignment? Make your first step be a consultation with Long Island Orthodontists. During the orthodontic consultation, Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker will address your questions, concerns, and talk about a treatment plan that will best suit your situation.

We want you to feel prepared and in charge of your orthodontic treatment decisions, so keep these questions in mind when you come in for your appointment:

• If I do need some adjustments to my teeth, what options will I have besides braces?

(This will help you determine what approaches we use to straighten your teeth.)

• What kind of preparation is needed to get braces? How many visits will it take?

(It’s important to know how many appointments may be needed and what you will need to do between appointments to be ready for braces.)

• Can I expect any pain when getting braces?

(Ask about the ways we address pain management.)

• What determines how long I have to wear braces?

(The length of treatment will vary from patient to patient. During your consultation we can evaluate your teeth and jaw alignment to determine the correct course and length of treatment.)

• How will braces affect my lifestyle? Foods I can eat? Activities I can do?

(You may find that little needs to change in your daily routine to have a successful orthodontic outcome. We can discuss and address any changes so you can be prepared before you get your braces.)

• Who will be involved in the orthodontic work? Whom can I expect to see during my adjustment visits?

• What will my orthodontic work cost? What is the “average” cost and what could be the maximum?

(Make sure you are clear about what your insurance covers, who contacts the insurance company for pre-authorization, who files the insurance forms, and what flexibility there is to pay the remaining amount not covered.)

Your initial orthodontic consultation is just the first step towards that perfect smile that awaits you. Going in with the right questions will help you to understand the entire process and prepare you to do your part for your orthodontic experience. Be sure to bring a list of your questions! To schedule a consultation with Long Island Orthodontists, please call 631-928-2655 or visit one of our offices near Miller Place.

Braces are an investment both time wise and financially. So don't risk damaging your braces while playing spring sports. Get Long Island Orthodontists to recommend which mouth guard will protect your braces and your teeth. Mouth Guards are an essential part of many athletes’ sport equipment. Mouth guards will protect a players’ teeth from dental injury. There are three types of mouth guards: stock mouth guards, boil and bite mouth guards and orthodontic mouth guards. Long Island Orthodontists are happy to advise their patients near Selden on which mouth guard is right for them.

Stock mouth guards are preformed and come ready to wear. They are inexpensive and can be bought at most sporting goods stores in Selden. Unfortunately, little can be done to adjust their fit: they are bulky, make breathing and talking difficult and they provide little or no protection. Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker do not recommend this type of mouth guard to their patients because it does not provide the proper protection needed for braces.

Boil and bite mouth guards can also be bought at many sporting goods stores in Selden, and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. Boil and bite mouth guards are made from a thermoplastic material so that consumers can do just as the instruction says; “boil and bite” to ensure a perfect fit around your braces. Hot water softens this product and allows consumers to shape the mouth guard around their teeth using finger and tongue pressure. Drs. Goldman, Taynor, Sabo and Rienecker do recommend that patients use this mouth guard if they have braces.

Lastly, orthodontic mouth guards are mouth guards you can get from Long Island Orthodontists. They are more expensive than the other types, but they will provide the most comfort and protection for your teeth and braces.

Don’t hesitate to contact Call us at 631-928-2655 near Selden to learn more about mouth guards and how to protect your braces. The team at Long Island Orthodontists is always ready to assist with any of your orthodontic needs.

Invisalign is a great alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment or metal braces. If you’ve been apprehensive about the thought of metal braces then Invisalign is the perfect choice. During your initial visit at our office near Stony Brook, the team will take an impression of your teeth as they are now and digitize it. Using special software called iTero, Long Island Orthodontists will look at the current positioning of your teeth and compare it to the way your teeth should look after Invisalign.

Invisalign treatment, which consists of a series of aligners that you switch out approximately every two weeks, can help patients with crowded teeth, crossbites, overbites, underbites and almost all orthodontic needs. Invisalign gradually shifts your teeth into place, creating the dazzling smile you’ve always wanted. During your orthodontic treatment with Long Island Orthodontists, patients wear their aligners approximately 22 hours a day and take them out during meals and when they’re brushing and flossing. With Invisalign, cleaning your teeth and eating is a snap since you can easily remove your aligners! In addition, since the aligners are clear, people will barely notice that you have them on and that your teeth are steadily getting straighter!

Want to find out if Invisalign is the right orthodontic treatment plan for you? Give Long Island Orthodontists a call at 631-928-2655 and our office is conveniently located near Stony Brook. Schedule a consultation today and find out about Invisalign.

 

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