If you’re seeking an orthodontist for you or your child, then don’t make a commitment too quickly; every orthodontist is different. Some may prefer to use a specific treatment plan over others, and some may charge their patients more for treatments more than other orthodontists do.
Orthodontics treatment (especially with traditional metal braces) means that you’re making a big commitment for multiple years, so we understand the importance of doing your research. Be sure to search for and select the orthodontist that meets your individual needs and criteria. Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker of OrthoSmiles4U are here today to help you choose the right orthodontist near Mt. Sinai, NY.
Ask your family, friends, Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker.
The first step to finding the right orthodontist for you is to simply ask around. You can always ask friends or family if they know about a good OrthoSmiles4U that they might’ve used for their treatment. Your family’s dentist also can help point you in the right direction. Dentists usually are knowledgeable about the other dentists and orthodontists in your area. Once you’ve considered your options and have narrowed it down to a few orthodontia providers near Mt. Sinai, NY, you should call to ask them a few questions. Their answers will be helpful in determining if their practice is right for you.
There are several questions that you should ask your prospective providers.
- What are the possibilities of orthodontic treatment?
- What treatment options do you offer?
- How often will visits take place?
- How long will treatment last?
- What are your office hours? (Many orthodontists have limited hours, meaning that working parents may have to take time off or kids will have to be taken out of school.)
- How many orthodontists work in your office?
- How long have you been in OrthoSmiles4U?
- What is the cost of treatment, and how do you determine the cost?
- What insurance plans do you accept?
- Do you offer a free consultation?
- Can you provide references from current or past patients?
- Is the orthodontist using the most recent technology in their procedures?
Be aware of your surroundings.
Pay attention to the office around you and remember to take mental notes on what you see and experience. Are the office staff and hygienists friendly? Is the office staff professional? Are they flexible to work with? Are the orthodontist and office accessible for advice or emergencies?
Think about what type of orthodontic treatments are available to you.
Most orthodontists offer four main treatment options.
- Metal braces are the traditional and most common option. They are most often used for children under 12 years of age.
- Ceramic braces are clear or tooth-colored and are usually self-ligating. They work the same as metal braces, but are much less visible making them more popular with adults. However, they cost more than traditional braces.
- Lingual braces are the most inconspicuous as they are fixed to the back of (behind) the teeth, enabling them to remain completely unseen. The downside to lingual braces is that they are usually much more expensive, and very few orthodontists offer them due to the associated costs and longer treatment time.
- Clear aligner systems like Invisalign are made of smooth plastic, are virtually invisible, and can be taken out to eat, brush, and floss. One big advantage to aligners is that they are now practically the same cost as traditional metal or ceramic braces. However, they are only used in treatment for teens and adults.
If you’re an adult looking to restore your or your child’s sparkling, beautiful smile, then look no further than Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker at OrthoSmiles4U near Mt. Sinai, NY. To schedule a consultation with the OrthoSmiles4U team, call them today at: 631.928.2655
Invisalign patients of Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker enjoy a more comfortable and convenient orthodontic treatment in Suffolk County, NY. The Invisalign system of plastic aligners is effective at providing the wearer with a straighter smile while being much less noticeable in the mouth. Invisalign offers benefits that traditional braces can’t offer; they are removable by the wearer. This is a critical reason why many OrthoSmiles4U patients have chosen Invisalign for themselves.
Although Invisalign is one of the most advanced orthodontic treatments available today, patients are reminded that their teeth and the aligners need regular attention during treatment. To get the best results from treatment with Invisalign, recommends patients:
- Keep Invisalign in a safe place: Invisalign aligners are compact and clear, and some patients find them easy to misplace. Always keep the Invisalign clear aligner trays in a case or safely tucked in a plastic bag within your pocket, purse, or bag. Do not wrap them in a napkin when taking them out to eat. Many patients end up accidentally tossing the napkin out in the trash! If you have pets at home, make sure too that your aligners are always high up and out of reach of probing paws. The plastic material may be appealing to them as a chew toy.
- Remove Invisalign to eat and drink: One of the great benefits of Invisalign is that they are removable. Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker say to take advantage of this! Always take your Invisalign trays out when you’re eating or drinking. Leaving them in may lead to staining of the trays or other damage, such as distortion of shape due to hot food or drinks. Plus, removing them makes eating much easier.
- Clean your Invisalign properly and thoroughly: To keep your Invisalign working well for your smile and for your oral health, be sure that you are always cleaning them correctly and completely. Invisalign trays should be cleaned at least twice a day, preferably after meals. Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker recommend that patients use a small toothbrush to softly brush the insides of the aligners with just a tiny drop of toothpaste. Some patients use denture cleaner as a soak for their Invisalign aligners. (Simply fill a cup with warm water, put the tablet in, and let the aligners soak.) OrthoSmiles4U says both methods will keep your Invisalign looking clean, feeling fresh, and working effectively.
- Wear Invisalign as directed: The most important aspect of treatment with Invisalign clear aligners is to use the system properly. Always follow the exact instructions from OrthoSmiles4U. Likely, this means never leaving the Invisalign trays out of your mouth for extended periods of time, and always being aware of updating the set of trays when the 2-3 week time period has elapsed. Patients should remember that the longer the Invisalign clear aligner trays are out of a patient’s mouth, they are not working to correct their orthodontic issue. This will extend the treatment time for the wearer.
Invisalign is designed to be comfortable and convenient, and by following some easy instructions, patients can ensure their successful treatment outcome. If you have any questions about the Invisalign clear aligner system and how to care for it, contact Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, Dr. Mark Rienecker, and the team at OrthoSmiles4U in Suffolk County, NY at: 631.928.2655
Many orthodontics patients with braces are unsure of what foods are restricted in their diets. Many also believe the list of foods to avoid is longer than it actually is. Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker of OrthoSmiles4U share some ideas about what foods are safely enjoyed and which foods are best to avoid eating while wearing braces or during orthodontic treatment near Port Jefferson, NJ.
It is true that during your treatment with braces there are limitations on what you can eat. But the time (and money) invested with braces is well worth coping with these limitations. The payoff is a perfectly straight, healthy, and attractive smile.
What foods can be enjoyed during your treatment?
There are many delicious food options that can be eaten while wearing braces near Port Jefferson, NJ including:
- Mashed Potatoes
Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker want to make sure that every patient with braces eats healthy food and gets enough daily nutrients. Here are some meal ideas that are safe for patients who are wearing braces. Perhaps there is a family favorite among some of these delicious meal options:
- Lasagna. Lasagna is a great dinner because it provides many food groups in one dish, is tasty, and is soft on your braces.
- Grilled Chicken and Vegetables. While meat from a bone can cause damage to your braces, deboned meats like chicken breast can be eaten. Chicken pairs nicely with vegetables like broccoli.
- Chicken Noodle Soup. Chicken noodle soup gives you many necessary nutrients because of the variety of ingredients that can be added. Soup is also a filling and tasty meal and will not damage your braces.
What foods should be avoided?
While wearing braces, the three types of food that should be avoided are hard, sticky, and chewy foods. These types of food should be avoided because they can get stuck in your braces easily and be difficult and sometimes painful to get out. Some food categories that should be avoided are:
- Raw vegetables
- Hard candies
Some of these foods do not have to be completely avoided, however. Foods like vegetables, steak, and pretzels can be broken or cut up into smaller pieces and then eaten safely.
There are many foods which are nutritious, delicious, and are friendly to your braces. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, Dr. Mark Rienecker, and OrthoSmiles4U near Port Jefferson, NJ, or for more information, please call: 631.928.2655
Orthodontic treatments can help a patient achieve a life-long healthy and straight smile. The length of treatment is always as different as each patient and their treatment goals. Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, Dr. Mark Rienecker and the team at OrthoSmiles4U near Terryville, NY can help give you a better understanding of the processes of orthodontic treatment and which approach may provide their patients with the best outcomes possible.
Schedule a consultation
During the consultation, Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo and Dr. Mark Rienecker will complete a new-patient exam and diagnose your orthodontic treatment needs. This assessment usually lasts about an hour and allows the doctor to evaluate your needs as a patient and answer all of your questions about your proposed course of treatment. X-rays and/or photographs of your teeth may be taken and will help Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo and Dr. Mark Rienecker identify which treatment option is the best for you.
Once you've decided on a course of treatment, Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker will provide you with an estimated cost of treatment, a timeline for how long the course of treatment will take, and any options for finishing your treatment.
The time that you have to actually wear your braces will vary depending on your needs and the type of treatment indicated. The typical treatment time is 23 months. Some patients have their braces on for only six months, while other patients can have them for longer than three years.
Getting your braces
Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, Dr. Mark Rienecker and the team will walk you through the entire course of treatment from beginning to end, schedule a series of appointments to get you started, and can discuss with you options for funding your treatment. The team will review your dental records and show you samples of braces, Invisalign aligners, and other appliances that may be integrated into your treatment.
The appointment to affix your braces to your teeth takes about 2 hours and can be scheduled almost immediately after your consultation. A OrthoSmiles4U associate will first prepare your teeth for the brackets, and then your orthodontist will carefully position each bracket on each tooth. Because this is such a critical step in the process, Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo and Dr. Mark Rienecker invest a lot of time sweating the details (including bracket type, positioning, and wire selection) to help each of his patients achieve the best treatment outcome possible.
Throughout your treatment, the OrthoSmiles4U team will help you schedule routine checkups; brief appointments to adjust your brackets, answer questions, and check your progress. These meetings usually average 15 to 20 minutes and take place every 8 to 10 weeks. If you’re using Invisalign aligners, these checkups occur every 4 to 6 weeks.
When your course of treatment with braces is coming to an end, your doctor will schedule you for a “debanding.” Removing your braces will take a little over an hour, and you will be pleased at how easy and comfortable the process is. It is then important that you arrange with your dentist to have a thorough cleaning, check-up, and fluoride treatment after the removal of your braces.
To hold your teeth in their new position, Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo and Dr. Mark Rienecker will evaluate which retainer is appropriate for you and make you a set of retainers and recommend a practice for wearing them. Most patients are advised to wear their retainers indeterminately in some capacity. The general rule is, "Wear your retainers for as long as you want your teeth to stay straight.”
Go show the world your healthy, gorgeous, new smile!
Before you leave the office after your final treatment, you will be given a photo of how your teeth looked before you had braces so that you can compare how your beautiful smile looks now.
If your dentist recommends braces for you, then Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, Dr. Mark Rienecker and the team at OrthoSmiles4U near Terryville, NY can help. Give them a call: 631.928.2655
There is no “yes-or-no” answer to the question “Can pre-teens get Invisalign, too?”. The decision, ultimately, will be made by the patient’s parents and their dentist or orthodontist. As long as your pre-teen has a fully developed set of teeth, Invisalign can be used in treatment. Invisalign clear aligners are generally safe for developing pre-teens, and the resulting tooth placement lasts a very long time. A consultation with Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, Dr. Mark Rienecker, and the team at OrthoSmiles4U can help you determine the best course of orthodontic treatment for your child near Stony Brook, NY.
Imagine being treated with a set of braces that are virtually undetectable.
That’s the beauty of Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign costs around the same as treatment with traditional braces, but is more discreet, more comfortable, and more easily cared for than metal braces. Being treated with Invisalign near Stony Brook, NY by Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker of OrthoSmiles4U can correct a patient’s orthodontic issues without anyone ever noticing that they are wearing braces.
Invisalign instead of metal braces.
Image and self-esteem are critical personal issues for children, teens, and adults with a less-than-perfect smile. Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker say that the real appeal of Invisalign clear aligners is the freedom to eat and drink whatever you want without worrying about damaging your dental work. Invisalign clear aligners are removable by the wearer, making cleaning, eating, and active pursuits more comfortable.
Traditional braces are fixed.
That means they can't be removed by the patient, and the various metal parts associated with metal braces can cause irritation in the mouth. Invisalign trays are made of clear plastic and can be removed and replaced as necessary. They require only a few simple cleanings each day. Invisalign is more comfortable and easier to care for than traditional braces.
Follow the instructions.
Pre-teens being treated with Invisalign risk interrupting the progress of their treatment by forgetting to wear the appliance. An Invisalign patient is afforded the opportunity to remove the trays before eating, and a pre-teen patient may forget to replace them in their mouth afterward.
Assuming your pre-teen is qualified for treatment with Invisalign, make sure too that they understand how to wear, clean, and store the Invisalign trays. For some pre-teens, it is easy to follow instructions at home, but in school your child may forget some of the responsibilities that come with being treated with Invisalign. With conscientious care and application, your pre-teen’s treatment with Invisalign will ensure a great set of healthy, straight teeth that will serve them well for a lifetime.
Invisalign works well for adults and teens, but only professionals like Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker can help you decide if Invisalign treatment near Stony Brook, NY is the correct course of action to take in regard to your child’s orthodontic care. To learn more about treatment with Invisalign, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker, call OrthoSmiles4U at: 631.928.2655
Adults who are considering orthodontic treatment with braces near Mt. Sinai, NY are finding that the patients of Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, Dr. Mark Rienecker, and the team at OrthoSmiles4U have more positive treatment experiences and more successful outcomes.
A concern for adults considering orthodontic treatment with braces is that their treatment will not fit into their otherwise busy schedules, and that orthodontic care will become a burden. Adult patients of Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, Dr. Mark Rienecker, and the team at OrthoSmiles4U are advised to follow these simple steps to minimize their efforts and to maximize the successful outcome of their treatment with braces.
Pick a treatment plan that works for your lifestyle. The first step in ensuring that your orthodontic treatment goes well is selecting a treatment plan that fits seamlessly into your lifestyle. Adult patients of Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, Dr. Mark Rienecker, and the team at OrthoSmiles4U are able to explore the many treatment options available to them including traditional metal braces, clear braces, or Invisalign clear aligners.
Know the care requirements of each treatment option. Dr. Elliot Taynor will meet with you and discuss in more detail the benefits and drawbacks of each system to help you determine what option is right for you. Clear braces sometimes require more careful care, as they are easier to stain and break. Invisalign is removable and easy to clean. But, if you are extremely busy and tend to lose things, the removable nature of Invisalign makes it easy to misplace or forget.
Keep your adjustment appointments. Any setback or delay in treatment, even if it is a small one, may compromise the timing of your treatment. During these appointments, Dr. Patrick Sabo will check on your progress and make any adjustments to your appliance that are needed to keep your teeth moving correctly. Conscientious adherence to adjustment schedules will ensure that your treatment will always be progressing on schedule, and you may even finish your orthodontic treatments earlier.
Use appliances as directed. Sometimes appliances like rubber bands or retainers will need to be employed during your treatment. Dr. Mark Rienecker, recommends to his patients to always wear these appliances exactly as directed and to make wearing them part of their daily routine. Reserve some time daily (at the same time, perhaps after lunch or right when you wake up) to care for your braces and appliances properly, so that eventually it feels second nature. A consistent daily regimen of care, following the directions appropriate for your treatment, will help relieve the stress of worrying about tending to your orthodontics.
Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, Dr. Mark Rienecker, and the team at OrthoSmiles4U are the experts in adult orthodontics near Mt. Sinai, NY. If you have any questions about traditional braces, clear braces, or Invisalign clear aligners, or if would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker contact OrthoSmiles4U at: 631.928.2655
Most people think of braces when they think of orthodontic care, but there is more to it than that. Orthodontists are specialists who treat oral issues related to misaligned jaws and teeth. Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, Dr. Mark Rienecker, and the team here at OrthoSmiles4U know that when it comes to the health of your teeth and the quality of your overall orthodontic care, picking the right orthodontist for you is a big deal. OrthoSmiles4U will ensure that you get the healthy, functional, and confident smile that you’re looking for.
Here are a few steps to get you closer to finding the right orthodontist for you.
Your dentist usually will be the first to spot any orthodontic issues that you may have and may be able to recommend a professional orthodontist that they know. You may also want to ask friends and family members for advice. When looking for an orthodontist near Brookhaven, NY, there are several points you should consider:
Research Recommendations Online. Conduct online research before making any final decisions about orthodontic treatment. Reviews from past patients can be found on the internet. Patient reviews for OrthoSmiles4U can be found on our Google+ and Facebook pages.
Ask Around. Candid feedback from actual patients will give you an idea about the type of orthodontic treatment you can expect.
Consider Their Expertise and Certifications. You’ll want to consider the level of knowledge and expertise of the orthodontist. Beyond a dental school education, all orthodontists have to complete an additional two-to-three years of training. Also, look into any qualifications or certifications that the doctor has.The American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) certifies the clinical skills and knowledge of trained orthodontists. Not every orthodontist elects to take the exam for the ABO certification.Only orthodontists who are confident of their skills will take the exam to get this certification. Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker are certified by the ABO and have been for a number of years.
Consult First. It is best to go for an initial consultation to get a feel for the orthodontist and the practice. Ask any questions that you may have and find out which course of treatment is best for you. First impressions are everything, and Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker are sensitive to that. From the moment you step into our office here at OrthoSmiles4U, you will feel welcomed and secure that OrthoSmiles4U near Brookhaven, NY is the best choice for you.
Discuss Costs and Coverage. Orthodontics procedures can get very costly very quickly. Insurance may cover some of most of the costs of orthodontia, but some other points to consider while choosing an orthodontist are “What the treatment will cost?” and “What payment options are offered?” Whether the treatment you are receiving is Invisalign, traditional braces, or some other treatment, the team at OrthoSmiles4U knows you’ll need a payment plan that you can afford. Most orthodontists provide plans of monthly installments that are spread over the period of treatment. However, you should inquire about the different payment plans that are offered before you make a final decision.
Explore the Treatments Available. When you’re looking for your specific orthodontist, make sure they offer all the latest orthodontic treatment technology available. Your orthodontist should not be trying to sell you the trendiest or most costly product or treatment. Rather, discuss with them the advantages and disadvantages of any of the treatment plans you are considering. Braces have evolved considerably during the past decade, giving you many orthodontic treatment options to consider. And if you’re interested in a specific treatment, such as Invisalign, then look for an orthodontist that offers the right Invisalign treatment and that has produced successful results.
While researching orthodontics practitioners, keep in mind Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker, and our team at OrthoSmiles4U Orthodontics. We will help you achieve the healthy, confident, and happy-looking smile that you’ve been hoping for. To learn more about OrthoSmiles4U near Brookhaven, NY or to schedule an appointment, call us today at: 631.928.2655
Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, Dr. Mark Rienecker, and the professionals at OrthoSmiles4U are used to advising their patients about food restrictions during orthodontic treatment near Rocky Point, NY. Their patients undergoing treatment with Invisalign have less restrictive dietary guidelines than do those patients being treated with traditional braces. So what foods can you eat with Invisalign?
Foods that could damage traditional braces during eating are not an issue for Invisalign wearers because the trays are removable for meals. They are put aside while eating and are not affected by the food being consumed. When a patient progresses to a new set of Invisalign aligner trays, eating softer foods like pasta, eggs, or yogurt can ease any discomfort associated with chewing that might occur during the adjustment period to the new trays. Drs. Taynor, Sabo, and Rienecker remind patients to be sure to brush and floss after each meal and before refitting the aligner trays. Sticky or sugary foods can cling to the surfaces of the teeth and promote tooth decay. Refitting the Invisalign trays after eating and not cleaning the teeth immediately will trap this food debris and create an environment for cavities and tooth decay.
Invisalign wearers are encouraged to remove the trays before consuming something that might stain them. Smoking and drinking wine while wearing Invisalign clear aligners is not recommended and may permanently stain the trays. Invisalign is made of a clear thermoplastic and is sensitive to heat. Hot liquids may distort the shape of the Invisalign aligner and affect its ability to perform as prescribed.
The Clean Up
Invisalign clear aligner trays are removable by the wearer for brushing, flossing, cleaning the trays, as well as for eating. Because you won’t be wearing your orthodontic appliance during your meal, you can eat as you normally would. Because the trays fit over the surface of the teeth, any food debris already there can cause more damage to the tooth’s enamel. It is important for the wearer to clean their teeth after eating and refitting the Invisalign tray.
Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, Dr. Mark Rienecker, and the team at OrthoSmiles4U near Rocky Point, NY help their patients achieve the most functional, straightest, and healthiest smiles possible using Invisalign clear aligners. For more information about how Invisalign can help you, call: 805.687.7417
While orthodontic treatment can start in patients as young as six years old, it is less about what age one can get braces than it is at what age they are ready for braces. Each child’s teeth develop differently, and that makes the appropriate age for braces differ as well. Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker of OrthoSmiles4U have some tips to help determine if your child will need braces in Suffolk County, NY and if/when they should start treatment.
Has your child lost all of their baby teeth? While it is possible for orthodontic appliances to be started when a child still has all of their baby teeth, Dr. Elliot Taynor recommends waiting until the child only has adult teeth so that they can all be aligned together and permanently.
Have their molars grown in yet? When molars are already present in a child’s mouth, they then can be aligned with the rest of the teeth, which equates to a straighter smile at the end of treatment.
Are there any serious problems in the mouth? About the age of 7, the mouth is often well developed and the baby teeth are beginning to fall out to make room for adult teeth. Dr. Patrick Sabo suggests to schedule an appointment with OrthoSmiles4U around this time so your child’s teeth can be evaluated. Dr. Mark Rienecker will evaluate your child’s teeth and discover if your child’s teeth are at the right time for braces (or if there are any problems that will become more serious in the future).
Has your child met with an orthodontist? If your child does not meet with an orthodontist, he or she is not ready to get braces. OrthoSmiles4U can give a full review of your child’s teeth and determine what type of braces would be best and when the ideal time to start treatment would be.
While anyone from the ages of six to one hundred can get braces, each patient is unique and must begin treatment at a time that is most appropriate for them. Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker of OrthoSmiles4U in Suffolk County, NY are happy to consult with each patient individually. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at: 631.928.2655
Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker of OrthoSmiles4U have the education and experience to ensure their patients get the most successful orthodontic treatment outcomes with braces near Brookhaven, NY.
Do you feel embarrassed by your smile because of crooked teeth or some other dental health care concern? Do you keep your mouth closed when smiling for pictures? The best option for you might be to schedule a visit with an orthodontist. Orthodontists are dentists with advanced training in treating misaligned teeth, and they can realign crooked teeth into a straight, healthy smile. According to the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), one in every five orthodontic patients in the United States are adults, with the other 80 percent being teens or children.
Types of Malocclusions
The main reason that people near Brookhaven, NY see Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker, is to fix a malocclusion, or “bad bite.” Common types of malocclusions include underbites, overbites, open bites, overjet (or overlapping) teeth, crossbites, and spacing issues.
Spacing or crowding: Too much or too little room can prevent permanent teeth from coming in properly (impacted teeth).
Underbite: When the lower teeth protrude farther out than the upper teeth.
Overbite: When a patient’s upper front teeth come down too far over the lower front teeth. In extreme cases, the lower teeth can bite into the roof of the mouth.
Open bite: When the lower and upper front teeth don’t overlap, an opening straight through the teeth and into the mouth is created.
Overjet: Otherwise known as an “upper protrusion”; the upper front teeth are pushed outward. Commonly caused by a small lower jaw or a change in the shape of the upper palate (may be caused by thumb-sucking or pacifier use).
Crossbite: When any of the upper teeth fit into the wrong side of the lower teeth.
The Orthodontic Treatment Process
There are many methods that Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, Dr. Mark Rienecker and the team at OrthoSmiles4U may use to fix malocclusions. The course of treatment prescribed will be unique to you and your individual needs. But some of the more usual steps that most patients experience are:
Assessment. An orthodontist will assess the present state of your teeth and diagnose if they will develop without orthodontic treatment. A full medical and dental health history, X-rays of the teeth and jaw, a clinical examination, and a plaster model of the patient’s teeth will help the doctor determine your treatment options.
Treatment. The appliances that orthodontists use most often are braces, fixed space maintainers, or specially made and fitted fixed appliances.
Fixed appliances are used when precision is imperative. Most patients can eat normally with these appliances, but it is recommended that they avoid some foods and drinks that may damage the appliance.
Removable appliances can be taken out of the patient’s mouth at any time. They should, however, be taken out only when cleaning, eating, flossing, or if the doctor recommends that they be removed for activities like sports or playing a musical instrument.
Your orthodontist may also use removable retainers, lip or cheek bumpers, splints, aligners (like Invisalign), palatal expanders, and headgear during your course of treatment.
Debanding. The removal of any fixed appliances or the cessation of treatment with removable appliances. Your orthodontist may indicate that you wear a retainer for a period of time after your course of treatment has ended to ensure that your teeth don’t shift from their new positions. Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker say that the general rule for wearing your retainer is, “Wear your retainer for as long as you want your teeth to stay straight.”
Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, Dr. Mark Rienecker and the team at OrthoSmiles4U are the orthodontic treatment professionals for braces near Brookhaven, NY. To schedule a consultation, call: 631.928.2655