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.

 

The first thing we do every morning is brush them. The teeth are the hardest substances in the human body. And besides being essential for chewing, the teeth also play an important role in speech. Learn the different parts of the teeth and how they all come together to give you your unique smile the team at Long Island Orthodontists in Terryville.

Enamel is the hardest, white outer part of the tooth. Enamel is mostly made of calcium phosphate, a rock-hard mineral.

Dentin is the layer underlying the enamel. Dentin is made of living cells, which secrete a hard mineral substance.

Pulp is the softer, living inner structure of teeth. Blood vessels and nerves run through the pulp of the teeth.

Cementum is a layer of connective tissue that binds the roots of the teeth firmly to the gums and jawbone.

Periodontal ligament is tissue that helps hold the teeth tightly against the jaw.

Incisors (8 total) are the middlemost four teeth on the upper and lower jaws.

Canines (4 total) are the pointed teeth just outside the incisors.

Premolars (8 total) are the teeth between the canines and molars.

Molars (8 total) are the flat teeth in the rear of the mouth, best at grinding food.

Wisdom teeth or third molars (4 total) erupt at around age 18, but are often surgically removed to prevent displacement of other teeth.

Often times these things don’t grow in exactly the way we’d like them to and that’s where Long Island Orthodontists can step in. Contact our practice at our Terryville office to schedule your initial orthodontic consultation. Call today at 631-928-2655.

 

Long Island Orthodontists caution their patients about the danger of nail biting on your teeth. Nail biting is one of the so-called “nervous habits” that can be triggered by stress, excitement or boredom. Experts say that about thirty percent of children and fifteen percent of adults are nail biters, however most will stop chewing their nails by the time they turn thirty.

Here are four dental and general reasons to stop biting your nails:

It’s unsanitary. Your nails harbor bacteria and germs, and they are almost twice as dirty as your fingers. Moreover, swallowing dirty nails can lead to stomach problems.

It wears down your teeth. Biting your nails can put added stress on your pearly whites, which can lead to crooked teeth.

It can delay your orthodontic treatment. For those wearing braces, nail biting puts additional pressure on teeth and weakens roots.

It can cost you; literally. Our friends at the Academy of General Dentistry estimate up to $4,000 in extra dental bills over a lifetime.  

Long Island Orthodontists recommend the following to kick your nail biting habit:

Keep your nails trimmed short; you’ll have less of a nail to bite.

Coat your nails with a bitter-tasting nail polish.

Ask us about obtaining a mouth guard, which can help prevent nail biting.

Put a rubber band around your wrist and snap it whenever you get the urge to bite on your nails.

Think about when and why you chew your nails. Whether you are nervous or just bored, understanding the triggers can help you find a solution and stop the habit.

If you can’t stop, behavioral therapy may be an effective option to stop nail biting.

If you are interested in more information about nail biting or would like to assess your oral health, please contact Long Island Orthodontists at 631-928-2655 or stop by their office near Patchogue!

 

 

 

 

The Orthodontists say it’s important to keep your braces clean. Food has more hiding spots than usual in your mouth now that there are braces, so you have to be diligent in order to avoid bad breath, swollen gums, discolored teeth and cavities. Keep your oral appearance up to par while wearing braces with these ten tips from Long Island Orthodontists: 

One tooth at a time. When you brush, Long Island Orthodontists stresses that you take your time with each individual tooth–At least 10 seconds each–And pay close attention to the spots where your teeth touch your braces.

It’s all about the angles. Brush your top teeth and braces with your brush angled downward, and brush your bottom teeth and braces with your brush angled up.

The tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth. While the front surface of your teeth may seem like the most logical to clean, Long Island Orthodontists says that it’s equally important to clean the inner and chewing surface of your teeth, your tongue and along your gum line (a key spot for plaque buildup).

Brush after every meal. Food can easily get caught in your braces and in between your teeth. This can lead to tooth decay; also, the longer food is in contact with your teeth, the greater the opportunity for plaque to form. If you can’t brush after every meal then thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.

Make a first aid teeth cleaning kit. Get into the habit of taking a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss with you wherever you go. Design a special container just for your teeth-cleaning tools and keep it in your bag.

Remove the moving parts. If you have elastic bands or headgear, remove these parts before you brush or floss.

Fluoride is your friend. Fluoride helps prevent cavities. Be sure to brush with fluoride toothpaste and rinse with fluoride mouthwash.

Interproximal brushes. Sometimes called proxa brushes or interdental brushes, these cone-shaped brushes come in handy when you need to reach those spots around your braces that standard brushes can’t reach.

Find the floss for you. Regular floss works for some Long Island Orthodontists patients, but others find it easier to work with a floss threader or Superfloss. A floss threader helps you get the floss into those tight places, and Superfloss is an all-in-one product which comes with a stiff end for easy threading, a spongy section for cleaning wide spaces and regular floss for narrow spaces.

Make an appointment with Long Island Orthodontists! Visit Long Island Orthodontists (and your dentist) regularly while doing orthodontic treatment to get a deep, thorough cleaning that only a professional can provide. Also, if you have any concerns about your braces feel free to contact Long Island Orthodontists in Shirley at 631-928-2655

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