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.

 

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. 

Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate the ones we love, and what better way to celebrate than with a kiss! However, it is noteworthy that we always check our oral hygiene before every kiss. No one wants to kiss or be kissed by someone with bad oral hygiene. In order to keep our mouths healthy and attractive Long Island Orthodontists offers these easy steps:

Brush two times per day. This is probably the most important thing you can do for your oral health. And brushing after every meal is even better!

Floss every day. Flossing reaches the surfaces that your toothbrush can't. If you don't floss you are missing 35% of your teeth's surfaces, allowing plaque to continue its rampage on your teeth.

Visit your dentist every six months. By getting a check-up and cleaning every six months will allow you to stay ahead of potential oral health issues such as decay and gum disease.

Limit sweets. Each time bacteria comes into contact with sugar in your mouth acid is produced which attacks your teeth for at least 20 minutes, this could led to tooth decay.  Also, if you wear braces be sure to stay away from sticky, gooey or hard candies. Not only are they bad for your teeth, they are bad for your braces.

Eat healthy snacks. Certain healthy foods, e.g., carrots and pears are not only nutritiously good for you, but they also help your oral health. Carrots are a natural abrasive for your teeth, stimulating your gums and helping to get rid of sticky plaque, and pears contain a natural enzyme that freshens the smell of breath.

Drink plenty of water. A dry mouth is one of the main causes of halitosis or bad breath, and water keeps the mouth moist and helps to rinse bacteria off of your teeth.

Do a self-assessment. Lick the back of your hand, let it dry, and then take a whiff. If it doesn't smell very good you may need to take some action to make your mouth kissable: brush your teeth and your tongue if you have time, if not, chew some sugarless gum or some fresh mint.

If you have any other concerns about your oral hygiene don’t hesitate to contact Long Island Orthodontists or visit our office near Mastic Beach. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Treat yourself to a dazzling smile in 2015!! If your pearly whites have lost their luster and appear dingy gray or yellow, teeth whitening may be the answer.  Thanks to a booming teeth-whitening business, Long Island Orthodontists says a dazzling smile with renewed pearly white teeth is within everyone's reach in Wading River.

Long Island Orthodontists advises that there are many choices when it comes to teeth whitening.  There are over-the-counter options as well as a trip to the dentist's office.  Some of the over-the-counter choices include strips, whitening toothpaste, mouthwashes and gels that contain peroxides, typically carbamide peroxide.  Make sure to follow the directions on the packaging to avoid any problems.  Long Island Orthodontists says side effects are not common when using at-home teeth whitening products but make sure you follow the directions to keep your smile perfect.

You may be able to get rid of superficial stains by yourself with home whitening kits available at stores in Wading River. For deep stains, it may be necessary to consult with a dentist. Also, some foods such as celery, apples, pears, and carrots trigger the production of saliva, which helps wash away food debris on your teeth. Chewing sugarless gum is a tooth-cleansing action and also triggers saliva. Saliva neutralizes the acid that causes tooth decay.

 

Long Island Orthodontists says to use these teeth-whitening tips to get closer to having dazzling white teeth and brighten your smile.  As always, Long Island Orthodontists is here to help you with any of your orthodontic needs so call the office in Wading River.  Let's bring in 2015 with the brightest smile ever.

Oral health begins with clean teeth. Keeping the area where your teeth meet your gums clean can prevent gum disease, and keeping your tooth surfaces clean can help you avoid cavities. the  of Long Island Orthodontists offers the following tips to their patients near Brookhaven:

Brush your teeth at least twice a day. When you brush, don’t rush. the Drs recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day, and more frequently if you are going through orthodontic treatment. Take enough time to do a thorough job.

Use the proper equipment. We at Long Island Orthodontists recommend using a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably. Also, consider using an electric or battery-operated toothbrush, for it can reduce plaque and the chance of gum disease more than manual brushing does. Moreover, these devices are helpful if you have arthritis or other problems that make it difficult to brush effectively.

Practice good techniques. Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle aiming the bristles toward the area where your tooth meets your gum. Again, the Drs. remind that keeping the area where your teeth meet your gums clean can prevent gum disease. Also, don’t forget to gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth (as well as your tongue) with short back-and-forth motions.

Keep your equipment clean. Always rinse your toothbrush with water after brushing. The orthodontists also stress that you store your toothbrush in an upright position if possible and allow it to air-dry until using it again. Toothbrush Tip: don’t routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers, it can encourage the growth of bacteria.

Know when to replace your toothbrush. Invest in a new toothbrush or a replacement head for your electric or battery-operated toothbrush every three to four months — or sooner if the bristles become frayed.

Follow these basic tips daily and if you have any question or concerns please don’t hesitate to call, or to stop by Long Island Orthodontists when you are in the Brookhaven area.

 


Children and adults benefit from fluoride
use. Fluoride strengthens developing teeth in children and prevents tooth decay in both children and adults. Long Island Orthodontists encourages their patients in Terryville to check with their township to see if the local water source contains fluoride. If not, they will need to get fluoride from another source.

Most toothpastes and mouth rinses contain fluoride. Fluoride levels in tap water may not be high enough without supplementation to prevent tooth decay. Contact your water utility in Terryville to determine the level for your area. Talk with Long Island Orthodontists about your fluoride needs. Ask if fluoride supplements or a higher strength, prescription fluoride product is necessary for you.

Also, Long Island Orthodontists sees more people turning from tap water to more bottled water. In fact, a 2012 Journal of Pediatric Dentistry study found that more than 65 percent of parents who preferred bottled water for themselves and their children did not know what levels of fluoride it contained.

If you have concerns about fluoride, Long Island Orthodontists in Terryville is here to help. Give us a call.  

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and Long Island Orthodontists near Wading River is here to help with your orthodontic treatment concerns around Thanksgiving foods and braces. Fortunately, there are brace friendly foods like mash potatoes that are plentiful at Thanksgiving meals.

Thanksgiving is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the U.S. and it has been a tradition for over 150 years. With this holiday coming up, we expect many of our patients near Wading River to be spending time with friends, family and of course, food! Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy and pies! It's hard to eat sensible on Thanksgiving Day, but we at Long Island Orthodontists are here to remind you how to keep your teeth and braces in mind with this plethora of food. Here are some tips:

Pilgrims didn't drink soda and you shouldn’t either! With all the sugar that is packed in traditional thanksgiving food, the added sugar in soda is definitely not necessary. Instead of cracking open a can of your favorite carbonated drink opt for milk or water. You don't want that sugar to get trapped by your braces. Your teeth will thank you later when you save them from stains and decay.

Ask anyone and they will say that turkey makes them sleepy. Although we can't deny that we want to take a power nap after feasting, this myth is actually not true! If you still feel yourself falling asleep after eating, remember to brush and floss before you snooze to prevent junk food from wearing away at your teeth especially for brace wearers. That small but vital step can help you and your teeth rest easy.

Although it is tempting, do not try to crack nuts with your teeth! Many like to snack on nuts during Thanksgiving, and teeth are great tools, but use a nutcracker instead to save your teeth and a trip to Long Island Orthodontists to fix damaged braces.

Don’t become too stressed. Stress can lead to poor oral habits, and although it’s hard to stop and take a breather around this busy holiday, holidays are a time to make great memories with your family and friends.

For more tips on oral habits around orthodontic treatments near Wading River or for a consultation, please contact Long Island Orthodontists or visit our office near Wading River. Happy Thanksgiving!



 



Caring for your smile does not stop once the braces come off. In fact, that is just beginning. Retention is a key component of oral care, and Long Island Orthodontists in Shirley understands that many people do not realize the true importance of wearing your retainer. Here are a few things we want our patients to keep in mind when it comes to their retainer.

Always follow Long Island Orthodontists instructions. Retainers generally should be worn over night, every night. However, in some cases they may need to be worn more. It is important to follow exactly what Long Island Orthodontists recommends, as these instructions are specifically designed to keep your teeth looking their best.

If you notice your teeth beginning to move contact us immediately. Losing all the progress you made is never fun, and if you let it get too out of hand you may have to go through treatment all over again. This can be costly, time consuming and of course inconvenient. This can be avoided by calling the orthodontists when the problem first begins.

While a bit uncomfortable, a little bit of pain is to be expected when wearing a retainer. This occurs because your mouth is adjusting to changes in the pressure and alignment of the teeth. Do not worry if you feel a little bit of discomfort at first, or, after having missed a few days of wear, but if the pain becomes too severe call.

Ensure that you are keep track of your retainer and care for it properly. Because of its removable nature, it may be easy to misplace your appliance. When removing your retainer always put it in a safe place such as your plastic case. Also, do not forget to be hygienic. Brush your retainer to keep it as clean as possible so that your teeth will be as beautiful as possible.

Visit Long Island Orthodontists in Shirley to learn more about retention, or give us a call.

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