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

 

Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are two different products. The differences between the two might not be significant to the casual observer, but it is important to know the differences between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen when considering orthodontic treatment near Mt. Sinai, NY. Drs. Elliot Taynor, Patrick Sabo, Mark Rienecker, and the team at OrthoSmiles4U know the differences and the most appropriate circumstances in which each is effective.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign clear aligners are plastic trays that the patient “updates” every two weeks to gradually straighten teeth. Each new aligner is straighter than the last and molds your teeth into a gradually straightened position. Each set of Invisalign or Invisalign Teen trays is made specifically for the patient’s teeth using advanced 3-D technology. These aligners are virtually invisible to anyone but the wearer.

What is Invisalign Teen?

Invisalign Teen works just like adult Invisalign, but Invisalign Teen has a method to help Drs. Elliot Taynor, Patrick Sabo, and Mark Rienecker know how often you are actually wearing your aligners. A small dot on the back of only the Invisalign Teen aligners changes color from blue to clear or white the more often the tray is worn. This dot is not included on adult Invisalign trays because it is assumed that adults are responsible enough to wear their aligners for the prescribed amount of time. The team at OrthoSmiles4U recommends that Invisalign aligners be worn for at least 22 hours each day.

A difference between Invisalign and Invisalign Teen is the number of replacement aligners provided. Because of the active nature of a teen’s lifestyle, more replacement aligners are provided with Invisalign Teen, just in case a set gets broken or lost.

Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign or Invisalign Teen near Mt. Sinai, NY has no real differences in terms of treatment. They are both similar in shape, material, treatable cases, and treatment, but Invisalign Teen is designed for the active teen.

Drs. Elliot Taynor, Patrick Sabo, and Mark Rienecker of OrthoSmiles4U are experts in treatment with Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. For more information, contact OrthoSmiles4U today at: 631.928.2655

Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, Dr. Mark Rienecker, and the staff at OrthoSmiles4U provide their patients with the best orthodontic care in Suffolk County, NY. They work hard to ensure that every patient is provided with the appropriate, gentle, and affordable care they need and expect to solve any orthodontic problem. 

Braces are made with three basic parts: a bracket, a bonding mechanism or band, and an archwire. These all work to help with improving the development of your teeth, bite and jaw. If you’re experiencing a difference in the function of your braces, such as a loose brace or bracket, your braces may be broken and thus aren’t delivering the effective treatment your teeth need. The team at  OrthoSmiles4U in Suffolk County, NY are experts in informing and guiding patients on how to keep their braces in good working order and on track to deliver the best treatment outcome possible.

What can cause harm to my braces?

  • Hard candies

  • Ice cubes

  • Gum, gummies, and other hard or sticky foods

  • Injury to the face

There are several factors that can ultimately cause damage to your braces and prevent them from working as designed. The team at OrthoSmiles4U know that sticky substances such as gum or hard foods can cause damage to the brackets and/or the wires of your braces. When adjusting to a newly fitted set of braces, it’s important to stay proactive and keep them safe, for instance, by eating softer foods at least initially. Stay aware of what foods you’re eating and what activities you are participating in. Not only will this keep your braces safe, but it will ensure your continued oral health, as well.

Some signs that your braces need to be fixed.

  • Loose or missing bracket

  • Broken or loose wire

  • Severe discomfort or pain in your teeth, mouth, and/or jaw

Ways to avoid pain while wearing braces.

  • Create a softer food diet (e.g., pasta, soups, mashed potatoes, yogurt, and other soft stuff).

  • Rinse with warm salt water 2-to-3 times a day.

  • Consult with your doctor and take an over-the-counter pain reliever as needed.

It’s normal to feel discomfort in and around your mouth while wearing braces, especially if they’ve been newly fitted. This pain doesn’t necessarily mean your braces are broken or ill-fitting. However, Drs. Taynor, Sabo, Rienecker, say that if you continue to experience pain in your teeth, mouth or jaw, call your orthodontist immediately.

Don’t wait.

If you are an orthodontic patient and you think you’re experiencing a problem with your braces, waiting for your next appointment with your orthodontist may do more harm than good in the progress of straightening your smile. Don’t wait. Call Drs. Taynor, Sabo, Rienecker, and the team at OrthoSmiles4U in Suffolk County, NY, at: 631.928.2655

With April coming to an end, that means Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Here at OrthoSmiles4U near Shirley, NY, we want to make sure that all of our patient’s amazing mothers have a great day. And with that being said, what better way to celebrate then to give them a homemade gift? After a little research, our orthodontic office has come up with three DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas that we think are creative, cool, and sure to make your mom’s day! Mother’s Day is on May 8th this year, so keep on reading and get started!

  1. Mason Jar Flower Vase: Getting your mom flowers is sweet. But to make it extra special, why not add a hand painted jar. Head to your local craft store and pick up a mason jar and acrylic paints in her favorite colors. Now start painting! Allow the paint to dry completely between each coat, which usually takes a few hours. In the meantime, head out to the florist and grab a bouquet of your mom’s favorite flowers. Once the vase is painted and done, feel free to add some glitter, ribbon, etc. Gift idea number one = success.

  2. Canvas Art: There are a million things that you can do with a blank white canvas. After a quick search on Pinterest, we found tons of ideas. Using painter’s tape, you can easily create bold and neat shapes, or spell out words. Place the tape down wherever you want before you paint. Maybe create an abstract design, spell something out, or create a pattern, the options are endless. Then scratch down on the tape to ensure that no paint will smear under it. Then start decorating! Once the paint, markers, etc. is dry, carefully peel up the tape to reveal your masterpiece!

  3. Personalized Mug: If your mom loves coffee or tea, this is the perfect go-to present. All you need is a blank white mug, oil-based Sharpies (make sure they are oil-based because regular Sharpies might easily wipe off), and an oven. Plan out how you want to decorate the mug. If you can’t decide or need some inspiration, check out some mugs on Etsy or do a quick Google Image search. Once you’ve decided on a design, start drawing on the mug with your Sharpies. Be careful to not smudge the wet ink. Also, the darker color, the more likely they are to pop. Lighter colors tend to blend into the white and become less noticeable over time. Next, let the ink dry overnight or at least for a few hours. If you want, you can go back over the design once it is dry to ensure that it doesn’t wear off as easily over time. Once that is dry, put your mug into the oven before you even turn it on. Once it is in the oven, turn it on to 350 degrees and bake it for a half hour. Once the half hour is up, leave it in the oven to cool completely, this keeps it from cracking or getting damaged from the heat. Now, you have the perfect mug to give your mom this Mother’s Day! Just make sure that your mom knows the mug should be hand washed to preserve the design, no dishwasher!

Now it’s time to start planning! Hopefully these ideas help you decide on the perfect gift for your mom this Mother’s Day. From the team here at OrthoSmiles4U, we would like to wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day!

If you’re looking for an orthodontist near Shirley, NY, Drs. Elliot Taynor, Patrick Sabo, and Mark Rienecker have you covered. Call the OrthoSmiles4U office today at 631.928.2655 to make an appointment or to learn more!

Have you recently been fitted for braces near Rocky Point, NY? The team at OrthoSmiles4U wants to make sure that you know how to effectively keep your braces clean and your mouth healthy to ensure a successful orthodontic treatment outcome.

While you are wearing your braces, food has more spots to hide and collect. You have to be diligent in your daily oral care to avoid bad breath, swollen gums, discolored teeth, and cavities. To obtain the perfect smile you’ve always hoped for (and to impress Drs. Elliot Taynor, Patrick Sabo, and Mark Rienecker during your next visit), follow these ten tips for a healthy mouth from OrthoSmiles4U:

  1. One tooth at a time. When you brush your teeth, Dr. Elliot Taynor stresses that you take your time with each individual tooth. Focus on each one for at least 10 seconds, and pay close attention to the spots where your teeth touch your braces. This way, you are ensuring that every single tooth is being well taken care of.

  2. It’s all about the angles. The team at OrthoSmiles4U suggests that you brush your top teeth and braces with your brush angled downward, and brush your bottom teeth and braces with your brush angled up. This is the best way to clean them thoroughly.

  3. The tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth. While the front surface of your teeth may seem like the most important place to clean, Dr. Patrick Sabo wants you to know 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). These surfaces need cleaning just as much as the front of your teeth, and though you cannot see it, leaving them unattended will cause damage to your oral health.

  4. Brush after every meal. Food can easily get caught in your braces and in between your teeth, which can lead to tooth decay and other oral health problems. Also, the longer food stays in contact with your teeth, the greater the opportunity for plaque to form. So, Dr. Mark Rienecker says if you can’t brush after every meal, it is best to thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.

  5. 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 at all times to keep your braces and smile happy & healthy.

  6. Remove the moving parts. If you have elastic bands or headgear, remove these parts before you brush or floss. This will help you to keep from breaking your appliances and will also allow for the best possible cleaning job.

  7. Fluoride is your friend. Fluoride helps prevent cavities. The team at OrthoSmiles4U recommends that all patients, braces or no braces, brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste and rinse with fluoride mouthwash.

  8. 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. Invest in one of these to keep your teeth perfectly bright and clean throughout your orthodontic treatment at OrthoSmiles4U.

  9. Find the floss for you. Regular floss works for some of Dr. Elliot Taynor’s 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. Test out which one feels the best for you, and be sure to use it diligently!

  10. Make an appointment with OrthoSmiles4U. It is important that Dr. Patrick Sabo continues to check on the progress of your treatment to ensure that your braces are functioning properly and that you are on track for a successful outcome.

Visit Drs. Elliot Taynor, Patrick Sabo, Mark Rienecker and the team at OrthoSmiles4U regularly while receiving orthodontic treatment near Rocky Point, NY to get a deep, thorough dental cleaning that only an oral health care professional can provide. If you would like to schedule an appointment with OrthoSmiles4U, or if you have questions or concerns about orthodontics or your overall oral health, please call us at 631.928.2655.

At OrthoSmiles4U in Long Island, NY, Drs. Elliot Taynor, Patrick Sabo, Mark Rienecker and their team dedicate their work to help customize all of our patients’ teeth straightening with the orthodontic care that best fits your cosmetic needs. However, as orthodontic care advances, we’ve recently noticed a new change in what our patients are asking for toward their orthodontic treatment; and many people have started requesting treatment with Invisalign.

So now, the new question we are facing with most of our patients is simply, “Which treatment is more effective, traditional braces or Invisalign?” The answer may be subjective, and will depend highly on the needs and tastes of each individual patient. Here are some differences between our traditional braces vs Invisalign, and what you’ll need to know before choosing an Invisalign treatment in Long Island, NY.

  1. Traditional Braces are irremovable. They consist of brackets and wires that are inserted into your mouth and worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since they can’t be taken out, there must be proper precautions toward the types of foods you’ll be eating during treatment, and whether or not you play contact sports that might cause damage. On the other hand, Invisalign is removable and essentially invisible to the human eye. Although they should be worn for the entire day, you’ll be able to take the trays out as you eat or clean your teeth. Invisalign gives most of our patients the convenience and flexibility they’re looking for.

  2. Traditional braces are made of metal brackets and wires, which in turn provide all of our patients with the stability and effective teeth straightening they’re looking for. However, the sides or “wings” of the brackets might cause sores and pain during teeth movement. Invisalign aligners are made of a strong medical grade, thermoplastic material that are made to fit snug around your teeth for the precise position you desire. They’ve been seen to cause less discomfort over traditional braces, although they might not be as effect as traditional braces to move teeth as quickly and efficiently.

At OrthoSmiles4U in Long Island, NY, we do our best to strive and help you to make the best decision for both your dental needs and your smile, and we’ll help you in choosing the right braces for you. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, call Drs. Elliot Taynor, Patrick Sabo, Mark Rienecker and the team at OrthoSmiles4U today at 631.928.2655.






Finding the perfect braces provider in Long Island, NY can be a timely and sometimes very difficult process. Ensuring that you’re choosing the right one for you or your child can cause major differences in your treatment plan options. Orthodontists are specialists who treat oral issues related to misaligned jaws and teeth. Most people think of orthodontists when they need braces, and since this kind of treatment is usually in question, it is best to take your time researching orthodontists in and around your area and choose an orthodontist wisely. At OrthoSmiles4U, Drs. Elliot Taynor, Patrick Sabo, and Mark Rienecker have come up with a few tips for you, to ensure that you choose the right orthodontist and end up with the beautiful smile you’ve been dreaming of.

 

Ask for Recommendations and Research Online

 

Usually your dentist is the first to spot any orthodontic issue, and they should be able to recommend a dedicated and impressive orthodontist that he or she knows. Your dentist is likely to recommend the best, but you may also ask around amongst your friends and family members. Usually, candid feedback from actual patients will give you a better idea about the types of orthodontic treatment you can expect. Lastly, you may also want to consult online research before ultimately choosing an orthodontist in Long Island, NY.

 

Expertise and Knowledge

 

While looking for the best orthodontist in Long Island, NY, you will obviously consider the level of knowledge and expertise of the person. Luckily, there are ways for determining their expertise and accomplishments. All orthodontists have to complete additional two to three years of training after dental school to qualify.

 

The orthodontist that you choose should also offer various choices for your orthodontic treatment. At OrthoSmiles4U, we not only offer different braces types, but we also offer Invisalign clear aligners. Drs. Elliot Taynor, Patrick Sabo, and Mark Rienecker are Certified Invisalign Providers and have been helping patients achieve their dream smile for years now!

First Consultation

 

After you have shortlisted a few orthodontists, it is best to go for the first consultation to acquire an idea about the type of person you will be working with. Most orthodontists provide free initial consultation and some even provide free X-rays. If the orthodontist is impatient and is not eager to answer all your questions, it is best to find someone else. If the orthodontist has a large practice, you may have to talk to the manager or patient liaison person.

 

Cost of Treatment

 

Apart from expertise and skill, the other main point to consider while choosing the best orthodontist in Long Island, NY is how much the orthodontic treatment is going to cost you and any payment options that are being offered. When the treatment involves braces it is usually quite expensive, and you will want a payment plan that you can afford. Most orthodontists provide plans of monthly installments that are spread over the period of treatment. However, inquire about the different payment plans that are on offer before you make a decision.

 

Treatment Avenues to Take

 

Braces have progressed considerably during the past decade and there are now several types to consider. When you’re choosing the best orthodontist in Long Island, NY, make sure you have access to all the latest treatment routes to take. The orthodontist should not be trying to sell you the most costly product, but rather discuss the advantages and disadvantage of various doors to open so that you can make an informed and suitable choice.

If you’re ready to start treatment with Drs. Elliot Taynor, Patrick Sabo, and Mark Rienecker or want to learn more about OrthoSmiles4U in Long Island, NY, then call us today at 631.928.2655.

If you’re considering getting braces for yourself or your child, then you should also be contemplating the cost. In 1980, the average cost of orthodontic treatment was around $2,000, or about $5,700 today after inflation. That’s comparable to today, as the average cost of traditional metal braces ranges from $3,000 to $7,000, depending on your insurance plan, choice of orthodontist, and treatment time. Today, Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker of OrthoSmiles4U are here to explain the monetary and medical value of braces near Rocky Point, NY.

Variations of Braces

Although metal braces have been the #1 choice for treatment for several years, there are now even more options to choose from. Dr. Patrick Sabo says that many of his patients near Rocky Point, NY choose these options because the span of treatment may be shorter, or because they don’t want the “train track” look. These options vary in cost due to the process of putting them on, the cost of materials, and what your orthodontist will charge.

Metal Braces

As discussed before, the national average price of metal braces ranges from about $3,000 to $7,000. These are the traditional braces that are most commonly used, and are easily the most recognizable. Yet many patients opt-out of metal braces because they don’t like the look that comes with them.

Ceramic Braces

Like metal braces, ceramics are adhered in the same way, and perform the exact same function. However, these use tooth colored or clear brackets and wires to blend in with the teeth, reducing visibility. But, ceramics can sometimes be more expensive than metal with the national average of ceramic braces ranging from $4,000 to $8,000 and the OrthoSmiles4U associates say that they can stain easily if not taken care of properly.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces, or braces adhered to the back of the teeth, are by far the best option if you want to keep your treatment concealed. Dr. Elliot Taynor mentions that these are usually the most expensive, with the national average price of treatment fluctuating from $8,000 to $10,000. Because of the procedure, your insurance company may choose not to cover this method of treatment because of its’ cost.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners like Invisalign, according to the national average, usually cost anywhere from $4,000 to $7,500. These are a great option because they’re almost invisible, and you can take them out to eat whatever you want. Although one of the best options for concealment, these will not work for serious dental problems. They can be lost easily and costly to replace, treatment time may be extended longer than normal, and they are only available to teens and adults, not children.

Insurance

If you have dental or health insurance, then you should consult with your orthodontist before receiving any type of treatment. Many insurance companies won’t pay for treatment if the patient is over 18, but you may receive partial coverage if under 18. One OrthoSmiles4U colleague says that it’s always possible for you to purchase supplemental orthodontic insurance if your health plan doesn’t cover braces. Make sure to ask about the percentage that they cover; a common figure near Rocky Point, NY is 50% with a $1,500 lifetime maximum per child. Beware, if you change your insurance plan after the application of your braces, the insurance company may consider it to be a pre-existing condition, which will force you to pay out-of-pocket.

Make Braces More Affordable

Many orthodontists offer a payment plan to reduce the amount owed. Dr. Mark Rienecker says that the best way to estimate the cost is to plan ahead and receive a consultation early on to determine if you will need braces, then you are enabled to create a budget for the future. Additionally, you may be able to receive treatment from a dental or orthodontic school for a reduced price- as long as you don’t mind a student poking around in your mouth while a professional supervises.

While the national averages for the different types of braces are listed above, each price differs depending on the individual patient and the individual orthodontist. Factors such as the amount of work needed, the treatment time, the Insurance company, and the payment plan all affect the final price tag of orthodontic treatments. The only way to know exactly how much your treatment is going to cost is to set up an appointment with OrthoSmiles4U in order to discuss an individual plan which works for you.

Through any and all of these means, Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker and their team at OrthoSmiles4U can help any patient achieve the healthy, beautiful smile they deserve. For more information, or to plan a complimentary consultation, visit our office near Rocky Point, NY or call 631.928.2655 today!

It’s always important to remember that good oral health habits like brushing and flossing will not only keep you healthy, but will speed up your orthodontic treatment as well! Some specific candies can hinder your progress as it’s possible for them to get stuck in your braces, or even break brackets or wires. Drs. Elliot Taynor, Patrick Sabo, and Mark Rienecker, certified orthodontists in Port Jefferson Station, NY, says that these should be avoided at all costs in order to reduce the possibility of any setbacks during your treatment. That’s why they and the team at OrthoSmiles4U are here today- to explain the harm that these candies can do to your teeth!

Jelly Beans

It’s always fun to dig into a big pile of jelly beans left in your basket on Easter morning, but these little candies can do a lot of harm. They can stick to your brackets, and actually break them or pull them off of your teeth. Drs. Elliot Taynor, Patrick Sabo, and Mark Rienecker say that because of their high sugar content, they’re a prime food source for plaque that builds up in your mouth, overall reducing your general dental health.

Chocolate Bunnies

Although some can be solid or completely hollow, the chocolate bunny is an Easter classic. Regardless, a OrthoSmiles4U associate tells us that chocolate is actually one of the worst culprits causing plaque accumulation. It’s important to brush and floss regularly to reduce the amount of bacteria buildup; otherwise you may be in worse shape than when you started your orthodontic treatment.

Mini Eggs

These little candy-coated chocolate eggs are a famous Easter treat around the world. Although delicious, the hard candy coating is not so great for your braces, as they make it possible for you to break specific parts or bend wires. Drs. Natalie Nebblett and Dr. Seth Margulies say if you must eat these, gently crack the coating with your back teeth, and let the chocolate melt in your mouth. Be sure to brush afterwards!

Marshmallow Chicks

Who doesn’t love to bite into a cute, brightly-colored, sugary Peep? Just remember that the soft and gooey marshmallow can get stuck in your brackets, and one of our OrthoSmiles4U friends says that you may require careful cleaning to remove it.  

Hard or Soft Caramel

The stickiest offender among those mentioned; caramels can actually pull brackets right off of your teeth. Drs. Elliot Taynor, Patrick Sabo, and Mark Rienecker recommend eating the hard candies, as it’s more difficult for them to get stuck to anything, and sucking on them is virtually harmless provided some brushing is done at some point afterwards.

If you plan on eating lots of candy this Easter, then plan on doing lots of cleaning as well! Brushing and flossing are imperative in keeping your teeth clean and healthy, and will advance and quicken your orthodontic treatment. If you’re looking for an orthodontist in Port Jefferson Station, NY who can provide you or your children with healthy brushing tips, quality treatment with braces, or knowledge of every candy in the book, then OrthoSmiles4U is here for you! Calling 631.928.2655 will connect you to one of our fantastic OrthoSmiles4U friends, who will be happy to schedule you a free initial consultation with Drs. Elliot Taynor, Patrick Sabo, and Mark Rienecker. Don’t wait, call today, and have a super-great Easter!

No one wants to waste time. With traditional braces, having the metal and wire adhered to your teeth can be a very time consuming and uncomfortable process. Invisalign, the new alternative to braces, promises to reduce treatment time and the number of visits to the orthodontist. However, many skeptics think that Invisalign seems too good to be true. Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker, a certified orthodontist, is here today with the fantastic team at OrthoSmiles4U near Mt. Sinai, NY to explain the Invisalign process, and the approximate length of time dedicated to orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear aligners.

First, Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker believes that you should always consult with your orthodontist beforehand to determine if Invisalign is the right choice for you. The best time for this conversation is at your initial consultation- when your doctor will take pictures, x-rays, and dental impressions of your teeth to determine the severity of your malocclusion, or incorrect relation between the upper and lower jaws. If the doctor says that you’re a candidate for the Invisalign system, then you’re ready to start your treatment! A OrthoSmiles4U associate stated that this consultation should take anywhere from one and a half to two hours, in order to be certain the condition of your malocclusion and possible orthodontic treatment options.

Thankfully, Invisalign takes treatment time into high gear! Depending on your dental needs, Invisalign can take anywhere from 9 to 18 months. The whole process actually takes less time than the fastest known braces treatment! However, there’s one catch: Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker stress that you must wear the aligners as directed. If you leave your aligners out for too long, whether it was an accident or on purpose, your teeth can shift into unintended positions, leading to the possibility of having to start the whole process all over again. Still, Invisalign takes far less time to work its’ magic than traditional metal braces.

During your treatment, you will make scheduled visits with your orthodontist near Mt. Sinai, NY to check on your progress with the Invisalign system. These occur approximately every six to eight weeks (give or take depending on your particular case). One of our friends at OrthoSmiles4U says that these checkups will take around a half hour, during which your orthodontist will check with you to make sure that your aligners are comfortable, and that they’re doing their job correctly. This is the time in which the team will give you your new sets of Invisalign trays, and make sure that they aren’t causing any sort of discomfort.

The benefits of Invisalign clearly outweigh those of braces. They’re virtually invisible, and they’re never permanently bonded to your teeth, so you can take them out so you can eat whatever you want. However the biggest advantage that the system has over braces is by far is its’ reduced treatment time. If you’re looking for an Invisalign orthodontist near Mt. Sinai, NY, then look no further than Dr. Elliot Taynor, Dr. Patrick Sabo, and Dr. Mark Rienecker and the specialized team at OrthoSmiles4U! If you’re ready to schedule an initial consultation, or have any questions or concerns about Invisalign, then don’t hesitate to call us at 631.928.2655 today!

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