You've taken the first step in talking with one of the orthodontists at Long Island Orthodontists and have selected Invisalign as your preferred straightening method.  It's time to learn how to clean for your Invisalign aligners.

At Long Island Orthodontists which serves Terryville and surrounding areas, we recommend wearing your Invisalign approximately 22 hours a day. The aligners are typically removed when you eat so this is the perfect time to clean them.

One method is the Invisalign cleaning system that we sell here at Long Island Orthodontists.  This system is designed by Invisalign and helps remove plaque within 15 minutes and keeps your aligners odor-free, hygienic and clear.

Another method of keeping your aligners clean is to purchase a denture cleaning product. While you eat, you can soak one aligner per one tablet of denture cleaning.  AtLong Island Orthodontists, we suggest leaving the aligner in the cleaning product for approximately one hour. This can be done up to twice a day.

A third method of keeping your Invisalign trays clean is to use a baking soda product. It is suggested that you dissolve 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 1/2 Cup of water. Soak your trays in the baking soda water for about an hour. This method can be done twice a day.

Another cleaning method is to brush your aligners with a toothbrush and toothpaste. This will help keep them clean of particles as well as smelling fresh.

At Long Island Orthodontists, we want to help you keep your aligners clean while straightening your teeth. If you have any questions regarding your Invisalign care, the staff in Terryville is here to assist you.  Always remember to rinse before putting your aligners back on and keep on smiling!

Summer has finally come and Long Island Orthodontists in Mastic Beach wants to make sure his/her patients are ready to take care of their braces. For many parents, sending kids away to summer camp for weeks or even months is a summer tradition. Whether the camp is in Mastic Beach or further away, Long Island Orthodontists wants to make sure their patients understand how to care for their braces. Taking care of your braces during the summer and at camp should not hinder summer fun. Follow some important tips from Long Island Orthodontists.

Dr. Goldman says it’s important to maintain the same oral care and routine kids have at home while away, so their braces stay in shape. Dr. Taynor and the staff at Long Island Orthodontists recommend giving your child a "braces camp kit" filled with all the necessities related to their teeth. The kit can include plenty of extra toothbrushes and wax in case a wire breaks. The important thing is to maintain clean teeth while you are away from Mastic Beach. If anything were to happen to the braces, inform the counselors so the camp can call Long Island Orthodontists to see if an emergency appointment is necessary. The main thing is for your camper to be comfortable until you resume your regular schedule with Long Island Orthodontists back in Mastic Beach. Just like at-home eating habits, the same instructions are given while away at camp; avoid sticky, chewy, or hard foods.

Our main goal at Long Island Orthodontists is to make sure your Mastic Beach camper is completely prepared to maintain their braces during the summer months. If you want to schedule a visit before they leave, feel free to stop by or call us! Last but not least, while away at camp, Dr. Reinecker says have fun and see you back in Mastic Beach when you return!

 

OrthoSmiles4U wants to remind Terryville, NY patients of the importance of mouthwash and other dental hygiene products when living with braces. Often times, many patients seem to neglect use of certain products due to their difficulties with fitting between braces, or because they are not aware of how truly beneficial these products can be.  However, floss and mouthwash are still very important while braces are on. Many people use mouthwash only occasionally specifically to mask bad breath. They swig a capful after they’ve eaten food with garlic, for example, swirl it around their mouth for a few seconds and spit it out. But mouthwash shouldn’t be used merely for this purpose, it should always be part of a regimen of good oral hygiene in Terryville, NY.

An antiseptic dental rinse can help minor gum inflammations and irritations from orthodontic appliances. It can also promote natural healing of canker sores, minor wounds and other mouth and gum irritations by removing debris. Mouthwash, ADA approved antibacterial ones especially, reduce the bacterial count and stop bacterial activity in dental plaque, which can cause gingivitis, an early, reversible form of periodontal (gum) disease. Dr. Rienecker, Dr. Taynor, Dr. Goldman, Dr. Sabo and the team at OrthoSmiles4U Orthodontics recommend consistent use of mouthwashes, twice daily for best results, in Terryville, NY. For more information contact the OrthoSmiles4U Orthodontics office

Our goal at Long Island Orthodontists in East Shoreham is a good bite—meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw. Dr. Rienecker or any of the orthodontists at Long Island Orthodontists will develop an orthodontic treatment to correct your bite. A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak. This can enhance your dental health and your overall health, and may improve self-esteem.

Orthodontic treatment is part of a comprehensive dental health care plan. With good care, including orthodontic treatment at Long Island Orthodontists when necessary, teeth can last a lifetime.

At Long Island Orthodontists, we treat children, teenagers and adults.  Our younger patients who are still growing may yield results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have completed their growth.

A healthy bite is as important at age 60 as it is at age 16. Even though adults are no longer growing, they can also enjoy improvements that come from orthodontic treatment. Your age is not a requirement for orthodontic treatment. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age.

Orthodontic treatment is a smart investment in your dental, physical and emotional health. Call Long Island Orthodontists in East Shoreham for your consultation.  Let us help get you smiling.

You’ve consulted Long Island Orthodontists in Brookhaven and have decided that Invisalign is the orthodontic treatment plan for you. Long Island Orthodontists tells you what to expect with Invisalign. 

Fortunately, Long Island Orthodontists uses the iTero scanner which scans your mouth so you wouldn’t be subjected to messy mouth molds. The scanner predicts were your teeth will be every two weeks if you wear your aligners for the recommended 22 hours per day. The iTero scanner will send the evaluation to Invisalign and the aligners will be made.

Once the aligners arrive at Long Island Orthodontists about two weeks after your initial visit, Dr. Goldman will apply attachments to your teeth. Just like regular braces, Invisalign uses attachments under the clear aligners to help straighten your teeth.  The process of applying these attachments takes only a few minutes at Long Island Orthodontists in Brookhaven. You are now ready for your first set of aligners.

Long Island Orthodontists will now show you how to put in and take out your Invisalign aligners. This can take some practice but don’t worry; you’ll eventually get the hang of it. While your aligners are in, you may experience some increased saliva as your mouth gets use to the aligners. Dr. Sabo has had patients say that the aligners do make them slur a little bit at first.  This should pass as you get use to your Invisalign.

Don’t forget that Invisalign is an orthodontic straightening system as are metal braces.  So as your teeth shift, your jaw may ache from time to time. This should not alarm you but if you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the office in Brookhaven location.  You’re now on your way to the beautiful smile you always wanted and Long Island Orthodontists is happy to be your orthodontist.

 

One question that Long Island Orthodontists on Long Island gets over and over again is “How much does Invisalign cost?”  Each case needs to be individually evaluated as to the extent of how much orthodontic treatment is needed. Obviously the more extensive work needed will increase the cost.  However, Long Island Orthodontists says the national average for Invisalign treatment is between $5,000 and $8,000. Fortunately, Long Island Orthodontists works with their patients and offers an affordable payment plan. 

The orthodontists will evaluate your orthodontic treatment plan and design a payment plan that best fits your needs.  One option that is popular with their patients on Long Island is the monthly plan which spans over the length of your treatment.  For example, if Dr. Sabo estimates that you will be in your Invisalign aligners for two years, the total cost will be divided by 24 months and billed to you monthly.  If this option is not right for you, Long Island Orthodontists can offer an interest free loan that you pay down. 

Long Island Orthodontists also accepts many different insurance plans, with most accepting Invisalign as a proven dental straightening method.

Don’t let cost deter you from using Invisalign as your preferred orthodontic treatment.  Clear aligners are gaining popularity and work on most cases. Call today for your free consultation on Invisalign by a Provider for the Long Island area.  The perfect smile awaits you.  

Does it seem as if everything imaginable is "connected" nowadays? Long Island Orthodontists on Long Island has discovered that you can now add toothbrushes to the list of what’s connected.

At CES, the company Kolibree unveiled what it calls the world's first connected electric toothbrush.  According to the company, the new connected toothbrush will track user’s dental activity and help people brush smarter which will lead to healthier teeth.

Long Island Orthodontists says the concept is simple. Users would download Kolibree's mobile app on their smartphone or tablet and then connect to the toothbrush via Bluetooth. Each time you brush your teeth, the brush will record a set of relevant data, which you can later view and analyze via the mobile app.

Essentially, the brush records how someone cleans their teeth which you can bring to Long Island Orthodontists. It keeps track of how long the brushing lasted, and how rigorous it was in terms of reaching each and every tooth, and the gums. There's a bit of gameplay built in as well, which challenges users to do better next time, and the company has created an API, hoping that third-party developers will come up with additional apps that will inspire users to brush more, and more effectively.

Long Island Orthodontists says the company is planning on releasing several different models of its toothbrush, ranging from $100 to $200, in the third quarter of 2014, with a campaign to start things off. The app will be able to keep data from multiple brushes so that a family can see how everyone else is doing. The data can also be easily shared with friends, your dentist or orthodontist on Long Island.

Long Island Orthodontists says it will be interesting to see how the Bluetooth toothbrush is received.  Do the patients at Long Island Orthodontists on Long Island want a connected toothbrush? It is possible with individuals paying more attention to their health; they will want the benefit of keeping an eye on their teeth and their oral hygiene.

When and if the Bluetooth toothbrush hits Long Island, Long Island Orthodontists will advise its patients. In the meantime, keep up your oral hygiene with regular visits to Long Island Orthodontists on Long Island. Visit us online or contact us to learn more.

While braces play an important part in helping to create a healthy mouth and teeth, Long Island Orthodontists in Rocky Point says you might experience a few side effects while wearing them. Dr. Goldman says this is common and can be easily treated.

Even with the best of care, braces can cause soreness to your mouth. As your teeth begin to move, Long Island Orthodontists says it is natural for your teeth to feel aches and your jaw to develop soreness.

If there are broken wires or loose bands on your braces, a sore tongue, mouth, or canker sore will occur. Canker sores are a common occurrence when braces rub inside the mouth. There are ointments available in Rocky Point to reduce the pain and irritation associated with mouth sores. If you experience a sore mouth or any of the following problems, call Long Island Orthodontists to schedule an appointment.

• Loose brackets: Apply a small amount of orthodontic wax to the bracket temporarily. You might also apply a little between the braces and the soft tissue of your mouth.
• Loose bands: These must be secured in place by our office in Rocky River. Try to save the band for repair.
• Protruding or broken wires: The eraser end of a pencil can be used to move the wire carefully to a less painful spot. If you are unable to move it, apply orthodontic wax to the tip. If a mouth sore develops, rinse with warm salt water or antiseptic rinse.
• Loose spacers: These will need to be re-positioned and sometimes replaced.


Some foods can also help or hurt you while you’re wearing braces. Long Island Orthodontists recommends that you cut your food into small pieces that can be easily chewed. You will want to avoid hard and chewy foods that can break your hardware. Foods such as corn on the cob, nuts, carrots, apples, ice, and bubble gum should be avoided.

Braces, rubber bands, springs, and other mouth appliances associated with braces will normally attract food particles and plaque. Without the proper care, this could cause staining of your teeth.

Dr. Rienecker recommends brushing after every meal or snack and carefully removing any food that might be lodged in the braces. A fluoride mouthwash might be helpful in addition to flossing. At your next appointment, Dr. Taynor can advise you how to floss with a brush specially designed for braces!

If you would like more information on the care of braces, please contact Long Island Orthodontists at their Rocky Point office or visit our website.

Everyone knows cavities are something you should do your best to avoid. But besides consistent brushing, not many patients in Brookhaven are aware of the ways to keep themselves cavity free. Long Island Orthodontists wants to shatter the idea that staying cavity free can be difficult. In fact, it really is quite simple, and below are some simple methods that will keep your teeth in tiptop shape.

 

Healthy Snacking – Most of the time after people have a snack, they do not brush their teeth. This often leads to buildup that can be damaging. A good way to prevent a cavity from forming after snacking on the go in Brookhaven is to try to select snacks that are healthy and contain little sugar.

 

Chew Sugarless Gum – Believe it or not, sugarless gum prevents cavities just by chewing! It increases saliva flow and keeps your mouth clean. Many of your favorite gums are most likely sugar free, but Long Island Orthodontists and The American Dental Association recommend Wrigley's Orbit, Eclipse and Extra chewing gums for helping to prevent cavities.

 

Add Fluoride – Fluoride is a compound that makes teeth more resistant to decay. It is fairly simple to add into your routine as well, just brush with toothpaste that has extra fluoride added, or buy a mouthwash that contains fluoride.

 

Drink a Cup of Tea - Natural teas (Green and Black Tea) are a great way to balance your mouth. They suppress bacteria levels and reduce plaque buildup. This is a tasty way to fight cavities in Brookhaven, and is one of Dr. Sabo's favorites too.

 

 

Implementing these quick tips into your every day routines, with steady brushing and flossing habits as well, will ensure that you will remain cavity free. If you have any questions or want more information contact our office in Brookhaven. Dr. Taynor and the team at Long Island Orthodontists are always excited to hear from you!

Your tween has just come to Long Island Orthodontists to get their braces put on.  Are they now complaining about what they can eat?  It’s true that braces will change what your child can eat while wearing their braces.  Long Island Orthodontists in Brookhaven gives the following as a basic meal plan that your brace wearer can eat.

THE BRACES DIET!!

Unfortunately, there are some foods that should be considered off limits until your braces come off. Long Island Orthodontists says the following should be avoided:  Hard nuts, candies, hard fruits (like apples and pears), Hard vegetables (like carrots and corn on the cob),  Chips, Taco shells,  Pizza crust, pretzels,  Sticky stuff like taffy, gum, caramels, Foods high in acidity that could cause discoloration like lemons, limes and sodas.

So here is a sample menu provided by Long Island Orthodontists for you while you have your braces on:

Breakfast ideas: oatmeal prepared with milk, mashed pears and cinnamon, crispy rice cereal topped with yogurt, fluffy scrambled eggs with banana cut into small pieces, muesli with dried fruit (soak overnight) and all types of smoothies.

Lunch ideas: cold pasta salad with small veggies cut up and shredded chicken, tuna salad, blueberry muffins with applesauce on side, creamy polenta and homemade mac and cheese.

Dinner ideas: spaghetti with pureed vegetables, baked potato topped with cottage cheese, chili, grilled tofu and miso soup.

Easy snacks: pudding, mashed avocados with salsa, cottage cheese, hard boiled eggs and yogurt with fruit cut up into small pieces.

Long Island Orthodontists knows that it can be an adjustment while you’re wearing your braces but that perfect smile is not far away.  Long Island Orthodontists is here to help our patients with any of their orthodontic needs.  So don’t hesitate to contact us in our Brookhaven office.

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