Why Choose an Orthodontist in New York

There’s also no place like New York. With a population of 8 million people, it’s arguably the finance hub of the world.

Did you know that New York is also one of the best places in the world to find an Orthodontist?

New York is home to two of the best dentistry schools in the county, Columbia University and NYU. Not only do they turn out some of the best orthodontists in the country, but they are also home to prestigious organizations like CTOR. This leading edge orthodontic research consortium is currently studying things like molecular orthodontics, accelerated teeth movement and skeletogenesis.

What’s that mean in English?

It means that New York is home to some of the leading research in the field of Orthodontics. This is the research that translates into you getting the best treatment possible.

New York Orthodontists have access to the latest technologies that include:

  • Invisalign products that provide an alternative to unsightly braces
  • 3M Incognito™
  • Speed Braces™ or Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics
  • Digital panoramic and celphalometric x-rays
  • Joint imaging
  • .. and much more

Whether you’re looking for an orthodontist in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan or Staten Island, you can rest assured that your perfect smile is just a few steps away. What are you waiting for?

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More Successful Invisalign Experiences

Successful Inisalign treatmentToday we sit down with Michael Alexander-Shafer to discuss his Invisalign experiences in Australia. His after results are something that every Invisalign patient aspires to be like!

First off, tell us a little bit about yourself.
A little about myself? I’m 34 and work as a business analyst in the mining sector here in Western Australia, in particular Iron Ore. I have a fair bit of travel with work both interstate and to various mine sites. I am also studying Commerce with a major of Business Information Systems and hope to have that finished in a couple of years.

You took several months before deciding to take the invisalign plunge. How did you finally decide to take the plunge? There were factors for sure, but was there any one tipping point?

I wanted to be as informed as possible before deciding on which Orthodontic product to use. Back when I was a teen and my friends were having their teeth straightened, there really was only one option (which at the time was both expensive and considered social suicide).

Nowadays there are a few different methods/products available so (at my age) I wanted as little negative impact on my lifestyle. I wanted to avoid the appearance of a 16 year old having their teeth straightened while working in a professional setting. With work I attend regular meetings with external stakeholders and management, so the idea of a mouth full of wire was unappealing.

A tipping point? I guess I got to the point where I had invested enough time researching orthodontics and came to the conclusion that I could either go another 6 months doing so or just jump right in! The timing was also important as I paid for the treatment across one full financial year. Here in Australia we have a tax deduction that applies to out-of-pocket medical expenses when you reach a certain amount. How could I resist?

Editors note: If you’re looking for a New York City Orthodontist, keep in mind that your medical expenses may also be tax deductible as well! 

On your first day you had some complications involving a key… what did you discover and what should readers know about?

In short, I found myself trapped in my aligners and starving on the first day. Like any hungry wolf in a cage, I mysteriously found a way out. It was not the solution I thought it was. When you get your first aligners, insist on an ‘outie’ to remove them. DO NOT USE A KEY to remove your aligners! Why do I say this? I broke off an attachment in the process and had to go back to the dentist immediately. Plus by not using a key, you will avoid a great deal of panic, shame and possibly a sense of impending doom.

Some people suffer a lot in their first few weeks of invisalign while others don’t. How did you fare?

There’s a general ache that you get when you have a new set of trays. While it’s uncomfortable, the reality is that you are moving your teeth and it’s unavoidable. You do get used to it after a while and it’s also not every set of trays that are uncomfortable. The added bonus is that when you get the new set, they only ache for a few days. I’d recommend avoiding eating hard foods for the first few days. I had an unfortunate experience biting into a chocolate biscuit that had been in the fridge.

You did some travelling too – what should people know and what did you learn the hard way?

All I can say is to be prepared. Carry a small toiletries bag with your essentials whenever you travel. Think about where you are going and you’ll avoid any inconvenient situations. What did I learn? Air travel has the potential to be annoying and a tad embarrassing when meal time arrives.

You had to go through refinements after your first go at Invisalign. How’d that come about?

I guess we got the the end of the first treatment and decided the job wasn’t exactly finished. The way I see it, I’d had 14 sets of trays do the bulk of the movement and we needed another set to ‘fine tune’ the finishing result.

Tell us about the dreaded IPR.

HAHA I clearly made an impact with my blog here! I really can’t say it was ‘dreaded’ as I never ended up with anything more than a diamond strip being used. It was only a little uncomfortable but I’m a total wuss!

Editors note: Interproximal reduction (IPR) is the removal of small amounts of outer enamel tooth surface between two adjacent teeth. In plain English, you’re using files to increase the space between your teeth.

You did some additional work after your Invisalign that included veneering and some lingual wires. For our readers, can you explain what those are and what your experiences were like?

Let it be said that Invisalign isn’t the miracle fix-all one might assume. Orthodontic work can involve a few more solutions before you get your desired masterpiece. I had to close a couple of gaps and ended up using veneers to do so, along with a need to create a smooth line on the top of my lower set once the aligners had moved them into a nice line. Surprisingly this was a very simple process and took only one appointment. I was amazed at how you can just ‘sand’ your teeth into shape, like a haircut…where the hair doesn’t grow back!

What else should people know about Invisalign, teeth alignment and life?

It’s one of the best investments I have ever made. If you are concerned about your teeth or lacking confidence as a result. Take the plunge and get it done. You won’t regret it. I’ve already lost count of the many compliments I have received!

Michael had his work done with Dr. Peter Worth at Accent Dental Care. For more information about his journey, be sure to visit his blog at http://invisalignguy.blogspot.com/

If you’re in New York City and looking for the best NYC orthodontists, take a look at our New York City Orthodontists Directory today!

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Post Double-Jaw Surgery Interview

Undergoing jaw surgery is a daunting experience that has lasting effects on your life. Read on to find out more about Gordon’s successful jaw surgery experience. We hope it helps you make a decision on whether to proceed with this extremely challenging surgery.

First off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Gordon after completing the tough mudder

Sure! I’m a 22 year old University student living in Toronto, Canada. I decided to align myself towards dental school after this eye(and jaw) opening experience and am currently taking a 5th year to fulfill the right prerequisites.

I’m a health guru studying Kinesiology and I follow the NBA like it’s my job. I’d consider myself a thrill seeker, enjoy outdoor activities, and eventually want to travel the world. Just recently I went to Europe for 3 weeks, and completed the ‘Tough Mudder’ obstacle course. I started blogging for my own personal records, and decided to share my experience on the internet. I had double jaw surgery after the summer of my 3rd year(21 years old) to fix my underbite, and little did I know I had plenty of tweaks to be made!

You went through this jaw surgery as a 3rd year university student – what made you decide to go through this this late in life?

I had been made aware of my underbite when I was around age 13/14 by my dentist. As a male, I was told that bone growth typically ends around age 21-22, with the facial bones being the last ones to mineralize. It was necessary that I didn’t have this surgery during high school or I could have risked my jaw growing back out! While this did push my jaw surgery until I was 21, it never really bothered me until I really started thinking about it a few months before.

Can you explain a little about what needed to be done and how long it took?

Left profile pre-jaw operation

Without going into too much detail, I got both of my upper and lower jaws done because the gap between my teeth (1.7mm) was too big to be fixed with only 1 jaw surgery. My lower jaw was brought backwards, and my upper jaw was brought forwards. My bite also had some asymmetry so it needed to be lined up as well. Originally, I thought that would be all the work needed! It turned out that my upper jaw needed to be widened and my nose and chin would be re-aligned. The craziest part? My Oral Surgeon completed this surgery in under 3 hours, and I was his fourth case of the morning (He saved the best for last as he told me).

For more details, visit Gordon’s page here.

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Temporomandibular Problems Associated with Invisalign

Invisalign can cause TMJ Problems

Temporomandibular joint problems or TMJ for short, can occur for a number of reasons. No one knows the actual reasons for TMJ problems, but it is thought that up to three out of four Americans suffer from these problems. Though experts say that only 5 to 10% of these people actually need treatment, it is nevertheless an issue which concerns people worldwide.

Some of the possible causes of TMJ problems can include dental malocclusions, congenital abnormalities, or problems with inflammation, arthritis and traumatic injury to the jaw. The growth of tumors, infections may also cause laxness or tightness in the jaw that can lead to TMJ problems. Some of these problems are congenital with other problems occurring later in life. Habits such as clenching of the mouth, teeth grinding or chewing gum can also lead to such problems. Competitive eaters in general are at a high risk of suffering from overused injuries with their jaws.

TMJ problems are not just caused by physical factors. Psychological factors such as stress can add unwanted stress to the jaws exacerbating TMJ problems. If you are suffering from these problems, you should mention them to your orthodontist in New York when considering Invisalign solutions.

The reason for that is that Invisalign brackets will change the spacing of your bite due to the retainers in your mouth. If you are suffering from TMJ problems when you are getting fitted for Invisalign, the retainers could make the problems worse. It’s important to keep in mind that this is not just related to Invisalign. Any dental work that puts significant strain and pressure on your mouth can lead to additional problems with your temporomandibular joint.

When you discuss these issues with orthodontists, they will make an assessment of the work that needs to be done in order to fix your TMJ problems before any treatment can occur. If your orthodontist believes that your TMJ problem can be alleviated through Invisalign, we suggest that you seek a different opinion. Though it is possible that TMJ problems can be fixed by the inclusion of braces, there are usually other underlying factors that need to be addressed before braces can be put into place. This will be extremely frustrating for you because this will delay your treatment. However, if you do not address the TMJ problems, you may be setting yourself up for a lifetime of discomfort down the road.

Many times TMJ problems will go away with rest and time. In rare cases however, your orthodontist will recommend you to an oral surgeon to perform surgery to help alleviate your issues. This healing time for such problems can range from a couple of months to several years. It is usually done before you have braces installed in your mouth, however in certain cases if your orthodontist determines that because of your TMJ problems is a result of a problem with your teeth such as teeth crowding, then you may have simultaneous treatments.

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Orthognathic Surgery Prep Interview with PostGradGrin

Post Grad Grin’s graduation picture – before getting braces the second time

Our interview series continues with PostGradGrin who’s a college graduate living in Southern California. She’s currently a month into having braces on in preparation for orthognatic surgery. If you’re considering orthognatic surgery, this is one interview that you cannot miss!

Hi postgradgrin.  Thanks for taking the time for this interview.  Before we begin, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Thank you for having me!  I’m a 22-year-old college graduate from southern California.  Since graduating from college on the East Coast this past June, I’ve decided to move back West to live and work at home so that I can finally correct my underbite through orthognathic surgery.  My upper jaw will be brought forward and my lower jaw will be set back.  In the interest of optimum facial balance, once my jaws are in the right place, my surgeon may also perform a genioplasty to re-position my chin.

I got traditional metal braces on August 1st, 2012, and I will be ready for surgery in December 2012 or January 2013.  I will probably be done with the whole process – recovered and braces off – by summer 2013. Continue reading

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In-Ovation C Self-ligating braces Interview

After Braces Smile

For this interview, we go across the pond to Europe where blogger Grinning Bookfairy has shared her experiences with In-Ovation C self-ligating braces.

First off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Thanks for asking me to share my experience! I’m 28 and living in Europe. I’m chatty, love, love, love to read and talk to people from all over the world. I started my blog at the beginning of my journey with braces because I wanted to have a diary of my experience and talk about it with others. Now that I am out of braces for over a year, it’s more about my personal life.

What made you decide to get braces as an adult? Did you wake up one day and say “I’m going to get braces” or was there something else?

I have wanted them forever. I got a retainer at about 9 and wore it for 4 years, but my teeth did not move. It was an old fashioned one made with wires that you can remove from your mouth. I asked my ortho at the time for braces, but she was about to retire and bracket type braces were pretty new in our country back then. I suspect she just didn’t know anything about them. She told me they were not for my teeth and that was the end of it.

Teeth Before Braces

I have been ashamed about the way my teeth looked for my whole life. I was very self- conscious about it – I thought everybody always stared at them and thought “man, that is ugly!”

I always wanted to do something about it. As I got older, I saw more and more adults with braces, but they were extremely expensive. My mom heard about a dental office just across the border that does it well and for affordable price – and I immediately went for it! The cost was  2500 € or  $3,132.35 USD at today’s exchange rates.

I had In-Ovation C braces (http://www.gacinovation.com/) that I wore for 15 months total; I first got the upper ones, and after 6 months, the lowers too. I wore elastics, first one, than two, and it was exactly how my ortho said it would be. I had clear brackets that did not discolor at all. Continue reading

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Invisalign Experiences with Elana

Elena’s First Invisalign Tray

Our Invisalign patient experiences continue with Elena, a student in Toronto who had her treatment done at Village Orthodontics. Her blog can be found at http://unikidz.wordpress.com/ where she documents her Invisalign journey.

First off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what treatment you’re going through? 

A little about me: My name is Elena, I’m 22 years old and currently a university student. I decided to have orthodontic work done because I had/have a lot of crowding of my teeth and I was very self-conscious about it.

The treatment I’m going through is Invisalign. These are clear plastic trays that are designed specifically for my teeth and function very similarly to braces (from what I know). The first step to getting invisalign was to go see my orthodontist and have impressions of my teeth done. It’s like this putty they put onto a tray designed to fit in your mouth, and they stick your teeth in it and hold it on for a few minutes for it to harden. This provides the exact shape of your teeth so that when the ortho sends these to the manufacturer, they will make your invisalign braces to fit perfectly on your teeth.

When the invisalign came in, I had little hard bumps put on my teeth (same color as my teeth) that act as little grips for the aligners to sit on and grip better. They’re very small and only located on my back teeth. The invisalign braces come off before every meal and get placed back on after you’ve finished eating (and brushed your teeth).

The ideal wearing time is 22 hours per day. You can eat anything you want, as long as you take the aligners out. You shouldn’t eat anything with them in. While the aligners are in, you’re not allowed to have any drinks except water because sugars and other particles can get stuck in your teeth and cause cavities. Continue reading

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Invisalign Experiences with Maia McLean

Maia McLean is receiving Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment in the UK

For our continuing series of interviews with real orthodontic patients, we met with Maia McLean who’s a student in the UK. She’s currently undergoing Invisalign treatment and is approximately 1/3 of the way through her treatment.

Maia, thanks for taking the time to share your experiences with us. Can you share a little bit about yourself?

I’m 16 years old and just about to start College. I’d describe myself as a happy and smiley person – I love spending time with family and friends. From about the age of 14, I’ve been very image conscious and always put a lot of effort into the way I look. I love to collect, read about and experiment with clothes and cosmetics.

Looking at the before photos, your case doesn’t seem as serious as others. What made you decide to visit the orthodontist?

Photo showing Maia’s teeth overlap

Up until the age of around 13, I had perfectly straight teeth and never worried how they looked. As I got older my teeth noticeably started to cross over and became crooked. Even though my dentists told me that my teeth were fine and other people were unlikely to notice, I was feeling feel conscious about them.

Where my front teeth started crossing over they shadowed one of my middle teeth and made it look really grey, especially in photos. As a person that rarely stops smiling, I was really unhappy with the way my teeth were beginning to look. My parents and I then decided to book a consultation with an Orthodontist in my area.

How did you decide on your orthodontist?

This particular Orthodontist was the first place we visited. The office seemed modern, comfortable and the staff were friendly and helpful appealed to us. This orthodontist was also the one recommended to us by my NHS dentist. They offered us a good deal (flexible payments) as well as guaranteed aftercare.

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Interview with Brandy Morales – Invisalign Treatment

Brandy’s smile after Tray 28 of Invisalign. Almost done!

Today we’re featuring an interview with Brandy Morales, a University of Texas student who’s currently undergoing Invisalign treatment. She’s on her 28th tray now and will be done in just a few short weeks. She’s agreed to share her experiences to help others who are considering undergoing orthodontic treatment.

First off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what treatment you’re going through?

My name is Brandy Morales. I am 21 years old and I live in Austin, TX. I am currently attending the University of Texas at Austin to earn my bachelor’s degree and I use Invisalign. I had very crowded teeth so they were very crooked, especially the front six. Getting my teeth straightened was never a major priority when I was younger, so when I moved out on my own, I decided to take it into my own hands.

I ended up getting Invisalign, which is a series of clear plastic trays. These trays fit right over your teeth and you normally wear each tray for 2 weeks before moving onto the next one. You wear the trays at all times except for when you eat or drink anything but water and when you brush your teeth. Each tray moves your teeth into a straighter position little by little, so the change isn’t noticeable from one tray to the next, but the overall change can be tremendous.

Why did you choose Invisalign over Damon Braces or Lingual Braces?

Brandy’s teeth before Invisalign Treatment

When I was deciding on my options, I actually did narrow it down to Invisalign, Damon Braces, and Lingual Braces because they were obviously the least visible options out there. I was almost 20 when I was doing my research and 5 years ago I would have been fine with wearing traditional braces, but I didn’t want to have that look going into my 20s, which is why I wanted something less noticeable. In the end, I decided on Invisalign because not only did I feel like it was the least bulky of the 3, but it’s also less of a hassle.

Teeth after Tray 28 of Invisalign

Brushing and flossing don’t become difficult because the trays are removed for these actions. I could also go on eating everything that I normally did. It just seemed like Invisalign impacted my daily life the least, so that was pretty much made me choose it. I did question whether I would be a candidate because of the complexity of my case so I tried to find examples online that may have been similar to mine. I didn’t really find anything, so I figured I would just go in for a consultation because only the orthodontist would be able to tell me if I was in fact a good candidate.

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Getting Lingual Braces in New York

Smile showing hollywood invisible lingual braces

Getting Lingual Braces in New York from a top New York orthodontist is actually more difficult than you may think. Lingual Braces are invisible braces installed behind your teeth, and cannot be seen in everyday activities. Made famous by actor Tom cruise, star of the Mission impossible trilogy, these are one of the most sought after treatments from New York residents. The appeal of them is simple, they cannot be seen and are out of your way so that you can continue enjoying life while getting that perfect smile. When compared to other solutions like Damon Braces and Invisalign, Lingual Braces are simply in a class of their own.

If you want to get the best possible treatment in New York, then the first thing you should do is book several consultations with New York orthodontists. When booking your consultations, you should ask them if they offer Lingual Braces. It’s important to ask this at this stage, because not all orthodontists offer 3M Incognito. Your orthodontist must be specially trained on how to measure your mouth and send the specifications to 3M. Your braces are custom manufactured for you and will be the best solution for invisible braces.

Because getting the training to install Lingual Braces is not easy, many orthodontists choose to offer only metal braces, Damon Braces and Invisalign. Those orthodontists that do offer Lingual Braces are undoubtedly skilled because of this extra training. Unfortunately, you will also need to pay more for these orthodontists. When compared to other solutions, lingual braces can cost as much as $1-3000 more than comparative solutions such as Invisalign and Damon Braces.

Another thing that is important to consider when you are deciding whether to get Lingual Braces in New York is that there will be an initial adjustment period after the braces are installed. Because these braces are installed behind your teeth, they can interfere with your tongue while chewing and eating. Other possible side effects include a lisp when speaking which can go away if you spend enough time practicing. If you spend a significant amount of time doing public speaking, you may want to take 2 to 3 weeks off of work in order to train yourself on how to speak.

Finally, the last side effect that you must be aware of is that you may suffer from bad breath. Because the braces are installed behind your teeth, it can be more difficult to get to with a toothbrush and floss then traditional braces that are installed in the front of your teeth. Invisalign, with its removable liners are easier to clean and poses none of the cleaning challenges that braces do. If you decide to get Lingual Braces, you must be extremely diligent about brushing your teeth, or you may suffer from bad breath or halitosis.

With these downsides in mind, Lingual Braces offer significant advantages over other braces. Particularly if you are a wind instrument musician, they allow you to continue playing your instrument as you normally what without any of the interference from braces that are attached to the front of your teeth. If you are in the media working in roles such as actors, actresses and news anchors, having a beautiful smile without unsightly braces is extremely advantageous.

Lingual Braces can be costly, but for the right people they are the perfect solution to help get you that perfect smile. If after reading this article, you feel that Lingual Braces are not for you, but still want invisible or semi-invisible braces, then you should consider getting Damon Braces or Invisalign from your New York orthodontist. Be sure to check out our new New York Orthodontist Directory.

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New studies show dangers of Triclosan in Toothpastes and Mouthwash

Are you using a toothpaste with Triclosan in it?

What is Triclosan?

Recently, the chemical Triclosan has been making news as new evidence has shown that this chemical inhibits muscle function in mice and fish. Invented more than 40 years ago, the chemical first saw use in hospitals in 1972 with surgical scrubs. Its use has since expanded into toothpastes, deodorants, anti-bacterial soaps and a host of other household cleaners and objects.

In 1998, the EPA estimated that more than a million pounds of this chemical were produced annual in the United States. This has resulted in traces of the chemical being found in blood, urine and breast milk samples of patients. The use of Triclosan is so widespread that in a recent survey, the US CDC found traces of it in over 75% of Americans over the age of 5.

What are the side effects of Triclosan?

In this recent study, the scientists found that mice showed reductions of up to 25 percent in heart functions after just 20 minutes of exposure to the chemical. Grip strength of these mice also decreased by 18 percent. The fish that were exposed to Triclosan in the water also did poorer on swimming tests than those which had not been exposed.

What’s notable about this experiment is that the scientists tested the chemicals at concentrations similar to those that humans would face. This is in stark contrast to other studies where exposure levels were well above those found anywhere (such as the studies on hexachlorophene, a now banned soap ingredient).

Though there is no direct evidence that this chemical will have the same impact on humans that it had on animals, we note that this is not the first time that Triclosan has been in the news. This same team had linked this chemical to reproductive hormone activity disruption and its effects on cell signaling in the brain. Though the FDA and European protection agencies have declared this chemical safe, this new research casts doubts on it.

How is Triclosan dangerous?

Pessah, one of the researchers on the team stated “The target we’ve identified has been implicated in the impairment of heart function over a period of time. If an average individual loses 10 percent of their cardiac function, they’re not going to feel it. But if you’re a person with heart disease already at 50 percent of heart function capacity, reducing 10 percent or 20 percent could markedly hurt your health.”

Other potential side effects of Triclosan include abnormalities with the endocrine system, birth defects and a weakening of the immune system. A 2010 study showed that children with higher exposures to Triclosan had more hay fever.

What Products are Triclosan Used in?

Ironically, with Triclosan’s widespread use in antibacterial soaps and related products, the only area in which it has shown to be effective is in the fight against gingivitis. The chemical is currently being used in these products:

  • Colgate Total®; Breeze™ Triclosan Mouthwash
  • Reach® Antibacterial Toothbrush
  • Janina Diamond Whitening Toothpaste

If you are using the products, then we recommend that you consider using other toothpastes that do not have this ingredient in place. Depending on the company creating the product, Triclosan can also be braned as Microban® Additive B, Irgasan® (DP 300 or PG 60), Biofresh®, Lexol-300, Ster-Zac or Cloxifenolum. Some soaps will use triclocarban in place of triclosan.

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