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TREATMENTS

INVISALIGN

Itero Element

The iTero Element Scanner is a state-of-the-art digital impression system that eliminates the need for unpleasant traditional alginate impressions—no more messy putty in your mouth! With our iTero Element Scanner, we can digitally capture a detailed, 3D model of your teeth and gums. Not only is an iTero Element digital impression far more comfortable than the old putty-based impressions, but it’s faster and provides more precise images.

Say “goodbye” to the goop-filled impression trays!

  • No goop or gag to worry about
  • Fast, accurate impression for superior diagnostics
  • Ideal for all types of braces, including Invisalign® clear aligners and retainers
  • See a simulation of your potential post-treatment smile with the Invisalign Outcome Simulator (IOSim)

The iTero 3D technology is available at both of our locations in Hewlett and Longbeach, meaning you will get the most precise imaging for your Invisalign® clear aligner or your traditional braces whether you’re coming from Cedarhurst, Hewlett, Woodmere, Lawrence, Five Towns, Lynbrook, Oceanside NY, Valley Stream or any of the surrounding areas.

Classic Braces

Phase One

When is the best time to begin orthodontics?

Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?

Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. Early intervention can prevent the need for more invasive treatments later on in life such as extractions of permanent teeth and orthognathic surgery. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Brushing & Flossing

The best way to ensure a clean and healthy smile is brushing and flossing. Food particles can accumulate on teeth and in braces, and over time, turn into plaque. The bacteria that result from this accumulation can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and even loss of teeth. To avoid these problems while you are in orthodontic treatment, take special care of your braces, teeth, and gums to ensure you will have the best possible result.

Especially during orthodontic treatment, brush your teeth four times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles in your teeth and braces:

  • In the morning after breakfast
  • After lunch or right after school
  • After supper
  • At bedtime
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For areas between the teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach, use dental floss to remove food particles and plaque. Flossing takes more time and patience when you are wearing braces, but it is important to floss your teeth every day.

I addition to practicing good oral care at home, it is imperative that you continue receiving regular professional cleanings from your family dentist every six months. If you need any additional care, our office will be happy to coordinate with your family dentist to make sure that you receive the highest level of care possible to achieve the optimal results.

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Common Problems

Crowding occurs when teeth have insufficient room to erupt from the gum. Crowding can often be corrected by expansion, and many times, tooth removal can be avoided.

Crowding

The upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, which may cause tooth stratification and misaligned jaw growth.

Crossbite

This type of problem is caused when the back bite does not fit and match appropriately, which negatively impact jaw and proper dental may function.

Dental Midlines Not Matched

Proper chewing is impacted by this type of bite, in which the upper and lower front teeth do not overlap. Openbite may cause several unwanted habits, such as tongue thrusting.

Open Bite

The upper front teeth extend out over the lower front teeth, sometimes causing the lower front teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth.

Overbite

The appearance and function of your teeth are impacted by this type of bite. It is characterized by the upper teeth extending too far forward or the lower teeth not extending far enough forward.

Upper Front Teeth Protrusion

An underbite is characterized by the lower jaw extending out, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper front teeth.

Underbite

Spacing problems may be caused by missing teeth, or they may only be a cosmetic or aesthetic issue.

Spacing