Your Bite is as Unique as You Are!

To each his own: face, smile, teeth, and mouth. When it comes those pearly whites, some are fine, but many need to be corrected, included those with misalignments.  Depending on your own facial features, you might have inherited poor jaw alignment, teeth that grow in badly, and childhood habits that can impact the shape of your mouth.  

At the office of Central Park North Orthodontics, our highly skilled and well-trained team employs state-of-the-art techniques for correcting many diverse orthodontic problems — to leave you with a brand new smile you can be proud of! Although small gaps and crookedness are not major concerns, our team focuses on helping patients whose bite problems require comprehensive treatment. 

Underbites: Among the several mouth problems that need attention are the underbite, most frequent among children.  When the lower jaw is set in a forward position, the lower teeth protrude to cover part of the upper jaw. In this case, problems such as rapid tooth wear occur, as well as enamel damage and stress on the joints of the jaw. If severe, the individual appears to have a “bulldog” appearance, and teeth may jut out over their upper lip. Braces are commonly recommended for this problem. 

Overbites: With this condition, the upper jaw protrudes over the lower one, resulting in an upper row of teeth that covers the lower row. Most frequently seen, it is often due to having a small or narrow upper palate. Resulting problems are weak gums, enamel damage, and tooth wear.  Again, braces are the recommended form of treatment, as well as using a palate expander.

There is no end to the kind of bite problems that can affect children and adults alike,  including a crossbite, crowding of the teeth, a gap in the smile, deep and open bites, and protrusion (often called buck teeth). Braces have been proven effective at correcting not only the alignment of the teeth, but also the total alignment of the jaws.

The professionals at Central Park North Orthodontics provide comprehensive treatment options for all of your orthodontic needs. For more information on our office, give us a call today.

How Braces Affect the Foods You Eat

Most people want a smile they can be proud of — one that showcases as straight, healthy set of pearly whites. Not all smiles are perfect, however, and need a little help. That’s where braces come in. While they do come with their own challenges — like brushing and flossing — the end result at the end of treatment will be well worth it. But did you know that certain foods can damage parts of your braces, like the rubber bands, wires, or even the bracket itself? 

Take heart. The fact is that there are many foods you can safely eat with braces, but ideally, seek out foods that are softer in texture and avoid those that demand a lot of chewing. At the office of Central Park North Orthodontics, we are committed to created healthy smiles for people of all ages, and we want you to ensure that your orthodontic experience is the best it can be. That’s why we want to offer you this handy checklist that can serve as a convenient reference guide.

Braces-friendly foods:

  • Dairy: soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks, yogurt
  • Breads: soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins
  • Grains: pasta, soft cooked rice
  • Meats/poultry: soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunchmeats
  • Seafood: tuna, salmon, crab cakes
  • Vegetables: mashed potatoes, spinach, beans
  • Fruits: applesauce, bananas, fruit juice, and fruits that are cut into pieces
  • Sweets: ice cream, milkshakes, cakes, puddings, jello

Braces-unfriendly foods:

  • Chewy foods: bagels, licorice
  • Crunchy foods: popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods: caramel candies, chewing gum
  • Hard foods: nuts, hard candies
  • “Hard-bite” foods: corn on the cob, apples, carrots

At the office of Central Park North Orthodontics, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate orthodontic care. For more information on the services we provide, give us a call today.

Options In Orthodontic Care

With all the rapid advances in dental technology and methods of care, consumers and patients are faced with a dizzying array of choices to improve the look, health, and function of their smiles. Even though the appeal of many of these services is undeniable, it can feel overwhelming when to trying to choose the type of care that is best suited to address one’s needs. For all of these reasons, it’s best to speak with a skilled specialist when considering orthodontic treatment to correct your smile. At our office, we understand the entire range of complex issues that may affect the alignment of your teeth and bite, and are specialty-trained to determine the most appropriate treatment plan to achieve a healthy, attractive, and stable result of care.

Today, because of an ever-expanding awareness of the importance of an attractive smile, and the fact that orthodontic appliances are more cosmetic and efficient than ever before, the number of people seeking treatment is skyrocketing. According to recent statistics, over four million people in the United States alone wear orthodontic appliances with 25% of this number being adults.

In selecting the appliance that is right for your smile or that of your child’s, our office will carefully consider many factors including:

  • The severity of any bite problems
  • The degree of crowding or spacing of the teeth
  • The relationships of the upper and lower jaws
  • The presence of harmful oral habits
  • Breathing, swallowing, and speech patterns
  • If growth and dental development are complete
  • Dental and periodontal health
  • Any cosmetic concerns or unique needs

Whether correcting a few misaligned teeth, providing young children with early and interceptive care, performing comprehensive orthodontic treatment in patients of all ages, or working with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to correct significant discrepancies jaw development, you can rest assured that an orthodontist provides the highest standard of care.

At our office, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

Wearing braces these days is easy!

It used to be that only kids from ages 9 to 14 got braces to straighten their teeth. But times have changed. With appliances now being significantly more comfortable and cosmetically friendly than the day when the infamous “train tracks” were the norm, adults also feel free to enjoy the benefits of today’s teeth-straightening methods.

At our office, we utilize a variety of state-of-the-art techniques and appliances that are at the forefront of orthodontic care to make your treatment more effective. These advances offer a host of patient benefits that include less discomfort, fewer maintenance visits and shortened overall treatment time.

Our choices include braces made of:

  • high-grade stainless steel. They are small, and more comfortable and attractive.
  • ceramic.They’re cosmetically appealing because their colorblends with the color of the teeth.
  • Self-ligating:Instead of requiringties or bands, they use a mechanism that allows arch wires to easily slide back and forth.

And then there’s Invisalign®:Because they use a series of clear, customized and removable appliances, they are virtually undetectable and particularly popular with adults.

Caring for Braces

Because food easily gets stuck in braces that have wires, wearers must work extra hard to keep their teeth clean. Brushing after meals is essential, as are daily flossing (an orthodontist can provide a special flosser specifically designed for use) and a dental irrigator. Regular dental cleanings and checkups to look for cavities are also a must. To discourage tooth decay, avoid popcorn, gum, hard and sticky candy, and sugary sodas and juices.

Consult with an orthodontist immediately if you or your child has a loose wire or bracket, or if a wire that is poking the gums or other spots in the mouth. If the orthodontist sees no problem, placing soft orthodontic wax on the braces where they’re causing discomfort is extremely helpful.

At our office, our skilled and compassionate team of professionals is committed to offering the highest-quality care that will do wonders for your smile and your overall oral health. For more information about services, call us today!

The difference between clear aligners and conventional braces

At the office of our office our experienced, highly skilled team uses the latest techniques to correct a wide range of orthodontic problems — giving all our patients something to smile about!

Clear aligners have been revolutionizing orthodontic treatments, offering care that is more discreet, comfortable and convenient than ever before. However, despite the fact that clear aligners can effectively straighten many smiles, conventional appliances may be the most appropriate option in care for certain types of malocclusions and complex issues affecting the alignment of the teeth and bite.

Fortunately, over the years conventional orthodontic braces have become more streamlined, less bulky and more efficient. While orthodontic brackets have long been available in stainless steel, they are also fabricated from more cosmetic ceramic materials.

Of course, the most most important benefit conventional braces offer is that they offer the highest level of control and precision when moving the teeth and bite into improved alignment. With conventional appliances large corrections and certain movements of teeth that may not be possible with aligners can be accomplished.  And, with a lower profile than in years past, they are kinder to the tissues, easier to keep clean, and more comfortable all around.

While there may be some initial discomfort when braces are placed or adjusted, it is usually short-lived and easily managed. Most patients become accustomed to their braces — they may even forget they have them on.

Are braces better than clear aligners? Ultimately it comes down to determining what your particular needs are and deciding which option will best meet that need for you.  

Serving all your orthodontic needs

The professionals at our office provide comprehensive treatment options for all of your orthodontic needs. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

Straight talk on teeth straightening

Your mouth is a complex system that relies on the correct position of your teeth, jaws, and all components of the dentofacial complex to work comfortably and efficiently. A poorly aligned smile not only looks unattractive, it can also affect all manner of oral function. While the history of orthodontic treatment is long one, today’s options in care are more comfortable and non-intrusive than ever before.  At our office, our skilled specialist provides expert orthodontic care, offering the latest in treatments and patient education to create the healthiest, most attractive smile for each of our patients.

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that a child first visit the orthodontist at seven years of age. With an assessment at this time of development, our orthodontist can monitor or address any emerging bite issues to help ensure optimal jaw growth.

One  common misconception that still lingers is that braces are just for children. If you’re an adult with concerns about your smile, it’s not too late to correct it. As long as the gums and teeth are healthy, you can reap the abundant benefits of orthodontic care. For many adults, clear aligners are an excellent option for smile alignment. They work by gradually moving teeth into position and are completely removable — allowing patients to eat any foods rather than having more limited choices at mealtime due to braces.

It is important for you to know how to properly take care of your braces or removable appliances throughout your entire treatment and we will guide you every step of the way. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear and maintain your appliance as prescribed by your orthodontist. The better you adhere to proper care, the better the results will be.

Your trusted partner in oral health
At our office, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate orthodontic care. For more information on braces, clear aligners and the other services we provide, give us a call today.

Here’s to healthy smiles!

One of the very best features your teeth can offer is providing you with a lovely smile. But just as with other areas of the body, they are subject to diseases and malformations that need therapeutic and corrective care.  At our office, we specialize in orthodontics and the alignment of the teeth to give patients well-aligned, attractive, and functional smiles.

Orthodontists, like dentists, both are involved in improving a patient’s oral health, but while dentists focus on the health of the teeth, gums, and surrounding bone, orthodontists specialize in correcting malocclusions and underlying bone structure issues, such as jaw growth discrepancies or a high-vaulted, narrow palate (roof of the mouth).

Orthodontists are particularly attuned to issues affecting the dental and jaw development in growing children. As skilled specialists, they can identify and treat malocclusions, skeletal jaw discrepancies, harmful oral habits, and the premature loss of baby teeth. They can also identify enlarged tonsils and adenoids, mouth breathing, and other issues that can contribute to speech impediments, tongue thrusting, swallowing patterns, or a sleep disorder in children known as pediatric sleep apnea  — in which your child’s breathing is partially or completely blocked during sleep.  

Working as part of an interdisciplinary medical team that may include the child’s pediatrician and a pulmonologist, orthodontists are able to diagnose pediatric sleep apnea and provide corrective treatment, such as the use of oral appliances, which are custom-made dental mouthpieces that a child wears during sleep. These prevent the air obstruction, helping the child to breathe easier and sleep better.

Committed to oral health

At our office, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate orthodontic care for patients of all ages. For more information on our office and the many orthodontic services we provide, give us a call today.

Why See A Specialty Trained Orthodontist?

To align a crooked, spaced, or otherwise, imperfect smile, it’s a good idea to consult with a trained orthodontist.  An attractive and stable outcome of care depends upon selecting just the right approach and treatment method. At our office, we provide the highest quality of orthodontic care. We offer a broad spectrum of services to address the orthodontic needs of patients of all ages. Whether the correction of severely crowded teeth is required, or the treatment of complex jaw discrepancies is indicated, we’re well equipped to help.

As a skilled specialist, an orthodontist undergoes several years of advanced training beyond dental school to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of facial growth and development as well as an understanding of the principles and methods of tooth movement.

An orthodontist can provide guidance and care on a number of concerns, including:

  • The best time to begin treatment in a growing child
  • How to control harmful oral habits
  • The correction of severe dental crowding or spacing
  • The alignment of impacted canines
  • How to treat significant jaw growth disparities and craniofacial anomalies
  • Dealing with the complexities of aligning an adult smile,

Achieving healthy, attractive, and stable outcomes of care

As providers of expert, reliable care, we use the most comprehensive selection of orthodontic appliances and advanced systems of care. We also believe that a healthy and attractive treatment outcome depends upon establishing a successful partnership in care. From the initial consultation to carefully outlining every step in treatment and explaining how to take of orthodontic appliances, we’re attentive to every patient need and concern. And, even after treatment is completed and the braces are removed, our office makes sure you have the tools and information to maintain your newly aligned smile. At our office, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate orthodontic care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

Keeping Your Braces & Your Smile Clean

A good bite with teeth that are straight not only looks good, it contributes to one’s overall oral health and well-being. At our office, we provide a comprehensive selection of orthodontic services to help children as well as adults of all ages improve the alignment, look, health, and function of their smiles

One of the keys to achieving a beautiful smile with orthodontic treatment is taking proper care of both your teeth and appliances. It is important to be mindful of what you eat, practice good oral hygiene, and avoid any harmful oral habits. Because food and plaque are easily trapped in the tiny spaces between your braces as well as underneath removable appliances or aligners, good oral hygiene is essential. Without regular brushing and flossing your teeth can become decayed or permanently stained, and your gums can become irritated and inflamed. There is also a greater risk of developing a dental infection.

Brushing after every meal, and flossing at least once a day, is the best way to ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy throughout the course of orthodontic care. We also encourage patients to brush or rinse their teeth as possible after eating snacks. Our office sometimes recommends certain items like a floss threader, a small interdental toothbrush (proxabrush), or an oral irrigator (water pick) to help keep the appliances, and all of the small spaces around the teeth, gums, and braces clean. Above all, throughout the course of orthodontic care, make sure to continue to see your general dentist regularly for routine checkups and care, including a thorough dental cleaning.

If you are wearing a removable retainer or clear aligner, we’ll also provide specific instructions on removing these appliances for short periods of time to brush, floss, and rinse your smile as well as how to safely and effectively clean them.

Not only is it important to keep the braces and your smile clean, but it’s also important to remember to to avoid foods that can increase your risk for cavities or cause damage your braces. While the temptation is always there, stay away from sticky sweets and hard, crunchy foods. Risky behavior and frequent appliance breakage can significantly prolong your treatment and possibly compromise the result. Although, there may be some foods to avoid during treatment, there are still many delicious and satisfying things that you can eat. You must remember, the important thing is to maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet.

At our office, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

Healthy Well-Aligned Smiles!

While the most apparent benefit of well-aligned teeth is an attractive smile, straight teeth are also essential for maintaining optimal oral health and function. At our office, we specialize in addressing teeth that are crowded, gapped or crooked to correct malocclusions and create beautiful smiles. 

A poorly aligned smile affects oral health and function in multiple ways: 

  • A significant overbite leaves protruding top teeth less protected and more vulnerable to injury.
  • An open bite with a space between the upper and lower teeth can affect how you speak, chew and swallow.
  • Crooked teeth and discrepancies in jaw relationships can interfere with the normal opening and closing of the jaws and cause unhealthy shifts that produce contribute to TMJ dysfunction and pain.
  •  A malocclusion can also result in abnormal wear patterns of the teeth as you bite and chew.
  • It’s more difficult to keep a misaligned smile clean, which results in an increased risk of tooth decay as well as periodontal problems.
  • Severe jaw growth discrepancies and the resulting malocclusions can have significant physical and emotional consequences

A healthy, functional, and attractive smile requires teeth that are straight and jaws that are well aligned. As a skilled specialist with several years of advanced training, an orthodontist not only has comprehensive knowledge of dental and facial development, but also the expertise to correct misaligned teeth or improper jaw relationships. Whether it’s the movement of a few teeth, the alignment of an entire bite, or the surgical and orthodontic correction of severe jaw discrepancies, an orthodontist is well equipped to achieve optimal cosmetic and functional outcomes of care.

The value of a healthy and attractive smile is priceless. While orthodontic care requires an investment of time and resources, the benefits to your oral health and overall       well-being are worth it!

At our office, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.