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Your smile is one of the first things that other people will notice about you. If you are lacking confidence in your grin, it may be time to consider speaking to an orthodontist about your options for enhancing your smile. Fortunately, a full range of non-invasive options are now available on the market. For example, Invisalign, or transparent aligners, offer a clear and less obtrusive alternative to metal braces. Learn more about Invisalign by watching this short video.
Visit Astoria Family Orthodontics for exceptional orthodontic care. Serving the Long Island City area, we offer a full range of orthodontic exams and orthodontic treatment options. Whether you are looking for braces, retainers, or spacers, we can offer an orthodontic solution for you. In addition, our office features early treatment programs designed to meet the needs of our youngest patients. Call us today at (888) 386-0162 to schedule an appointment.
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If your teen is lacking confidence in their smile or is in need of braces, it may be time to consider the orthodontic tool Invisalign. Using a series of clear and removable aligners, Invisalign straightens teeth without the hassle of the metal brackets and wires associated with traditional braces. In addition, Invisalign eliminates much of the pain and discomfort caused by regular braces, such as mouth sores or other injuries caused by the brace wires. The flexibility of Invisalign also allows users to remove the aligners as needed for brushing and flossing and requires fewer maintenance-related dental visits.
If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign and whether or not it might be the right fit for your teen, contact Astoria Family Orthodontics. Offering a convenient Astoria location, our office has a full line of orthodontic treatment options, including Invisalign. To learn more about Invisalign treatment, call us at (888) 386-0162 today!
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While in the dentist’s or orthodontist’s office in the past, you may have heard reference to a malocclusion. This is an intimidating name for a fairly common problem. A malocclusion refers to crooked teeth or an unfavorable bite. Your orthodontist can assist you in treating your malocclusion, but before doing so, it is important that you understand exactly what you are working to improve. Read on for more information about malocclusions.
Malocclusions are frequently caused when teeth are naturally incorrectly spaced. If the teeth have too much space or too little space within the jaw, they may grow in the wrong place or in the wrong direction. However, malocclusions can also be caused by chronic or aggressive thumb-sucking or pacifier use.
While they can range from mild to severe, nearly all malocclusions are fairly visibly apparent. If your dentist notices a misalignment of the jaw or teeth, he or she may suggest a visit to the orthodontist. To ensure that your child has any issues properly diagnosed, make certain that he or she is being seen by a dentist regularly after 12 months of age.
In many cases, treatments begin by removing excess teeth. After teeth have been removed, braces or alignment devices can be used to straighten out the bite and ensure that any additional teeth grow in correctly. After your smile is fully corrected, you may need a retainer to preserve the structure of your alignment after treatment. Talk to your orthodontist about the full range of treatment options available.
Unfortunately, if left untreated, malocclusions can have many negative impacts. For example, it can be difficult to maintain proper oral hygiene with overlapping or crooked teeth. Brushing and flossing properly can be a challenge, and as a result, teeth with malocclusions are more prone to cavities or dental decay.
Astoria Family Orthodontics offers superior orthodontic care in the Long Island City area. If you are in need of evaluation, dental alignment, or other orthodontic treatment, call and schedule an appointment today. Our highly trained staff can offer professional and experienced care in our comfortable and convenient office. Call (888) 386-0162 to learn more!
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During your orthodontic treatment, it’s important to keep your Invisalign aligners clean to prevent tooth decay and bad breath. Cleaning your aligners will also keep them clear and invisible during wear. There are a variety of methods you can use to clean your trays. Soaking your trays with a fizzing denture cleaner breaks up food particles and kill bacteria. You can also use a solution of half water and half hydrogen peroxide, or try adding a few drops of dishwashing liquid to a container of water. Regardless of your cleaning method, remember to brush the tray thoroughly with a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste afterward to remove any residue.
Dr. Robert Lopatkin, DDS is proud to provide Invisalign and Invisalign Teen treatment in Astoria, Long Island, and Brooklyn. You can call Astoria Family Orthodontics at (888) 386-0162 to book your appointment and learn more about the benefits of Invisalign. Please check out our website for more information about caring for your braces or Invisalign aligners.
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As an adult, you may be concerned with your smile’s appearance and function during orthodontic treatment. Invisalign offers an ideal option for adult patients who want to straighten their teeth inconspicuously and comfortably. Talk to your orthodontic care provider today to find out whether Invisalign is the right choice to help you achieve your ideal smile. Read on to learn about some of the benefits of Invisalign treatment for adults.
As an adult, speaking and smiling freely are important. Your job may require face-to-face time, and you don’t want to be embarrassed by braces on your teeth. Invisalign allows you to straighten your teeth without anyone around you knowing you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. The clear aligners are nearly invisible and do not impact your speaking or eating patterns. You will feel comfortable and confident throughout your treatment without worrying that you look like a “metal mouth.”
No Dietary Restrictions
Most adults are constantly on the go, meaning they don’t have time to worry about the dietary restrictions that often come with orthodontic treatment. While wearing Invisalign, you never need to worry about what you can and can’t eat—you can eat it all! Since you remove your aligner every time you eat or drink, you are free to enjoy any menu option you like without worrying whether it will damage your orthodontic appliance or interfere with your treatment.
No Dental Health Worries
Adults face different dental challenges than children and adolescents. While cavities are still a concern, gum disease is a common dental problem among adults. Invisalign allows you to remove your aligner every time you need to brush your teeth. This means that you will have no trouble flossing or brushing normally and that your dentist will have an easier time cleaning your teeth for great oral health during orthodontic treatment.
Astoria Family Orthodontics is an Invisalign Preferred Provider in Astoria, Long Island, Jackson Heights, and Brooklyn. Contact us today by calling (888) 386-0162 to schedule an appointment and find out if Invisalign is right for your needs. You can learn more about the Invisalign process as well as your other braces options by exploring our website.