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    Your Guide to Key Braces Terms

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Getting braces is typically a life altering transformation for patients. After they are off, individuals will have that beautiful smile they have always wanted. However, before getting braces, it can be helpful to review some key terms that orthodontists will talk about during the process.   

    Physical Components of Braces

    The bracket is a metal piece that is pasted onto each tooth in order to hold the arch wire. The arch wire is a piece that attaches to the brackets, gradually shifting them into alignment. Sometimes individuals need headgear, which connects a piece in your mouth to another piece, either around your neck or on top of your head. Headgear is responsible for shifting upper molars back, in order to make more space for front teeth. After your braces are off, you will likely have to wear a retainer, a device to keep your teeth from moving.

    Orthodontic Terms

    There are many reasons why individuals see an orthodontist. For example, a patient might have a lot of a lot of crowding. This is when certain teeth take up too much space, or there are too many teeth in one area. Another popular reason for receiving braces is when there is excessive space between teeth. A diastema is when there is a gap between the two front teeth.

    Orthodontic Procedures

    Patients will come across many standard procedures when receiving braces. Bonding is what happens when the metal brackets are pasted onto each tooth using a strong adhesive material. Once getting braces on, patients usually need to revisit their orthodontist every 4-6 weeks for a tightening procedure, in which wires are changed, and adjustments are made to keep progressing.

    Are you interested in improving your smile? Come see the family-friendly staff at Astoria Family Orthodontics. We offer top-of-the-line treatment for both adults and kids. Call us at (718) 340-3587, or visit our website for more information.

    What Are the Health Benefits of Straight Teeth?

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Contrary to what many people think, having straight teeth is not purely cosmetic. It has added health benefits that you may not know.  Whether you already have straight teeth, or are thinking to ask your orthodontist about treatment, having a good smile is just one of the great rewards.

    Prevention of Periodontal Disease

    Before having straight teeth, many people have either large spaces between teeth or crowding. Crowding occurs when there are too many teeth in one area. Both crowding and excessive space between teeth can lead to red, swollen gums. This is also a symptom of periodontal disease. Having straight teeth makes it easier for gums to fit perfectly around each tooth, helping to reduce the risk of gum disease.

    Easier to Clean & Longer-Lasting Teeth

    Malformed and crooked teeth can make them harder to clean. This can lead to gradual food and plaque build up, which causes tooth decay. When you have straight teeth, it can be much easier to brush, floss, and diligently remove all food particles. In addition, misaligned teeth can lead to an unbalanced placement of force when you bite down. This causes your teeth to wear down faster.

    Improvement of Overall Health

    Having straight teeth can impact many other parts of your health. It can help to prevent gum disease, which could decrease the likelihood of other serious illnesses. For example, the American Dental Association has associated periodontal disease with other conditions, like diabetes. Straight teeth can also help with chewing food, leading to improved digestion. Lastly, having straight teeth comes with innumerable social and mental benefits. You can smile with confidence, and make a great first impression.

    At Astoria Family Orthodontics, we pride ourselves in providing the best treatment available to help our patients straighten their teeth. We serve the neighborhoods of Astoria, Jackson Heights, Woodside, Long Island City, and Brooklyn. Call us at (718) 340-3587 to inquire about our different treatment options.

    Why Orthodontic Treatment Is Typically More Stressful for Adults

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Even if you did not wear braces during your adolescent years, you can still visit your orthodontist to get your teeth straightened. Wearing braces during your adult years might feel different than during your childhood, though. Keep reading to learn more about why adults tend to worry about this orthodontic treatment:

    A lot of adults are afraid to talk about teeth straightening options because they are embarrassed for other people to see them wearing braces. New advancements in dental technology have made it easier than ever to get a smile you love, though. Braces today are smaller and far less noticeable than they were in the past. Adults also worry that braces will keep them from eating the foods they want to eat. With new options like Invisalign, though, you can remove your aligners to eat and clean your teeth without affecting your straightening treatment.

    Come to Astoria Family Orthodontics to talk to Dr. Lopatkin about your teeth straightening options. We are here to find a treatment that fits with your lifestyle. To learn more, visit us online or call (718) 340-3587.

    How Orthodontics Have Changes for the Better

    Last updated 24 days ago

    Braces have changed a lot over the last two decades. What used to be a luxury for richer patients is now a common part of the overall dental healthcare plan.

    Technology has made braces smaller and more versatile. Patients can choose to wear them on the inside or the outside of the tooth. They can also choose tooth-colored or invisible options to minimize their appearance. Patients need to visit the orthodontist far less often than they did in the past. Check out this video for more information on orthodontic improvements.

    Schedule an appointment with Astoria Family Orthodontics to talk about how braces can help you. We make it easy to get the treatment you need to improve the look and feel of your smile. To learn more, visit us online or call (718) 340-3587.


    Selecting Foods that Will Minimize Your Pain When You Have Braces Tightened

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Straightening your teeth with braces is a long process that can cause some discomfort in your mouth, but brings you the results that you want. The next time your orthodontist tightens your braces, try to think more about the foods you eat to minimize your pain. Keep reading for some ideas on which foods you should eat:

    Choose Softer Breakfast Foods

    You will probably want to switch a diet of soft foods for at least a few days after the tightening. Try to choose something like oatmeal, yogurt, or fruit salad for your morning meal so you do not have to chew a lot with your sore mouth. If you feel really uncomfortable, you might even want to make a fruit smoothie that you can drink. If you do make a smoothie, though, you should not use a straw or you might accidentally hurt your gums.

    Stick to Soup and Soft Vegetables for Lunch

    Instead of your usual sandwich, you might want to try to eat some soup for lunch in the days after your tightening. If you want to eat some vegetables, you should steam them to soften them. Pasta is also a softer food option that can minimize your discomfort after you get your braces tightened.

    Try Softer Proteins for Dinner

    If you take the time to prepare it right, you can still get your protein for the day at dinner. Choose meats that are cooked for longer periods of time like meatloaf. Pasta, quinoa, and couscous are great options for vegetarians that will not cause more discomfort. If you have a lot of pain, you might want to stick to something simple like mashed potatoes.

    Astoria Family Orthodontics offers some of the best orthodontic services in Astoria, Long Island City, Jackson Heights, Woodside, and Brooklyn. Dr. Lopatkin can find the right treatment to help you get the straight, beautiful teeth you desire. To learn more about our services or to set up your next appointment, visit us online or call (718) 340-3587.

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