Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Did you know that only orthodontists are trained in the art and science of the movement of teeth and other facial structures? There's a lot of science behind your braces!

An orthodontist devotes years to studying the science of how teeth move, but she also studies the artistic design of the smile. The size and shape of the teeth have to be in proportion to the size and shape of the mouth, which also has to be considered in relation to the size and shape of the face.

All of these aesthetic considerations, combined with the medical aspects of the mouth, jaw, teeth, upper hard palate and soft palate and airways, are all part of how an orthodontist looks at a patient's smile and considers what the best treatment will be to achieve the final goal of a Spectacular Smile.

That's why you want your orthodontic treatment to be provided by an orthodontist, and especially an orthodontist who is board certified. That means your treatment is being designed by a professional who has made a commitment to giving patients superior care. The proof is in your smile!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


High school graduates and college graduates are both getting ready for the next stage of their lives, and Invisalign is on everyone's to-do list!

For high school graduates, Invisalign Teen is an easy part of preparing for college, when they are going to meet a new group of peers and prepare for living on their own in a dorm setting. Invisalign is perfect for college students, as they can easily bring aligner trays with them and return to the orthodontist's office when they are home on break.

College graduates are also making a fresh start, this time heading out into the work world, where their appearance matters. There have been many studies on the impact that appearance and a person’s smile can have during a job interview.

For college students and graduates, the confidence that comes from knowing that your smile is at its best speaks volumes to those around you. In the classroom, in social settings and during interviews for internships and jobs, having a confident and Spectacular Smile can make the difference between being one of the crowd and standing out from other candidates.

Learn more about Invisalign - call the office 631-427-8444 for a FREE consultation and exam.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Today we’re used to seeing tweens, teens and adults of all ages wearing braces, but you may be surprised to see braces on the smile of a younger child. That’s because there are times when early treatment can solve orthodontic problems that may be harder to treat when the child is older.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, children should have an orthodontic check up by the time they are seven to evaluate their mouths and jaws and make sure that their teeth are coming in correctly. At this time, most children have at least eight permanent teeth – four molars and four incisors. Most children don’t need treatment at this time, and it’s a quick (and free) visit.
But for some kids, teeth that are growing in above the gum line, an already crowded jaw line or teeth that have not yet come in at all may point to the need for early treatment. Can you tell just by looking?  Sometimes these early problems are easy to spot, but oftentimes they are not.
We can tell if a child’s jaw may not be big enough to fit all of the permanent teeth that are coming in. There are several appliances that can widen the jaw when the child is younger, avoiding the need for teeth extraction later on. Make no mistake about it: orthodontists, parents and patients prefer to avoid having teeth extracted!
Early habits may have already created orthodontic problems. If not treated, things like protruding teeth from thumb or a misaligned bite could become worse as the child’s oral structures grow and change over time.
If a tooth or teeth have failed to come in, a spacer will ensure that when the teeth finally do come in, there’s plenty of room for them.
Because orthodontists study the movement and placement of teeth for many years to master their specialty, they are able to see precisely what is happening in the mouth and determine if early treatment is necessary. Most kids are fine, but wouldn’t you want your child to get the right treatment, at the right time?
If you have questions or concerns about your child’s teeth, call our office at 631-427-8444 to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.