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Reasons Teens LOVE Invisalign

Clear Appearance
Invisalign aligners are clear and virtually undetectable. This allows teens to straighten their teeth without anyone ever noticing that they are going through treatment.

Removable
You remove your aligners to eat, drink, and brush and can remove them for that special occasion, meaning that, unlike with traditional orthodontic treatments, there are no foods you have to avoid. Additionally, you can maintain your current dental hygiene regimen. For the best results and a timely outcome, aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day.

Eat Anything
Trays should be removed prior to eating, and for your lucky teen (and you possibly as meal maker) this means no dining restrictions. Patients with traditional braces must refrain from eating sticky foods, crunch foods, meat with bones (ie. buffalo wings), hard fruit, corn on the cob, popcorn and so much more, but with Invisalign those restrictions are not an issue.

Active Lifestyle
Teens who are already engaging in sports or physical activity don’t need to change their lifestyle or worry about brackets and wires doing damage to their mouths, or conversely, damaging their metal braces in rough play. The Invisalign Teen trays are a smooth fit, and let them play their best.

Dental Hygiene
The Invisalign trays are removed in order to brush and floss, and that makes good oral hygiene easier and quicker to achieve. Your teen will also need to clean the trays, but that also makes them feel more comfortable and fresh.

Comfort
Invisalign is made of a smooth, comfortable material. There are no wires to poke or brackets to break with Invisalign so it is much more comfortable for you to wear and live with.

Fewer Orthodontic Visits
With Invisalign Teen there is generally less time in our office than with other treatments. Appointments are needed about every 10-12 weeks with the average treatment time with Invisalign being about 10-14 months.

Call our office to schedule your teens’ consult today!  845-592-2292

 

If your teen’s dentist has recommended an Orthodontic Evaluation, you probably have some concerns that we can alleviate. You want your kids to feel good about themselves and their smiles, yet you might be balancing that desire against a tight family budget. We never want cost to deter our patients from achieving the beautiful smiles they deserve, and will be happy to examine your insurance coverage and help you find the best way to cover the cost of braces for your teens.

Sunshine Orthodontics wants to put your mind at ease, there are several ways that you can save money and spread out the cost of braces. First of all, dental insurance may cover some of the fees associated with braces for your teens. Our staff does all the research and paperwork for you, we know the questions to ask to ensure you get the maximum reimbursement.  Also, if you have a Flexible Spending Account through your employer, you can use your FSA funds to pay for the remaining cost of your child’s braces. If you need to handle financing the remaining costs on your own Sunshine Orthodontics also offers interest-free financing for many of our patients.

Call for a Complimentary Consultation, we can put your mind at ease about every aspect of Orthodontic treatment for your teens.

 

Perfect Combination

Invisalign Teen, orthodontic treatment can be started at any time, but as we enter Summer, there are even more compelling reasons to start NOW!

Invisalign uses a series of progressively changing transparent aligners that are each worn for a week. These aligners are precisely made with exact calculations to shift your teeth into their ideal position, giving your teen a straighter, more beautiful smile.

So, here’s three reasons why Summer is the perfect time to make your initial appointment with Sunshine Orthodontics about Invisalign Teen.

1) Time for appointments: Without the obligations of school, teens have more time for orthodontic appointments. You might have more time yourself, especially at the end of vacations or staycations.

2) Time to get used to Invisalign: There are some adjustments to make, but not as many as with traditional braces. Your teen can brush, floss, and eat without the Invisalign tray which is removed during that time. They will have time to get used to wearing the trays for most of the day, keeping them clean, and changing to the next tray as prescribed without the additional pressures of school.

3) Results starting to show for back-to-school: The treatment won’t be complete for the first day of school, but confidence will have risen and a new and improving smile will be ready to share, significant improvement may be apparent by “Picture Day”.

We look forward to hearing from you

You’re 20 years old!

Most people have heard of Invisalign, the invisible way to straighten teeth with removable aligners, but do you know the history of this innovative orthodontic product? Align Technology the creators of Invisalign, was founded in 1997 by Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth in San Jose, California. Chishti was an adult orthodontic patient when he came up with the idea of Invisalign. He was struggling with a retainer as part of his own treatment, and realized that such an approach could probably be used for the entire orthodontic procedure. Like so many startup success stories, they began developing their product in a garage! Intensive research in CAD modeling, capturing geometry and 3D printers was necessary to get the aligners on track. Ultimately, they perfected the necessary programming for “incremental retainers,” thanks to access to a campus lab. Invisalign received Food and Drug Administration approval in 1998 and today, Invisalign is in high demand.

In the year 2000 seventy-five percent of all orthodontists in the United States were trained in Invisalign systems — and then the founders offered it to general dentists.

However, it’s still best to trust only an orthodontist with your orthodontic needs, whether braces or Invisalign. Contact Sunshine Orthodontics today for a free Invisalign consultation.

The number of adults seeking orthodontic treatment has increased every year, the percentage of adults in active treatment has grown from about 15% to over 30% in 2017. Below are pros and cons of adult treatment and how it is different from adolescent treatment.

We love our adult patients. They are typically better informed, more motivated, follow instructions better, and usually have better oral hygiene than adolescents. Most adult patients have a better understanding of their own condition and the possible treatment options than younger patients. Unlike teenagers who are many times compelled by their parents, adult patients usually pursue treatment because they want it or because they have been referred by their dentist. These differences usually result in better compliance.

Adult patients do face some challenges not faced by younger patients however. First, they are no longer growing, growth can be a helpful in correcting many types of malocclusion. Examples of this include expanding the palate, opening the bite (by changing the direction of growth), and reducing the “overbite” (by restricting the forward growth of the upper jaw). Additionally, because their metabolism is slower than in growing patients, tooth movement in adults is usually slower and therefore their treatment times longer. Finally, adults tend to have more missing and compromised teeth (worn, misshaped, restored, etc.). This sometimes limits the options that are available to them.

On the upside, adult patients are usually more motivated and compliant than adolescents and are therefore better candidates for esthetic options like Invisalign clear aligners.

Thank you for visiting our blog.  We hope you find this information contained here to be useful & informative.  Please check back often as our blog grows and your informational needs change as your or your child’s treatment advances.

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Dr. Ahmed Mansour and the team at Sunshine Orthodontics offer their patients in Dutchess County, NY the latest and most advanced treatments available today, including clear braces. Patients considering different treatment approaches to their orthodontic needs can choose traditional braces, clear braces, lingual braces, or clear thermoplastic aligners. But what are clear braces? Are they better than metal ones?

What are “traditional” braces? What are clear braces?

Traditional metal braces are made of metal brackets and wires that attach to the front surfaces of the teeth. Some even come in a choice of colors for a bit of fun. Clear braces are like traditional metal braces in that they are also affixed to the front surfaces of the teeth. However, they are made out of a clear, ceramic material made to mimic the shade of teeth. They are much less noticeable to the casual observer than traditional metal braces are. Both types of braces are joined by a wire, metal or clear, to exert pressure and move the teeth within the mouth.

The benefits of clear braces

Clear braces are an option for teens and adults who need to wear braces but are concerned or self-conscious about how they will appear once the braces are on their teeth. Clear braces are:  

  • Clear. A benefit to these kind of braces is that they are clear (duh). More accurately, they are made to match the color of the teeth. They are less obvious in normal social interactions. Traditional metal braces are more obvious; so much so that some patients can now choose fun and fancy colors to sport their dental appliances. This is not for everyone, though. Options are a good thing.
  • Effective: Braces are effective in treating the most severe of orthodontic issues. Newer alternatives to braces are available, but the technology has not advanced so that tray aligners can treat every case. Patients looking for options in orthodontic treatment are confident that clear braces treat the issue while being discreet and unobtrusive.
  • More comfortable: The metal parts associated with traditional braces can poke, scrape, and irritate the soft tissues of the mouth. Clear braces involve a lot less hardware, so there is less of a chance for irritation to occur.

Having to wear traditional metal braces can bring to mind images of adolescent awkwardness to teens and adults in Dutchess County, NY. While traditional braces are a proven and effective treatment option, there are other approaches that can be less obvious and more comfortable.


Dr. Ahmed Mansour and the team at Sunshine Orthodontics are experts in clear braces. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces inDutchess County, NY, Wappingers Falls, NY, Poughkeepsie, NY, Fishkill, NY, Hopewell Junction, NY, Poughguag, NY, Ulster County, NY, Highland, NY, New Paltz, NY, Saugerties, NY, Stone Ridge, NY, Port Ewen, NY, Woodstock, NY, Kingston, NY, Rhineback, NY, Red Hook, NY, Hyde Park, NY, Milan, NY, Staatsburg, NY, Tivoli, NY, Hudson, NY or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Mansour contact Sunshine Orthodontics at: 845-592-2292

At Sunshine Orthodontist, Dr. Mansour and our staff have found that patients who like their smiles have better self-esteem. According to the National Women’s Health Resource Center, when women are asked about what they’d most like to change about themselves, surprisingly they point to their smile.

The American Association of Orthodontics estimates that 4.5 million Americans wear braces or other orthodontic equipment to straighten their teeth and to get a healthier mouth. One in five of those braces wearers are women. The organization’s statistics also show that about 75 percent of the population doesn’t have straight teeth, and those people would benefit from getting braces.

While the main benefit of braces is straight teeth, and to improve the look of your smile, there are other benefits that make braces even more useful, including:

  • Straighter teeth help people chew better.
  • Straighter teeth give people a proper bite.
  • People speak better when they have straighter teeth.
  • When people have straight teeth, they have better overall gum and mouth health. A healthier mouth means flossing and brushing are easier, and that means your entire mouth stays healthy.
  • A healthy mouth is also linked to a healthy body.

It is challenging to brush your teeth when you have orthodontic braces. Here are some tips that will help you keep your teeth clean so that they will look even more amazing when the braces come off.

1) Always use a soft toothbrush. The most important place to keep clean while your braces are on is between the braces and the gums.

2) Brush using only a wet toothbrush, no toothpaste at first to see what you are doing after you remove all the food and plaque, you can apply toothpaste and brush.

3) None of that one, two, three nonsense. Time yourself and spend at least two FULL minutes brushing your teeth. You should spend at least 30 seconds on your upper right side, 30 seconds on your upper left side, 30 seconds on your lower left side, and finally 30 seconds on your lower right side. You might think that you do this already, but most patients who time themselves find that they are brushing an average of only 30 seconds for their entire mouth!

4) When you are done brushing in the morning, feel free to rinse your mouth with water to remove the foam left after brushing with your toothpaste. Research has shown that the teeth receive just as much fluoride following this procedure by leaving the foam on the teeth as they do when you apply an expensive fluoride.

Lastly, you can achieve excellent oral hygiene while wearing braces using an affordable toothbrush; electric toothbrushes are wonderful and do a good job supplementing the movements of the toothbrush bristles over the teeth. Some brushes that vibrate have been shown to clean a little better than those that rotate.

We know it’s difficult to convince your child that getting braces is something to be excited about. To them, it may be a different story. So, how do we go about getting our children on board with braces?

  1. Throw a pre-braces party. Once the braces are on, your child knows they will not be allowed to eat certain foods. So before the braces get put on, allow them to indulge before the time of application. It’s an easy way to get excitement stirred up and the wait to get the braces over to indulge again will be just as endearing.
  2. Let your kids know that this is a way to give them that beautiful smile they see in adults and older children. Let them be aware that braces aren’t forever, but their smiles are.
  3. If your children are worried about getting picked on because of braces, tell them about some celebrities who have worn them such as Cameron Diaz, Kelly Clarkson, Dakota Fanning, and Gwen Stefani.
  4. It is important to emphasize that braces today aren’t the same as they were for you growing up. From clear ceramic braces to different-colored braces, more options are available. Braces can be cool accessories.
  5. Sometimes we have to point out how crooked our teeth are because we never got braces…this will encourage your children to want to have their teeth perfect and straight.

The stereotypical braces wearer – in middle school, with a mouth full of metal brackets – has led to children being discouraged about wearing braces. Dr. Mansour and our staff here at Sunshine Orthodontists would like to put some of these myths to rest and help your child get the proper care they need for that perfect smile!

Maintaining good oral hygiene is important for everyone — but when you’re having orthodontic treatment, it’s even MORE critical. Why? While having any appliances on your teeth they can trap food particles easily. Keeping your teeth clean is a little bit harder …but don’t worry you can still do it!

Here’s a few reasons why good oral hygiene is so very important during any orthodontic treatment, and some tips on how you can keep up with it.

The major enemy= plaque. Food that gets trapped near the surfaces can lead to the start of plaque — a thin coating of microorganisms and organic debris which potentially contains harmful bacteria to the teeth. Braces or other orthodontic applications make it harder to remove this. The bacteria in plaque digest the sugars in food, causing the acids to erode the teeth and gun areas….yuck!

Not too worry, all you have to do is keep the plaque under control So how do we do this? First and most importantly diet, daily maintenance, and regular care.

Diet

  1. Avoiding foods that could increase your risk of developing tooth decay
  2. Cutting down or eliminating foods with an excess of sugar (soda, sweets, ice cream. toffee, gum, licorice and caramels)
  3. Foods that are very hard or sticky can cause damage to orthodontic appliances. (hard candies, nuts, beef jerky, hard pizza crust)
  4. Keep eating healthy foods but cut them into bite-sized pieces first!

Daily Maintenance

  1. Rule of thumb brushing and flossing are for keeping a healthy smile
  2. Use a soft-bristle or a bi-level toothbrush (one with longer bristles on the edges and shorter ones in the middle) can help plaque removal — even with braces.
  3. For hard-to-clean areas, an interdental brush, or proxabrush. The small bristles of this can get in between wires, brackets and teeth
  4. Flossing, flossing, flossing. Yes we all know the hardest part but you should floss at least once a day during orthodontic treatment. We all know it’s a little harder to do with braces, there are some special products available — including floss threaders and particular kinds of floss — that can help you get the floss between wires and gum line. Our staff will review proper brushing and flossing techniques with you when your braces are put on — but if you ever have questions, don’t hesitate to ask!
  5. Other orthodontic appliances- brushed daily, the same way you brush your teeth.
  6. The use of a water flosser is a great tool while in treatment (much easier than flossing)

Over 60 studies have definitively shown that the Water Flosser can reverse gingivitis, reduce gingival bleeding, remove plaque, and improve the host response to enhance healing and improve oral health. 

Professional Care

  1. It’s still important to see your regular dentist while getting orthodontic treatment
  2. The dentist will make sure your teeth stay healthy with thorough examinations, cleanings and care.

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Missing teeth Everyone wants a full, toothy smile, but some people are missing teeth through no fault of their own. Whenever you see a person missing teeth, you probably assume that they have lost them somewhere along the line, either through an accident or neglect. However, that is not always true.

At Sunshine Orthodontics we sometimes see patients that are missing teeth because they failed to develop due to a family hereditary condition. Other times, the “missing” tooth isn’t really missing at all; it’s hidden underneath bone and gum tissue because it’s blocked or impacted by other teeth. In either situation, space must be created or closed, depending upon circumstances, to improve the bite and aesthetics. If not, then other teeth will gradually drift into the spaces, creating a bite problem and misalign teeth. Luckily, both problems can be treated with orthodontics. (more…)

Celebrating 4th of JulySummer is here in full force and half the year has already zoomed by. Our team at Sunshine Orthodontics researched some fun facts about our country’s most celebrated holiday which hallmarks our independence as a nation.

Did you know the Fourth of July or Independence Day, has only been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941? However, the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with celebrations ranging from fireworks, parades, and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

Fun facts we found interesting: (more…)

Sports Drinks Damage Tooth EnamelLollipops are a cavity on a stick and soda is pure sugar in a can. Candy and soda cause tooth decay. You’ve been taught this since grade school. This is not news, is it? Well, what about the fact that sports drinks ruin your teeth, too? Heard that one before?

Dr. Ahmed Mansour and the team at Sunshine Orthodontics want to make sure you understand sports drinks can damage healthy teeth. Actually, “erode” is more like the term, especially around the brackets while wearing braces. These sort of drinks erode your teeth by “demineralization,” or reducing the minerals in the outer tooth enamel and also the dentin (“dentin” is a yellowish, calcified tissue underneath the tooth enamel). It doesn’t affect the enamel underneath the braces covered by the brackets. (more…)