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What are Clear Ceramic Braces?

There are a number of options available for consumers to straighten misaligned or wrongly-angled teeth. One great option is ceramic braces, which are made of composite materials, ceramic alloys, and are very popular in the local Hudson Valley NY because they are transparent! They come in varying levels of transparency, so the ceramic brace is available in the natural color of your teeth or completely translucent.

Be discrete while you correct your teeth! Most adults in Dutchess County NY prefer ceramic braces because they are less noticeable than traditional, metal. In addition to the clear ceramic brackets, there are two types of brace wires (or ties) that can make them even less conspicuous. These ties can be clear elastic or white metal.

Advantages of Clear Ceramic Braces

  • Ceramic braces are hardly noticeable and have cosmetic appeal.
  • The ceramic brackets do not stain, but the clear elastic wires holding the brackets to your teeth are susceptible to staining. However, since these ties are changed usually every month, any staining is virtually unnoticeable.

Disadvantages of Clear Ceramic Braces

  • Ceramic brackets are more expensive than metal brackets.
  • The brackets are bigger than traditional metal braces (but this isn’t an issue for most patients).
  • Because ceramic brackets can’t withstand as much pressure as metal brackets, ceramic braces are not recommended for people who need extensive treatment.

How Do They Work?

During a consultation, we will examine your teeth and determine the best treatment option for you. If you choose ceramic braces, we will work to plan the course of your treatment in a way that best suits your lifestyle.

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To begin, a ceramic bracket will be attached to each misaligned tooth. Each bracket is customized to adjust the individual tooth to the prescribed location and angle. The bracket has a slot for the wire that will form an arch around the teeth. Using gentle pressure, the wire will move the teeth into the ideal positions. As with metal braces, it’s important to keep them clean. Otherwise, food and dirt buildup will stain the ceramic and maybe even your teeth.

Shorten Your Treatment Timeline

AcceleDent® Aura is an FDA-cleared medical device that can be used along with fixed braces. When used for 20 minutes each day, AcceleDent can shorten your treatment timeline by up to 50%! AcceleDent works by producing gentle pulses that safely and gently speed up tooth movement. The lightweight, easy-to-use device has been clinically shown to accelerate orthodontic treatment and to decrease the discomfort associated with treatment.

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Types of Braces

Thanks to today’s advances in orthodontic technology,  Sunshine Orthodontics in Wappingers Falls, New York can provide our patients with more options when it comes to wearing braces than ever before. While regular metal braces are still widely used, invisible and clear braces in New York are becoming increasingly popular along with removable appliances that can be used for mild cases of misaligned teeth.

Please see below to find more information for traditional, clear, or invisible braces. You can also ask us to learn more about the types of braces we offer at our office. You need to speak with your New York orthodontist to determine which appliance is right for you.

Invisible Braces in New York

Clear appliances, such as Invisalign, use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. And, no one can tell you are wearing those aligners because they are invisible! Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The invisible aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. If you are interested in getting more information about invisible braces in New York, call our office today!

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Clear Ceramic Braces in New York

Clear ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, clear ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have aesthetic concerns. While clear braces are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger than metal braces. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits with certain foods and smoking. If you want more information about clear braces in New York, feel free to call our office today!

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Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are smaller and more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

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All About Braces

Brushing and Flossing

It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, so the teeth and gums are healthy during orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment. Watch the two videos below on the proper care of braces during orthodontic treatment.

Eating with Braces

What can you eat? Let’s talk about what you shouldn’t eat! For the first day or so, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. Before long, you’ll be able to bite a cucumber again. But you’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces.

Foods to Avoid

  • Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
  • Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice
  • Sticky foods: caramels, gum
  • Hard foods: nuts, candy
  • Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.

In order to help our patients maintain good oral health throughout treatment many products from Philips SONICARE are offered for purchase in our offices

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Easy Financing

firstvisitAs a father of children himself, Dr. Ahmed Mansour has a special interest in providing affordable orthodontic care for families.

As a courtesy to patient families, Dr. Mansour offers a variety of payment options to meet their needs, including:

  • Full-payment discount
  • No-interest financing with a low down payment and low monthly payments
  • Multi-family member discount

As a matter of convenience to patients, Dr. Mansour also offers an automatic draft from checking accounts or credit cards.

Your treatment fee includes:

  • Records and X-rays
  • All appliances
  • All orthodontic visits including emergencies
  • One set of retainers
  • Follow-up retention visits for two years

We will review all the financial plans during your initial complementary consultation. It is our goal to provide the highest quality of treatment that is affordable to you!

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What To Expect

mansour-sunshine-orthodontics-patient-treatmentUpon your arrival at Sunshine Orthodontics for your complimentary exam, please notify our receptionist. We can’t wait to welcome you to our office.

Dr. Ahmed Mansour will conduct a thorough clinical orthodontic examination and explain all aspects of treatment himself.

The purpose of the initial examination is to answer:

  • What sort of problem is present, if any?
  • When is the proper time to begin treatment?
  • What type of treatment is indicated?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • How much will the treatment cost?

What’s Next?

If orthodontic treatment is indicated at this time, an appointment for Diagnostic Records is scheduled. If time allows, these diagnostic records can be taken at the initial visit.

What are Diagnostic Records?
What is the cost of the treatment?
What does my investment include?
What doesn’t my investment include?
Do you accept Assignment of Benefits?
What are your appointment policies?
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Why Choose Us

Our goal at Sunshine Orthodontics is to create beautiful, healthy smiles for our patients that will be valued for a lifetime!

  • whychooseusLeading edge orthodontic care with traditional braces, clear ceramic braces, and Invisalign
  • Dr. Ahmed Mansour works closely with your general dentist and encourages routine dental care as well as good oral hygiene at home.
  • Flexible scheduling!
  • Affordable treatment options with flexible no interest payment programs available.
  • We accept direct payment for most insurance plans.
  • We communicate openly with our patients!
  • Safety and comfort are of the utmost importance in our practice.  Our sterilization procedures brings a whole new level of protection to our patients. We deliver the highest standard of sterilization in dentistry.
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