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Why Do Many Kids and Adults Need Orthodontic Treatment Today?

42_WhyneedbracesAt Sunshine Orthodontics some parents ask us… “Why are so many kids and adults wearing braces today?”

Orthodontic Studies report 70 percent of the US population could benefit from having their teeth and jaws realigned with orthodontic treatment. Ancient ancestors had perfect teeth and bites, as evidenced by fossil records. Then, about 10,000 years ago, malocclusions (bad bites) seem to have become more prevalent. Why? Human growth patterns saw teeth and jaws fail to accommodate teeth and jaw development as different ethnic and genetic backgrounds began to live together and populate. (more…)


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Dr. Mansour is the epitome of a FAMILY practice in Orthodontics. His personal touch along with kind and encouraging words to the children and the parents keeps this practice 10 steps ahead of the of any other orthodontists. His kind, intelligent, professional staff make visitng stress free.

I Love this place even more because they helped erase my fear of treatments. They gave my little girl another great reason to smile.

Love Sylvia Wilson and Justice Wilson, Poughkeepsie, NY

I love sunshine orthodontics! They gave me a beautiful smile and were always so friendly and caring!!

Alexandra Corley, Kingston, NY

Dr. Mansour gave us all the info we needed, and didn’t try and take advantage of us like other Orthos we’ve consulted with. Recommend wholeheartedly!

Karen Martin, Queens, NY

Great place and practice. Love the Kingston location!!!

Mari Kirwood Bird, Rhinebeck, NY

There wouldn’t be enough room for me to say all that I’d like to say about Sunshine Orthodontics. I will do my best with what I have! From the first moment you step into the reception area, you feel as though you are entering a spa. The elegant yet homey décor, the delicious and soothing candles, the so very friendly and accommodating staff, you’re immediately at ease and comfortable.

Sunshine Orthodontics truly feels like a family and they make you feel like a very important part of that family. Dr. Mansour is awesome! He is so knowledgeable, he takes the time to explain everything to you in a very down to earth manner, never making you feel as though any question you may have is a nuisance or down right silly. He is excellent with children, very caring and reassuring. If you have a worry wart, or very nervous child, who makes you turn around and go right back to the office because of some worry about their appliance/braces, the staff is so wonderful at immediately addressing any and all concerns they have.

For my family and eventually myself, there would never be a thought of seeing anyone else. We are Sunshine Orthodontic “lifers”.

Rachel Vincini & Family

I want to thank Sunshine Orthodontics for their friendly and caring staff. My daughter has TMJ, and it has been a difficult and long process for her. She has her braces now, and is making great progress, and eventually be ready for her surgery. We are very greatful for Sunshine Orthodontics and do recomend them to people whenever we can!

Pam Osborne-Baroud, New Windsor, NY

Love it! Wouldn’t go anywhere else! I highly recommend going here and the staff is great!!

Ciarra Holmes, Wallkill, NY

Best staff, very friendly, and accommodated me and my son. They did a great job with his teeth, and I will be coming back with my other kids!

Amanda May Proper, NY

Thank you to Dr. Mansour, and his staff for an outstanding job on my daughter’s teeth! Her treatment was personalized and perfect! The staff was able to help her through her oral sensory issues and make her feel comfortable.

Stacey Sacco, Poughkeepsie, NY

Awesome place to go to!!! Great staff too!!! They are Amazing !!! Very satisfied customer!!!

Tita Jorge, NY

My kids love this place, from our very first visit we have been treated so nice. You can tell everyone loves kids and making beautiful smiles! Highly recommend Sunshine Orthodontists!

Jessica Mary, NY

Love this office Dr. Mansour does an awesome job and my son loves this place. The staff are super friendly!

Sheilann Jones-Blackwell, Highland, NY 

The best office a person could ask for. My daughter had braces on for 3 years, every staff member is so patient and caring. There are no words to describe how absolutely fantastic Dr. Mansour is. Oh I should mention learning disabled child with motor sensory issues. Need I say more never had a bad visit or any issues.

Krista Waldron, Staatsburg, NY

I can not express how great this place is. You feel like home as soon as I walk in the door. The staff are all wonderful and caring. My daughter wouldn’t even smile before her treatment, and my son would, but hide it. Afterwards all they do is SMILE! I will continue to tell everyone to come to this Place. Sunshine Orthodontists is awesome THANK YOU SO MUCH TO EVERYONE FOR GIVING MY KIDS THE GREATEST SMILE!

Kim North-Chapman, NY

Dreams do come true, at ANY age, at Sunshine Orthodontics!!! Just look at MY smile!!!!

Beth Wolert, NY


We have administrative staff in the office Monday-Friday to answer your calls. If you have an orthodontic emergency that involves pain and can not get in touch with a staff member, please call our emergency number 845-431-9026.

Sunshine Orthodontics – Three Great Locations

246 Main St.
New Paltz, NY 12561
Phone: 845.592.2292
Fax: 845.501.1591
After Hours Emergency: 845-431-9026
246 Main St.
New Paltz NY 12561
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411 Washington Avenue, Suite 103
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-853-8073
Fax: 845.501.1591
After Hours Emergency: 845-431-9026
411 Washington Avenue, Suite 103
Kingston, NY 12401
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187 E. Market Street #115
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Phone: 845-853.8073
Fax: 845.501.1591
After Hours Emergency: 845-431-9026
187 E. Market Street #115
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
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Initial Visit

emergency1Do you charge for an initial visit?

No. As a courtesy to you and your family dentist, we will always discuss the feasibility of braces or tooth straightening without charging a fee. There may be a co-payment for X-rays and other diagnostic procedures.

At what age do you start seeing patients?

As a rule of thumb, we like to evaluate young patients after the 6-year molars erupt and the front permanent teeth just start to appear. This is usually between the ages of 6 and 8.

Why do you evaluate patients so young?

The purpose of early evaluation is to inform and observe, more than to start treatment. At this early age, the eventual needs may be identified and discussed. A small percentage of this young group may need some form of intervention. Habits are evaluated, medical issues are discussed and an observation schedule is arranged.

How long will the first visit take?

The first visit can last anywhere between 30 minutes and 1 hour depending on how ready the patient is for treatment. We may just do a visual exam and explain the situation or we may suggest one or more X-rays and complete diagnostics including casts of the teeth with photographs.

Do you take patients transferring from out of town?

Yes we do. We handle a patient transferring into our office from another city just like a new patient. We gather complete diagnostic records to show the current status and propose treatment to complete the work that has been started. Unlike most practices, we do not ask for a large down payment but merely assess a monthly fee to complete the treatment in progress.

Do you have any adult patients?

Absolutely. A growing percentage of our patients are adult. New, more cosmetic appliances are making adult treatment much more comfortable and convenient.

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

An orthodontist is a general dentist that has had at least 2 more years of full-time training in orthodontics resulting in a nationally accepted specialty certificate. The orthodontist then limits his practice to straightening teeth and dentofacial orthopedics.

Can I make all my appointments in the afternoon after school and late in the day?

In order to have early and late appointments available for the majority of patients, some procedures need to be accomplished during the hours of 9 and 3. We will do our best to work with your schedules and accommodate your family needs.

Do you see patients for emergencies?

Yes, our contact information for an emergency is posted on the website as well as the phone answering machine.


Can we make payments?
How do you handle insurance?
Do you take American Express, Master Card and/or Visa?
Do you have direct debit?
Do you give family discounts?

Types of Treatment

What is Phase 1 Treatment?
What is phase 2 Treatment?
How do I know if Phase 1, 2 or both type of treatments are necessary?
Does early treatment ensure a better result?

Moving of teeth (Mechanics)

How long do braces take?
How do braces work?


Do retainers need to be worn after braces?
Why do teeth get crooked after wearing braces or aligners?
How about retainers glued to the backs of teeth?

Wisdom teeth (Third Molars)

Do wisdom teeth cause teeth to get crooked?
Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?
When is a good time to have wisdom teeth removed?

Temporomandibular Disorders (TMJ)

Can braces or orthodontic treatment treat or cause TMJ problems?

Health Impact

What are the health benefits of wearing braces?
How do enlarged adenoids and allergies affect braces?
How does a tongue thrust or low tongue posture affect braces?

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!


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!


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.



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

Will I have soreness?
Is loosening of teeth normal?
What should I do if a wire or band loosens?
Should I always wear rubber bands?
What if I play sports?


mansour-sunshine-orthodontics-braces-treatment-teenThe benefits of orthodontic treatment will last a lifetime if you keep these important patient responsibilities in mind:

Removable Retainers
Once the active orthodontic appliances are removed, the patient will receive retainers to stabilize the dental correction. Because the bone and soft tissues surrounding the teeth are stabilizing for several months after braces are removed, it is imperative that the retainers are worn as instructed. Failure to wear the retainers may result in undesirable movement of the teeth, which could necessitate re-treatment.

How retainers are worn
Because teeth can continue to move throughout life, we feel that individuals who have undergone orthodontic therapy should wear retainers indefinitely. A patient should wear retainers all the time for one year following the removal of braces.

After approximately one year, the patient can wear the retainer just at night. This is to allow the wisdom teeth to develop without ruining the patient’s beautiful smile. Dr. Ahmed Mansour will see you every six to nine months to make recommendations on the wisdom teeth and an X-ray will be taken every one and a half years.)

Once the wisdom teeth have been decided on, wear your retainer at least one night per week. This is because, as you get older, the muscles that surround your teeth will get tighter and place pressure on your teeth, causing them to move or crowd.

How to care for retainers

  • Retainers are made of a thermoplastic material that is sensitive to excessive heat, so they should be kept away from heaters, dishwashers, car dashboards or any place where the temperatures exceed 115 degrees (Fº).
  • Retainers should be kept in the proper retainer case when they are not in the patient’s mouth.
  • Keep away from any family pets, as they like to chew on them.
  • Clean before and after placement in the mouth. Because the material used for fabrication is slightly porous, plaque tends to cling to the surfaces. Gentle scrubbing with a toothbrush and a mild liquid soap will remove the plaque. A denture cleaning solution, such as Efferdent, will aid in the removal of plaque and tartar. Be sure to rinse the retainers thoroughly after cleaning to remove any cleanser residue.

Because retainers are worn for years, they will need periodic replacement. Your original treatment contract includes one set of retainers after the braces are removed. If the retainers are lost or damaged due to neglect, there will be a charge for replacement. If the retainers become loose or break, contact our office immediately.

Fixed retainers (Bonded Wire)
This wire should stay on forever. The only exception is if your family dentist says you are not keeping it clean and it is beginning to cause gum or bone problems. If this should occur, please have the wire removed and replace it with a removable retainer. The removable retainer should then be worn as Dr. Mansour prescribes. The fixed wire will protect the teeth as the patient gets older and your facial muscles get tighter. Please have this wire monitored by your family dentist at your six-month check ups.

Habits or Conditions that Require Stronger Retention

  • Mouth breathing
  • Clenching and/or grinding of teeth (muscle hyperactivity)
  • Tongue thrusting, low tongue posture or abnormal tongue posture
  • Playing a musical instruments with a reed
  • Lip sucking
  • Pen or pencil biting
  • Spacing between the teeth prior to treatment
  • Severely rotated teeth

Our goal is to help your smile stay beautiful and healthy for a lifetime. Your cooperation is essential in order to achieve this goal.

Dental examinations and cleanings

The patient should continue with proper oral hygiene procedures at home, to include thorough brushing and flossing techniques. His or her family dentist should see the patient at least every six months for cleaning and dental examinations.


Adolescent Treatment


AdolescenttreatmentBetween the ages of 11 and 15 is the most common time for orthodontic treatment, and for good reasons. By 12, most if not all of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, and crooked teeth, gaps and bad bites can easily be detected. These problems will hardly ever correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.

This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because many negative associations of braces are not present. Many children in this age range undergo orthodontic treatment, and children are very often able to be convinced to wear braces because they see their friends wearing them, too, and want to fit in.

Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends, children at this age have high metabolisms, which can help shorten overall treatment time and reduce the discomfort of orthodontic treatment.

Call our office for an initial FREE examination, and we will be able to determine the best time for the treatment and outline: the treatment plan, the treatment duration expected, and the approximate cost for the treatment.


Early Treatment

At what age should a child first visit the orthodontist?

mansour-sunshine-orthodontics-treatment2-1The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that most children should have an orthodontic screening by age 7. This allows Dr. Ahmed Mansour to determine if orthodontic treatment will be required and the best time for the patient to be treated. Many of the dentists in our community have been trained to identify orthodontic problems early, and may refer you to our office earlier than age 7.

Why are children being evaluated at such an early age?

Early diagnosis and treatment can guide erupting teeth into a more favorable position, preserve space for permanent teeth, and reduce the likelihood of fracturing protruded front teeth.

If early treatment is indicated, Dr. Mansour can guide the growth of the jaw and incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce the likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment, after all the permanent teeth erupt.

Does early treatment benefit all children?

Early treatment does not necessarily benefit all children. Certain types of orthodontic problems can be more easily and efficiently corrected in the teen years when all the permanent teeth have erupted. Some skeletal orthodontic problems should not be addressed until growth is more advanced or completed. The doctors develop a plan for treatment based on each individual child’s needs. If the doctor decides the patient is not ready for treatment, they are placed on our orthodontic supervisory program.

What is the Orthodontic Supervisory Program?
In addition to a beautiful new smile, what are some other benefits of orthodontic treatment?
If a child has treatment early, will this prevent the need for braces as an adolescent?
Do we still need to see our family dentist during orthodontic treatment?
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