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How to Brush and Floss Teeth with Braces

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Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and the team at Scantlebury Orthodontics near Brooklyn, NY can’t stress enough the importance of maintaining good oral health by brushing and flossing your teeth while wearing braces. Twice a day might not cut it for braces wearers. You might have to up the ante to after every meal. Whatever the case may be, excellent oral care will only result in the best treatment outcome.

Brushing and Flossing While Wearing Braces

During orthodontic treatment with Scantlebury Orthodontics, not only is it important to brush your teeth multiple times a day, but also to brush them the correct way. To get the best brushing results, make sure you brush your teeth and braces from every angle:

  • When brushing your braces on and around your top teeth, make sure to brush them with the toothbrush angled downward
  • When brushing your braces on and around your bottom teeth, make sure you brush them with the toothbrush angled upward

This helps to ensure that each tooth, and every part of the tooth, gets completely clean. These techniques will also improve your brushing skills and give you a better cleaning treatment each time you brush.

Flossing is a necessary (even if it’s a bit more awkward and difficult) and important step toward optimal oral health and the best orthodontic treatment outcome. Here at Scantlebury Orthodontics, we recommend that patients with braces wear a waxed floss. To be certain you are flossing effectively, remember these tips:

  • Thread the floss under the wire before passing the string between the teeth
  • Rub the waxed floss up and down each surface of the tooth and don’t skip cleaning each and every gap
  • Weave the floss through the individual gaps between the teeth (Note: no blood should be seen. If you see blood, you may need to floss a little more gently.)
  • Be sure to massage the gums with your toothbrush during brushing
  • Finish things off with a good and thorough mouthwash rinse

Both brushing and flossing your teeth properly are crucial steps during orthodontic treatment with braces. You’ve already spent a lot of money on your braces to straighten your teeth and improve your smile. So why not maintain your oral health to ensure you get a healthy, beautiful smile? Brackets and wires trap food easily, and if you don’t brush and floss frequently plaque and tartar buildup may occur. This can lead to serious, unwanted complications during your orthodontic treatment such as:

  • Swollen gums
  • Cavities
  • Permanent stains on your teeth
  • Yellowed teeth, and
  • Bad breath

Dr. Scantlebury stresses that cleaning your mouth, teeth, and braces effectively is an important part of your orthodontic treatment. If you don’t put the effort into your cleaning regimen while you are wearing braces, you may not get the outcome that you were hoping for: a clean, healthy, straight, white smile. If you’re in the Brooklyn, NY area, and are considering braces look no further than Scantlebury Orthodontics! Contact us today!


Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and the team at Scantlebury Orthodontics are experts in braces. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen and clear ceramic braces in the 11238 zip code area: Brooklyn, Prospect Heights, Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza, Park Slope, or Brooklyn Heights, NY, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Scantlebury, contact Scantlebury Orthodontics at: 718.230.5046

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What Foods Should I Avoid During Invisalign Treatment?

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Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and her team at Scantlebury Orthodontics know that their patients being treated with Invisalign clear aligners near Park Slope, NY are free to eat, sleep, and play without the constrictions that usually come with orthodontic treatment. However, treatment with this system does come with some caveats to be aware of.

What Makes Invisalign Different?

Invisalign clear aligners are made of a clear, thermoplastic material that is fitted to the shape of your teeth. It’s flexible and comfortable to wear. And because this system is clear, it’s practically invisible to anyone except the wearer. The clear aligners are also removable by the wearer for eating, brushing, flossing, and to clean the aligners; maintenance is as easy as brushing your teeth.

What Foods Should I Avoid During Treatment With Invisalign?

  • Hard foods and candies like jawbreakers, crusty breads, or seeds and nuts can cause cracks or chips in teeth. Also, sugary foods feed the bacteria that live in our mouths, and that promotes tooth decay and bad breath. Try to stick with softer options like bananas, grapes, and strawberries.
  • Sticky chewy stuff like chewing gum is an obvious restriction during orthodontic treatment as it can remain on the surfaces of the teeth after eating. This food debris can cause a buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria on your teeth, and can promote tooth decay. It is important to maintain conscientious oral health care habits while undergoing orthodontic treatment.
  • Liquids that stain including: coffee, tea, and wine can stain your Invisalign trays, while hot coffee, hot tea, and other hot drinks can distort and damage the shape of them. It is important when being treated with Invisalign to keep the clear aligners clear.

Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign is an investment of time, money, and some discipline. The ease of wear and care associated with this system means that even Dr. Scantlebury’s most active patients can look forward to successful treatment outcomes without the restrictions and and inconvenience of traditional braces. Brushing, flossing, and cleaning the trays are the responsibility of the patient, and avoiding certain foods will help keep your teeth and your trays free from stains and odors. If you’re looking for an experienced Invisalign orthodontist near Park Slope, NY, contact Scantlebury Orthodontics today!


Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and the team at a Scantlebury Orthodontics are experts in Invisalign. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign®, Invisalign Teen®, braces and clear braces in Park Slope, NY, Brooklyn, NY, Grand Army Plaza, NY, Prospect Park, NY, and Prospect Heights, NY, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Scantlebury, contact Scantlebury Orthodontics at: 718.230.5046

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Avoid Embarrassing Situations on a First Date With Invisalign

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Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and the professionals at Scantlebury Orthodontics near Park Slope, NY know that a first date is an exciting, stressful, and self-conscious life event. The idea is to make the best first impression possible, and that’s not always easy when orthodontic issues or treatments are involved. And that’s why we at Scantlebury Orthodontics offer orthodontic treatment with Invisalign.

Life With Invisalign

⁃ No food limitations. When you go out to a restaurant with someone on a date, you want to be able to choose from everything on the menu.  Braces bring limitations because you cannot have sticky, chewy, or hard foods. Seeming fussy or critical of the menu items can give your date a bad impression. Treatment with Invisalign requires no food restrictions; you just discreetly remove your aligners before eating.

⁃ No complex parts. Nothing is more embarrassing than having food stuck in your teeth. With braces, there are even more places where food can get stuck including (but not limited to): under the wires and between the brackets. The Invisalign system eliminates metal parts.

⁃ No chance of breaking.  A variable to contend with while wearing braces is that they could break at an inconvenient moment. Braces can also cause irritation to the soft tissues of the mouth. Eating the wrong food or biting down the wrong way can damage braces causing the function of the braces to lose their integrity. Invisalign is made of a thermoplastic material and there are no pieces that could break in your mouth.

⁃ Soft warm kisses.  Invisalign is molded to the unique shape of your teeth and they fit snugly. While they should be removed for eating, they are snug-fitting and invisible, and can stand up to the scrutiny of a good-night kiss. And we’ve all seen the sitcom situation of two teens locked at the lips because of their enmeshed braces.

⁃ More self-confidence.  Because braces can be bulky and noticeable, some people become more self-conscious while wearing them. Invisalign is a made of a clear plastic material and appears invisible while being worn. That means your date might not even know that you are wearing an orthodontic appliance, and your intact self-confidence will allow you to be yourself, letting your date fall for the real you.

With Invisalign our patients in the Park Slope, NY area can go into their first date with self-confidence and poise. For more information on the benefits of Invisalign, or to make an appointment with Dr. Scantlebury, please contact us today!

Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and the team at a Scantlebury Orthodontics are experts in orthodontia. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign®, Invisalign Teen®, braces and clear braces in Park Slope, NY, Brooklyn, NY, Grand Army Plaza, NY, Prospect Park, NY, and Prospect Heights, NY, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Scantlebury, contact Scantlebury Orthodontics at: 718.230.5046

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Am I Too Old For Invisalign?

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Early intervention for orthodontic issues can ensure long-lasting and effective results throughout a patient’s life. Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and the team at Scantlebury Orthodontics understands why teenagers are concerned about the appearance of their smiles. Adults that live in or work near Crown Heights NY who have foregone or avoided orthodontic treatment may regret later in life that they did not address their situations sooner.

Scantlebury Orthodontics Also Offers:

  • Clear Braces
  • Traditional Metal Braces
  • Invisalign Teen

There are, however, no age restrictions for orthodontic treatment or good oral health care. In fact, a growing number of adults are considering treatment with Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign straightens teeth gradually through a progressive series of plastic aligners that gently move teeth within the mouth. Adults prefer treatment with Invisalign because Invisalign is easy to wear, removeable, and practically invisible to the casual observer.

Anyone 7-years old or older can receive treatment with Invisalign. (Seven-years old is a good age for children to have an initial consultation with an orthodontist.) Good oral health care habits need to be maintained while being treated with Invisalign, and there are a few things you’ll have to be conscientious of.

The Invisalign process is simple.

A course of treatment is developed using a computer-aided design program, and the Invisalign clear aligner trays are created specifically for the patient and their treatment goals. Orthodontic treatment with Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and Invisalign is as simple as wearing Invisalign. Once you start wearing the first set of Invisalign trays, the aligners work to exert a gentle pressure on the teeth to move them into their optimal position in the mouth.

Invisalign treatment is discreet.

The Invisalign aligners are made of a clear thermoplastic material. They are virtually invisible to the casual observer. No one will be able to tell you are undergoing orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth. Invisalign is also removable by the wearer to eat, clean, floss, and clean the trays. Dr. Sophia Scantlebury recommends avoiding acidic, hard, or sticky foods and advises against smoking, drinking coffee, tea, and/or alcohol. These substances can stain or yellow the clear plastic of the aligners. Don’t forget to take the trays off before eating, but feel free to eat the foods you normally would.

A regular schedule of dental cleanings should be conscientiously kept when being treated with Invisalign. Because the Invisalign tray fits snugly over the wearer’s teeth, it can trap food debris against and between the teeth. Successful treatment with Invisalign is easy and effective and requires little of the wearer beyond ordinary oral hygiene and cleaning of the trays.

 


Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and the team at a Scantlebury Orthodontics are experts in Invisalign. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Crown Heights NY, Brooklyn NY, Grand Army Plaza NY, Prospect Park NY and Prospect Heights NY or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Sophia Scantlebury contact Scantlebury Orthodontics at: 718.230.5046

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Can Pre-Teens Get Invisalign Too?

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There is no “yes-or-no” answer to the question “Can pre-teens get Invisalign, too?” The decision, ultimately, will be made by the patient’s parents and their dentist or orthodontist. As long as your pre-teen has a fully developed set of teeth, Invisalign can be used in treatment. Invisalign clear aligners are generally safe for developing pre-teens, and the resulting tooth placement lasts a very long time. A consultation with Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and the team at Scantlebury Orthodontics can help you determine the best course of orthodontic treatment for your child in Brooklyn, NY.

 Imagine being treated with a set of braces that are virtually undetectable.

That’s the beauty of Invisalign clear aligner, it is more discreet, more comfortable, and more easily cared for than metal braces. Being treated with Invisalign in Brooklyn, NY by Dr. Sophia Scantlebury Scantlebury Orthodontics can correct a patient’s orthodontic issues without anyone ever noticing that they are wearing braces.

Invisalign instead of metal braces.

Image and self-esteem are critical personal issues for children, teens, and adults with a less-than-perfect smile. Dr. Sophia Scantlebury says that the real appeal of Invisalign clear aligners is the freedom to eat and drink whatever you want without worrying about damaging your dental work. Invisalign clear aligners are removable by the wearer, making cleaning, eating, and active pursuits more comfortable. When consuming acidic drinks such as soda and orange juice, Dr. Sophia Scantlebury always recommends removing your Invisalign to prevent the acids from getting trapped in the aligners and damaging one’s teeth.

Traditional braces are fixed.

That means they can’t be removed by the patient, and the various metal parts associated with metal braces can cause irritation in the mouth. Invisalign trays are made of clear plastic and can be removed and replaced as necessary. They require only a few simple cleanings each day. Invisalign is more comfortable and easier to care for than traditional braces.

Follow the instructions.

Pre-teens being treated with Invisalign risk interrupting the progress of their treatment by forgetting to wear the appliance. An Invisalign patient is afforded the opportunity to remove the trays before eating, and a pre-teen patient may forget to replace them in their mouth afterward.

Assuming your pre-teen is qualified for treatment with Invisalign, make sure too that they understand how to wear, clean, and store the Invisalign trays. For some pre-teens, it is easy to follow instructions at home, but in school your child may forget some of the responsibilities that come with being treated with Invisalign. With conscientious care and application, your pre-teen’s treatment with Invisalign will ensure a great set of healthy, straight teeth that will serve them well for a lifetime.

Invisalign works well for adults and teens, but only a professional like Dr. Sophia Scantlebury can help you decide if Invisalign treatment in Brooklyn, NY. is the correct course of action to take in regard to your child’s orthodontic care. To learn more about treatment with Invisalign, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sophia Scantlebury, call Scantlebury Orthodontics at: 718.230.5046

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Six Of The Best Foods to Eat During Your Treatment with Braces (and eight you shouldn’t eat)

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Many orthodontics patients with braces are unsure of what foods are restricted in their diets. Many also believe the list of foods to avoid is longer than it actually is. Dr. Sophia Scantlebury of Scantlebury Orthodontics shares some ideas about what foods are safely enjoyed and which foods are best to avoid eating while wearing braces or during orthodontic treatment near Park Slope NY.

It is true that during your treatment with braces there are limitations on what you can eat. But the time (and money) invested with braces is well worth coping with these limitations. The payoff is a perfectly straight, healthy, and attractive smile.

Types of braces Scantlebury Orthodontics Offers:

  • Clear Braces
  • Traditional Metal Braces
  • Invisalign
  • Invisalign Teen

What foods can be enjoyed during your treatment?

There are many delicious food options that can be eaten while wearing braces near Park Slope NY including:

  1. Bananas
  2. Yogurt
  3. Soup
  4. Cheese
  5. Pasta
  6. Mashed Potatoes

Dr. Sophia Scantlebury wants to make sure that every patient with braces eats healthy food and gets enough daily nutrients. Here are some meal ideas that are safe for patients who are wearing braces. Perhaps there is a family favorite among some of these delicious meal options:

  • Lasagna. Lasagna is a great dinner because it provides many food groups in one dish, is tasty, and is soft on your braces.
  • Grilled Chicken and Vegetables. While meat from a bone can cause damage to your braces, deboned meats like chicken breast can be eaten. Chicken pairs nicely with vegetables like broccoli.
  • Chicken Noodle Soup. Chicken noodle soup gives you many necessary nutrients because of the variety of ingredients that can be added. Soup is also a filling and tasty meal and will not damage your braces.

What foods should be avoided?

While wearing braces, the three types of food that should be avoided are hard, sticky, and chewy foods. These types of food should be avoided because they can get stuck in your braces easily and be difficult and sometimes painful to get out. Some food categories that should be avoided are:

  1. Gum
  2. Popcorn
  3. Ice
  4. Caramel
  5. Pretzels
  6. Raw vegetables
  7. Steak
  8. Hard candies

Some of these foods do not have to be completely avoided, however. Foods like vegetables, steak, and pretzels can be broken or cut up into smaller pieces and then eaten safely.


Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and the team at a Scantlebury Orthodontics are experts in braces. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Park Slope NY, Brooklyn NY, Grand Army Plaza NY, Prospect Park NY and Prospect Heights NY or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Sophia Scantlebury contact Scantlebury Orthodontics at: 718.230.5046

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How Old Does My Child Have to Be to Start Invisalign?

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Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and the professionals at Scantlebury Orthodontics near Clinton Hill, NY have the skill and experience to treat their younger patients with Invisalign clear aligners for their orthodontic treatment needs.

Opportunity

Treatment with Invisalign clear aligners is not indicated if a child has not yet lost all of their baby teeth (primary teeth), and full permanent dentition is not yet complete. A child’s full set of adult teeth (permanent teeth) typically is in position by the ages of twelve or thirteen years old. For those ages and up, treatment with Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and Invisalign can be a convenient and effective method of orthodontic treatment.

Responsibility

Parents and treatment providers must always consider the maturity and ability level of a child when prescribing treatment with Invisalign. Invisalign is removable by the wearer for eating, brushing, flossing, and cleaning the aligner trays. That makes it easy to wear and maintain, but it is also a responsibility for the child to keep track of the tray when it is not being worn. The professionals at Scantlebury Orthodontics may be able to make replacement aligner trays, but they are expensive and the wait may delay the course of treatment.

 Treatment

Invisalign clear aligner trays are virtually invisible to the casual observer. The trays are made of a thermoplastic material and fit snugly over the wearer’s teeth. They exert a gentle pressure to gradually and progressively move the teeth into a more natural position. A child being treated by Dr. Sophia Scantlebury with Invisalign may experience less discomfort than with traditional braces. Kids can be active and social and not feel self-conscious that they are being treated for their orthodontic issues.

Support

Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and the team at Scantlebury Orthodontics near Clinton Hill, NY are sensitive to the needs and lifestyles of all their active young patients. They understand the commitment required from a child toward their treatment, like that Invisalign clear aligners need to be worn 22 hours each day to be effective. Young patients being treated with Invisalign clear aligners rely on the supportive and compassionate care of Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and the team at Scantlebury Orthodontics for the best treatment outcomes possible.

Outcomes

Results vary with each patient; typically treatment with Invisalign clear aligners provides approximately a 43% improvement compared to treatment with traditional braces, which has the potential to show a 90-95% improvement. Invisalign is not indicated in all cases of  malocclusions (e.g., crossbites). Depending on the treatment needs and goals of the patient, Invisalign is a manageable and comfortable method of orthodontic treatment for children.

A child’s life is complicated and can get more so with orthodontic treatment. Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and everyone at Scantlebury Orthodontics know that treatment may be a necessity for a child, but it’s also an opportunity for them to learn responsibility and self-confidence while correcting their smiles. Invisalign may be the right treatment for your child. For more information about Invisalign clear aligners, or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and Scantlebury Orthodontics near Clinton Hill, NY, call: 718.230.5046

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Simple Tips to Find an Orthodontist

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Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and the team at Scantlebury Orthodontics have a few handy guidelines to help you find a competent and qualified professional orthodontist near Grand Army Plaza, NY.

Licensed and Certified

Know your treatment provider’s qualifications like their education and professional associations before considering treatment. An orthodontist near Grand Army Plaza, NY that is experienced, licensed, and certified, like Dr. Sophia Scantlebury, is the first step to ensuring successful orthodontic treatment.

Up-to-date technology

Professional orthodontists keep up with the latest technology and orthodontic treatment techniques. In a world of ever-changing technology, the orthodontist with the most advanced technology is also the orthodontist who most often provides their patients with the best results. Scantlebury Orthodontics has a highly qualified staff of orthodontic professionals who work at the forefront of orthodontia with the latest technology. They offer their patients the latest and most effective treatment options possible.

Options

Does the orthodontist offer advanced treatment options such as Invisalign, Damon, Incognito, or surgical procedures in addition to traditional braces? The professionals at Scantlebury Orthodontics offer traditional braces, advanced traditional braces, ceramic braces, clear braces, lingual braces, Invisalign, and more. They are experienced in every type of braces and surgical oral health treatments currently available.

Flexibility

Finding the orthodontic practice that fits your budget is as important as finding one that fits your needs. If you’re concerned about paying for orthodontics treatment, Dr. Sophia Scantlebury or an associate from the Scantlebury Orthodontics team will take the time to discuss your options with you. Orthodontic treatment can get expensive quickly. Most orthodontic practices today have flexible payment options, and many will work directly with your insurance company to cover most of the costs of treatment.

Be confident in your choice.

These tips will make your search for an orthodontist in/near Town a little easier. Remember, choosing Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and the team at Scantlebury Orthodontics for your orthodontic treatment needs will bring you your best smile ever and provide you with the best treatment possible!

Scantlebury Orthodontics is board certified, offers top-of-the-line technology, is experienced in many different treatment options, and you can trust them to work with your insurance company and within your budget.

To learn more about orthodontic treatment near Grand Army Plaza, NY, or to make an appointment with Dr. Sophia Scantlebury, call Scantlebury Orthodontics today at: 718.230.5046

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What Foods Should I Avoid During Invisalign Treatment?

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Dr. Sophia Scantlebury at Scantlebury Orthodontics know that their patients being treated with Invisalign clear aligners in Brooklyn, NY are free to eat, sleep, and play without the constrictions that come with orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces. But treatment with Invisalign does come with some caveats to be aware of.

What makes Invisalign different?

Invisalign clear aligners are made of a clear, thermoplastic material that is fitted to the shape of your teeth. It’s flexible and comfortable to wear. Because Invisalign is clear, they are practically invisible to anyone except the wearer. Invisalign is removable by the wearer for eating, brushing, flossing, and to clean the tray. Maintenance is as easy as brushing your teeth.

What foods should I avoid?

  • Hard Foods and Candies:Things like potato chips and pretzels, with a quick and easy snap, aren’t likely to interfere with your Invisalign treatment because they are not hard enough to push your teeth out of alignment again. Foods like jawbreakers, crusty breads, or seeds and nuts can cause cracks or chips in teeth. Sugary foods feed the bacteria that live in our mouths, and that promotes tooth decay and bad breath. Fruits and vegetables are definitely a healthier option, but they should be cut into bite-size pieces. Try to stick with softer options like bananas, grapes, and strawberries.
  • Sticky Chewy Stuff:Chewing gum is an obvious restriction when being treated with braces or Invisalign. Sticky foods like gum can remain on the surfaces of the teeth after eating. This food debris can cause a buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria on the teeth and on the Invisalign trays and promote tooth decay. It is important to maintain conscientious oral health care habits while being treated with Invisalign.
  • Liquids That Stain:Drinks like coffee, tea, and wine can stain the Invisalign aligners. Hot coffee, hot tea, and other hot drinks can distort and damage the shape of the Invisalign trays. Acidic drinks like citrus juice can erode tooth enamel and lead to decay. It is important when being treated with Invisalign to keep the trays clean and to maintain good oral health care habits.

Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign in Brooklyn, NY is an investment of time, money, and some effort. A straight, healthy, functional smile is the goal. The ease of wear and the ease of care associated with Invisalign clear aligners means that even the most active patients of Dr. Sophia Scantlebury can look forward to successful treatment outcomes without the restrictions and and inconvenience of traditional braces.

Brushing, flossing, and cleaning the trays are still responsibilities of every Invisalign patient, but the care involved, the comfort, and the convenience of Invisalign means no more effort need be extended in the normal, daily routine of good oral hygiene. Avoiding certain foods will help keep your teeth and your trays free from stains and odors and may even make your Invisalign treatmentprocess easier and faster.

If you’re looking for an experienced Invisalign orthodontist in Brooklyn, NY call Scantlebury Orthodontics at 718.230.5046 to schedule a free orthodontic consultation with Dr. Sophia Scantlebury.

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What You Need to Know Before Choosing Braces

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Dr. Sophia Scantlebury and the team at Scantlebury Orthodontics in Brooklyn, NY develop orthodontic treatment plans personalized for each patient’s needs. These plans may include treatment methods and approaches that are best suited to the patient’s needs and treatment goals .

Traditional braces, ceramic or lingual braces, and Invisalign clear aligners are options Scantlebury Orthodontics offers their patients.

If you have chosen orthodontic treatment with braces, you should know:

Braces Can Be Uncomfortable

Traditional braces are made of metal that are comprised of many small parts such as wires and brackets. Because of this, you may experience trouble with your braces such as a loose bracket or wire. If your system seems to cause you pain apart from the normal discomfort of jaw or misalignment movement, you need not worry. The solution is simple – apply soft wax to the area that is bothering you, and come into Scantlebury Orthodontics as soon as possible. Dr. Sophia Scantlebury will be able to fix the broken part so that your braces will work properly for you to continue a comfortable day-to-day routine with braces in Brooklyn, NY.

Braces Can Trap Food

Braces can trap food in and around the teeth. Regardless of what you’re eating, the location of your braces will cause some food debris to get stuck. It is important to brush thoroughly and completely while being treated with braces.Dr. Sophia Scantlebury suggests brushing after every meal, before bed, and upon waking. It is important also to floss well during treatment. You may want to purchase a braces-friendly flosser, like a Waterpik, to eliminate food debris between your brackets and wire.

Some Foods Should be Avoided

Dr. Sophia Scantlebury also suggests that you avoid some foods while living with your braces in Brooklyn, NY. Some commonly known foods to avoid include gum, popcorn, and bagels. Scantlebury Orthodontics can provide you with a detailed list of foods to avoid that could damage your braces.

Eventually, caring for your braces will become second nature and adjusting to your new lifestyle will be easy. You may find that your new oral health care habits stick around after your braces are removed.

Scantlebury Orthodontics and Dr. Sophia Scantlebury help their patients decide which orthodontic treatment options fit best with their budgets, schedules, and treatment goals. If you have more questions, need further information, or to schedule an appointment, call Scantlebury Orthodontics in Brooklyn, NY at:718.230.5046