Professional & Experienced Orthodontic Care
Professional & Experienced Orthodontic Care
Your First Visit
Your journey to beautiful smiles begins with a complimentary consultation that will give you the opportunity to meet our team and learn more about orthodontics.
During your complimentary consultation, Dr. Matthew Nissenbaum, DDS, will review your medical history and perform a comprehensive oral exam with X-rays to help you create a customized treatment plan within the budget that works for you. We accept All-State and Union plans.
If you decide that Lindenhurst Orthodontics is the right place for your orthodontic treatment, Dr. Nissenbaum will work with you directly on each consecutive visit. Photos, X-rays, and a digital 3D scan of your teeth will be taken to help finalize your custom treatment plan before braces are placed. Click here to see more information on our digital 3D scans.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialized form of dentistry focusing on diagnosing, preventing, and treating dental and facial abnormalities.
Who is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received 2 to 3 years of additional training and experience. Your orthodontist can straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.
What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?
If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to see an orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of 7; however, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens, with about one in every five orthodontic patients over the age of 21. Whether you’re considering treatment for yourself or a child, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist.
How can I take care of my teeth if I’m wearing braces or a retainer?
- ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
- Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
- If you take out your retainer to eat, brush your teeth, and floss, then remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.
- Keep your retainer clean, too, by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also use a denture cleaner twice a week. Do not use hot, boiling water, or the dishwasher.
- During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the number of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities).
- Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc.).
- Be sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months.
What are braces?
Your orthodontist uses braces to help you improve the look and feel of your smile! There are several different types of braces to choose from, including:
- Clear braces
- Ceramic braces
- Gold braces
- Lingual braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Invisible braces
- Traditional metal braces
If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?
The amount of time spent in braces can vary depending on the individual patient. Every smile responds differently to a treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere between 6 to 30 months; however, most standard treatments take 22 months.
Do braces hurt?
Braces do not often hurt; however, you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple of days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to your new braces.
Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?
With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn’t able to reach. Your orthodontist can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.
If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?
Yes! It’s even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food gets caught in places that your toothbrush can’t reach, causing bacteria to build up and lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to ensure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.
Will my braces interfere with my school activities; like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?
Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.
How do I schedule my next appointment?
Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know, and we will provide you with all of the information you need.
Are you interested in getting a headstart on your orthodontic treatment? Before coming in for your first appointment, feel free to print and fill out our patient information form.
221 N Wellwood Ave
Lindenhurst, NY 11757
Monday - Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday - Sunday: Closed