During your complimentary orthodontic consultation session you will meet Dr. Passman and the rest of our expert orthodontics team. Using our brand new state-of-the-art orthodontic equipment, we will perform an oral exam and take records (x-rays and intraoral/extraoral photos) as necessary for initial diagnosis. Then we will discuss the customized treatment options that work best for your and/or your child as well as financial information and payment plans that work for you. We are flexible and here to help you achieve your perfect smile!
The AAO (American Association of Orthodontics) recommends that children come in for their first orthodontics visit by age 7. At this age, children will have a mix of "baby teeth" and adult teeth. At this visit, Dr. Passman will be able to recognize growth and malocclusion problems at an early stage and determine if early treatment -- Phase I -- is necessary in order to prevent more severe dental problems in the future.
Phase I treatment most often treats:
If Dr. Passman deems it is necessary and beneficial for your child to have early intervention, she may recommend Phase I treatment, which commonly includes an expander, a type of headgear, and/or limited braces.
Every patient is different, and we most often recommend a conservative "watch and see" approach where we will hold off early treatment and simply monitor growth and development until your child has all of his or her adult teeth.
Once the adult teeth are almost all in, your child is ready for a consultation for Phase II, or what is traditionally known as "braces."
You Have Options!
Although traditional metal braces are still the most popular option, our office offers many different treatment modalities that work for your and your child's lifestyle. We understand that everyone has unique needs.
We are proud to offer our patients:
We are very proud to offer many orthodontic options for adults as well. We love to treat the whole family!
Many of our patients are adults who either had treatment as a child and would like to treat crowding that has occurred over time or patients who have never had orthodontic treatment. Orthodontics is for all ages.
We offer clear and metal braces and Invisalign treatment options that many adults prefer.
Dr. Passman is proud to offer clear aligner options, such as Invisalign, which may better suit adults' lifestyles. While clear aligner therapy may be available at non-orthodontic offices as well, it is important to seek orthodontic treatment from a specialty-trained orthodontist in order to achieve safe and effective results. Dr. Passman trained an additional 3 years in the orthodontics specialty and completed a residency at Columbia after completing her 4-year Doctoral degree.
Some patients may be better suited to a bracket and wire system. For those patients who prefer a more "invisible" option we offer ceramic (clear) brackets.
We also offer lingual braces, or braces that go "behind" the teeth. If you are interested in this option please let our office know and after an evaluation Dr. Passman will be able to tell you if you are a good candidate for lingual braces.
Many of our adult patients embrace our traditional metal bracket system as well! We pride ourselves in working with our adult patients to cater to their personal preferences and their social and professional needs.
Many of our adult patients opt for clear or invisible options for retention. We offer clear aligner type retainers, Vivera retainers, and bonded lingual retainers on the inside of teeth.
Oral Hygiene (brushing and flossing) is extremely important while in active orthodontic treatment. It can take some practice learning how to brush and care for your new braces. Remember to brush all surfaces of your teeth AND your brackets, maneuvering above, below, and all around the brackets, wires, and elastics. Your brackets should look shiny, and there should be no obvious plaque residue left on the surface of your teeth.
Some easy tips to help with brushing:
Foods to Avoid -
Hard foods - nuts, hard pretzels, hard candies, popcorn (kernels)
Sticky foods - gum, candy (taffy, gummy, caramels etc.)
Crunchy foods - potato chips (like kettle chips), raw carrots
Chewy foods - bagels, chewy pizza crust
Foods you bite into - whole apples, corn on the cob
Retention (wearing retainers) is for life!
Following completion of orthodontic treatment, you should plan on wearing your retainer for as long as you want your teeth to stay in the position they were in when orthodontics was completed.
We offer several different retention options for patients to accommodate what works best for each individual's lifestyle:
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Pediatric dentistry services at the location are provided by Glen Rock Pediatric Dentistry, LLC (GRPD). Orthodontic services at the location are provided by Glen Rock Smiles Orthodontics, LLC (GRSO). GRPD and GRSO operate independently and are not in partnership.
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