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Frequently asked questions


Dr. Zeynep Ulku

Specialist in Orthodontics

Simply call our practice! Our 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.
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.
Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training. Your orthodontist is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.
If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven; however, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens, with about one in every five orthodontic patients being over the age of twenty-one. Whether you're considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist.
  • 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 a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!

  • If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and 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. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.

  • During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar (sugar increases the amount 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 possibly 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.

Braces are used by the orthodontist to help you improve the look and feel of your smile.
The amount of time spent in braces will vary depending on the individual patient, because every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere between six and thirty months, but most standard treatments take about twenty-four months.
Braces do not often hurt though you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to your new 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. The orthodontic assistant will show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.
Yes! In fact, it's even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can't reach. This causes bacteria to build up that can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with the orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.

Who needs to see an orthodontist?

Orthodontic treatment may start at early ages to improve the quality of the bite and the appearance of the teeth in general. Some conditions are especially burdensome on the individual and may require an orthodontist for corrective treatment: Excessive Spacing, Crowding, Open Bite, Cross Bite, Overbite, Underbite, Overjet (Proturusion), and Abnormal Eruption.

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Member, World Federation of Orthodontists
Member, New York State Dental Association
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