Spring into Better Smile Maintenance!

The first day of spring is March 20th, so now is the perfect time to envision your future ideal smile or maintain the one you’ve already achieved. And if you haven’t yet started your orthodontic journey, there’s no time like the present – just get in touch with our orthodontists in Schenectady and the rest of the Capital Region today! 

Here are a few ways to improve your smile maintenance this spring!

Tax Season Is Around the Corner 

If you’re receiving a tax refund this year, Adirondack Orthodontics can help you invest that money in your health and happiness with orthodontic treatment. Our Schenectady orthodontist office (as well as our other five Capital Region locations) is here to help you put together an affordable braces payment plan that works with your budget, and we offer discounts and financing options to make it even easier to afford the services you need.

Call your nearest location or text us at 518-855-9007 to get started.

The Essentials of Smile Maintenance

Brushing and flossing your teeth should already be on your daily dental hygiene to-do list. If you’ve already completed your orthodontic treatment, the next step is keeping that straight, healthy smile for the rest of your life. Retainers are vital to protecting your smile, as a retainer is custom-made to fit your teeth and will keep them in place. Your first set of retainers will last 18 months and is included in the treatment fee. After that, our Smile Protection Program can provide you with all the replacement retainers you need to keep your smile straight and healthy.

Contact us today to enroll in our program!

Help Us Win Best Orthodontist

We are proud to have won Best Orthodontist in Times Union’s Best of the Capital Region contest three years in a row! Help us win this year by voting for us through March 3rd:

  • Visit https://bit.ly/3iVKYOg
  • Fill out your email address, name, postal code, and birthdate (unless you are already registered to vote on the Times Union website).

We hope that the team at Adirondack Orthodontics has given you a reason to smile this spring and beyond! 

Still searching for Invisalign or braces in Schenectady? If you’d like our help to improve your smile, just text or call today to get started.

New Year, New Smile

Start 2023 Off with a Smile!

If you made a resolution to improve your health or self-confidence in 2023, orthodontic treatment should be on your to-do list. Straight, healthy teeth can set you up for long-term dental health and give you something to smile about every day!

Make sure you set yourself up for success in 2023 by scheduling an appointment with our team at Adirondack Orthodontics. We offer plenty of options to help you get the smile of your dreams. Read more about them below. 

Comfortable, Flexible Invisalign

Invisalign is the orthodontic option of choice for so many children, teens, and adults due to its ease of use. Invisalign uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners to move your teeth into the correct positions. The treatment doesn’t require metal wires or brackets, so it’s more comfortable than traditional braces. Plus, the aligners can be removed for physical activity, eating meals, or taking photos.

Visit our Invisalign page to find out more and schedule a free evaluation! We are proud to be a Diamond+ Invisalign provider, ranking us among the top providers in the country.

Traditional Metal or Clear Braces 

Braces are the traditional form of orthodontic treatment. An orthodontist applies brackets to the teeth, after which wires and ties are placed and altered over time to move teeth into the desired positions. Metal braces allow patients to express themselves with colorful ties, while clear braces are more discreet. The latter uses porcelain brackets and clear ties instead of metal brackets and colorful ties.

We encourage you to check out our Braces page to find out more about these options and schedule a consultation.

Express Treatment 

The quickest treatment out there, our Express Aligner Treatment program can help you perfect your smile in a fraction of the time. If you want to gain straight, healthy teeth in time for a specific event like a wedding, this expedited program can straighten your smile in as little as 6 to 12 months.

Get more information about our Express program by visiting our website!

Start 2023 Off the Right Way

Getting the smile of your dreams is easier, more comfortable, and more affordable than ever. At Adirondack Orthodontics, we’re proud to provide all the options our patients need – including financing options – from six locations throughout the Capital Region.

Interested in getting Invisalign or braces in Albany or any of our other Capital Region orthodontist offices? Call your nearest location today for an appointment or set up a consultation through our website. We would be happy to assess your teeth and suggest the best solution for you based on your goals and budget.

The Perfect Holiday Gift

The Smile You’ve Always Wanted!

The best gifts are the ones that have a lasting impact on your life and happiness. Once you’ve checked off everything else on your gift shopping list for family and friends, think about yourself and how you can take care of your health in the coming year.

One thing that may make it to the top of your list is your smile. After all, straight teeth will boost your confidence and keep you smiling for photos. More importantly, healthy teeth and gums will be an investment in your well-being, now and long in the future. 

The end of the year is the perfect time to think ahead about your budget and goals, but the reasons to call our office this month don’t end there. Here are a few reasons why you should choose Adirondack Orthodontics to provide you with all the orthodontic solutions you need, starting this holiday season:

Smile Guarantee

After your treatment is complete, your smile is 100% guaranteed for life! Come back at any time for your orthodontic needs, and you won’t ever pay full price for orthodontic treatment with us again.

Financing Options

We would love to sit down with you and discuss orthodontic options that can achieve your health and aesthetic goals while working with your budget. For instance, we offer $0 down, 0% interest financing options and many discounts.

Convenient Locations

This is a busy time of year for everyone. Fortunately, we have six locations throughout the Capital Region to ensure your appointment will be at a convenient time and place.

A Range of Solutions

From Invisalign to braces, we offer numerous orthodontic treatment options tailored to suit your needs.

Participate with Insurance

We are proud to participate with most insurance providers, and we work with HSAs, FSAs, and CareCredit to help you afford the smile of your dreams.

Gain the smile you’ve always wanted and take a step toward improved health by looking into orthodontic options at Adirondack Orthodontics! Contact us today for an in-person consultation at one of our locations and give yourself the perfect present this holiday season.

Happy Dental Hygiene Month!

Tips on Proper Dental Care

Dental hygiene is essential for keeping your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy, especially when you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. October is Dental Hygiene Month, and we want to remind all our patients about the importance of proper teeth care, whether they have braces or aligners.

Take a look below at some tips on caring for your teeth, gums, braces, and aligners. In addition, learn more about maintaining a happy, healthy smile, and get in touch with our team if you have any questions about your dental hygiene! 

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How to Care for Your Teeth & Braces

If you have braces, you should be flossing once a day and brushing your teeth after every meal. Remember to brush the outside, inside, and crowns of your teeth in a circular motion, paying particular attention to the brackets on your teeth. You should also brush your gums, tongue, and cheeks. When flossing, remember to use a “C” shape to get all the areas around your gums. Floss threaders can help you get around wires and brackets, and rinsing your mouth can help loosen food particles.

The kit we provided for you at the start of your treatment should help, but we always welcome the chance to discuss what tools work best for taking care of your teeth when you have braces. Feel free to reach out to our team with any additional questions you may have! 

How to Care for Your Aligners

Unlike braces, aligners can be taken off for eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth. Even though you remove your aligners for these activities, you need to care for your aligners to ensure they last and to protect the health of your teeth and gums. We recommend gently brushing your aligners using toothpaste and cool water every time you remove them. And, of course, you should be brushing and flossing your teeth as recommended above.

Get in touch with our team today

Adirondack Orthodontics and Your Dental Hygiene

At Adirondack Orthodontics, we want to help our patients achieve and preserve straight, healthy smiles for a lifetime. Keeping these dental care tips in mind during and after your treatment will help you reach the smile of your dreams! If you have any further questions about oral hygiene techniques, please call or text your nearest location, or request an appointment here.

Give Your Teeth a Happy Home with Gum Care!

How Orthodontics & Gum Health Go Hand in Hand

September is National Gum Care Month, so we would like to take a minute to reiterate the importance of gum health and how vital it is to properly care for your gums before, throughout, and beyond your orthodontic treatment.

The Dangers of Poor Gum Care

When you don’t follow a proper brushing and flossing regimen, the consequences can range from painful and inconvenient to catastrophic. As plaque and tartar build up at the base of your teeth, your gums can be irritated, leading to gingivitis. Painful and unpleasant, gingivitis is characterized by swollen, inflamed, bleeding gums and bad breath. And if gingivitis isn’t addressed, periodontitis, a serious gum disease, can develop. According to the CDC, “47.2% of adults aged 30 years and older have some form of periodontal disease.” Since periodontal diseases can cause bone and tooth loss, proper gum care is essential.

The Relationship Between Gum Health & Orthodontics

Gum care is important for people of all ages, regardless of whether they are currently straightening their teeth. However, healthy gums are essential for orthodontics because the treatment depends on strong bones and teeth. During treatment, pressure is put on the teeth and gums as the teeth are slowly moved into place. If gum decay isn’t addressed before treatment, this process can actually lead to more damage.

Fortunately, Adirondack Orthodontics can help you understand how to care for your teeth and gums – before, during, and after your orthodontic treatment.

The Right Gum Care Routine

If you’ve already started your orthodontic journey, you have likely already learned from our team members how to keep your mouth healthy throughout your treatment. Whether or not you are currently undergoing orthodontic treatment, you should follow the same rules: brush your teeth after eating and floss daily to remove food and prevent plaque buildup.

At Adirondack Orthodontics, we are always here to act as a resource for our patients. If you would like to find out if you’re the right candidate for orthodontic treatment or learn more about how you can take care of your gums, schedule an appointment at your nearest location. We look forward to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. Call or text us today! 

Start the School Year with a Smile – and Confidence!

Proper orthodontic care can help your child start the school year off right.

Everyone deserves to feel their best, especially on the first day of school. No matter what grade your child is going into, their smile will play a part in how they feel about themselves. At Adirondack Orthodontics, we provide patients of all ages with the orthodontic services they need to put their best foot forward. We’ll ensure that your child can have a straight, healthy smile to boost their self-confidence not just for the coming school year but for years to come.

Proudly serving the Capital Region, we understand the needs of our patients. Take a look at some of the reasons you should choose us to provide the utmost in orthodontic care for your child and schedule an appointment today!

Compassionate, Professional Care

For some, visiting the orthodontist can involve some anxiety. We do our best to create a comfortable environment where our patients feel at ease.

Top-Notch Service

Recognized as being part of the top 1% of Invisalign providers with our Diamond+ status, we rank among the top orthodontists in the country and have treated over 10,000 smiles.

Convenient Scheduling

The school year can be hectic for students and their parents, which is why we offer convenient scheduling options to help you find a time that fits with all of your child’s classes and extracurricular activities.

Plenty of Locations

Another way we provide convenience is by offering orthodontic treatment from various locations in the Capital Region. We have offices in Glens Falls, Clifton Park, Latham, Albany, East Greenbush, and, most recently, Schenectady.

Payment Options & Financing

In addition to being a participating provider with most insurances, we are happy to provide you with many discounts and financing options to make your child’s orthodontic care more affordable.

At Adirondack Orthodontics, we’re passionate about creating beautiful smiles that last a lifetime. As this school year starts, keep your child’s orthodontic needs in mind. Now is a great time to schedule an appointment and start the school year off right. 

Give your nearest location a call or text today to set up your appointment and begin your child’s smile journey.

Smiling Through Summer

How a Better Smile Improves Confidence

Each year, over 9,000,000 individuals choose to improve their oral health with orthodontic treatment. Invisalign alone, one of the most popular options on the market, has been implemented by over 12 million people seeking straighter, more beautiful smiles. We all know some of the health benefits of achieving a straight smile, but what else can your Instagram-ready smile achieve for you? 

Take a look below at the ways that having a straighter smile can benefit you now and far in the future!

A straighter smile increases confidence.

While misaligned teeth may have you feeling a little camera-shy, a straightened smile can tackle your insecurities about how your teeth look. Confidence comes from within, but how you look can contribute to how you feel. 

When you feel more confident, you tend to shine! Whether you are making memories that last a lifetime at prom or your wedding, or you are taking the next steps toward your future with a job interview, having your ideal smile can be the boost you need. 

According to a study completed by Invisalign, 92% of people felt more confident after achieving straightened teeth. In fact, as many as 80% of people surveyed said that they had the confidence to do something they had never done before. What could you do with the confidence a straighter smile would bring you? 

A straighter smile helps you speak clearly.

You may have already thought about the look of your smile, but have you thought about the impact it might be having on the way you speak? A straightened smile can help you form your words clearly and correctly. Knowing that misaligned teeth won’t get in the way of your speech can give you the confidence to speak in a way that compels others to listen to what you have to say.

A straighter smile can be permanent. 

When properly cared for, a straight smile can last the rest of your life. If you’re young, your investment in the health of your teeth can follow you through education and your career. Just as importantly, it can help give you confidence in your personal life and in anything that you choose to do.

Improve Your Smile with Adirondack Orthodontics

This summer, consider investing in your long-term self-confidence by starting your journey to straighter, healthier teeth. We’re sure the increased confidence will give you something to smile about throughout the long summer days and beyond!

Contact Adirondack Orthodontics today to learn more about the benefits of straight teeth and how we can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. We would be happy to schedule a consultation and help you explore options like Invisalign, braces, and more. We have several locations throughout the Capital Region to best serve you, so call today to get started. 

New Adirondack Orthodontics Schenectady Location!

Our 6th office opens at Dr. DeLuke’s former practice.

Dr. Mike DeLuke of DeLuke Orthodontics knew he wanted to be a dentist at age 13, fell in love with orthodontics in dental school, and has been transforming lives at his Schenectady office building for nearly 20 years. Dr. DeLuke will be retiring from his clinical practice this summer, potentially creating a significant void in orthodontic services in the Schenectady area. 

But Dr. Sergey Berenshteyn of Adirondack Orthodontics is opening a sixth branch at Dr. DeLuke’s former location, continuing the legacy of affordable, convenient, and customized care. Having helped Schenectady smile for many years, Dr. DeLuke took a moment to reflect on his mission, what he’s learned, and his plans. Let’s take a look at what he had to say!

How’d you fall in love with orthodontics?

Even after almost 20 years, I remain humbled by the power to deliver a smile that fills a person with confidence, lights up a room, and, nowadays, looks great on social media! I love when previous patients send me pictures of their major life events with a note saying how much they love their teeth and their smile. 

Beyond appearances, we help young faces grow properly, to accommodate the adult teeth, and help them breathe through their nose instead of through their mouth. This is often overlooked but it provides a tremendous benefit to overall health.

I do this using only braces and wires (not expanders or headgear) when patients are 7-9 years old. At that age, the bones of the face are super-pliable so very light forces can achieve tremendous results. In addition, it almost always prevents the need to extract adult teeth which is awesome.

What’s been different about your practice and why?

I’ve specialized in treating younger patients with less invasive techniques than has traditionally been done. Using low-radiation 3D imaging along with a thorough clinical exam, I can detect underlying issues in facial growth and airway development. This allows me to both make the appropriate referral(s) to the ENT and/or allergist and, if indicated, use my minimally invasive braces and wires technique to normalize the growth of the jaws and face. The resulting transformation is mind-blowing. It dramatically improves the patient’s quality of life.

What’s next for you?

I’m starting DeLuke Orthodontic Coaching, with the mission of advancing the specialty, offering clinical and practice management courses, blogs, podcasts, and monthly case reviews to my orthodontic colleagues. Minimally invasive Phase I/Interceptive treatments are not being taught to young docs or performed by older docs. It will be an uphill climb to convince my colleagues to change their approach, but I’m ready and I’m super excited to share what I have learned.

Can past patients still get in touch?

I will be keeping my practice email, smiles@delukeortho.com, open indefinitely, and I’m working with a third-party lab to make retainers for patients who have had a previous digital scan taken at my office. If a previous patient needs new retainers they can send us an email and we will instruct you regarding how to proceed.

I am super excited for Dr. Berenshteyn and his associates to be moving into my facility! I have put my heart and soul into the Union Street property to customize it as an orthodontic office and I’m thrilled that it’s going to remain one. I’m also very happy for the community. One concern I had in retiring was the void in orthodontic services in Schenectady County that would result, so it’s great that Adirondack Ortho is going to come in and fill that void. 

Additional Info About the Schenectady Location

Adirondack Orthodontics is honored to continue Dr. DeLuke’s legacy of providing quality orthodontic care in the Schenectady area. For those who are unfamiliar with Dr. DeLuke’s practice, you can find us located at 1327 Union St. Schenectady, NY 12308. If you would like to call and set up an appointment, our phone number is 518-579-7250. We are thrilled to start seeing your smiles! 

Happy Oral Health Month!

How Orthodontics Improve Oral Health

June is Oral Health Month and we want to take a moment to reflect on the positive changes that orthodontics can have on your oral health. Unhealthy decisions can have a domino effect, but so can healthy ones. When you choose to invest in your oral health, you’re investing in your overall well-being. Below, find a list of ways that orthodontics can improve your overall health and keep you smiling for years to come!

Prevent Tooth Decay

Cavities, tooth decay, and other issues will be noticed and addressed earlier if you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Even better, straighter teeth are less likely to trap food between them, as straight teeth are easier to floss and brush. This helps to stop tooth decay at the source.

Minimize Worn, Chipped Teeth

Teeth need to be properly aligned to correctly chew and bite down. An underbite, an overbite, or generally misaligned teeth can cause teeth to wear down on the edges, resulting in permanent damage. Orthodontic treatment will align teeth and repair the way you bite, preventing dangerous wear to your teeth.

Treat Painful Jaw Disorders

Misaligned teeth can have a huge impact on the surrounding jaw. Orthodontic treatment can move teeth to their proper places, treating or preventing painful issues like TMJ.

Improve Overall Health

The health of your teeth is directly connected to the health of the rest of your body. Periodontal (gum) disease and other serious conditions can result in problems for your immune system. Fortunately, orthodontic treatment can prevent conditions like these, improving your overall health.

Invest in Your Oral Health Today!

Celebrate Oral Health Month with us this year by paying special attention to the care of your teeth. Remember to brush twice a day and floss once a day according to our guidelines. And if you notice that you are having oral health issues that can be traced to misaligned teeth, make an appointment at your nearest Adirondack Orthodontics office. We are proud to provide patients throughout the Capital Region with the orthodontic solutions they need! Check out our list of locations here and get in touch with us today! 

The Importance of Early Treatment for Kids

Just in time for National Children’s Dental Health Month, learn how you can help your child enjoy a beautiful smile for life!

Since February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, we’d love to discuss one of the best ways to set up your child for success when it comes to the health of their teeth: our early treatment. During this critical time when children are learning and gaining confidence, early intervention is key for addressing any dental issues and possibly preventing the need for more complex orthodontic treatment in the long run.

Find out what early orthodontic treatment entails, who’s a good candidate for it, and more below.

What Is Early Treatment for Kids?

Early orthodontic treatment consists of tackling orthodontic issues from a young age. You’re probably already familiar with the latter stage of orthodontic treatment, which is the traditional adjustment of the adult teeth using clear aligners or braces. Early treatment happens in childhood, when there is a mix of baby and permanent teeth in the mouth, using various orthodontic techniques to correct potential issues early.

How Early Can Orthodontic Treatment Begin?

Every patient is different, but we recommend that you bring your child to a board-certified orthodontist by age seven for a personalized evaluation and to formulate a custom treatment plan. Treatment will typically begin as soon as you and the orthodontist agree your child is ready and may include a space maintainer, Invisalign, an expander, braces. The process usually takes 12 months or less.

What Problems Does Early Treatment Address?

Early treatment can help to resolve common orthodontic issues like overbites, underbites, open bites, crossbites, crowding, excessive wear, or protrusion. Treating these issues at a younger age can often keep them from growing more serious, making later orthodontic treatment easier. Sometimes, early treatment can even prevent the need for future orthodontic treatment or extraction altogether.

What Happens After Early Treatment?

After receiving early orthodontic treatment, your child may receive a retainer to keep their teeth in place. After that, we can monitor the growth of their teeth and determine if further treatment is necessary in their case. If it is, rest assured that we will guide you and your child every step of the way.

Who Is a Good Candidate?

While not every child requires our early orthodontic treatment, we recommend that all children come in for a consultation at the age of 7 so that we can take a look at their teeth. Children whose teeth are clearly misaligned or who have habits like thumb-sucking can often especially benefit from early treatment.

At Adirondack Orthodontics, we look forward to setting up your child for success. Call us today to schedule a consultation for your child.

Don’t forget that the Times Union’s Best Of voting begins soon! We will be sharing more details on how to vote for your team at Adirondack Orthodontics for Best Orthodontist as voting gets underway.

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