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BRACES-FRIENDLY RECIPE: LUNCH Jan 20th, 2021

Getting braces comes with a lot of rules. No sticky candies, watch out for popcorn, and steer clear of chips. These rules leave many braces-wearers wondering what they can still eat without hurting their teeth or their expensive orthodontic appliances. Fortunately, constructing a braces-friendly lunch is straightforward once you know...

SPEECH! SPEECH! Jan 18th, 2021

If you are a student of Speech or Drama, you know how important it is to be clear and articulate. You’ve worked on pronunciation and projection, and the audience in the back row can understand every word. And now you’ve gotten braces, and, suddenly, you don’t sound quite like yourself....

I HAVE HALITOSIS. WHAT CAN I DO? Jan 15th, 2021

Halitosis is the fancy, scientific word for “bad breath.” Dr. Susan Liebman and our team know there are several reasons why you may have halitosis; let’s look at a few: Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) – There are five main types of gum disease, and each one can...

NOT-SO-SWEET SWEETS: THE FIVE WORST CANDIES TO EAT DURING ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT Jan 13th, 2021

Sticky, hard, and gooey: these candies fill your dopamine receptors with spasms of sugar-filled joy, but if you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics to straighten your teeth, then these sweets are not so sweet. While you may have a Willy-Wonka-sized sweet tooth, there are some candies you’re going...

IS INVISALIGN TEEN® RIGHT FOR MY CHILD? Jan 11th, 2021

Straightening your teeth with traditional braces used to be something of a public affair. While traditional teeth-straightening methods yielded high-quality results, it was also essentially impossible to wear them undetected as you went about your day. The visibility of braces could be especially troubling to teens in the high-stress environment...

HOW MUCH DO BRACES COST? Jan 9th, 2021

This is one of the most common questions that is asked at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics and, unfortunately, it does not have a simple answer. Just as every patient we see is unique, so is their treatment plan. Some patients have very simple problems which require less appliances and time, while...

WE PROUDLY OFFER INVISALIGN TEEN®! Jan 7th, 2021

Dr. Susan Liebman and our team are excited to offer Invisalign Teen, a clear alternative to braces that’s just for teens! With Invisalign Teen, we are able to straighten your teen’s teeth without the hassle, discomfort, and embarrassment of traditional braces. Invisalign Teen’s clear aligners are virtually invisible. What’s more,...

INVISALIGN TEEN® BENEFITS Jan 5th, 2021

You can probably see how teeth straightening can make your smile more attractive, but you might be wary of how Invisalign Teen treatment works. If you’re like most teens at our Brooklyn, NY office, you love hanging out with your friends, and you don’t want to be different, watch what...

POWER CHAINS Jan 3rd, 2021

By now, you’re very familiar with the basic building blocks of your braces. Brackets, wires, and ligatures are no mystery to you. But suddenly, you’re hearing a brand new term—“power chains.” What exactly are these power chains, and why does your orthodontist think you need them? Let’s see how power...

INVISALIGN TEEN®: WHY INVISALIGN® IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR TEENS Jan 1st, 2021

Those challenging teenage years are some of the most self-conscious ones of your life, and concern for your appearance definitely plays a large part. Invisalign is becoming a very popular choice for adolescent patients today, but is it the best choice? The results from teenage Invisalign users indicate that Invisalign...

PERIODONTICS AND BRACES TREATMENT Dec 31st, 2020

Most people think braces are all about their teeth. While it is true orthodontics is meant to move your teeth into proper position, there’s more to it than that. To safely move your teeth with braces, you’re going to need healthy and stable gums (or periodontium—the tissues that support your...

ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT: DOES A MISSING TOOTH MEAN MISSING OUT? Dec 30th, 2020

You’ve decided—now’s the time to talk to Dr. Susan Liebman about straighter teeth and a better bite. So what’s holding you back? If you are concerned because you have a missing tooth, don’t let that stop you from making that first appointment. Orthodontists today have many options to help you...

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ORTHODONTIST AND A DENTIST? Dec 30th, 2020

Orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health, but in different ways. Dentistry is a broad medical specialty that deals with the teeth, gum, nerves, and jaw, while orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites, occlusion, and the straightness of teeth. One important difference...

CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH BRACES-FRIENDLY TREATS Dec 1st, 2020

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, with the holidays around the corner, and visions of sugarplums and other tasty desserts dancing in everyone’s head. Except, this year you have braces. This means some of your favorites might be on the naughty list. What to avoid? The same kinds...

THANKSGIVING IN NORTH AMERICA Nov 7th, 2020

Thanksgiving marks the start to the holidays; a season filled with feasting, indulging, and spending time with family and friends are always special. Thanksgiving is a holiday meant for giving thanks, and while this may seem like such a natural celebration, the United States is only one of a handful...

A FUN HALLOWEEN WITH BRACES Oct 17th, 2020

Having teeth encased in braces can be discouraging during Halloween. If you or your child has braces, there are certain candies to avoid this holiday season—and in general—while you have braces. Candy can be tempting, especially for children. But don’t worry; other sweet treat options can readily take their place....

LABOR DAY: OUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY TO REST! Sep 1st, 2020

Labor Day, celebrated on the first Monday each September here in the United States, is a holiday devoted to the American working community. The purpose of the holiday is honoring the country’s workers and their contributions to the strength of our country as a whole. How Labor Day Started There...

HEY, METAL MOUTH, HEY, TRAIN TRACKS! SIX FUNNY COMEBACKS FOR PEOPLE WHO WEAR BRACES Aug 20th, 2020

Phrases like metal mouth, brace face, and train tracks are common jokes uttered by gap-toothed fools who like to make fun of people with braces. While ignoring these comments and taking the high road is the best thing to do, there’s nothing wrong with having a few clever retorts and...

Besides Straight Teeth, What are the Benefits of Braces? Aug 13th, 2020

There are greater benefits to wearing braces than just having straight teeth. You’ll gain many oral health benefits in addition to the cosmetic ones. Tooth Decay and Gum Disease Crooked or crowded teeth may overlap each other and create tight spaces in between. These can make it very difficult to...

What are Adjustments? Jul 30th, 2020

Why Do I Need an Adjustment? After all, you’ve just gotten braces! But the fact is, moving your teeth to their ideal location is a process that involves many steps. The brackets and wires you have today are only a starting point. Wires, and rubber bands if you need them,...

AVOID BRUSHING AFTER EVERY SINGLE MEAL! Jul 23rd, 2020

Enamel is an extremely hard mineral on the exterior of each of your teeth. It’s actually the hardest substance in the human body: It’s even stronger than your bones! Its only weakness is that acids in the food we eat can easily destroy enamel. Healthy teeth thrive in an environment...

WHY CHOOSE AN ORTHODONTIC SPECIALIST OVER A GENERAL DENTIST? Jul 16th, 2020

This may seem obvious, but there’s misinformation circulating with regard to the roles dentists and orthodontists play in treating patients’ oral health. Dentists are trained to clean teeth, fill cavities, perform certain dental surgeries, and examine overall oral health. Many dentists now offer braces to their patients, but according to...

TOP WAYS TO ENSURE YOU AND YOUR BRACES HAVE A GOOD RELATIONSHIP Jul 9th, 2020

Floss, floss, floss. Yes, it’s a pain to floss around your braces, but it’s the best way to prevent gum disease and other oral health problems. Ask Dr. Susan Liebman and our staff for floss threaders to make the chore easier. Just a few minutes per day will ensure that...

SUGAR AND YOUR ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT Jun 25th, 2020

We often blame candy as the culprit behind tooth decay, but other foods and drinks that kids consume can be just as harmful to their teeth, and can lead to cavities and tooth decay. Keeping your teeth or your child’s teeth from decay during treatment starts with a proper diet,...

WHEN YOU NEED IMMEDIATE CARE, WE ARE HERE FOR YOU Jun 18th, 2020

 If you are a patient of record, Dr. Susan Liebman and our team are more than willing to see you after hours or over the weekend. As a general rule, you should call our Brooklyn, NY office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem...

SNACKS THAT ARE HEALTHY FOR YOUR BODY AND YOUR BRACES Jun 11th, 2020

And before your child got braces, you had the answer: simple, tasty snacks that provided not only an energy boost, but nutritional elements to help build strong teeth and strong bodies. But now whole carrot sticks and unsliced apples are out. Nuts and crunchy peanut butter? Not in your pantry....

TOP FIVE BEST FOODS FOR ORAL HEALTH May 28th, 2020

1. Crispy, low-acid fruits and vegetables: Fruits like apples and vegetables such as carrots and celery act like “natural toothbrushes,” helping to clear plaque from your teeth and freshen your breath. 2. Kiwis: These little green superstars are packed with vitamin C which is essential for gum health. The collagen...

A Helpful Site on Orthodontics May 14th, 2020

As you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, our team at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics would like to point you to a helpful website. Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have lots of important information about everything relating to braces, including myths and facts of orthodontics, tips for a better orthodontic experience,...

Wishing All our Moms a Happy Mother's Day! May 7th, 2020

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” – Robert Browning We would like to take this moment to thank all the great moms out there for being so great during their child’s visits to Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics. Whether it’s driving their kids to regularly scheduled appointments or for “being there”...

Ugh, Not Braces! Apr 30th, 2020

Getting your child excited about braces is a lot like: A) convincing a grumpy toddler that it’s time to take a nap? B) convincing a teenager to stop texting during dinner? C) convincing your husband to eat his peas? The answer, obviously, is all of the above. And that’s why...

Everyday is Earth Day Apr 23rd, 2020

The early 1970s were a time of change, and assertions that we needed to pay more attention to the Earth’s atmosphere were generally dismissed. But within a couple decades, it had become clear that the previous generation was right; the citizens of the world needed to become more environmentally conscious....

ORTHODONTICS: FROM TOOTH FAIRY TO RETAINER Apr 15th, 2020

 In fact, orthodontic assessments at our Brooklyn, NY office can be beneficial at many stages of your child’s life. Let’s look at some of the reasons why. The Right Spaces There’s a reason why we recommend that every child see an orthodontist by the age of seven. If there’s room...

APRIL IS NATIONAL FACIAL PROTECTION MONTH Apr 15th, 2020

The Importance of Facial Protection Americans from all walks of life should mark April as National Facial Protection Month on their calendars. The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, Academy for Sports Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons have combined forces to sponsor...

How Not to Forget your Retainer Apr 13th, 2020

The alarm sounds in the morning, you wake up and realize “I forgot to wear my retainer!” If this only happened once, don’t panic. Missing one night with a retainer is unlikely to cause significant teeth movement. However, if it has happened often, give our Brooklyn, NY office a call...

DOES MY PRE-EXISTING DENTAL WORK MEAN I CAN’T WEAR TRADITIONAL BRACES? Mar 26th, 2020

When you get braces as a child, you usually present the orthodontist with a blank canvas—newly erupted, perfect permanent teeth, just waiting to be aligned. But if you are a bit older, your canvas might already be a bit busy, with fillings, crowns, perhaps even a missing tooth. Can Dr....

WHEN CLEAR ALIGNERS AREN’T THE ANSWER Mar 19th, 2020

Clear aligners like Invisalign® have become increasingly popular over the past several years and rightly so. They’re removable, easier to clean than braces, and hardly anyone knows you’re wearing them. They are great in treating many cases, but they aren’t for everyone. Below, Dr. Susan Liebman and our team cover...

ST. PATRICK’S DAY: CELTIC PRIDE, GREEN SHAMROCKS, AND LUCKY CHARMS! Mar 12th, 2020

Lucky green shamrocks, leprechauns, and pots of gold – it must be St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re not Irish, how do you go about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? It’s easy: You just put on one of those tall leprechauns hats, dress in green from head to toe, and wear one...

NO WOODEN TEETH, PLEASE! WHY ORAL HEALTH IS SO IMPORTANT Mar 5th, 2020

Your teeth are precious. Once your permanent teeth come in, they need to last you a lifetime. Extensive tooth decay can lead to dental caries and the need for fillings, crowns, bridges, and dentures. While these fixes can go a long way toward maintaining your quality of life, they cannot...

ARE YOU READY FOR ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT? Feb 27th, 2020

If you’ve been hiding your smile because you have crooked teeth or gaps between your teeth, it’s time to consider orthodontic treatment with Dr. Susan Liebman. Preparing for treatment is an important part of getting the smile you want. Basic exams The first step of preparation is the examination. An...

AFFORDABLE BRACES NEAR ME Oct 17th, 2019

Are you looking for more information regarding affordable orthodontics including affordable braces near me? The chances are that you are questioning how to make great treatment more attainable. Here at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics, we offer great orthodontics for an affordable price that all prospective patients can afford. We believe that all...

10 TIPS FOR BRACES PAIN RELIEF Sep 15th, 2019

Orthodontic braces are now more comfortable than ever before. Braces are a tried and true method of aligning your teeth. It is no secret that braces may take some getting used to. There can be some mild discomfort as your mouth adjusts to this new hardware.  1: Rinsing your mouth with warm,...

Fun Things to do in Brooklyn! Jul 31st, 2019

Have you been searching for some fun things to do in Brooklyn? This borough of the city has a great amount to offer residents. Besides focusing exclusively on great orthodontic care, Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics also focuses on bringing our community together. We know there are many fun things to do in Brooklyn,...

Braces Near Me Jul 4th, 2019

Where Can I Find Braces Near Me? At Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics we specialize in orthodontic treatment such as braces and clear braces in Brooklyn NY. Our team is dedicated to providing the best orthodontic care for patients of all dental conditions. Dr. Liebman is a leading Brookyln orthodontist who is experienced in treating...

Invisalign Near Me Jun 5th, 2019

Where Can I Find Invisalign Near Me? Our team at Brooklyn Orthodontists is dedicated to providing patients the most knowledgeable and experienced orthodontic care available. Dr. Liebman is a leading orthodontist in Brooklyn NY that specializes in all forms of orthodontic treatment including Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. How Are Clear Aligners...

Orthodontist Near Me May 22nd, 2019

Where Can I Find An Orthodontist Near Me? Our team at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics is dedicated to providing affordable orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages and dental conditions. During an initial free consultation, we take the opportunity to fully evaluate your needs and goals, as well as determine the...

Invisalign Vs. Braces Apr 16th, 2019

How Does Invisalign Straighten Teeth? Invisalign uses sets of clear aligner trays to gently and gradually straighten teeth into alignment. Clear aligners are made of lightweight thermoplastic known as SmartTrack material. This technology enables optimal results while also making it easier to take aligners in and out. Each set of aligners is...

INVISALIGN ALIGNERS- EVERYTHING . YOU NEED TO KNOW Feb 6th, 2019

What Is Invisalign Made Of? Clear aligners consist of a smooth thermoplastic known as SmartTrack material, which is designed to work exclusively with Invisalign treatment. This allows better control over tooth movement and maximizes results. How Long Do I Have To Wear Invisalign? The length of Invisalign treatment is different for...

Cost Of Invisalign Dec 12th, 2018

As a leading orthodontist, Dr. Liebman is knowledgeable and experienced in correcting common orthodontic issues including misalignment, overcrowding, and irregular spacing between teeth. Unlike braces, Invisalign is able to provide effective results while remaining virtually invisible. What Is The Cost Of Invisalign? The average cost of Invisalign varies for each patient...

Discover the Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment for Teens in Brooklyn Oct 17th, 2017

The teen years can pose particular challenges regarding self esteem, image and confidence, and those related to your teen’s smile and tooth position, health and jaw function, don’t have to be among those adding to the anxieties of this stage for your child or adolescent’s development. By the teenage years,...

Find Your Beautiful Smile with Invisalign in Brooklyn Aug 1st, 2017

With Invisalign, you remove the aligners to eat, brush and floss. There is no “stay away from the crunchy foods” sacrifice and minimal impact on your appearance. It’s an oral healthcare advancement that takes almost nothing away from your present lifestyle. Dr. Susan Liebman, of Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics, enthusiastically believes in...

Do I Really Need a Retainer After Orthodontic Care in Brooklyn? Jun 14th, 2017

It does seem odd, at first, that after wearing your braces for so long, that you would still need some type of device in your mouth. However, Dr. Susan Liebman of Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics cautions her patients who have just had their braces removed, that there is a risk for...

Caring for Braces in Brooklyn Should Not Give You a Headache Feb 28th, 2017

These devices have many spaces that can trap food and cause other dental conditions. Taking care of braces makes it more comfortable and effective.Individuals who wear braces must be careful to avoid foods that can cause damage to the braces or make it difficult to maintain oral health. The small...

BEFORE YOU CHOOSE AN ORTHODONTIST, READ THESE TIPS! Oct 1st, 2016

Most people think of braces when they think of orthodontic care, but there is more to it than that. Orthodontists are specialists who treat oral health care issues related to misaligned jaws and teeth. Dr. Sue Liebman and the team at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics know that when it comes to the health of your teeth and...

WHAT FOODS CAN I EAT WITH INVISALIGN? Sep 25th, 2016

Dr. Sue Liebman and the professionals at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics are used to advising their patients about food restrictions during orthodontic treatment near Caroll Gardens. Their patients undergoing treatment with Invisalign have less restrictive dietary guidelines than do those patients being treated with traditional braces. So what foods can you eat with Invisalign? The Menu Foods...

WHEN CAN MY CHILD GET BRACES? Sep 18th, 2016

While orthodontic treatment can start in patients as young as six years old, it is less about what age one can get braces than it is at what age they are ready for braces. Each child’s teeth develop differently, and that makes the appropriate age for braces differ as well. Some tips from. Dr. Sue...

WHAT IS AN ORTHODONTIST? Sep 11th, 2016

An orthodontist is a dentist who has undergone special training to treat facial and dental anomalies like malocclusions (an abnormality in the alignment of the upper and/or lower teeth), similar to medical doctors that choose to specialize in fields like neurology and endocrinology. Something that many people don’t know is...

HOW TO DECIDE IF INVISALIGN IS RIGHT FOR YOU Sep 4th, 2016

Orthodontic patients near Boerum Hill, NY are looking to the team at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics to treat their orthodontic issues with Invisalign clear aligners. Dr. Susan Liebman knows that the appropriateness of treatment with Invisalign must be based on the individual patient’s needs and treatment outcome goals. If Invisalign is right for you, here is what you’ll need to know...

FIVE WAYS TO GET YOUR KIDS EXCITED ABOUT WEARING BRACES Aug 28th, 2016

Dr. Susan Liebman and the team at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics provide orthodontic treatment for kids with braces near Boerum Hill, NY. They know just how to help ease your kids anxiety about orthodontic treatment with braces and to enjoy their visits. Your child may experience some anxiety about going to visit their orthodontist. Dr. Susan Liebman knows how...

CAN ORTHODONTICS FIX MY SPEECH IMPEDIMENT? Aug 21st, 2016

Did you know that chronic speech problems can be caused by the misalignment, or malocclusion, of your teeth? Dr. Sue Liebman of Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics in Brooklyn Heights, NY knows that these and other oral health care issues can cause an orthodontic speech impediment. Do you have a lisp? Do you whistle when pronouncing certain...

CAN PRE-TEENS GET INVISALIGN TOO? Aug 14th, 2016

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...

HOW TO BRUSH AND FLOSS TEETH WITH BRACES Aug 7th, 2016

Dr. Sue Liebman and the team at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics in DUMBO, NY are orthodontics experts and can help explain to you why you should always maintain good oral health by brushing and flossing your teeth while wearing braces. We’ve all been taught about the importance of brushing and flossing our teeth, typically in the...

WHEN SHOULD I START TAKING MY CHILD TO THE ORTHODONTIST? Jul 31st, 2016

As a child develops, one of the first things parents begin to feel concern about is their child’s oral health. Dr. Sue Liebman of Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics near Boerum Hill, NY is often asked if a child may eventually need orthodontic attention, what the signs are to look for, and at what age should a...

HOW DO I KEEP MY INVISALIGN CLEAN? Jul 20th, 2016

If you have recently been fitted for Invisalign clear aligners, the team at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics in DUMBO, NY would like to congratulate you on getting one step closer to a confident and healthy smile! Dr. Sue Liebman knows that while Invisalign is in your mouth doing the important work of straightening teeth, it’s...

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE CHOOSING BRACES Jul 10th, 2016

Dr. Sue Liebman and the team at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics develop orthodontic treatment plans that are 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 that Brooklyn Heights...

SIMPLE TIPS TO FIND AN ORTHODONTIST Jul 3rd, 2016

Dr. Sue Liebman and the team at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics have a few simple ti to help you find a competent and qualified professional orthodontist near Caroll Gardens, NY. Licensed and Certified Know your treatment provider’s qualifications like their education and professional associations before considering treatment. An orthodontist near Caroll Gardens, NY that is experienced, licensed, and certified,...

HOW OLD DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO BE TO START INVISALIGN? Jun 26th, 2016

Dr. Sue Liebman and the professionals at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics have the skill and experience to treat their younger patients with Invisalign clear aligners for their orthodontic treatment in Downtown Brooklyn, NY. 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...

WHAT IS THE PERFECT AGE TO BEGIN TAKING MY CHILD TO THE ORTHODONTIST? Jun 13th, 2016

As a child develops, one of the first things parents begin to worry about is their child’s oral health. Dr. Susan Liebman of Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics is often asked if a child may eventually need orthodontic attention, what the signs are to look for, and at what is the perfect age to begin taking...

HOW TO DECIDE IF INVISALIGN IS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU OR YOUR FAMILY Jun 9th, 2016

Orthodontic patients in Brooklyn Heights are requesting that the team at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics treat their orthodontic issues with Invisalign clear aligners. Dr. Susan Liebman knows that the appropriateness of treatment with Invisalign must be based on the individual patient’s needs and treatment outcome goals. If Invisalign is the right choice for you or your family, here...

FIVE TIPS FOR CHOOSING A BRACES PROVIDER IN BROOKLYN Jun 3rd, 2016

Finding the perfect braces provider in Brooklyn, NY can be a time-consuming and oftentimes difficult process. Dr. Susan Liebman of Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics has come up with a few tips to help ensure that you choose the right orthodontist for you, and that you end up with the beautiful smile you’ve been dreaming of. Orthodontists are specialists...