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LIGHTFORCE BRACES

Customized, 3D-Printed Braces

Zeifman Orthodontics is pleased to offer the revolutionary clear LightForce braces. LightForce braces are a fully customized, special 3D-printed style of personalized orthodontic appliances designed with special software to effectively straighten and align teeth. Unlike traditional braces, which are typically made of factory-standard metal brackets and wires, these braces are 3D-printed ceramic braces created specially for each patient by Dr. Zeifman. The result is an orthodontic treatment experience that is more efficient, discreet and comfortable!

How Are LightForce Braces Different Than Traditional Braces?

Traditional braces use metal brackets that adhere to the teeth that are linked together using a metal archwire. These brackets and wires are one-size-fits-all with a fixed base shape and a predetermined prescription. Once brackets have been adhered to the teeth in the appropriate positions, the Zeifman Orthodontics team will then bend and adjust the archwire to fit your smile.

On the other hand, LightForce clear braces are 100% customized to fit your smile. Dr. Zeifman uses 3D-printing technology to create appliances that are made specifically for your teeth. Appliances are made from tooth-colored polycrystalline alumina, which is more discreet and comfortable than metal braces. With the cloud-based planning technology, Dr. Zeifman can plan your tooth movement and preview your final results before beginning treatment.

What To Expect From LightForce Braces Treatment

A typical outline of LightForce treatment for patients at Zeifman Orthodontics is as follows.

Dr. Zeifman will examine your teeth and jaw structure to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for these appliances. She will also discuss your treatment goals, expectations and budget with you.

Instead of using traditional dental impressions, the Zeifman Orthodontics team will use a digital scanner to create a highly accurate 3D model of your teeth and jaw. This process is often more comfortable for the patient and provides precise measurements for creating custom braces.

Dr. Zeifman will analyze the digital scan and develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. She will consider factors such as tooth movement, bite correction and desired outcomes using cloud-based technology.

Using the digital model, Dr. Zeifman will 3D print a series of custom braces. These appliances are made of tooth-colored polycrystalline alumina and are designed to gradually move your teeth into the desired position over time.

Once the 3D-printed braces are ready, you will visit Dr. Zeifman for a custom fitting. She will ensure that the aligners or braces fit well and make whatever adjustments are necessary.

Dr. Zeifman will monitor your treatment progress and make adjustments or tighten appliances as needed. These appliances require fewer in-office adjustments compared to traditional braces.

Just like other orthodontic treatment options, you will then need to wear retainers as directed once your appliances have been removed to maintain your smile results. 

 

What Are the Benefits Of LightForce Braces?

There are many benefits to choosing this orthodontic treatment option to straighten your smile. Benefits include:

  • Comfortable: Because appliances are custom-made for your smile and are made of polycrystalline alumina material, patients can expect a more comfortable treatment experience.

  • Faster and more efficient treatment: Prior to getting your appliances, Dr. Zeifman will plan your tooth movement using cloud-based technology. This allows for treatment to be faster and more efficient than traditional braces. In fact, studies have shown that these appliances can reduce treatment time by 37%.

  • Effective: These appliances are effective at correcting a variety of orthodontic issues, such as crowding, too much space between teeth and bite misalignment.

  • Discreet: The material seamlessly blends into the color of your teeth, making them less noticeable to others.

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Caring for LightForce Braces

At Zeifman Orthodontics, we emphasize the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene and taking good care of orthodontic appliances. Caring for LightForce braces is similar to caring for traditional braces, with a few additional considerations due to their unique design and material. Here are some tips to help you take care of your appliances:

After each meal and snack, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to brush your teeth. Give special attention to cleaning around the brackets and wires by angling the brush toward the gum line.

 It is crucial to remove plaque and food particles that may become trapped between your teeth and braces. Carefully thread the floss behind the wire and gently clean between each tooth.

Rinse your mouth with an antimicrobial mouthwash to reduce bacteria and prevent gum inflammation. 

Avoid sticky, chewy and hard foods, as they can cause damage to your braces. Examples include chewing gum, caramel, hard candies and ice. Cut fruits and vegetables into small, bite-sized pieces.

Take small bites and chew your food carefully to prevent accidentally dislodging or damaging your braces. Refrain from using your front teeth to bite into food; instead, rely on your back teeth for chewing.

 Attend your scheduled orthodontic appointments to allow Dr. Zeifman to make necessary adjustments and ensure the effectiveness of your braces.

Always adhere to the specific instructions provided by Zeifman Orthodontics regarding the care and maintenance of your appliances. The dedicated team at Zeifman Orthodontics will offer personalized guidance to optimize your results and minimize any potential complications.

Are You Considering LightForce Braces?

If you’re considering LightForce braces as your orthodontic treatment, set up a consultation appointment with Dr. Zeifman at our Florham Park or Mattituck offices! Dr. Zeifman will evaluate your specific dental needs and determine if these appliances are a suitable option for you. To request an in-office complimentary consultation, fill out our online form.

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Total Smile Care

For The Whole Family

At Zeifman Orthodontics, we believe that people of all ages deserve the best and most comprehensive orthodontic care. We are dedicated to helping each patient achieve their dream smile in a way that fits their budget and lifestyle.