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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers To All Your Orthodontic FAQs

At Zeifman Orthodontics, our goal is to help your orthodontic experience be as comfortable and personalized as possible. Have questions? We’re here to help! Check out our orthodontic FAQs below.

At Zeifman Orthodontics, we understand that our patients may have busy schedules. That’s why we aim to be as flexible as possible. For your convenience, we have two office locations with the latest, up-to-date technologies to make your treatment faster and more effective with fewer in-person appointments. We also stay open until 6:00 pm—later than most orthodontic offices—and offer a free online consultation if you can’t make it to one of our office locations. If you’re still worried, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. You can call our Florham Park location at (973) 408-9183 and our Mattituck location at (631) 248-2400 or fill out our contact form.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, kids should have their first orthodontic consultation around age seven. During the consultation, we will examine your child’s teeth and mouth to determine if any orthodontic treatment, such as braces, is needed, and then we can proceed from there. Most children do not need braces until they are between the ages of 9 and 14. 

Absolutely! Patients of all ages are welcome to get braces. With today’s modern technology, we have many different options to help you achieve your perfect smile in a more discreet and comfortable way. In fact, 1 in 4 orthodontic patients today are actually adults.

While all orthodontists are dentists, not all dentists are orthodontists. Both work with teeth, but an orthodontist receives an additional three years of special training. An orthodontist also focuses on issues with your bite and jaw rather than just the teeth. At Zeifman Orthodontics, Dr. Zeifman is board certified, which means she has worked even more hours and completed a rigorous certification exam to become the best orthodontist she can be.

While braces may feel uncomfortable, they should not hurt. When you first receive your braces, you can expect your mouth to feel some pressure and discomfort. You may also feel some discomfort after they are adjusted. But don’t worry! This will ease over time, and we also have tips to help relieve your discomfort. You can rinse your mouth with warm salt water, apply wax to a wire or bracket that is giving you trouble and take over-the-counter pain relievers as needed.

Everyone is different. However, Phase I treatment is typically about a year, while a full treatment is typically 1.5 – 3 years. If you come to your appointments on time, wear rubber bands as instructed and avoid eating sticky and hard foods that may damage your braces, you’re on track to have your orthodontic treatment finished as fast as possible.

Wearing retainers is the last step, called retention, in your orthodontic treatment. Retention is important because we don’t want your teeth to shift after getting your braces off! Since your teeth try to shift back to their original positions, wearing your retainers will prevent any changes to your new smile.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, we invite you to contact us by calling Florham Park location at (973) 408-9183 and our Mattituck location at (631) 248-2400 or filling out our online form here. We are looking forward to working with you to help you achieve your perfect smile, and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

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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.