Our Treatment Process

While the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that children see an orthodontist at the age of seven, sometimes, orthodontic issues do not present themselves until later. No matter your age, Dr. Elaahi, and Dr. Berk are here to help you with the process of creating a beautiful and lasting smile.

At your first office visit, our team will take digital scans of your teeth to assess your unique needs. Next, we will identify any issues that may require orthodontic treatment and develop a treatment plan based on your needs and goals. At that time, we will go over the options and their respective benefits so that you can make an informed decision about what type of braces for teens in New York, NY, is best suited for your individual situation.

Types Of Braces Available For Teens

When it comes to orthodontic treatment for teens in New York, we offer a variety of options, including traditional metal braces and clear ceramic braces. Each option has its benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to discuss these with Dr. Elaahi and Dr. Berk before making a decision.

Traditional Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment for teens in New York. This tried-and-true option offers durable, reliable results and can be customized to fit your individual needs and goals.

Gold Braces

Gold braces are a type of traditional metal braces that offer the same durable, reliable results as other types of metal braces. The difference is that gold brackets give your smile a subtle, sophisticated look.

Ceramic Braces

Clear ceramic braces are an excellent choice for teens who want a less noticeable option that still offers great results. The clear brackets blend in with the natural color of your teeth and are more discreet than traditional options.


The InBrace Smartwire works like autopilot. The Smartwire is programmed with Gentleforce technology from advanced shape memory alloy to gently move your teeth into place.

This means no monthly tightenings or tray changes. And you can eat, drink, brush, and floss normally while your treatment keeps working.

Protecting Your Braces

Once you have chosen the type of braces for teens in New York that is best suited for your needs, it’s important to protect them from damage. It’s important to keep the following in mind:

Brush & Floss Regularly

During orthodontic treatment, it’s important to brush and floss twice a day or after every meal. Our team will also show you some tips and tricks to best floss around your brackets to help keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Avoid Hard & Chewy Foods

It’s important to avoid hard, crunchy, and chewy foods during your orthodontic treatment. Examples of foods to avoid include:

    • Popcorn
    • Hard candy
    • Gum
    • Ice
    • Nuts
    • Crunchy veggies
    • Apples
    • Pizza crust

It’s also important to avoid habits that can damage your brackets, including nail biting, pen/pencil chewing, toothpicks, and straw chewing.

Use A Mouthguard During Sports

If you play sports or engage in any other activity that could cause damage to your braces or teeth, it’s important to wear a mouthguard to protect them. Make sure the mouthguard fits properly, and replace it regularly if it begins to show signs of wear and tear.

If you have any questions about braces for teens in New York, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team today for a complimentary consultation!