An option for everyone 

At Dental Specialists of New York, our braces combine traditional techniques with modern technology for the best results possible. 

We offer multiple types of braces to patients of all ages. Choose from traditional metal or gold, discreet clear, convenient self-ligating, or invisible lingual braces. 

Metal braces 

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces we offer and are more comfortable than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. During your treatment, we may also use elastics (rubber bands) to get the best results for your smile. 

Gold braces 

Gold braces are made of stainless steel, just like traditional metal braces, but are coated in gold. The gold coating provides a unique-looking treatment alternative. 


Ceramic braces 

Ceramic braces consist of metal archwires and ceramic brackets that are colored to match your teeth. We often use them on the top row of teeth to make treatments less visible. They are a popular option with older teenagers and adult patients. 


Damon® System self-ligating braces 

Braces that use self-ligating technology eliminate the need for elastics and provide a more comfortable experience due to reduced friction on the teeth. Damon® brackets are smaller than other brands and come in traditional metal, or ceramic (clear) options. Our patients enjoy self-ligating braces because they provide: 

  • Increased comfort, less soreness
  • Reliable results
  • Faster treatment
  • Affordable costs
  • Fewer office visits
  • No elastics
  • Customized treatment plans
  • Metal and clear options 


Incognito™ lingual braces 

Experience fixed braces that are invisible to the outside world! Incognito™ lingual braces are attached to the back of your teeth instead of the front. They are also known as “hidden” braces. 

Incognito™ lingual braces provide both an affordable and discreet option for busy professionals, socially-conscious teens, and adult patients who don’t want their treatment to be visible. They are 100% customized to your smile. 

  • Completely invisible
  • Super efficient
  • Better for athletes and instrumentalists
  • Less irritating on gums
  • 100% custom for accurate results 


Living with braces 

While you will need to make some minor adjustments to your diet and lifestyle, braces shouldn’t keep you from doing the things you love. Here are our top tips for having both a successful and comfortable experience during your orthodontic treatment. 


Eating with braces

There are a few simple dietary guidelines to help you avoid cavities and damage to your braces and teeth during treatment. These lists are by no means exhaustive, so please ask our helpful team if you have any questions about what you should or should not eat.

What foods should I avoid while wearing braces?

  • Hard candy
  • Sticky, chewy treats
  • Gum
  • Popcorn
  • Corn-on-the-cob
  • Ice chips


What foods should I cut into pieces before eating?
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Meat that is hard to chew
  • Sandwiches
  • Pizza


What can I eat with braces?
  • Soft grains like pasta and rice
  • Soft meats like lunch meats, meatballs, chicken
  • Dairy
  • Seafood
  • Cooked vegetables
  • Soft fruits
  • Milkshakes, ice cream
  • Jell-o
  • Cake 


Managing discomfort

Some mild soreness and discomfort can be expected after your braces are installed, and in the days following adjustments. There are a few ways you can manage the soreness if it is bothering you.

  • Ask us for some wax to put on the ends of bothersome brackets and wires. This will create a barrier to reduce irritation.
  • Rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution. You can make your own with 8 ounces of water and a teaspoon of salt.
  • Eat ice cream or something cool to help to take the edge off the soreness. Remember not to chew on ice chips, however, as these can dislodge your brackets.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or Tylenol. Be sure to follow the instructions on the medication and consult your primary care physician if you have any underlying medical conditions or are already taking daily medications.

While minor discomfort is common, you shouldn’t feel severe pain. If you are hurting badly, or experiencing trauma to your mouth or jaw, contact us immediately so we can help you.


Proper hygiene with braces 

With a little practice, caring for your teeth while wearing braces will be easy. It is important to brush after eating and maintain a flossing routine each morning and night. Will we go over your complete instructions during your first appointment to make sure you feel confident about keeping your teeth healthy!


What kind of braces are right for you? 

Find out at your complimentary consultation. We can discuss all our orthodontic options with you, and get you excited about your journey to a straight smile.