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Sunshine Smiles Blog

Our Sunshine Smiles blog is dedicated to the art and science of your most beautiful smile. We’re giving you the latest developments and insights and the best tips and hacks for upleveling and maintaining great oral health for you and your family. Whether it’s straightening, transforming, fixing, brightening, whitening or finding a way to erase fears, we’re here for you to get what you need. If there’s something you’re interested in or want us to write about, we’d love to hear from you! Give us a call at 845-592-2292 or use our contact form to shoot us a message with your request.

How to care for your smile from home

The team here at Sunshine Smiles provides a full range of dental and orthodontic services to give you the healthiest smile possible. There’s a lot we can do to straighten your teeth and improve your oral health, but we can’t do everything (much as we’d like to!) What happens in between your visits with our expert team is almost as important as what goes on when you’re here. When you follow the guidelines you’ve been given and take good care of your smile at home, it helps us achieve the best results in the shortest amount of time possible. On the flip side, ignoring our advice and neglecting your oral hygiene can negatively affect your progress, leading to longer treatment times and possibly impacting your final results. With that in mind, let’s look at how you can successfully care for your teeth and gums from the comfort of home! Brush up on your brushing and flossing skills Oral hygiene is important for everyone, but especially orthodontic patients. You are more prone to dental issues like cavities, tooth decay, and even gum disease during treatment. This can interrupt or delay your treatment plan, so it’s essential that you maintain an excellent… Continue Reading
How to care for your smile from home

Everything You Need To Know About Retainers

Everything You Need To Know About Retainers

There’s a lot that goes into achieving an improved smile. Here at Sunshine Smiles, we know how hard you’ve worked throughout the treatment process, and we’re proud of you for following all of our recommendations and taking good care of your teeth while we worked to straighten them! Now that you’re nearing the end of your active phase of treatment, you’re probably pretty excited to get your braces off or finish your last set of aligners. While that’s undoubtedly an exciting moment to look forward to, don’t forget that there’s still one more (much easier) phase of treatment to come: retention! Retention keeps your newly straightened teeth in place once your appliances have been removed. You’ve likely heard us talk often about why regular retainer use is essential, but you may not understand exactly why it’s so important to the future of your smile. Now’s the perfect time to learn a little bit more about retainers! Keep reading below for a closer look at the basics of retention, the different kinds of retainers we offer, and why regular wear is the key to long-lasting results.  Why are retainers such an important part of the orthodontic process? Unfortunately, the effects of… Continue Reading
Everything You Need To Know About Retainers

Why Early Treatment Matters To Your Child's Smile

Why Early Treatment Matters To Your Child’s Smile

The foundation for a healthy smile begins before your child’s first tooth ever breaks through the surface of their gums. A child’s teeth start forming in the second trimester of pregnancy and by the time they’re born, some of them are already fully developed in the jaw. The earlier you initiate preventative oral care, the better chance your child will have at avoiding problems in the future. That’s why we recommend dental visits by a child’s first birthday and an orthodontic evaluation by the time they’re about seven years old—something the American Association of Orthodontists also supports!  Young children have mouths that are still developing and a good mix of permanent and baby teeth present. At this point, an experienced orthodontist like Dr. Mansour will be able to evaluate their teeth, jaw, and overall bite. This will allow him to identify any potential issues present, and determine if treatment is appropriate, whether now or in the future. For problems that are likely to become more serious over time, early treatment may be recommended. This is also referred to as interceptive treatment.  Here at Sunshine Smiles, we use interceptive treatment to intercept any developing problems and correct them. This allows us… Continue Reading
Why Early Treatment Matters To Your Child’s Smile

Everything You Need To Know About Adult Treatment

Everything You Need To Know About Adult Treatment

Many people tend to associate orthodontic treatment with teens and braces. It’s easy to see why, since the most common age group for treatment is 10-14, but patients in almost every age group can benefit from orthodontics! Here at Sunshine Smiles, we serve patients of all ages across the Hudson Valley. Over the last few years, we’ve seen a rapid increase in the number of adult patients we serve. In fact, more than 25% of all current orthodontic patients are over 18, proof that there’s no age limit on achieving a healthier smile!  Even so, we often hear from adults who are convinced that the chance to transform their smile has already passed them by. If this sounds like you, we’ve got good news—you’re never too old to get the smile you’ve always wanted! If you’ve spent years feeling unhappy with how your teeth look or feel, our expert team is here to help. To learn more about our adult treatment options and how orthodontics can give you a confident smile you love, keep reading below!  Why are more adult patients exploring orthodontic treatment?  There are many reasons we’ve seen more adult patients in the last several years. Part of… Continue Reading
Everything You Need To Know About Adult Treatment

Braces or Invisalign: Which One Is Right For You?

Braces or Invisalign: Which One Is Right For You?

If you’ve been thinking about improving your smile with orthodontic treatment, you’re likely to have a whole laundry list of questions about what to expect. That’s one reason Sunshine Smiles is proud to offer free consultations from our offices in Rhinebeck, Kingston, and New Paltz! When you schedule a visit with us, you’ll be able to discuss any concerns you have with Dr. Mansour. Our expert team will also outline everything included in the orthodontic process, including popular treatments like braces and Invisalign clear aligners. To learn more about these options and why they could be the perfect fit for your smile, keep reading below!  Two approaches, one confident smile Traditional braces have been around in one form or another for centuries! They obviously have a proven track record of successfully correcting a variety of bite and alignment issues. They use brackets, wires, and bands to gently move the teeth into the desired positions over time. Today’s braces are better than ever, with added comfort and an improved appearance. They can also be customized! Elastic bands come in a variety of fun colors for patients who want to add a pop of personality to the treatment, and we also offer… Continue Reading
Braces or Invisalign: Which One Is Right For You?

How Orthodontics Can Solve These Common Bite Issues

How Orthodontics Can Solve These Common Bite Issues

Here at Sunshine Smiles, we’re proud to offer a range of affordable treatment options to patients of all ages from our Kingston, Rhinebeck, and New Paltz offices. As a full-service dental office, we provide everything from pediatric dentistry and prosthodontics to oral surgery and orthodontics. The latter allows us to not only improve the cosmetic appearance of a patient’s smile but also correct many different issues with their bite.  This is an important service because teeth that are in the wrong position can affect your ability to chew, speak, and even sleep properly. These malocclusions can also increase the amount of wear and tear on the teeth, which can cause its own set of complications. If you’ve been experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be wondering if orthodontic treatment can help. It can!  By using orthodontic appliances like braces and Invisalign clear aligners, our expert team can bring your teeth and jaw into alignment. This will improve the cosmetic appearance of your smile, and improve its overall function as well, leaving you with teeth that feel as good as they look! To learn a bit more about the most common bite issues orthodontics can solve, keep reading below.  Misalignment… Continue Reading
How Orthodontics Can Solve These Common Bite Issues

Rhinebeck Orthodontist

Chipped Tooth? Here’s What to Do!

Minor cracks and chips aren’t typically considered a medical emergency. If the damage to your tooth doesn’t penetrate to the pulp of your tooth structure or extend to the root, it can typically be repaired in a normal dental visit. Your general dentist or orthodontic specialist might use dental bonding materials or sealants, and in some cases, they may recommend porcelain veneers. Continue Reading
Chipped Tooth? Here’s What to Do!

Kingston Orthodontist

Why do Teeth Shift After Braces?

As we age, our teeth are constantly moving, shaping, and shifting. These changes in our mouths are incremental throughout the years, but they happen…to everyone! It can be frustrating and even a bit concerning, especially if you’ve spent any amount of time correcting your beautiful smile with the help of braces or other orthodontic treatments. Continue Reading
Why do Teeth Shift After Braces?

Kingston General Dentistry

Trust An Orthodontist With Your Family’s Smiles

We have an expert team of dental and orthodontic providers here at Sunshine Smiles, and we might make achieving the perfect smile look easy. But the truth is, aligning the teeth and jaws and creating a healthy bite is actually a pretty complex process!  We’re able to achieve this by using certain orthodontic appliances to produce a precise amount of pressure on the teeth. Over time, this moves them into more desirable positions and helps correct any other issues that may be present. This specialized treatment can improve your oral health and enhance the appearance of your smile, but if you’re just looking into orthodontics, you may not even be sure where to start.  This is as good a place as any! The first step in any orthodontic journey should be finding the right provider for you and your family. Many general dentists now offer some basic orthodontic care, so there are more options to choose from, but it’s important to understand more about these two professions before you decide who to trust with your family’s smiles. Although many people think dentists and orthodontists are interchangeable, there are actually some significant differences between them. Keep reading below to learn more… Continue Reading
Trust An Orthodontist With Your Family’s Smiles