Braces

Dr. Kenneth Banasiak highlights the numerous ways self-ligating braces can benefit patients.

Dr. Kenneth Banasiak, an orthodontist in New Jersey, explains how self-ligating braces can be more beneficial than traditional braces and why he offers this innovative treatment. Basking Ridge, NJ – Patients concerned with crooked teeth, misaligned teeth, or bite issues may assume that traditional metal braces are the only solution for their needs. Thanks to the advancements in orthodontic techniques and technology, self-ligating braces have become another state-of-the-art option for people who are unhappy with the appearance of their smile. New Jersey orthodontist Kenneth Banasiak, DMD offers self-ligating braces to his patients and explains the many advantages of the self-ligating system. No elastic bands or metal ties required. Traditional braces often use elastic bands or metal ties to secure the […]

Little girl smiling and holding teeth model at dentist's office

Thumb-sucking is a natural and common occurrence among babies and young children. It is often viewed as a phase that most kids go through. Understandably, some parents may wonder if this habit will have a negative impact on their child’s teeth later on in life. Thumb-sucking is typically harmless up to the age of five; however, kids who continue to suck their thumbs past that age are more at risk of developing orthodontic issues. Children with a more aggressive habit are more likely to need braces or other types of orthodontic solutions in the future to improve the condition of their teeth and mouth. While thumb-sucking among children usually stops at a certain age, the action of prolonged sucking of […]

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Misaligned or “crooked” teeth are a relatively common occurrence, and they can pose both functional and aesthetic concerns for patients. Sometimes, teeth come in crooked due to innate physical or hereditary causes. Other times, they become crooked later on as a result of other factors. Regardless of the cause, many symptoms of tooth and jaw misalignment remain the same, including difficulty with chewing, speaking, and maintaining optimal oral health. Some people also experience increased jaw and facial muscle strain due to involuntary bite overcorrection. When it comes to hereditary factors, some people’s mouths are simply too small to accommodate all of their teeth as they emerge. In these cases, the teeth often become crooked or twist into abnormal formations as […]

Before delving into the main topic of this post, our entire team here at Banasiak & Nettune Orthodontic Associates wishes to express our sincere hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. With our region having been significantly affected by the novel coronavirus, our hearts, thoughts, and well-wishes go out to all those impacted—be it physically, psychologically, and/or fiscally. Keep holding strong; we will make it through this difficult period. Although our doors are temporarily closed as we do our part to curb the spread of COVID-19 by following government recommendations, our practice still very much cares about the needs (and, of course, the smiles!) of our patients. Over the past couple […]

The future is digital, and so is your orthodontic treatment. Newer, more advanced tools make it possible to provide more precise treatment, leading to improved outcomes and shorter treatment times. At Banasiak & Nettune Orthodontic Associates, we utilize state-of-the-art digital dental technology to ensure our patients have the best experience possible, from start to finish. Patient comfort is just as important as patient safety and results, in our opinion. Digital technology, including intraoral cameras and digital x-rays, allow us to provide a more comfortable experience for each person we see. Intraoral cameras negate the need for bitewings, lead vests, and other common tools of the past. The pen-like intraoral camera is small but accurate, and you can see your images […]

Nearly everyone wants a beautiful smile with straight teeth, but not all orthodontic treatments offer equally optimal outcomes. Invisalign®, an innovative orthodontic system that has revolutionized teeth straightening, can effectively and safely reposition teeth when performed by a skilled orthodontist. However, mail order and DIY teeth straightening solutions are not professionally monitored, which can lead to serious consequences and potentially permanent damage. The American Dental Association (ADA) has come out against DIY (Do It Yourself) orthodontic treatments, saying, “Dentists [should be] in charge of diagnosing and treating patients to ensure the safe delivery of appropriate care.” This is also true when it comes to mail order teeth-straightening aligners. At-home kits that ask patients to create a dental mold, mail it […]