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Prom Smiles and Orthodontics

Prom Smiles and Orthodontics

Prom Smiles and Orthodontics

Are you going to the prom? Chances are your friends have asked you this question since the first day of school this year. Prom or school formals are a memorable high school experience in Monroe, NY and the surrounding Orange County areas that many students look forward to attending. You will spend plenty of time finding the right thing to wear and focus on other fun details but don’t forget about your smile.

Dr. Jacquie Smiles offers prom smiles, orthodontic treatments and Invisalign clear braces for her patience in Monroe, NY to straighten your smile without the inconvenience or additional cost of metal traditional braces. We accept insurance, financing, HSA and FSA. 

How to Achieve a Nice Smile for Your Prom

Remember your picture is going to be taken more than usual during your prom. First, you and your friends will be taking selfies and pictures all night and sharing them on social media. Then the prom usually has a professional photographer available to get more photos taken. Prom is definitely the perfect time to make sure you have an excellent smile!

  • Invisalign – Do you need to get your teeth straightened? Invisalign is a popular teeth straightening option for high school students. It involves custom made clear aligners that gradually move your teeth into place. The average time for Invisalign treatment is six months to one year. Since most students know ahead of time whether they would like to go to the prom or not this treatment is easy to plan ahead.
  • Clear braces – Clear braces provide students with serious dental problems to straighten their teeth discreetly instead of using standard metal braces that are noticeable. This teeth straightening treatment usually requires more than one year to complete so make sure you discuss the length of time with your orthodontist.
  • Teeth whitening – Students are familiar with over the counter teeth whitening treatments, but professional in-office treatments are safer and more effective. Zoom! Whitening treatment is an excellent option and a quick way to professionally whiten your teeth with a quick visit to the orthodontist office.

Benefits of Correcting Your Smile for Prom

Here are some of the benefits of correcting your smile with Invisalign and orthodontic treatments for your prom:

  • Boosted self-esteem
  • Look great for your prom pictures
  • You will feel more confident when you smile
  • No more hiding your smile behind your hand
  • Fewer headaches
  • Improved bite
  • Long lasting results

Planning Ahead for Prom

Prom and formal school dances are often scheduled around the same time each school year. Students have a good idea of when they will need to look their best in time for the prom. Some students go shopping months ahead to find the perfect formal wear. As a student that will be attending prom, you will need to plan ahead for your perfect prom smile as well.

Whitening your teeth can be done rather quickly, but you still need to plan ahead in time for prom. Teeth straightening options take at least six months or longer, so it’s best to plan a year or more ahead of time. A general rule is to contact your orthodontist as soon as you decide you will go to the prom. Your orthodontist will discuss your treatment options that will be finished in time for prom.

Schedule your appointment today to use your $500 OFF Invisalign treatment!

To learn more about prom smiles, Invisalign and orthodontic treatments in Monroe, NY, please call us at 845-782-4288 or schedule an appointment today. We are conveniently located near  70 Gilbert Street, Suite 202, Monroe, NY 10950.

Common Questions

Do I need my parents to go to the orthodontist with me?

Yes. Chances are your parents have dental insurance for you through their employer. They need to confirm their insurance covers specific procedures or they need to set up a payment plan with the orthodontist. Most orthodontists offer a variety of payment options to make it easier for patients to pay for procedures on time.

What if I don’t like the results?

Your orthodontist will provide solutions that will help you achieve the desired look.

What if I don’t have enough time before prom?

Last minute decisions to go to the prom are common among students. Discuss your options with your orthodontist. If you are in a rush and decided to go to the prom last minute, you can at least choose a teeth whitening treatment that provides fast results on the same day. Accelerated orthodontics treatments are also available which may take only about 3 to 9 months to achieve the desired smile you have always wanted. 

Your prom will be something you remember forever. All of the pictures you will take will be cherished as you grow older and look back on your high school memories. You always want to look your best, and your smile is an essential part of your overall look.

Get started on your journey to a beautiful white smile. Contact us today!


Schedule your cosmetic dentistry appointment today with Dr. Jacquie Smiles and her team of orthodontists and licensed dental professionals in Monroe, NY. Contact us today or call us at (845) 782-4288 to learn more. Our office located near 70 Gilbert Street, Suite 202 Monroe, NY 10950.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry involves specific procedures that are intended to create positive changes to your smile. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), cosmetic procedures maintains the overall appearance, function, and health of teeth. Consumers often seek the assistance of orthodontists to perform a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Dr. Jacquie Smiles specializes in cosmetic dentistry for her patients in Monroe, NY and the Orange County area.


Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

  • Whitening – Professional teeth whitening lasts longer and is known to be safer for your teeth compared to over the counter products. Cosmetic dentistry involves bleaching techniques, Zoom! Whitening system and other in-office teeth whitening treatments.
  • Teeth straightening – A straight smile is easy to achieve with cosmetic dentistry. Popular options are Invisalign teeth straightening treatment. This impressive treatment takes less time to straighten your teeth than standard metal braces. It involves changing custom made clear aligners every two weeks until the desired look is achieved.
  • Veneers – This procedure treats crooked teeth, chipped teeth, discolored teeth and can be used to cover small spaces between the teeth. However, veneers are most commonly used to create a beautiful straight smile. During this procedure, a thin porcelain shell is sealed to the front side of the tooth to form an overall straight smile.
  • Bonding – Teeth that have been chipped, broken, or severely stained can benefit from bonding. This cosmetic dentistry procedure involves adhering a tooth-colored material to the surface which allows it to blend in perfectly with other teeth.
  • Enamel shaping – This procedure produces immediate results! The dentist reshapes the enamel by removing or filing it to create an overall pleasing look.
  • Crowns – Poorly shaped, chipped, decayed or gapped teeth can benefit from crowns. Custom made porcelain, or acrylic crown is made and fused with metal that helps with biting pressure.
  • Dental implants – This permanent option is used to replace missing teeth. The titanium custom made implant gets surgically implanted into the jawbone. This procedure is designed to anchor an artificial tooth, crown, denture, or bridge.

To learn more about cosmetic dentistry in Monroe, NY, please call us at 845-782-4288 or schedule an appointment today.
We are conveniently located near  70 Gilbert Street, Suite 202, Monroe, NY 10950.

We accept insurance, financing, HSA and FSA. 

Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

Some of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry include: 

  • Improved self-esteem
  • Headache relief
  • Easier to chew your food
  • Straight smile
  • White smile
  • No more imperfections
  • Improved bite

How to Choose an Orthodontist

Adults represent a high percentage of orthodontic patients. However, according to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), children should visit an orthodontist by the age of seven to determine if any issues exist. Whether you are an adult or a parent, you need to choose the right orthodontist! The following tips will help guide you to the best one!

  • Ask for recommendations – Contact your family and friends that live in your area to see if they can recommend an orthodontist.
  • Search online – Conduct an online search for orthodontists in your area. Then make a list of the offices located closest to your home, work or school.
  • Research your options – Visit the website of each option to learn more about their office and procedures. Verify if they are licensed, experienced and have excellent reviews from previous patients.
  • Narrow down the results – Choose your favorite options and contact each one to set up a consultation. Once you visit each office make your final decision. Remember to confirm which orthodontist offices accept your dental insurance and have a variety of payment options available.

Common Questions About Cosmetic Dentistry

Can teens get Invisalign?

Yes. Teens can use Invisalign treatment to straighten their teeth. Consult with your orthodontist to confirm if you are an ideal candidate for the procedure.

Do orthodontists conduct in-office teeth whitening treatments?

Yes. There are a variety of in-office teeth whitening systems to choose from such as bleaching procedures and Zoom! Teeth whitening system.

Can adults go to an orthodontist?

Yes. Adults are the majority of patients in most orthodontist offices in the United States.

What if I don’t like the way my teeth look after the treatment?

Your orthodontist will offer solutions that will help you achieve the look you desire.

Will my dental insurance cover cosmetic dentistry procedures?

Consult with your dental insurance company to learn about the procedures covered by your policy. We accept insurance, financing options, HSA and FSA.

Cosmetic dentistry improves your appearance, boosts your self-esteem, corrects severe issues with your bite and helps you maintain good oral health. Consult with an orthodontist to learn more about cosmetic dentistry options that are best suited for your specific needs.


Schedule your cosmetic dentistry appointment today with Dr. Jacquie Smiles and her team of orthodontists and licensed dental professionals in Monroe, NY. Contact us today or call us at (845) 782-4288 to learn more. Our office located near 70 Gilbert Street, Suite 202 Monroe, NY 10950.

Overcoming Fear of the Dentist & Dental Anxiety

Dentist fear, dental anxiety, and dentophobia are extremely common amongst patients in Monroe, NY and Orange County area. It has been estimated that 9% to 15% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety and fear. That is approximately about 30 million to 40 million people that put off routine dental care and check-ups for years or even decades. 

Dr. Jacquie Smiles and her team of licensed and trained orthodontists specialize in sedation dentistry for children, teens, and adults in Monroe, NY that may help reduce dental anxiety, fear, and dentophobia.

Dr. Jacquie Smiles and her team of licensed and trained dental professionals.

To learn more about sedation dentistry, new dental technology or how to reduce your dental anxiety, please call us at 845-782-4288 or schedule an appointment with our Monroe dentist office today. We are conveniently located near  70 Gilbert Street, Suite 202, Monroe, NY 10950.

We accept insurance, financing, HSA and FSA. 

How dental anxiety or phobia can affect your oral health

People with dental phobia have a higher risk of gum disease and early tooth loss due to fear of visiting the dentist for check-ups, cleaning and other oral treatments. Discolored or damaged teeth can make people feel uncomfortable, self-conscious and insecure. They may smile less or keep their mouths closed when speaking. 

Tips for overcoming dental fear and dentophobia

It’s common for patients to feel dental anxiety or uneasiness before or during their dental appointments. Here are some tips to help you overcome your fear of the dentist:

  • Talk with your dentist and/or dental hygienist about your dental anxiety so they can explain and go over the procedure process so you know what to expect. Dr. Jacquie Smiles and her team of dental professionals are here to make your experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
  • Wear headphones during your appointment to help prevent and block any noise and equipment sounds. Be sure to discuss this with your dentist or dental hygienist first prior to your appointment.
  • Request a numbing agent. Your dental hygienist and dentist can often apply a numbing gel or use a local anesthesia to minimize pain.
  •  Ask for anti-anxiety medication. Some dental practices offer patients anti-anxiety medication to help reduce dental anxiety during the appointment. 
  •  Bring a friend or a family member to your appointment to help provide comfort and reduce dental anxiety.

Sedation Dentistry Can Reduce Your Dental Anxiety

Dr. Jacquie Smiles offers sedation dentistry during a dental procedure to assist her patients in Monroe, NY in achieving a relaxed and comfortable state during your appointment. Numbing agents and shots cover that part of the procedure. With certain types of sedation, you may not even remember receiving the procedure, even though you’re awake for it.

Oral Sedatives

These are pills taken by mouth approximately 30 minutes to an hour prior to a procedure.  In higher doses, they not only induce a calming effect, but may also cause drowsiness, but in lower doses, they simply relieve anxious feelings.  Depending on your case, you may take one pill the night before, and one pill an hour before you have the procedure, or otherwise as directed by your dentist or doctor. This type of sedation leaves you awake for the procedure but significantly relaxes you. Monroe patients who have higher levels of anxiety often benefit from this type of dentistry.

Intravenous Conscious Sedation

IV sedation administers anti-anxiety medication directly into the bloodstream through a vein.  Any patient receiving this form of sedation will remain conscious throughout the procedure, but will likely not be able to recall the experience.  A local anesthetic will also be required, as IV sedation doesn’t provide relief from pain.

Inhalation Sedation

Nitrous Oxide is used in this method, which has been commonly referred to as “laughing gas.” It is colorless and odorless and is easily administered by inhaling the gas.   With this method, the dentist is in constant control of the depth of sedation a patient experiences.  The gas is easily eliminated from the body and only takes approximately 3 to 5 minutes to do so.

General Anesthesia

This method is rarely used for dental treatment but is utilized when there are no other means of relieving pain and anxiety.  Unlike the above-mentioned methods, general anesthesia causes the patient to lose consciousness.  When utilizing this treatment, a patient is required to be accompanied by a companion, as they will not be able to travel alone upon completion of the procedure.

Schedule your consultation 

Dental sedation is a common way people conquer anxiety or pain during visits to the dentist. Don’t put off your next visit because of anxiety; ask your dentist and schedule your next procedure with dental sedation. Contact us today or call us at (845) 782-4288 to learn more about sedation dentistry. Our office located near 70 Gilbert Street, Suite 202 Monroe, NY 10950.