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November 19th, 2018

Your Fayetteville, Fulton, and Syracuse, NY Orthodontic

At CFFS Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on providing our patients with the safest and most effective orthodontic treatments available. From Invisalign to In-Ovation, Drs. Callahan, Flanagan, Smith, Stock, and Kurtzner offer the latest in orthodontic technology, while our friendly staff and welcoming environment ensure your comfort throughout each of our three locations in the central New York area.

Orthodontic Care

Each of our highly skilled orthodontists is dedicated to delivering the finest care in the central New York area. CFSS Orthodontics serves patients of all ages, however, to provide each patient with the best care possible, we strongly recommend patients make their first visit around age seven. This enables us to identify potential problems early and correct them before they become more serious.

For patients requiring orthodontic treatment, CFSS Orthodontics offers many types to suit individual needs, such as:

Make Your Orthodontist Appointment Today!

CFSS Orthodontics has three convenient locations in Fayetteville, Fulton, and Syracuse, NY. Whether you’re looking for basic metal braces or Invisalign, our skilled orthodontic professionals are ready to help you achieve your new best smile. Learn more about us, then schedule your appointment today!

Metal Braces vs. Clear Braces

November 19th, 2018

Beautiful young woman with clear ceramic braces

At CFSS Braces, we are committed to helping our patients throughout the Syracuse, NY area achieve gorgeous and healthy smiles, through a variety of orthodontic treatments including metal braces, clear braces and more. Our doctors and staff work hard to ensure that our patients are equipped with knowledge regarding their orthodontic care so that they can be confident throughout the treatment process. That’s why we’re pleased to provide the following information to help our patients compare clear and metal braces.

Metal Braces in Syracuse

Traditional metal braces are the most common form of orthodontic treatment, and for good reason: they really work! Metal braces have given countless patients beautiful and perfectly aligned smiles for many years. Today, metal braces are more comfortable than ever, due to modern technology that allows for smaller brackets, thinner bands, and an overall more discreet appearance than in previous years. Here are a few things to note about metal braces:

  • Durable and more resistant to chips and overall wear & tear than clear braces
  • Recommended for extensive alignment or severe orthodontic cases
  • Can be more economical than clear braces due to lower cost of material

Syracuse Clear Braces

For those patients who don’t like the idea of wearing metal braces, clear or ceramic braces can be the perfect alternative. They provide orthodontic patients with the opportunity to effectively straighten and align their teeth just as well as traditional braces, but with some minor differences:

  • More inconspicuous and less noticeable than metal braces
  • More fragile and prone to chips
  • Not recommended for patients who play contact sports

Transform Your Smile With Metal & Clear Braces in Syracuse, NY!

CFSS Braces believes that everyone deserves a gorgeous smile. That’s why we are dedicated to providing expert orthodontic services in a warm and welcoming environment for patients of all ages throughout Syracuse and the surrounding areas. No matter which type of braces piques your interest, your Syracuse orthodontist will be able to help you determine the best treatment option for your individual needs through a consultation. If you have any questions related to braces or any orthodontic treatment, we encourage you to give us a call at 315-458-0020, or schedule an appointment today. We can’t wait to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!

How To Not Forget Your Retainer

July 13th, 2018

After you’ve gotten your braces off or finished with your final set of Invisalign aligners, you’ll have to wear your retainer regularly to make sure that your new smile stays perfect. If you don’t wear it, your teeth will actually start to shift back towards their original position before you started your orthodontic treatment, which is the last thing you want to happen.

Unfortunately, once you’re done with the main phase of orthodontic treatment, it’s easy to fall out of your typical routine, and when that happens, it becomes easier to forget to wear your retainer or lose it altogether. Especially for those who had braces, you now have an appliance that you need to regularly put on and take off, instead of having it attached to your teeth at all times. To make sure that your perfect smile lasts for a lifetime, here are a few helpful tips and tricks that you can use to never forget your retainer!

Make Your Retainers Case Stand Out

When you get your retainer, your orthodontist will give you a case for it so you can store it whenever you take it off. While most retainer cases already come in a variety of vibrant colors, making your case stand out even more will help you never forget to grab your retainer and leave it sitting out in the open. Stickers are a simple & fun way to make your retainer case truly yours, and we’ve seen this work for both kids and adults! Just find some stickers that you like and cover your retainer case with them. With the eclectic collection of images and colors, there’s no way your eyes are going to overlook that case sitting on the table before you leave!

Leave Yourself Notes & Reminders

Never underestimate the power of a simple note, from basic sticky notes to a timed reminder on your smartphone. At CFSS Braces, we find that reminder notes for wearing your retainer are most effective when you have a lot of them, so leave yourself notes all over the place to reduce the chance of you forgetting your retainer. A note on your mirror for when you’re brushing your teeth in the morning or before bed, a note on the door before you leave the house, and anywhere else you think could be helpful for remembering your retainer!

Make It A Group Effort

When it comes to remembering things like your retainer, it’s better to have more minds on the job instead of just one. Ask your friends, family, or significant other to help you remember your retainer, so even if you forget, there’s a good chance that one of them will remind you! Even if those you ask for help still forget, simply the act of telling someone about your retainer will actually help you remember it later, and the lower the chance of your forgetting your retainer, the better off you are!

Get Into A Routine

During your orthodontic treatment, you probably got into a routine with your braces or Invisalign where you always remembered to floss between your brackets or brush your aligners. Try to think of your retainer the same way. If you put your retainer on or take it off at the same time every day, it will eventually become ingrained in your mind as a part of your daily routine. The key is consistency, because the better you are at remembering to wear your retainer or take it with you, the easier it will be to quickly identify that you forgot it in the instance that you do.

Contact CFSS Braces For More Tips!

We want your smile to last forever just as much as you do, so if you need any help with caring for your retainer and not forgetting to wear it or take it with you, contact us at CFSS braces and we’ll be happy to help you in any way that we can. In the event that you do lose your retainer, reach out to any of our three local offices in Fayetteville, Fulton, or North Syracuse, NY so we can get you a replacement as soon as possible.

Out-Of-Town Orthodontics Emergencies | Fulton & Syracuse Orthodontist

April 23rd, 2018

Spring break is quickly arriving and soon after that, summer will be here. For many patients out there, this will mean traveling out of town on vacations and other fun adventures. However, just because you’re going to be leaving your everyday life behind, it doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to do the same for your orthodontics. Braces and other orthodontics will still require the same constant care and unfortunately, there still exists the same possibility that emergencies may occur. As your trusted choice for an orthodontist in Fayetteville, Fulton, and Syracuse, NY, we at CFSS Braces want to help ensure that you’re prepared for such orthodontics emergencies even when you’re out of town.

Our Tips for Taking Care of Orthodontics Emergencies

If you’re leaving town while undergoing orthodontic treatment, we recommend following these tips to help take care of any emergencies that may occur to your orthodontics:

  • Make sure to bring an emergency kit with you on your trip. This should include orthodontic wax, tweezers, elastics, or any additional aligners if you’re undergoing treatment with Invisalign. By bringing these extra supplies with you, you’ll be well-prepared in case you lose anything or something happens to go wrong during your vacation.
  • Also, be prepared to get crafty during your trip if you feel like the wire of your braces is becoming bothersome. While in most cases, you can simply come to our office and have your orthodontist take care of it, you won’t have that same luxury when you’re on vacation. Since that’s not an option, we recommend utilizing a small pencil eraser or a similar item to push the wire back into position. If that doesn’t work, you can always use a pair of nail clippers (that have been sterilized in alcohol) to clip off the offending part of the wire.
  • Finally, remember to give us a call if you feel like you’re experiencing an orthodontic emergency that you don’t think can wait until you get back home. While you won’t be able to make it to our office during your trip, we’ll be able to give you help over the phone and even assist you in finding a nearby orthodontist to provide immediate attention if necessary.

Contact Your Orthodontist in Fulton, Fayetteville, and Syracuse, NY!

Have any other questions for us? Feel free to get in touch with us and let us know! We at CFSS Braces will be glad to help you however we can! If you’re interested in scheduling a visit with us for our Fayetteville, Fulton, and Syracuse, NY braces and other orthodontics, we encourage you to fill out our appointment request form or give us a call at (315) 458-0020. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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Great child friendly environment. The staff is wonderful and very helpful. State of the art equipment and knowledgeable. The office strives to make our child comfortable and the experience Is excellent.

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