What to Expect

What to Expect

Our Mission Statement

We are committed to creating an environment where all patients receive the same loving, caring, empathetic, high quality care. We are committed to our patients, parents, the
community, and ourselves by nurturing and inspiring others, respectfully communicating, listening and educating.

We also commit to staying genuine and honest in thought, word, and action while enthusiastically conveying a spirit of appreciation and respectfulness toward each other, a mindfulness of personal growth and vigilance in developing our team.

Welcome to Our Office

Welcome to the office of Dr. Jennifer S. Stachel, a highly respected member of the orthodontic profession and the local community. Located on W. 57th street, our highest priority is you! We provide the highest quality orthodontic care and the finest individual attention in a friendly, comfortable environment. We use the latest technological advances in the profession such as esthically pleasing ceramic braces and Invisalign along with gentle, low force wires for maximum comfort. We also offer the latest in computer technology (digital imaging and bracket placement, and advanced computer graphics to ensure that you receive the most effective care possible and to help you to better understand your treatment.

In our commitment to being the best, we have installed a new computer system that provides comprehensive information to each chair at the touch of a button and without the need for charts. This allows maximum efficiency and eliminates most of the paper in our office. This, along with our “touch pad check in system,” has been enthusiastically received by our patients. To help keep our “go green” pledge, we use only the most energy efficient products and equipment in the office. We like to think of our office not only as “State of the Art” but also “Straight from the Heart.”

In our office, we all love what we do and it shows. We want you to get more than just a beautiful smile. We want you to have a great experience as well. From your first phone call to the day we reveal your new beautiful smile, you will know that you have made the right decision in choosing our office.

Commonly Asked Questions

With new technology and advanced treatments, successful orthodontic treatment can really begin at any age. Early treatment could mean that a patient might avoid surgery and more serious complications or might facilitate a more successful treatment as the patient grows. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by age 7 or as soon as an orthodontic concern is identified by parents, the family dentist or the child’s physician.
Phase I treatment is also known as early interceptive treatment and usually occurr between the ages of six and ten. Examples of Phase I treatment are expanders or partial braces that are used before all the permanent teeth have come in. Phase I treatment is usually recommended for the following concerns:  making more space for developing teeth, correcting cross bites, overbites, under bites, or precluding harmful oral habits.  After all of the permanent teeth have erupted, Phase II treatment can begin, usually around the ages of eleven to thirteen. Phase II treatment encompasses the use of full braces and other orthodontic appliances and works to permanently adjust the teeth.
With all the new orthodontic options available, more and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatment to achieve a beautiful smile. Age is not a factor in the success of orthodontic treatment.
Using gentle pressure, braces help to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. Braces are made of the brackets that are placed on the tooth surface and the arch wire that connects them all together. Once the arch wire is connected to the brackets, it will try to revert back to its original shape, thus applying pressure and moving the teeth into the correct position.
Orthodontic treatment times vary according to the needs of each patient, but the average treatment time is from one to two years. The patient’s growth and the severity of the correction may affect the actual treatment time.  Another important variable in the length of treatment is patient compliance, such as wearing head gear and elastics as required. Keeping regular appointments is also important in keeping treatment time to a minimum.
Actually placing the bands and brackets on the teeth does not hurt at all. Once the brackets are placed and the arch wire is attached, you may experience some soreness for a few days. Additionally, the new braces could rub on your lips and cheeks. Once your mouth adjusts to the new appliances, these minor discomforts will subside.
Braces will not interfere with participating in sports, however we do recommend that you protect your smile with a mouth guard when participating in any sport. They are inexpensive and come in a variety of colors and patterns. They are the best way to protect your investment while playing a sport.
Braces does not interfere with playing a musical instrument, but there could be a period of adjustment as you get used to playing your instrument with the braces. We can also provide braces covers that can help alleviate any discomfort.
Absolutely! You should continue to see your general dentist every six months for regular cleanings and dental checkups. Keeping this schedule will ensure continuous good oral health during orthodontic treatment.