|At New England Orthodontic Specialists, we pride ourselves on treating every member of the family. While childhood is the ideal time to move teeth, more and more adults are choosing to improve their oral health with orthodontic treatment.
When to Start Treatment?
Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial consultation around seven years of age. At this age, the orthodontist is simply evaluating your child and ensuring the are no abnormalities. It’s all about early detection. Larger problems can often be avoided with interceptive treatment if needed.
While an attractive smile can do wonders for your self-confidence, misaligned teeth and an unstable bite may affect more than just the appearance of your smile. Crowded or crooked teeth can be much more difficult to clean. These areas may eventually experience gum disease and tooth decay. These problems can affect the aesthetics of your smile and jeopardize your oral and bodily health.
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Traditional metal braces generally consist of three major components: brackets, a wire, and elastic bands. Each bracket is bonded to the front surface of a tooth. These brackets are then connected with a thin metal wire that is held in place by the elastic bands. Throughout your treatment, the wire is “tightened” to move your teeth to get the results you desire.
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For patients concerned with the obvious appearance of traditional braces, we may recommend ceramic braces. Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, but the brackets are tooth-colored or even clear. In some cases, we also use a tooth-colored wire to improve aesthetics.
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Invisalign is a clear, plastic aligner system that is custom made for your teeth. An intraoral scan of your mouth is taken by the orthodontist and then sent with the doctor’s prescription to an Invisalign technician to process the scan and fabricate the aligners. The doctor designs your Invisalign treatment to ensure you get the smile you desire.
Invisalign is designed to fit so closely to your teeth that they are almost invisible by just looking at someone. Tooth movement requires gentle constant force so your Invisalign aligners must be worn 22 hours per day to attain a successful result. One of the greatest benefits of the Invisalign system is that the aligners are removed for meals so there are no foods to avoid. Another great benefit is that the aligners are removed to brush and floss your teeth making home care easier. Once your treatment is complete, we will fabricate a retainer, similar to your aligner trays, that prevent your teeth from moving back out of alignment. A retainer is an integral part of protecting your new smile!
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Thanks to technological advancements and improved techniques and design, there are more orthodontic treatments than ever before. Braces are now less obvious and more comfortable. However, some people want a more discreet option. If your teenager needs orthodontic treatment, Invisalign Teen may be the answer. At New England Orthodontic Specialists, we understand that teens have busy lives and social pressures. We understand that their smile is an important part of who they are and how they are viewed. Invisalign Teen may be an excellent alternative for teenagers worried about the obvious appearance of braces.
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Most people associate braces with teenagers, but earlier orthodontic treatment can be quite beneficial. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) suggests that a child should have their first orthodontic check-up by the age of seven. By this time, a child has typically grown enough to make an initial evaluation.
Early orthodontic treatment is designed to intercept a problem, correct the situation, and guide the continuing growth of the jaw and facial bones. Many orthodontic problems are easier to treat at an early age before greater secondary complications arise. Overly crowded teeth and severe malocclusions (misaligned bites) can ultimately shorten the lifespan of your teeth.
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Adult treatment is the fastest growing area of orthodontics. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has stated that one in five orthodontic patients are over the age of 18. If you are an adult and considering orthodontic treatment, there are a few things to keep in mind:
If you are concerned about the obvious appearance of braces, we offer some discreet treatment options, from clear aligners to ceramic braces. The staff at New England Orthodontic Specialists is happy to walk you through all your options every step of the way. Regardless of the option you choose, we are confident you will be happy with the results.
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Post Orthodontic Care (Retainers)
After your braces are removed, we want to maintain your smile for a lifetime. Keeping your teeth in their proper position is just as important as moving them there. Wearing your retainer each night will keep your teeth in their proper position. Without it, your teeth will slowly shift back out of alignment. Unfortunately, your teeth may want to move back to where they were before you had braces. Wearing your retainers will preserve your smile throughout your life.
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At New England Orthodontic Specialists, we specialize in a wide variety of orthodontic appliances. Many of these appliances are designed to prevent potential problems and improve your long-term oral health.
If your child has recently lost a baby (primary) tooth due to trauma, injury, or any other unexpected reason, they may need an orthodontic appliance known as a space maintainer. A space maintainer can potentially save space for your child’s permanent teeth to erupt and prevent the need for extraction of permanent teeth in the future.
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We Look Forward To Hearing From You Soon!
Orthodontic treatment can give you a beautiful smile and improve your oral health. If you would like to learn more call (978) 529-3030 and schedule a consultation appointment today.