Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of facial and dental irregularities. Orthodontic treatment enhances your smile at any age and improves bad bites (malocclusion). Malocclusions occur when your teeth or jaw are misaligned. Untreated malocclusions may result in chipped teeth poor gum health, tooth decay, unfavorable jaw growth, and extensive tooth wear.
Orthodontic treatment services provided at Boston Dental for a beautiful smile and a healthier you include: Early Treatment, Adult orthodontics, Invisalign, Clear braces, Traditional braces.
It’s best for the orthodontist to see children by age seven to advise if orthodontic treatment is required. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. One of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over twenty-one. Treatment of adults falls into two main categories: Conventional orthodontics (braces) and Invisible braces (Invisalign).
Metal braces are the most traditional and most common of all braces. Made of high-grade stainless steel brackets bonded to the teeth with a wire, these braces are now made lighter, smaller, stronger and are more effective.
Boston Dental also offers clear, metal-free ceramic braces that are barely noticeable and can used to treat almost any condition. For patients with metal allergies and those who prefer metal free materials, ceramic braces are a great alternative. Clear aligner trays are only available for adults with minor corrective needs and provide an option for patients to enjoy low-key orthodontic treatment without sacrificing the effective results of traditional braces.