Orthodonticsin Northborough, MA
For many people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. It’s certainly true that perfectly aligned teeth help you look great and increase your self-confidence.
But for adults and children alike, braces are also important for maintaining good oral health. Crooked or crowded teeth can potentially lead to problems like periodontal disease, teeth grinding, and premature wearing of dental enamel.
Orthodontics for Children and Young Adults
For children, there is an optimal time period to begin orthodontic treatment. Early treatment ensures the best results and the least amount of time and expense.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends scheduling the first evaluation when we see any indication of orthodontic problems, but no later than age seven. By then your child should have their first permanent molars and incisors, allowing us to evaluate crossbites, crowding, and other alignment problems.
Orthodontic treatment may not be necessary at this stage, but monitoring your child’s dental development can help us anticipate the need for orthodontics. We may recommend treatments like space maintainers that make room for permanent teeth that have not yet erupted. Early treatment helps us:
- Reduce the need for extractions
- Minimize the possibility of impacted permanent teeth
- Correct thumb-sucking
- Eliminate speech problems
If you have an older child or teen who needs orthodontic treatment, they may be concerned about the way that braces will affect their appearance. We do offer traditional silver braces, but we also have the choice of using tooth-colored brackets and wires that are less noticeable
Invisalign Clear Braces
Adults and older teens will both appreciate the benefits of Invisalign clear braces for minor alignment corrections. Invisalign uses a progressive system of clear plastic aligner trays to gently move teeth into the desired position.
In some cases, treatment for adults can be completed in a year or less. Treatment times for teens are usually the same as traditional orthodontics.
There are many other benefits to choosing Invisalign – the aligners are discreet, comfortable, and removable for eating, brushing, and flossing. As with any orthodontic treatment, we must evaluate your alignment issues before we can decide if Invisalign is the right choice for you.
Please Contact Our Office for More Information
Our dentists have years of experience in helping patients achieve their goal of a healthy, beautiful smile. No matter what your age or concern, our team will work with you to find the most appropriate dental solution.
You or your child shouldn’t have to live with tooth misalignment because you’re worried that orthodontic treatment will be too expensive. We offer a number of payment options to help make your dream smile a reality.
If you have dental insurance, our insurance specialist will work closely with you to maximize your coverage. We offer in-house financing and discounts for full payment when orthodontic treatment begins. Please contact our Northborough office for specific insurance and financing information.