By Kevin M. Brown, DMD and Associates
November 16, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces  
You suspect your child needs braces, or perhaps you are considering them for your own smile. As you are just starting the orthodontic process, you know little about treatment. What kind of braces are there, and how could they change the position of your or your child's teeth? Dr. Bahadoran will evaluate bite and alignment and prescribe orthodontics individualized for each person's needs.Braces
Why Get Braces?
Orthodontic braces perform many functions. While improvement of smile aesthetics often drives patients to treatment, there are other compelling reasons to get braces. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends children get an orthodontic evaluation by age 7 to plan and execute necessary treatment as soon as possible.
Children and adults require orthodontics to correct or prevent:
  • crowding, tooth rotation, over bite, under bite, cross bite and other alignment issues
  • dental decay resulting from teeth that are difficult to keep clean
  • chewing problems
  • speech difficulties
  • obstructive sleep apnea (snoring) and its related health effects
  • teeth clenching and grinding
  • jaw problems
  • headaches from misaligned teeth
After examination, imaging and creation of a treatment plan, Dr. Bahadoran may use different kinds of braces depending on patient need and sometimes preference, too.
Types of Braces
Traditional metal braces, comprised of stainless steel brackets, wires and ligatures, remain the treatment of choice for the most complex of orthodontic cases. While less bulky than in years past, these braces still require limitation of dietary choices and strict at-home hygiene. More cost-sparing than newer orthodontic appliances, treatment with metal braces may take 2 to 3 years.
Ceramic braces also employ brackets and wires to apply the physical forces needed to move teeth into more appropriate positions. However, brackets are made from porcelain rather than metal and are tooth-colored and somewhat less obvious than traditional appliances.
Lingual braces are bonded to the tongue side of teeth. Employing wires and brackets, these braces are not visible when a patient smiles, making them an aesthetically-pleasing choice. However, lingual braces are more costly, harder to adjust and more difficult to keep free of plaque and food particles.
Invisalign clear braces straighten teeth with a series of BPA-free, customized aligners that are practically invisible. A popular choice with older teens and adults, Invisalign works well for mild to moderate issues associated crowding, cross bite, under bite, and tooth rotation. Treatment time averages 12 months. Patients remove the clear aligners to eat, to brush and floss and for special occasions such as weddings or job interviews.
What's Right For You
Dr. Bahadoran can create a straight, attractive smile for you or a loved one. Call Dr. Brown and Associates in Ayer, MA at 978-772-3747 today to schedule a complementarypersonal orthodontic consultation with Dr. Bahadoran, Board Certified Orthodontist.