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Orthodontics

 Traditional Braces

Traditional Braces


Braces are an orthodontic treatment option that can help you achieve a smile that is straighter and healthier. One of the most common orthodontic treatments available, braces work to improve your smile by gradually, gently realigning your teeth. Braces consist of a system of metal brackets, wires, and bands. The brackets are attached to the front of your teeth and are connected to each other through the use of a metal wire and bands. As we adjust the wire, the braces guide your teeth to their ideal positions in your smile. Ceramic braces are also often available, which are the same color as your teeth for a more discreet orthodontic option.
If you have ever wanted your smile to be straighter and more attractive, braces may be right for your smile. With braces, we are able to correct orthodontic issues such as: Crowded teeth, Gapped teeth, Misaligned teeth, Problems with the bite, including crossbite, open bite, underbite, and overbite
Typically made of high-grade stainless steel, traditional metal braces remain by far the most common type of fixed orthodontic appliances. They consist of metal bands that wrap around the molars in back, and smaller metal brackets that are cemented to the front surfaces of the other teeth. A thin, springy metal wire, running through the brackets, gently guides the teeth into a proper position. This archwire may be fixed to the brackets by flexible elastics, metal ties, or other types of clasps.
There are many good reasons why time-tested metal braces remain popular — because they offer a reliable, effective and economical treatment option. In contrast to the appliances of the past, today's braces are actually smaller, lighter, and more comfortable to wear. If you want a less traditional look, you may be able to choose colorful elastics for the brackets, or other modifications.

Adult braces


Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive orthodontics treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.
Common reasons why adults are considering orthodontic treatment: A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly, Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly leading to tooth decay or gum disease, Abnormal jaw pain or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth, and/or Desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile.
For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. However, today's orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. The main difference between treating adults and children or teens is that the jawbones of younger patients are still developing. For adults, these bones have stopped growing, which may make orthognathic surgery possible to align the jawbones.

 Adult braces
 Damon braces

Damon braces


When it comes to your teeth, you want a braces system that will be the most effective. We offer the Damon System. With high-tech wires that shape from memory, there are fewer adjustments that have to be made throughout the duration of use. As a clinically proven method, facial aesthetics are enhanced and improved with little effort.
Damon braces have quick treatment time as Damon braces do not require as much time as traditional braces do. Patients will need fewer appointments, and each of those will also be shorter. When we sit down to look at your teeth, we will also consider your face, your profile, and what you will look like years down the road. All of these factors play into the most beautiful results after using the Damon System.  No matter your age, you may be a candidate for the Damon System. Overall oral health is achieved with a straight smile, and there’s no reason why both young and old shouldn’t have access to treatment

Clear Braces


Our orthodontists at Dental Associates of Arlington are pleased to offer clear braces for a more discreet, aesthetic orthodontic option. With clear braces, most people won’t even notice that you’re wearing braces! To learn more about the advantages of clear braces and to schedule your next appointment at our friendly office in Arlington, MA, we welcome you to contact us today.
Clear braces are a discreet, modern way to straighten your teeth. Clear braces work upon the same basic principles as traditional metal braces; they are designed to gently and gradually adjust the positions of your teeth to give you a straighter, more beautiful smile. We are pleased to offer clear braces to help you more aesthetically achieve the straight, healthy smile you deserve. Straightening your teeth has an obvious impact on the appearance of your smile, but did you know that braces can also improve your oral health? Straighter teeth are generally at a lower risk for tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other dental problems.
Clear braces have several benefits. First, they are nearly invisible. This allows you to maintain your normal appearance while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Gone are the days of having a “mouthful of metal” to gain a straighter smile! Whether you are a teenager who is conscious of your appearance at school or an adult who would prefer to maintain your professional appearance at work, clear braces are a great option.

 Clear Braces
 Lingual braces

Lingual braces


Lingual Braces are a unique choice that allows our patients to smile with confidence both during and after treatment. They are placed on the back of your teeth and are completely hidden from view. No one will know that you are wearing braces... unless you tell them.
The Lingual appliance system is 100% customized to the contours of your teeth and to your individual orthodontic situation. They are specially designed and fabricated for you they are more comfortable and efficient. These hidden braces straighten teeth within the same amount of time as traditional metal braces do and according to each patient's individual need. Lingual braces are great for teens and adults who would benefit from the confidence that a great looking smile gives.
Since lingual braces are practically invisible, people will notice your smile and not your braces.

Understanding Retainers


Dentists worldwide recommend using a retainer after you have completed orthodontic treatment in order to maintain the position of your teeth. Our dentists are pleased to be your family’s one-stop resource for quality dentistry, and if you need a dental retainer in Arlington, MA.
A retainer is a custom-made oral appliance often used to maintain the alignment of your teeth after orthodontic treatment. If you have finished your orthodontic treatment, such as braces, our dentist may recommend a retainer to keep your smile properly aligned. As you age, your teeth tend to shift; the retainer ensures that your teeth remain in correct alignment for optimal oral health, functionality, and appearance. There are three main types of retainers available: Hawley retainers consist of wires and clasps embedded in a plastic body that covers the roof of the mouth (for the upper arch) or lies along the tongue side of the teeth (for the lower arch), Clear retainers are made of clear plastic and fit snugly over the teeth. A clear retainer is usually more discreet than a Hawley retainer, although it may not be as durable, and fixed retainers (also called bonded or permanent retainers) are permanently attached to the backside of the front teeth. This prevents the teeth from shifting out of place, and it can only be removed by your dentist.  Our dentist will help you determine whether you need a retainer after your orthodontic treatment.

 Understanding Retainers
 Removable orthodontic appliances

Removable orthodontic appliances


Based on your child’s unique needs, our orthodontist may recommend removable orthodontic appliances during orthodontic treatment at Dental Associates of Arlington to improve the efficiency of your child’s straightening treatment. These functional appliances use muscle movements from speaking, eating, and swallowing to create forces that will move teeth and align the jaws. Functional appliances can be removable or bonded to the teeth, and can be placed between the upper and lower teeth or span across the mouth.
Based on your specific orthodontic needs, our dentist may recommend a removable orthodontic appliance. There are several types of removable appliances available. Depending on your Individual needs and goals, we may suggest a:

  • Clear aligner – Clear aligners are a discreet alternative to traditional braces. These aligners are custom made to fit over your teeth and gently move your teeth to their correct positions. Because they are made of clear, smooth plastic, they are both comfortable and virtually invisible
  • Retainer – Retainers are used to maintain your straight, beautiful smile after orthodontic treatment. There are several types of retainers available, and our team will help you determine which type is best suited to your needs
  • Mouth guard – This can be used to protect your smile from injury and damage. We often recommend protective mouth guards for our patients who participate in sports and other athletic activities
  • Headgear – For a severe overbite or underbite, headgear is sometimes used to continuously pull on your teeth, restricting further growth forward
  • Night guard – You may need a night guard if you grind and clench your teeth as you sleep. The night guard creates a barrier between the teeth to protect them
  • Palatal expander – A palatal expander is a device used to create more space in the mouth by gradually widening the upper jaw. This is used
  • Herbst® Appliance: Used to correct overbites, this fixed orthodontic appliance is typically used on younger patients
  • Spacers (Separators): Spacers are plastic rings that are inserted between back teeth before you have braces, providing space for your teeth to shift. If a spacer comes out, call our office to see if you need a replacement. Do not chew sticky foods with or floss teeth that have spacers in them
  • Elastics (Rubber Bands): Rubber bands are used with fixed metal braces. They must be worn at all times and changed daily per our instructions
  • Positioners: Designed to complete the final tooth necessary movements, positioners are usually the last step in the orthodontic process.