Orthodontic Services – Marlborough, MA
One Location, Many Excellent Treatments
At Simply Orthodontics Marlborough, our goal is to make the process as simple and straightforward as possible. When you call our orthodontic office, let us know all about your unique situation. Are you a parent that wants to make sure your child avoids oral development issues in the future, or are you concerned with your own appearance? Each case is different, which is why we offer traditional braces, Invisalign®, and many other orthodontic services in Marlborough, MA that can meet your needs.
Virtually everyone recognizes the metal brackets and wires that are used to correct even the most severely misaligned bites and overcrowded teeth. Having been used for decades now, traditional braces are still the best solution in many complicated orthodontic cases, particularly those where the back teeth need to be adjusted. The benefits of this type of orthodontic treatment are especially notable over the long term.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
If you’d rather avoid braces altogether, you can try a different kind of orthodontic treatment that’s suitable for mild to moderate cases of misalignment. Invisalign involves a series of clear plastic trays that are virtually invisible when worn and can be removed so that you can enjoy your favorite foods and brush your teeth normally. The trays are meant to be worn for about 22 hours each day, and you move on to a new pair every two weeks. The treatment normally lasts about 12 to 18 months, and by the end you’ll be seeing a very noticeable improvement whenever you see your smile in the mirror and in photographs.
Despite how effective braces are, many adult and teenage patients would rather not wear a highly noticeable orthodontic appliance for months. Instead of metal, we can use ceramic and transparent materials for the brackets in order to improve your smile’s appearance. Note that while clear/ceramic braces can still correct many orthodontic issues, there are a few cases where traditional metal braces are needed since they’re generally more flexible. We can decide on the type of material used during your first orthodontic consultation.
One downside of traditional braces is that you need to have them tightened at our orthodontic office at least once a month. With self-ligating braces, that’s no longer a problem. Thanks to a special sliding mechanism attaching the wires to the brackets, your braces will simply move with your teeth as the treatment progresses. This generally causes far less discomfort, and you won’t have to spend as much time at appointments; you’ll also reduce the risk of unnecessary enamel erosion during your treatment.
Children between the ages of six and nine might not be ready for a full set of braces, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still benefit from an orthodontist! With a pediatric treatment, we can guide the development of your child’s jaw so that their adult teeth are able to erupt into the mouth without any issues; we can also make sure that the upper and lower jaw remain appropriately aligned. Once your little one’s baby teeth have all erupted and started to make room for permanent teeth, they can receive one of several orthodontic appliances such as expanders and partial braces.
There are many more adult orthodontic patients than you might think! We’re pleased to work on smiles of all ages; after all, the improved confidence and oral health that comes with a straight smile should be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you need Invisalign, traditional braces, or another treatment, we want to make the process of correcting crooked teeth as simple as possible for you. Some patients may be undergoing orthodontic treatment for the first time while others need to address a relapse from a previous procedure.
When you need to wear an orthodontic appliance, we’ll take the time to explain its functions to you and answer any questions you might have. For many people, getting an orthodontic appliance means wearing a retainer after braces are removed. Removable retainers and fixed retainers are normally required to prevent the teeth from becoming crooked again after a different orthodontic treatment. Also, some children might receive an appliance called an expander that’s meant to create room for permanent teeth.
This little-known specialty of orthodontics looks specifically at the way the teeth and jaws align. Some of the treatments we offer do more than straighten teeth; they adjust the way that the bones in the face grow, thus encouraging healthy dental development in younger patients. A child with a misaligned jaw might wear a palate or lower jaw expander. In some cases, headgear might be necessary. These treatments will help your little ones avoid complications later in their lives.
Fortunately, orthodontic emergencies are pretty rare, but that doesn’t mean they don’t happen! Would you know what to do if your child broke one of their braces brackets, or if you lost one of your Invisalign aligners? It’s important to know how to handle orthodontic emergencies ahead of time so you can stay calm should one strike. If you’re ever concerned about your orthodontic treatment or any symptoms you are experiencing, we encourage you to give us a call even if you’re unsure if it’s an emergency situation. Our experienced team will help guide you through what to do over the phone.