Orthodontics in Worcester

Give your kids the gift of a straight, beautiful, healthy smile with orthodontics.

A person's teeth are multi-functional. They help a child learn how to speak properly. They help us chew our food thoroughly. And of course, they help us all smile with confidence. Baby teeth serve another purpose: They serve as placeholders for permanent teeth, guiding them into the mouth properly. Unfortunately, due to trauma, tooth decay or just anatomy, even the healthiest baby teeth can't prevent crowded or crooked teeth. Our Worcester, MA orthodontist can help your child get a straighter, healthier smile with a treatment plan that's unique to your child's needs.

Straight Teeth and Orthodontics — It's Not Just About Esthetics

For the most part, when you ask someone why a person needs braces, it's because they need to "fix" crooked teeth and create a beautiful smile. That's only part of the equation. While we love being able to give kids a gorgeous smile, our main concern is the health and function of their teeth.

Crooked, crowded teeth can cause numerous dental issues, including:

  • dental decay
    Dental decay and gum disease: Crowded teeth are difficult to clean properly with a toothbrush and floss, resulting in a build-up of plaque and calculus, also known as tartar. Tartar is hard, calcified plaque that can only be removed with professional dental tools. If the plaque and calculus aren't removed, they can contribute to dental decay and gum disease.
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    Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder: Misaligned teeth may lead to a misaligned bite, which puts pressure on the jaw joints. The pressure can lead to muscle irritation, inflammation, and pain and your child may end up with chronic headaches or migraines.
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    Cracked, chipped, and broken teeth: The additional pressure can also lead to teeth issues. The bite force can cause the teeth to crack, eventually causing chipped teeth and even broken cusps. Sometimes, if a crack is deep enough, it can irritate the nerve, in which case your child would need nerve treatment and a dental crown.
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How Soon Should Your Child See An Orthodontist?

We recommend that you consider orthodontics in Worcester for your child no later than seven years of age. Your child's pediatric dentist can evaluate how their adult teeth are aligning and coming in at each dental check-up and cleaning appointment. If they notice that the teeth aren't aligning properly, they will recommend an orthodontic evaluation.

Sometimes, a single orthodontic treatment plan is required to correct the malocclusion. However, your child may need to have phased treatment, which includes braces when they still have mixed dentition (baby teeth and adult teeth) and then again when they have all of their adult teeth. Addressing malocclusions early can prevent long-term problems. While adults can get braces, the process takes a bit longer and can be harder to schedule around work or family.

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Types of Orthodontic Treatment

An orthodontist will recommend one of two types of treatment for your child.

Traditional Metal Braces

Metal braces consist of metal brackets, a metal wire, and elastic bands. Using an adhesive, the brackets are placed on the front of the teeth. Each bracket has an indentation where the arch wire sits. Once the arch wire is situated in the brackets, it's secured by placing small orthodontic bands around each bracket.

Traditional braces are ideal for patients with more complex cases, like severe crowding or jaw anomalies, like an overbite, underbite, or crossbite. Every 4-5 weeks, the wire and rubber bands are changed to promote tooth movement and alignment.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners (like Invisalign) are similar to splints and sports guards as they fit completely over each tooth. The great thing about clear aligners is that they're virtually invisible and they are removable. Though it's recommended patients wear them for 20-22 hours a day, they can be removed for special events like weddings, graduations, school pictures, etc.

Every few weeks, your child will receive a new set of aligners from their Worcester, MA orthodontist. The new aligners are aligned differently from the previous set, which means they'll be a bit snug at first, but that's necessary as it helps the teeth gently move into the correct position.

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Orthodontics - An Important Part of Your Child's Dental Health Care

Orthodontic treatment allows your child to bite and chew properly. Treatment can prevent toothaches, jaw pain, and headaches and can provide them with a confidence boost! You want the very best for your kids and so do we. When your child comes in for an orthodontic consultation at Children's Dental Specialties, we'll create a custom treatment plan based on their unique needs. We'll recommend the treatment options that will not only fit their needs but will be comfortable as well.

Are You Ready to Give Your Child the Gift of a Beautiful Smile?

Contact us today to schedule a consultation!