Although we take care of our teeth, sometimes they need more help. Orthodontics is an area of dentistry that fixes teeth that are misaligned, crowded, or cause other problems due to their position in the mouth. If you have an overbite (where the upper jaw is over the lower jaw) or underbite (where the lower jaw is over the upper jaw), crooked teeth or crowded teeth, or some other type of malocclusion, you might need to be evaluated for braces.
Contact Baystate Dental if you would like to find out if you’re an ideal candidate for orthodontic treatment. With offices in Belchertown, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Greenfield – Suite 6, Greenfield – Suite 7, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Northampton – King St, Springfield – Harrison Ave, Springfield – Main St #212, Springfield – Main St #215, Westfield, West Springfield, and Wilbraham, Massachusetts, we can conveniently serve at a location nearest you.
How Do Braces Work?
Over time, braces force your teeth to move slowly into the right spot by applying pressure in a certain direction. As the teeth move, your jaw changes shape from the pressure. Traditional braces use metal brackets, orthodontic bands, spacers, arch wires, ties, a buccal tube, rubber bands, springs and possibly headgear. Each of these has a function that helps to move the teeth into the right position. You also have the possibility to use invisible aligners instead of the above list or other technology available today.
Our experienced and highly-trained Baystate Dental dentists will evaluate what type is best for you to get the results you’re looking for.
Types of Braces
The world of orthodontics offers many different types of braces. Baystate Dental is knowledgeable about the latest technology used in orthodontics. We use the different types depending on your situation. These are your options:
- Traditional braces with plastic or metal brackets
- Clear aligners
The type that is right for you depends on how severe your misalignment is. Some people are able to wear Invisalign clear braces while others have to go the traditional braces route. We will help you choose your best treatment option.
What Is the Braces Procedure?
For one or more years, you will wear braces or use the clear aligners. Adjustments will be made to the wires about every six weeks. With aligners, you will have to return every two weeks. The procedure takes so long because the process involves moving the teeth incrementally.
At each visit, the dentist will adjust the wires to add more pressure on the teeth to move them into the desired position. The dentist will watch the progress over time and determine the next step in the process until eventually the teeth are where they are supposed to be. At the end of the process, you will have to wear a retainer to hold the position until your teeth make the change permanent.
With Invisalign, the dentist takes a mold of your teeth or a diagram of your teeth which is sent to a manufacturer that creates aligners for your mouth. They will custom fit your teeth and move your teeth slowly. Every two weeks, you will need a new aligner that changes the adjustments, just like the traditional braces, until the process is completed. At the end, you still must wear a retainer to hold the position of your teeth.
When you wear the aligners, you have to keep them in your mouth for 22 hours a day, but you may remove them to eat or brush your teeth. Before replacing them in your mouth, make sure you clean your teeth and gums to prevent infection and bacteria from entering your mouth.
Make an Appointment Today!
Before a treatment plan can be created, we must evaluate your bite. Make an appointment with Baystate Dental at one of our convenient locations: Belchertown, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Greenfield – Suite 6, Greenfield – Suite 7, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Northampton – King St, Springfield – Harrison Ave, Springfield – Main St #212, Springfield – Main St #215, Westfield, West Springfield, Wilbraham, Massachusetts. We will consult with you and determine the best way to move forward on addressing your problems.