Braces in Boston, MA
Braces are the most well-known and effective treatment to correct any orthodontic issue. Susan Baloul, DMD, MS, DScD, a dual-trained specialist in orthodontics and periodontics, provides braces for people living in and around Boston, Norwood, Brookline and Framingham, MA to correct crooked or misaligned teeth and improve their smile.
What are Braces?
When children, teens or adults have crooked, misaligned or over-crowded teeth, in addition to other oral issues, they often require braces to correct them. Braces are an orthodontic treatment used to correct many oral issues to prevent future problems and straighten teeth for a bright, confident smile.
How Do Braces Work?
When getting braces, metal or ceramic brackets are glued to the front of the teeth so a wire may be threaded through them and anchored on brackets on the back teeth. Over the course of time, the wires are periodically tightened to put pressure on the teeth to move into their correct positions. The results include straight teeth and a proper bite.
Why Do I Need Braces?
If your teeth are overcrowded, crooked or spread too far apart, you may require braces to reposition them in the correct place. Additionally, if your teeth are fairly straight but do not sit correctly in the mouth, or your upper teeth jut out too far over the bottom teeth, braces can move them back to the proper position.
Braces not only straighten and reposition teeth to be aesthetically pleasing, they prevent future problems that come with age such as tooth decay, jaw pain and excessive wear on your teeth. Because Dr. Baloul is trained in periodontics as well as orthodontics, she treats many patients with gum damage using orthodontics.
What are the Most Recommended Types of Braces?
There are several types of braces used to treat orthodontic issues including:
Traditional Metal Braces
By far the most common form of braces, metal braces are made from a high-grade stainless steel. These braces will straighten your teeth using brackets and archwires. Many patients select color options for the elastics to personalize their braces.
Damon® Metal Braces
Damon® Metal Braces provide a specifically engineered premium experience using traditional metal brackets without ties or elastics. They are significantly more comfortable to wear and do not require tightening during the treatment process.
Damon® Clear™ Braces
Damon Clear Braces offer an alternative to noticeable metal braces; they are made from a ceramic material, making them less visible than the traditional metal braces.
Clear Aligners with Invisalign
Invisalign® uses a series of clear, acrylic trays to gradually straighten teeth like braces but are removable while eating, drinking, brushing and flossing, making them the most convenient and comfortable way to straighten your teeth.
Another option for “invisible” orthodontic treatment is lingual braces. These braces are applied to the back of the teeth and are hidden from view in most instances. They are a great alternative for adult professionals as well as those who are concerned with the appearance of traditional options.
Do Braces Hurt?
Each type of braces involves some degree of discomfort as the teeth shift; however, they are not painful. The discomfort is typically felt following each tightening or when new aligners with Invisalign are placed on the teeth and alleviated with over-the-counter pain relievers. It goes away within a day or two.
How Much Do Braces Cost?
The cost of braces varies with each patient based on the type of braces worn, the extent of the treatment and the length of time required to achieve the desired results. We discuss the cost during a consultation along with payment and financing options. If patients have dental insurance, we recommend providing the information when scheduling a consultation so we can determine if there is coverage.
Am I a Good Candidate for Braces?
If your teeth are overcrowded, you have large gaps between your teeth or you suffer from other orthodontic issues, you may require braces to correct them. The best way to determine if you are a candidate for braces is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Baloul so she can evaluate your mouth and teeth and recommend an effective treatment plan.
Susan Baloul, DMD, MS, DScD, a dual-trained specialist in orthodontics and periodontics at Elegant Orthodontics, treats people living in and around Boston, Norwood, Brookline and Framingham, MA, dealing with orthodontic issues with braces. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.