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By George Salem and Associates, PC
July 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Could braces give you the smile you need? Find out now!

When it comes to your children you want them to have the best smile they possibly can. Of course, if teeth are crooked or misaligned orthodontic treatmentthen this can lead to an increase in issues such as developing cavities or excessive wear and tear on teeth. It’s for this very reason that your dental experts at Dr. George Salem and Associates, PC in Braintree will recommend that your child schedule their first orthodontic visit around the age of 7 or 8 to pinpoint any potential or current problems.

But before you schedule an orthodontist appointment in Braintree, here are some signs that your child (or perhaps even you) may want to consider braces:

  • Quickly losing baby teeth
  • Losing baby teeth later on
  • Thumb sucking
  • Problems chewing
  • A noticeable overbite or underbite
  • Mouth breathing
  • Teeth grinding
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overcrowding
  • Top and bottom teeth that don’t fit together

One of the best things you can do is talk to your little one about whether they are experiencing any pain or problems with their teeth or mouth. By looking out for these problems and scheduling an appointment with our Braintree orthodontic specialist you can ensure that your child (or you) gets the bet dental care possible.

Types of Orthodontic Treatment

Braces have certainly changed a lot over the years and now they are sleeker, subtler, and better than ever. Plus, there are multiple options to choose from:

Traditional braces

Metal braces seem to get a bad rap, especially with all the new orthodontic options out there but these can be ideal for patients looking to correct complex dental issues efficiently. While other more attractive options might also work, your treatment may be longer than with traditional braces.

Clear braces

Maybe you need traditional braces but the idea of metal seems less than appealing. Then consider getting regular braces made from porcelain so they blend in with your teeth. These tooth-colored brackets and wires help make braces less obvious while correcting everything from minor to more serious problems.

Lingual braces

Wish there was a way to hide your orthodontic treatment from those around you? You can with lingual braces. They may look no different than traditional braces but they are applied to the back of your teeth rather than the front so the only people who will know you have braces is you.

Clear Aligners

You’ve probably heard about Invisalign, the nearly invisible way to straighten teeth. These removable series of crystal-clear aligners are great for teens and adults who need to correct minor to moderate problems.

Curious to know which orthodontic treatment is right for your child? Then call our Braintree office and schedule an appointment at Dr. George Salem and Associates, PC. Give your child or yourself the gift of a beautiful smile!


Somewhere around age 6, your child’s primary (baby) teeth will begin to give way to their permanent set. If all goes well, you’ll notice all the front teeth erupting in the right position: the top teeth slightly overlapping the bottom and all coming in without crowding.

Sometimes, though, the process doesn’t occur as it should and a bad bite (malocclusion) may develop. You can get a head start on treatment if you know what to look for. Here are a few problems for which you should see a dentist — or more likely an orthodontist — for a thorough evaluation.

Spacing problems. Teeth should normally come in right next to each other without a noticeable gap. But if you notice excessive space between the permanent front teeth especially, this may be an indication there’s a discrepancy in size between the teeth and the jaws. At the other end of the spectrum, if teeth on the same arch appear to overlap each other, this indicates crowding in which there’s not enough space for the teeth to erupt properly.

Bad bites. Malocclusions can take different forms. In an underbite, the front bottom teeth bite in front of the upper teeth. If there’s a noticeable gap between the upper and lower teeth when the jaws are closed, this is known as an open bite. Front teeth biting too far down over the lower teeth is a deep bite and could even include biting into the soft tissue of the hard palate. Cross bites can occur in either the front or back teeth: if in the front, some of the lower teeth will bite in front of the upper; if in the back, some of the lower teeth bite outside the upper rather than normally on the inside.

Abnormal eruptions. You should also be alert for protusions, in which the upper teeth or the jaw appears to be too far forward, or retrusions, in which the lower teeth or jaw appears to be too far back. You should also be concerned if permanent teeth erupt far from their normal position — this is especially likely if the primary tooth was also out of position, or was lost prematurely or not in the right order.

If you would like more information on monitoring your child’s dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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