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Braces are applied to teeth to correct issues with teeth alignment, overcrowding, crooked teeth, or poorly aligned jaws or bite. These days when it comes to braces you don’t have to opt for the traditional metal kind. You can find out about your options from Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir, who are dentists at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk MA.
Reasons You May Need Braces
Braces are used in different situations to correct many types of dental issues, including:
- An overbite
- An underbite
- Misaligned teeth
- Misaligned jaws
- Overcrowded teeth
- Gaps between the teeth
- A bad bite
- Crooked teeth
Children between the ages of 1 and 24 are the best candidate for braces because their teeth, gums, and jawbones are still developing. However, older teens and adults can also use braces, although they may also need additional procedures. Talk to your Braces Norfolk specialist to learn more.
Types of Braces We Offer
Norfolk dental patients can choose from the following types of braces and orthodontic treatments:
- Traditional braces: Conventional braces are comprised of metal strips or bands as well as metal or plastic brackets that are bonded to the teeth. In some cases, traditional braces may also have brackets that are connected to the back teeth. These are known as lingual braces.
- Invisalign aligners: If you prefer more discreet braces, this is a good option. Invisalign trays are made from a transparent, flexible material that fits snugly over the teeth. They are practically invisible. Invisalign can be used for minor tooth issues. A series of retainers is created at the outset and you switch them out every few weeks. They can be taken out when you eat or clean your teeth.
- Inceptive orthodontics: This type of treatment is designed for younger children, particularly those between the ages of 7 and 11 years. They are used to treat problems with oral development or early oral habits. The treatment is usually done in two phases. The first one when the primary teeth are in place and the second when the permanent teeth have grown in.
If you live in Norfolk MA and you would like to find out more about braces for yourself or your children, call Drs. Minda and Shabtai Sapir at (508) 850-6992. They will be happy to arrange a consultation.
Teaching Your Children Proper Dental Habits
You may not realize it, but if cared for properly, your teeth can last a lifetime. This is why proper dental habits begin in childhood. That means teaching your children to brush, floss, and the importance of regular dental check-ups. Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir are dentists at Norfolk Family and Pediatric Dentistry located in Norfolk, MA. They can help you take care of your whole family’s dental needs.
Teach by Example
The best way to teach your young child how to brush their teeth is to let them watch you do it every morning and every evening. This will help them get into a healthy routine. There are also plenty of online videos of children of your child’s age brushing their teeth.
Make it Fun
Brushing your teeth with your children is a good start, but you need a plan to keep them interested. Reading stories about brushing can keep your child enthralled and help them enjoy oral hygiene.
Let Them Choose
There are numerous children’s toothbrushes based on characters from books and movies. Let your child pick one with their favorite theme. You can also try an electric toothbrush or water flosser for young children who are struggling.
Visit Your Dentist
Norfolk residents start taking their children to visits Dr. Sapir no later than age 1. Early visits to the dentist not only help to protect your child’s teeth, but they also help your child overcome any nervousness about dental visits.
During this time as more people are home, focus more on preventive steps you can take at home. We at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry are committed to serve the community in need of emergency or urgent dental/ oral care. If you are having a dental emergency, call Dr. Minda Sapir and Dr. Shabtai Sapir at (508) 850-6992.