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Crooked teeth, poor bite, gaps, crowding. They're just some of the problems treated by braces. At Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry, Drs. Minda and Shabtai Sapir provide precise and comprehensive orthodontic care for qualified patients of every age. Whether you're a child who just needs some spaces maintained or are an adult who desires a beautifully straight smile, our dental team can help!
Why get braces?
Although cosmetic concerns definitely play a role in deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment, there are other more important reasons. The Academy of General Dentistry maintains that crooked smiles, poor bite, and jaw misalignment contribute to tooth decay, migraine headaches, facial pain, and even periodontal disease. Some individuals have speech problems because of gapped, crowded, and missing teeth.
The American Academy of Orthodontists recommends evaluation for braces by age seven, and most orthodontic patients begin treatment between the ages of 10 and 14. However, more and more adults pursue orthodontic treatment these days because of the increasingly efficient diagnostic and treatment processes. As long as your teeth, bone, and gums are healthy, there's no good reason not to get braces!
What braces are right for you?
Your dentist in Norfolk will determine the course of your orthodontic treatment. Evaluation includes a complete oral examination, digital X-rays, and photographs and impressions.
Children and young teens typically receive correction conventional metal braces and archwires. Additionally, tooth-colored ceramic or lingual braces (mounted on the tongue side of teeth) may be options. Children have the advantage of growing bone structure which allows to correct skeletal problems. Dr. Sapir may leverage in planning treatments that are quicker and making full bracketing at a later date easier. This kind of pediatric orthodontic treatment is termed "interceptive."
Also, for older teens and adults, the dentist may consider Invisalign clear aligners. Favored because of their smooth texture, removability, and discreet appearance, Invisalign appliances can correct minor problems and relapses. They are easy to clean and aesthetically pleasing.
Find out more
Could you straighten your smile? Why not consult with Drs. Minda and Shabtai Sapir at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry? They love treating patients of all ages and entire families in particular. Braces could be in your future! Call the office today for a consultation: (508) 850-6992.
What are Orthodontic Records?
When Orthodontic treatment (braces) is indicated the first step is taking records. These include plaster models of the dentition, clinical photos, and x-rays. This appointment takes about an hour.
Pictures are taken of your face and teeth, full frontal and in profile.
Models are taken of your teeth to show us the position of all your teeth in relation to each other and the jaws.
X-rays are taken as well. A panoramic x-ray is taken to see the development of all the teeth. Another X-ray called a Cephalometric X-ray is taken. This radiograph shows the relations between the bones of your jaw. Computerized measurements are taken on these x-rays. These help us to determine growth patterns in children, plan the correct treatment, predict treatment outcome, and evaluate progress.
After the dentist reviews all the information, he will be able to determine the correct treatment for you.
To find out more about Braces and clear aligners call Dr. Shabtai Sapir (508)850-6992 at Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry today.