Five Problems That Braces Can Correct

If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment with braces, Dr. Deborah Himelhoch and the team at Smiles in Framingham near Southborough, MA provide complete information to their patients considering treatment with braces. If you are curious if braces can help you achieve your orthodontic treatment care goals, here are five common orthodontic problems that braces can correct.

What Are the Top Five Problems that Braces Can Correct?

Braces are indicated for correcting several orthodontic issues. Five orthodontic problems that braces can correct are:

1.    Misaligned jaw

2.    Misaligned teeth due to:

a.             Overcrowding

b.             Spaces between teeth

c.              Misshapen teeth

3.    Misaligned bite due to:

a.    Overbite

b.    Underbite

4.    Periodontal (gum) problems

5.    Dental hygiene issues due to poor orthodontic conditions

Braces gently move teeth into their optimal positions by strategically placing the brackets and bands to be most effective. This movement realigns the overbite/underbite and helps close the gaps between the teeth. The specialists at Smiles in Framingham near Southborough, MA stress that if these problems are left untreated, you may run the risk of permanent damage to your teeth, jaw, and mouth.

What Long-Term Health Benefits Do Braces Bring?

·       Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss, thus reducing tooth decay, gum disease and gingivitis.

·       A correct bite allows your teeth and mouth to chew food the way they’re supposed to.

·       Improper teeth alignment puts extra wear and pressure on adjacent teeth, causing them to wear faster.

·       Correct teeth alignment may also help to correct associated speech issues.

If braces are new to you, know that it is normal to feel some discomfort during the first few weeks of treatment. The alignment of your teeth and jaw are just beginning to change and improve the overall structure of your mouth and jaw. Over-the-counter pain medication may help to alleviate some of the pain that you might experience after your initial orthodontic treatment.

What Are Braces Made of?

Orthodontic treatment with braces has become more comfortable and less noticeable than it has been in the past. Traditional braces consist of three basic metal parts:

·       A bracket

·       A bonding mechanism or band

·       An archwire

How Do Braces Work?

Braces work by applying a gentle pressure to gradually improve the alignment of your teeth and jawbones and move them into their optimal position. The band is either affixed to the surface of the tooth with an orthodontic-grade cement or wrapped around the tooth. The bracket works in conjunction with the archwire; they are the means by which gradual pressure is exerted to bring teeth into alignment.

Braces can help virtually every patient achieve the healthy mouth and straight smile they have always wanted. For more information regarding braces near Southborough, MA, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Deborah Himelhoch and Smiles in Framingham, please call: 508-872-0555

To all my wonderful patients and their families:

 

The greatest pleasures of my career are watching children grow strong and healthy and seeing smiles become more beautiful. It has been a tremendous privilege to be a part of that growth and transformation. Now, however, it is time for me to slow down and share the care of my patients.

 

Starting in September 2022, Smiles in Framingham will merge with Moynihan Dental Specialists. I will remain with the practice, but will reduce my hours and give up administrative responsibilities. The wonderful team of people you and I have come to rely on will be staying. They will continue to help care for you. There will also be new faces, new people who will get to know and care for and about you.

 

Dr. Michael Moynihan is a second generation dentist and orthodontist practicing in Framingham. Dr. Mike, as he is known, is on the faculty of Boston University in the department of orthodontics. We spent two years as teaching partners supervising the Boston University orthodontic residents as they treated special needs children at Franciscan Hospital for Children. It was during that time I came to appreciate both how skilled Dr. Mike is and how much he cares about his patients. I retired from teaching prior to the pandemic, but Dr. Mike still puts much of his time and energy into teaching the next generation of orthodontists.

 

I met Dr. Daniel Moynihan when he was my student in 2017. Even at that time he was one of my most conscientious students. He cares deeply about all of his patients and I am proud to be associated with him. Dr. Dan is highly skilled with all aspects of orthodontics, including treatment using Invisalign and other aligners.

 

Dr. Katherine Moynihan and Dr. Christine Chiao are other members of the Moynihan team. Dr. Katherine Moynihan finished her orthodontic training at Boston University in 2021. Dr. Christine Chiao is a pediatric dentist, who also teaches at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine.

 

Life is an adventure with many chapters, twists, and turns. I enter this chapter of my life looking forward to what comes next and feeling some sadness that this phase of my life is changing. For now, we will be keeping all appointments as scheduled. We will contact you individually about any appointment changes. All orthodontic contracts will be honored with care provided by the orthodontists. I have every confidence that the doctors of Moynihan Dental Specialists will provide you with excellent care for many years to come.

 

My very best wishes to all of you,

 

Dr. Deborah Himelhoch