Orthodontic Treatment Specialist

Lakeside Family Dental

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Shrewsbury, MA

Orthodontic treatment uses skilfully applied pressure to straighten crooked and misaligned teeth. If you or your child has a problem with crooked teeth, Assia Fain, DMD, at Lakeside Family Dental in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, can help. Dr. Fain is an experienced dentist and orthodontist who provides highly skilled orthodontic treatment to adults as well as children 5 and older. The American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists recommend that children undergo an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7, so call Lakeside Family Dental today to schedule your child’s consultation or book an appointment online.

Orthodontic Treatment Q&A

What is orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment involves using devices to correct crooked or misaligned teeth. Braces and aligners are just some of the devices Dr. Fain can use to straighten teeth in both children and adults.

Many dentists don’t have the specialized skills of an orthodontist, but Dr. Fain is both a dentist and an orthodontist. That means you and your family don’t need to visit a separate provider to undergo orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Fain is also an expert in carrying out evaluations and orthodontic treatments on children.

What orthodontic treatments are available?

There’s a range of devices that can help with realigning and straightening teeth, including:

  • Bands
  • Braces
  • Wires
  • Headgear
  • Elastics
  • Retainers
  • Clear aligners

The type of orthodontic treatment you or your child needs depends on the severity of any misalignment or crookedness. You might also need to have some teeth removed before using orthodontic devices if your mouth is overcrowded.

What age can children start having orthodontic treatment?

Children can start having orthodontic treatment from the age of 5, when their teeth are first starting to form and develop. Helping their teeth to grow in the right direction at this early stage can prevent the need for major treatment later on. Some children who undergo early orthodontic treatment end up never needing braces.

Your child should be having regular checkups with Dr. Fain from an early age, before they start school. This is important for the health of your child’s teeth and also gives Dr. Fain an opportunity to evaluate their need for orthodontic treatment.

If your child does need orthodontic treatment, Dr. Fain creates an individual treatment plan for them to optimize their outcomes.

How do orthodontic treatments work?

Orthodontic treatments work by applying pressure to the teeth. Keeping the pressure on in the correct way for an extended period guides the teeth to a new, straighter position. A skilled orthodontist like Dr. Fain can achieve remarkable results over the months and years using orthodontic appliances.

Braces achieve this application of pressure using a combination of wires threaded through metal brackets. While braces do work very well, they can make some people feel self-conscious. If you or your child is a suitable candidate, Invisalign® clear plastic aligners are an effective alternative.

Dr. Fain has had great success with Invisalign retainers, which fit over the teeth and can be worn without people realizing you have anything on. On average, you need to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours each day, over an 18-month period. Dr. Fain also offers Invisalign Teen® aligners that have been specifically created for young people.

To find out more about orthodontic treatment, call Lakeside Family Dental today or book an appointment online.