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Dartmouth Orthodontics & Invisalign

Orthodontics & Invisalign

Misaligned or crooked teeth can give you an uneven smile. They can also cause chronic jaw pain and damage to your other teeth. We provide orthodontic treatment to give you a straighter, healthier, and more even smile.

Orthodontics & Invisalign

How Orthodontic Treatment Works

Orthodontic treatments are used to correct crooked and misaligned teeth or malocclusion (underbite or overbite). If these conditions aren’t treated, they can cause problems such as chronic jaw pain, damage to the teeth, and an uneven smile. Orthodontic treatments such as braces and aligners gently reposition the teeth, so they are straight and even.

metal braces

Metal Braces

Metal braces use brackets, wires, springs, and elastic bands to reposition the teeth into their correct alignment. Treatment takes approximately two years for most patients, depending on the amount of correction needed. The braces must be checked and adjusted regularly to ensure the teeth move to the correct positions.

Invisalign Clear Aligners

Invisalign plastic aligners are an alternative to metal braces. The aligners are unnoticeable while you wear them, and you can remove them when you eat or brush your teeth. Invisalign works the same way as braces, and you will need to see your dentist regularly to check your progress and receive new aligners. The treatment time depends on the amount of correction required.


Frequently Asked Questions

Depending on your unique situation, you may need to wear a retainer after your braces come off. Your dentist will tell you how long you need to wear the retainer.

You sure can! Elastics come in a huge variety of shades, and you can change them every time you go for your checkup.

Your teeth might be sore when you get your braces or after your dentist adjusts them. Pain medication can help bring relief.

Call your dentist immediately if you lose a bracket, or a wire comes loose. You can use orthodontic wax to cover any pokey bits like the end of a wire.

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