Are you not sure what to think about braces? If so, your orthodontists, Dr. Lala and Dr. Bednarz, have provided some information on this page to help you understand the process more clearly. We work hard to provide exceptional orthodontic care in Lowell, Massachusetts, and we are here to help you in any way we can, including by answering any questions you might have. If you continue to have questions about braces after you read this page, we invite you to call Orthodontic Associates of New England when you get the chance. We look forward to talking with you!

What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who is specialized in the process of aligning your teeth and setting your jaw. An orthodontist is specially trained in an advanced education program for about 2 or 3 years. Those who are members of the American Association of Orthodontics have received the appropriate training.

Who should wear braces?
We offer braces for anyone who is interested in straightening their teeth and improving their appearance, including both children and adults. We also offer braces to those who have an improper bite and wish to improve their oral health by readjusting their teeth and jaw.

What should I expect at my first visit?
During your first visit, you will meet your orthodontist and get to know the staff members at Orthodontic Associates of New England. You will also receive a comprehensive clinical exam that allows your orthodontist to determine whether orthodontic treatment is necessary or beneficial. If orthodontics will indeed be helpful, we will map out a plan that is created according to your individual circumstance. Then, we will tell you what your next step is.

How will braces straighten my teeth?
Metal brackets will be cemented to the surfaces of your teeth and those brackets will be connected by metal wires. These products will continually add pressure to your teeth, which will make your teeth gradually shift. When your teeth adjust to the pressure, you will come back into our office to get your braces tightened. When your orthodontist tightens your braces, the pressure will be reapplied to the teeth and they will continue to move into the desired positions.

Do braces hurt?
There have been many advances in the orthodontic industry, and we are happy to provide smaller, smoother, and more comfortable brackets. These brackets are able to apply small amounts of pressure over a longer period of time rather than large amounts of pressure over shorter periods of time. However, there is typically some discomfort after each tightening, which is completely normal and nothing over-the-counter painkillers cannot dull.