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Adult Orthodontics

Woman with a retainerDid you know orthodontic treatment is not just for teenagers? Many adult patients can also benefit from braces, and achieve a healthy, well aligned, beautiful smile at any age. Some adults who need orthodontic treatment might have worn braces in the past, but stopped wearing retainers and their teeth have shifted back out of alignment. Others have never had any orthodontics but can improve the look of their smiles and the function of their teeth with orthodontic realignment therapy. One of the best things we hear in our office from our adult orthodontic patients is the boost in self-confidence they feel as a result of their new smile!

How Can Braces Help Me?

If your teeth are misaligned you may experience frequent headaches, earaches, and facial pain. Misalignment, or crooked teeth, can also affect your bite. Your bite is the way your teeth meet up when you chew. Improper alignment can impact the way you grind food while chewing and can contribute gastrointestinal issues. Properly aligned teeth can even help prevent bone loss and the premature wearing of tooth enamel. Adult braces are designed by our orthodontic specialist to properly align your teeth and help you achieve optimal health and a more beautiful smile.

Why We Recommend Our Orthodontic Specialist

There are many options for braces being advertised out there these days that do not include evaluation and treatment plans made by a dentist with advanced orthodontic training. An orthodontic consultation with our specialist is recommended and will include digital impressions of your teeth and bite. These impressions allow us to plan your treatment and you can even see a digital simulation of the outcome before your treatment begins. At Brookline Dental Specialists orthodontic therapy is planned and delivered by our board certified
orthodontist Dr. Mariam Ghavamian and her team of assistants with decades of experience in orthodontic care.

Doctors with masksAn orthodontic specialist has years of additional specialized training and dental education beyond a general dental degree. Dr. Ghavamian received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University. After completing a five-year doctorate program at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and earning her D.M.D. degree, she continued her education at Harvard and completed a three-year post doctorate specialty training program in Orthodontics combined with a Master of Medical Sciences degree in Oral Biology. She is also the practice owner and is committed to excellence and the goal of providing the highest quality dental care available in the greater Boston area.

Invisalign Clear Aligner Therapy

Invisalign aligners straighten your teeth with a series of custom-made aligners. Dr. Ghavamian uses digital scanning technology and software to design your aligners and even determine a digital visualization of the final outcome of your orthodontic treatment plan. There are many advantages to this type of treatment for adult patients. Invisalign aligners much more physically comfortable to wear than traditional bracket and wire braces. The aligners are similar to a mouthguard made to fit your teeth and gums and lack any sharp edges.

Because Invisalign is clear, most people won’t even know you are wearing them. You can smile and talk wearing your aligners without feeling overly self-conscious. Your aligners can also be removed as needed for eating, brushing your teeth, and flossing. You can easily eat the foods you want and practice better oral hygiene, which helps to lower your risk of developing gum disease or tooth decay while you go through the process of straightening your teeth. Cleaning and maintenance of your aligners is simple and convenient too. They can be cleaned by using a
toothbrush dipped in a small amount of bleach and water. Scrubbing them for a minute every other day, or as needed, will eliminate any stains.

VIVERA Invisalign Clear RetainersDoctor and patient with retainer

We are pleased to offer the comfortable and convenient Vivera clear retainers for our patients to maintain the result of their orthodontic treatment. The materials used to make Vivera retainers is strong, durable, and best of all clear. Just like your Invisalign clear aligners, no one will know you are wearing them! We use digital scanning technology in our office to create a custom-fit for your smile. Making sure you are as comfortable as possible in your retainers helps us ensure long lasting results from your braces.

New Patients Are Always Welcome

In addition to the highest quality orthodontic care for patients of all ages in our office, we are a multispecialty practice and provide complete dental care all in one location. We welcome families and recommend you visit our website to learn more!

Schedule Your Appointment With Us Today

Summer is a very convenient time to schedule your dental appointments! When school is out and work schedules slow down for vacations and long weekends. Scheduling summer appointments with us is easy and makes sense compared to other times of the year. Instead of taking time away from work to take yourself or your children to the dentist, the lazy days of summer provide the perfect opportunity.

Brookline Dental Pediatric DentistryIn an effort to make care and treatment more available to patients our office is open every Saturday from 8am-3pm AND we offer parent/child tandem appointments as a helpful option so you can fit more into your busy schedule. We have pediatric specialists on our staff who work with children of all ages, an orthodontic specialist, and we even provide conscious sedation for children and who experience dental anxiety.

Do you or the kids have dental work that will require recovery time? Procedures like wisdom tooth extraction or root canal work often take a day or so of resting to help facilitate optimal healing. Taking a day off to rest in the summer can be lot more fun and relaxing than any other time of year!

Prepping your kids for school often includes check-ups and physicals. By visiting our office for a cleaning, and any other necessary treatment, in the summer you won’t have to be concerned about juggling appointments with school or work time. Your kids will start school with their teeth in perfect shape which means no worries about toothaches or cavities for a while. And, their smiles will be fresh and ready for those school pictures in the beginning of the year!

Dentist Reviewing Teeth for Invisalign or BracesThis is also a great time to set up a free Invisalign consultation! Did you know that braces are not just for kids? We can help you make a treatment plan to straighten your teeth and discover your dream smile. Dr. Mariam Ghavamian, our orthodontic specialist, will make a customized plan for you using state of the digital technology for a safe and optimal outcome. DIY orthodontics, or products that are advertised and on the market that do not include a trained and experienced orthodontist can be unpredictable and risky. Our summer schedule is now open for Invisalign consultations with convenient evening and Saturday appointments.

If snoring wakes you up at night, or you are grinding your teeth when you sleep you could benefit from a sleep appliance to realign your bite and jaws. Do you wake up with a sore jaw, or headache? Let our dental specialists evaluate the cause and create a customized night guard to protect your teeth and help you sleep better. We are scheduling now for the summer sleep consultations and offer convenient appointments including evenings and Saturdays. Let us help get you on a path to better sleep and overall health.

We welcome new patients and have specialists in our practice to provide any care and treatment you and your family may need all in the same convenient location in Brookline. Give us a call today!

Brookline Dental Specialists

How do I know if my child will need braces? At what age should they be evaluated with an orthodontist? How do I find an orthodontic specialist that I can trust? What can happen if my child needs braces but doesn’t get them? These are all common and important questions parents have about orthodontics and braces for their children and we have the answers!

Girl smiling at cameraAccording to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) children should have their first check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7. Children that age still have a mixture of baby (primary) and permanent teeth. This examination is done when permanent teeth are replacing the baby teeth, and as your child’s face and jaws are still growing in order to give your orthodontist as much information as possible. Existing or developing problems can be identified and a treatment plan can be recommended and designed at that point. This type of examination with an orthodontic specialist can reveal if your child has an existing orthodontic problem, or if one is developing. You might also learn that no issues exist at the present time. At Brookline Dental Specialists we offer this exam at no charge and with no obligation. Our goal is to help parents get the proactive evaluation they need to make the best decisions for their child’s oral health now and into the future.

Image of teeth with bracesThere are several issues that braces can correct including a misaligned jaw and misaligned teeth due to overcrowding, spaces between teeth and misshapen teeth. An orthodontist strategically places brackets and bands and then the braces gradually alter the alignment of the teeth. This movement realigns the overbite or underbite and helps close the gaps between the teeth. Left untreated a misaligned bite can increase the risk of permanent damage to your child’s teeth, jaw, and mouth.

There are other long-term health benefits of orthodontic treatment as well. Straight, properly aligned teeth are easier to brush and floss. This can contribute to a reduced rate of tooth decay, gum disease and gingivitis. A correct bite allows the teeth and mouth to chew food more efficiently. Proper alignment protects adjacent teeth from excessive wear which can cause problems down the line. Correctly aligning teeth can even help to improve some speech issues.

Orthodontist in Brookline, Dr. Ghavamian. At Brookline Dental Specialists we have an orthodontic specialist on our staff at our Brookline offices who is an expert and able to collaborate directly with the pediatric and general dentists right in our own practice to provide a complete and convenient dental home for your entire family. Our clinical team strives to help young patients feel comfortable and have positive experiences at the dentist! Our pediatric dentists work with the ortho team to provide all the care your child needs in one convenient, Brookline location. New patients are welcome and we offer a free orthodontic consultation for children with Dr. Ghavamian, D.M.D, M.M.S.c. Give us a call today and let’s get your child scheduled for this important evaluation.

In the midst of this holiday season, and with the promise of the 2019 new year rapidly approaching, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our patients, doctors and specialists, and the entire team at Brookline Dental Specialists. Each and every one of you helps to make our office and our dental practice a very special place. I feel lucky when I come to work each day.

We added some new faces this year including Sarah in hygiene, Hector and Sima at the front desk, and Maria our newest dental assistant. Our team of general dentists, pediatric dentists and specialists collaborated all year long finding new and innovative ways to bring complete care, provided entirely in our office, for patients of every age. We have expanded the range of care and services we offer and have welcomed hundreds of new patients into our Brookline dental family in 2018.

Brookline Dental Specialists Logo on a wall Our office got a make-over this year too. To complement the new office location on Longwood Ave in Coolidge Corner we designed a new look and feel for our website, logo and brand. It was exciting for all of us to really think about how we could communicate the quality and values we share as a practice and deliver to our patients. Our new logo, the paisley leaf a global symbol of long life and abundance, along with the tagline “Complete & Convenient Care,” embody our values. It is our commitment to provide our patients and community complete dental care, in one convenient location, for a long life of smiles and abundant health!

In 2019 we will strive to deliver on the promise we make to our patients, and each other, every single day: to be the very best family dental practice in Brookline. We look forward to helping people understand how excellent oral health care can benefit their overall health and wellness. We will continue to provide new and existing patients customized treatment and all the dental services you could ever need including specialties like orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, dental implants, periodontics, and endodontics.

Enjoy the holidays with your family and friends and we looking forward to seeing you and your beautiful smile in the New Year!

Mariam Ghavamian DMD, MMSc

 A picture of Mariam Ghavamian DMD, MMSc

Before and after photo of teeth with braces Braces are not just for kids anymore. in fact, a survey by the American Association of Orthodontists determined that over a million patients over the age of 18 wear braces each year! Orthodontic treatment has advanced over the years and there are many options and varieties available including traditional metal brackets and ceramic brackets that are clear, or translucent for cosmetic appeal. There are lingual brackets that can be mounted on the back of the teeth and even Invisalign removable plastic aligners which have no metal brackets or wires and can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing.

Your adult teeth can move or shift at any age. Many of our adult patients who choose braces are unhappy with the cosmetic appearance of their smile. They may have an overbite, an underbite, crowded, overlapping and crooked teeth or large spaces between their teeth. Braces used to realign adult teeth can help with other issues a patient may be experiencing due to their bite, or occlusion. These might include jaw pain, headaches, earaches, and potentially gastrointestinal disorders if food cannot be chewed properly.

A women with bracesWith all the options available our specialists can help you find a customized orthodontic treatment plan that is right for you to achieve the outcome you are looking for. Our goal is to help you have as comfortable an experience with your braces as possible. If you are a good candidate for orthodontic correction, and depending on the severity of the problem, Adult orthodontic treatment can take between 6 and 30 months. Retainers are worn afterward to maintain the results. Having well aligned and spaced teeth can improve the look and feel of your teeth, as well as their functionality. Many adult patients feel a boost in confidence and overall quality of life once they have completed their orthodontic treatment with us.

At Brookline Dental Specialists we pride ourselves on the quality of your dental experiences with us. We have general dentists and a team of specialists who all work together right here in our office. We can conveniently provide all your treatment needs under one roof and in collaboration with each other. We welcome new patients and encourage you to give us a call and explore the option of adult orthodontics for yourself!

Dr. Mariam Ghavamian, Orthodontic Specialist

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