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Mouthguards Are A Must

January 11th, 2018

Just as helmets, shoulder pads, and knee pads are worn to protect against sports-related injuries, mouthguards are equally important as protective gear. Mouthguards help prevent injury to the oral cavity, especially to the teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue. Even athletes who wear helmets or face shields – such as football, hockey, and lacrosse players – should wear mouthguards, since they also protect against head-and-neck injuries by helping to cushion blows that otherwise could result in a concussion or worse.

When you’re in orthodontic treatment you have to use a mouthguard that is made to fit over the braces. (No ‘boil and bite’). We recommend the Shock Doctor brand. You can pick one up at a local sporting goods store or at our office.

When you are finished with your orthodontic treatment we can make you a custom mouthguard. Custom mouthguards are made to fit your teeth perfectly. You can choose the colors and we can even put your team logo on the mouthguard!

Always protect yourself by wearing a mouthguard when playing sports. If you have any questions about mouthguards ask us at your next appointment.

7&Up Check-up

December 30th, 2017

First Orthodontic Check-Ups No Later than Age 7
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and Dr. Janeen Hughes recommend that all children have a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.
The reasons for this early examination:
-Guide jaw growth
-Lower the risk of trauma to protrusive front teeth
-Correct harmful oral habits
-Improve appearance
-Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
-Improve the way lips meet

The AAO does not advocate comprehensive orthodontic treatment at age 7. However, interceptive treatment may be appropriate in the kinds of problems shown below. Final treatment decisions should be made among the parent, child’s dentist and orthodontist. Call 508-319-1545; email smiles@lakewoodparkortho.com to schedule your free orthodontic consultation with our orthodontist, Dr. Janeen Hughes at Lakewood Park Orthodontics.

October is National Orthodontic Health Month

October 16th, 2017

Celebrate National Orthodontic Health Month by learning more about orthodontists.The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to create a healthy bite — straight teeth that properly meet opposing teeth in the opposite jaw. If your teeth are crowded, protrusive, spaced too far apart, meet in an abnormal way or do not meet at all, correction may be recommended. If you have an abnormal bite your dentist may recommend braces or another orthodontic treatment to straighten out your smile. Correcting the problem can create an awesome-looking smile, but more importantly, orthodontic treatment results in a healthier mouth. A healthy bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak. It also prevents improper wearing of the teeth, tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health problems.

Abnormal bites usually become noticeable between the ages of 6 and 12. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children have a consultation around age 7. Treatment often begins between ages 8 and 14. Treatment that begins while a child is growing helps produce optimal results. In the past, orthodontic treatment was associated with children and teens, but today many adults seek orthodontic treatment. In fact, there are currently more than 1.2 million U.S. adults in orthodontic treatment! Today there are many aesthetic options for adult treatment including clear braces, Invisalign and active retainers.
Come visit Lakewood Park Orthodontics in Natick to learn how orthodontics can improve your oral health and give you a healthy, straight smile. Call 508 319 1545 for a complimentary consultation.

Advantages of the Carriere Appliance

October 2nd, 2017

Lakewood Park Orthodontics is excited to now be using the Carriere Motion Appliance for our Class II orthodontic cases! The Carriere appliance can shorten treatment time and reduce the amount of time spent in wires and brackets. The appliance is barely visible and there is even a clear option for those who would like an even more concealed look.
A class II malocclusion is a very common bite that we see among our patients. With a Class II bite the upper teeth are forward of the lower teeth. This causes an ‘overbite’. We usually treat Class II malocclusions with elastics (sometimes a headgear is also needed at a young age if the malocclusion is significant). Elastics are typically used to fix the bite at the end of treatment. But sometimes patients are ‘burnt out’ by the end of treatment, they are not enthusiastic and therefore their compliance is not up to par. Unfortunately, elastics are only effective if the patient is compliant. With the Carriere appliance, we are able to use the elastics in the beginning of treatment -before the braces even go on. Fixing the malocclusion in the beginning of treatment, when the patient is most compliant, can reduce total treatment time. Plus, it reduces the amount of time spent in wires and brackets making treatment easier on the patients.