At Somerville Orthodontics, we believe that a healthy, beautiful smile can provide life-long confidence and opportunity. We proudly serve Somerville and all communities of greater Boston and promise to work with you, as part of a team, to provide the best possible treatment and experience. Somerville Orthodontics is a modern, clean and state-of-the-art dental facility and we invite you to become part of our orthodontic family. We offer various affordable treatment options including standard braces, clear or ceramic braces, Invisalign and clear aligners. Our goal is to listen precisely to your concerns and provide comprehensive information so that together, we can create your best smile.
How is an orthodontist different from a general dentist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who has received an additional two or three years of specialty training from an accredited orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics residency after dental school. Dr. Lee will work with you to straighten your teeth, address any jaw discrepancies and help establish an aesthetic and functional smile.
Do I need to have teeth taken out as part of my orthodontic treatment?
The answer to this question depends on your specific concerns and the amount of crowding and dental protrusion you start with. For some patients, it is necessary to remove adult teeth in order to ensure the long-term health and stability of the remaining teeth. Dr. Lee will be able to give you more details after the initial consultation.
Is there a way to finish my treatment faster?
There are several ways to accelerate your orthodontic treatment. The easiest methods are: 1) keep all of your scheduled appointments, 2) avoid damaging or breaking any braces or appliances, 3) make sure you visit the dentist and keep your teeth sparkling clean, and 4) faithfully wear your elastics or appliances as directed by your orthodontist. In addition to these guidelines, there are also methods that can accelerate your bone biology to help your teeth move faster. Dr. Lee will be able to give you more details about how we can utilize your own biology to help reduce your treatment time.
Do I need to see a dentist while I’m receiving orthodontic treatment?
Absolutely yes! It is imperative that you see a dentist at least every 6 months (and ideally every 3 or 4 months) while you are receiving orthodontic treatment. The dentist is part of the team and routine dental exams and cleanings will help minimize the chances of developing cavities and gum disease during treatment.
What is the best age to visit the orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children should first visit the orthodontist around the age of seven, but there is no age limit for orthodontic treatment if your teeth, gums and jaw bones are healthy. Regardless of age, if you want to improve your smile any time is the best time to visit the orthodontist.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
The length of orthodontic treatment can vary depending on your specific concerns and treatment plan. Every patient is unique and each person’s biology can respond differently in response to orthodontic treatment. Dr. Lee will be able to give you more details after the initial consultation, but it is our goal to try and minimize the time and number of visits it takes to establish your best smile.
I saw an advertisement for aligners delivered directly to my home. Should I order my aligners on-line?
Recently, many companies have started to advertise direct-to-consumer aligners that do not require routine visits to the orthodontist. At Somerville Orthodontics we strongly believe that the best and most stable orthodontic results will be achieved after a thorough, in-person exam, diagnosis, and personalized treatment plan. In addition, regular monitoring of your teeth and bite during treatment is essential to ensure your tooth movement stays on track, that your teeth and gums stay healthy during treatment, and that you are happy with your final result. Moving teeth is a complex medical procedure and there are significant risks in doing it yourself.
What will happen if I decide not to get orthodontic treatment?
Many people live very long, healthy and happy lives without ever receiving orthodontic treatment. Certain malocclusions can worsen with time and can potentially lead to negative outcomes such as uneven tooth wear, skeletal asymmetry and TMJ concerns. We understand that the decision to start orthodontic treatment can require a significant time and financial commitment. Our team is here to answer your questions and provide all the necessary information so you can make the best decision for you and your family.
Our goal at Somerville Orthodontics is to help you obtain a beautiful, straight, functional smile. We understand that starting orthodontic treatment is a complex decision and our team is here to answer any questions you may have and to assist you throughout this process.
At your initial consultation visit, you will have the opportunity to meet our team and tour our state-of-the-art dental facility. You will receive a comprehensive evaluation including X-rays and digital photographs, and find out which treatment options best suit your particular malocclusion and concerns. We will work together to develop a customized treatment plan and discuss all financial information, insurance coverage, payment plans and the next steps moving forward.
Financial Information and Insurance
The cost of your orthodontic treatment may vary depending on your specific concerns and treatment plan. Our team will discuss the cost of treatment with you during your initial consultation and provide payment plan options. We understand that orthodontic treatment is an investment and we will work with you to create a plan that fits your budget. We accept most dental insurance plans, including MassHealth, Delta Dental and Blue Cross Blue Shield.