Orthodontics

Orthodontists

Harvard Dental Center Orthodontics Services

  • Youth and adult orthodontics
  • Invisalign (when appropriate)
  • Tooth-colored or clear braces
  • Early treatment for children, when necessary
  • TMJ-TMD (jaw joint) therapy
  • Multidisciplinary care for complex cases
  • 3-D dental and facial imaging for accurate diagnosis

Why Choose Orthodontics at Harvard?

  • World-class experts
  • Free consultation
  • Best value in Boston
  • Variety of insurance plans accepted (depending on Practice)
  • Extended payment terms available (pending length of care)
  • Culturally sensitive care
  • Choice of Teaching or Faculty Practice (pending appropriate consultation)

Affordable and Accessible

Since Harvard is a nonprofit institution, the expert residents and faculty are able to provide the highest level of care at an affordable price. The office is conveniently located in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area, with easy access by public transportation and parking available nearby.

State-of-the-Art Technologies

Harvard orthodontists are dedicated to using the latest technological advances—such as our 3-D radiation-free imaging system for dental impressions—to ensure patient comfort and provide the highest-possible treatment quality.

Individualized Care

Because of its location within the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, with faculty experts in all the dental specialties, the orthodontics practice at the Harvard Dental Center offers patients an extraordinary level of care not found in traditional orthodontics practices. Patients benefit from the close interaction between orthodontists and world-class specialists in related dental fields, thus facilitating the treatment of complex and interdisciplinary cases—all in the same dental office.

Why Do Some People Need Orthodontic Treatment?

In addition to the esthetic and psychological problems associated with an unattractive smile, untreated orthodontic problems can cause difficulty cleaning, abnormal wear of the tooth surfaces, damage to tissues supporting the teeth, difficulty speaking, and possibly joint problems (TMJ-TMD).

When Should Children First Visit the Orthodontist?

 

 

 

 

 

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children get an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. Getting early check ups allows the orthodontist to spot certain problems that are best treated earlier than usual. This can prevent more serious problems from developing, and may allow the orthodontists to utilize growth to achieve a better result. Even if your child is older than 7, it’s still important to have an orthodontic check-up as soon as possible since children continue to grow into their teens and most orthodontic problems can be successfully treated at any age.

What Does Orthodontic Treatment Involve?

Orthodontic treatment involves either fixed or removable appliances that guide the teeth and/or jaws to a better position. Orthodontic treatment involves a significant amount of patient cooperation so an excellent orthodontic result requires a cooperative orthodontic patient. Patient cooperation involves wearing orthodontic appliances as prescribed, visiting the orthodontist every 4-6 weeks to adjust the orthodontic appliances, avoiding certain types of food, practicing good hygiene habits, and going to the family dentist for regular cleanings and dental check-ups to maintain oral health.

How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?

The duration of comprehensive orthodontic treatment can vary between 6 and 36 months depending on the problem’s severity and the patient’s compliance. Patients that take care of their orthodontic appliances, keep their teeth clean, wear their rubber bands and/or other appliances as instructed and avoid missing appointments usually complete their treatment on-time with good results.

Am I Too Old for Braces?

Absolutely not! Healthy teeth, bones, and gums respond well to orthodontic treatment regardless of age. Most orthodontic problems can be treated during adulthood and esthetic treatment options have made orthodontic treatment more appealing to the adult group.

What Is Clear Aligner Orthodontic Therapy?

 

 

 

 

Clear aligner orthodontic treatment like Invisalign® involves using a series of clear plastic trays to gradually move the teeth to the position the orthodontist plans on a computer. Although there are limitations to the types of problems that can be treated using this technique, many orthodontic problems can be successfully treated with clear aligners either alone or in conjunction with braces. Orthodontic treatment with clear aligners generally requires more patient cooperation; however, in the end provides an esthetic treatment option with easier cleanings and few dietary restrictions. Please make an appointment for a consultation to find out if clear aligner therapy is an option for you.

Become a Patient Today!

Call now to set up a free initial orthodontics consultation.

617-432-1434

Press 1 for the Teaching Practices, a modern dental facility dedicated to patient oral health where treatment is delivered by orthodontics residents.

Press 2 for the Faculty Group Practice, a group dental practice offering quality dental care delivered by faculty of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Harvard faculty members teach and conduct state-of-the art research in addition to providing the highest quality dental care.

Harvard’s expert orthodontists in either practice look forward to welcoming you and providing you with the best possible care at an affordable price in a world- class institution.