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Orthodontic Treatment

At Cumberland Dental Specialists, we provide comprehensive, customized orthodontic treatment to kids, teens, and adults. Dr. Ben Chan, our experienced orthodontist, is committed to making you feel comfortable and cared for while addressing malocclusion (bite alignment issues) and teeth crowding or gaps. To this end, we take the time necessary to provide exceptional service, and we utilize the most advanced techniques and technology available. We also believe that the better informed you are, the more you will enjoy and participate in the teeth straightening process. Furthermore, children will also typically be more cooperative if they understand the purpose of their braces or orthodontic appliances. We want you to know you’re in qualified hands, so we’re always happy to answer questions and address any concerns you may have.

Child/Early Phase Orthodontics

Addressing developing concerns before they become more significant and uncomfortable is possible with the aid of child and early phase orthodontics. This approach can correct jaw problems and reduce the risk of having to pull teeth.

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Adult Orthodontics

It’s never too late to improve your smile. Adult orthodontics, including innovative clear braces and aligners, make it possible to enhance bite alignment and straighten teeth more comfortably, discreetly, and rapidly than ever before.

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While the term “braces” may prompt you to think about metallic brackets that are prominently visible on the teeth, the fact is that many types of braces and orthodontic appliances available today are designed to provide both adults and children with a less noticeable way of straightening the teeth and correcting bite irregularities. Our practice offers a variety of options, including traditional braces, clear or ceramic braces, and Invisalign®!

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Orthodontic Patient Education

Have a question about oral hygiene, braces care, orthodontic appliances, or an urgent dental matter? Check out our patient education page for helpful information about how to care for your braces and address common problems.

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The most popular way to straighten teeth, Invisalign® uses a series of clear aligner trays to gently reposition teeth discreetly and quickly. Both adults and teens can use Invisalign to correct their smiles without obvious signs of treatment.

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We have been going to Drs. Chan and Goodman since the kids’ first dentist visit nearly 12 years ago. The experience has been excellent from baby teeth to braces. The kids are always treated kindly by the staff, and the hygienists and dentists talk directly to the kids about their teeth and brushing habits. They also clearly explain to us (as parents) what is going on, and discuss what the options are based on the situation. There are usually a few options, and they make sure we are comfortable with the recommendations – with time to make informed decisions. This team really cares about their patients and it has made going to the dentist a positive experience!

Lisa Marceau
June 23, 2017

TADs - Temporary Anchorage Devices

Some patients have orthodontic concerns that may benefit from a bit of extra help during the treatment process. TADs (temporary anchorage devices) are small implants made of a titanium material. They can be strategically placed through soft tissues and bone to work in tandem with braces or Invisalign®, ultimately serving as an aid to the primary orthodontic treatment. TADs can help move the teeth into the desired position, anchoring the braces or aligners as they progressively shift the teeth. For many patients, TADs will not be necessary; however, they can make the orthodontic treatment more effective for others. Placing the TADs is typically a quick process, and most patients are already used to them after about one or two days.

What does it mean to be a board-certified orthodontist?

The American Board of Orthodontics is designed to evaluate and certify orthodontists who have completed an exacting list of criteria, including completing an accredited orthodontics residency and demonstrating the ability to perform the highest standards of care in the safest and most ethical manner possible. Not all orthodontists are board-certified like Dr. Ben Chan, and we encourage patients to seek out one who is. Board-certified orthodontists are expected to remain knowledgeable about the latest advances in their field, and to complete continuing education courses to maintain their certification. This can assure patients that their orthodontist is well-versed in the appropriate modalities for their needs and goals.

Our board-certified orthodontist offers state-of-the-art teeth-straightening options and gentle, compassionate treatment. Extensively trained in a broad array of orthodontic techniques, Dr. Ben Chan can help patients of all ages achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile.

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