• Board Certified
  • Tufts School of Dental Medicine 1996
  • University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine 1992
  • University of Colorado 1988
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    Dr. Carrie Webb
    102 Church Street
    Whitinsville, MA 01588
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    Brushing and Flossing

    Mouthguards

    If you are an athlete, we highly suggest the use of an orthodontic mouthguard while you are in braces. This is not only used to protect your teeth, but also your lips and cheeks should a significant bump to the face occur.  Read More...


    Separators

    Welcome to the first part of your orthodontic treatment.  Today you received blue elastics called separators.  The separators are placed between your teeth to open a little space which is necessary for your next appointment.  Read More...

     

    How to care for your braces:

    When you first get your braces, teeth may become sore. Take what you would normally take for a headache until your teeth begin to feel better. (An anti-inflammatory such as Advil, Motrin, etc will typically work best.) Because everyone is different, soreness can vary anywhere between a few days up to a week.  Read More...

     

    Minor Emergencies and Braces

    Throughout the first few appointments as the teeth become aligned, the wire may become long and scratchy in the back behind the band. Wax can be used until a quick appointment is made to trim the wire. Read More...

     

    Appliances you may receive throughout your treatment

    The expander is designed to widen the palate and/or correct your child’s crossbite. Here are a few helpful tips for home.  Read More...

     

    Orthodontic Elastics

    Elastics create a continuous force causing the upper and lower teeth to move into alignment.  The elastics are connected to specific teeth to move the teeth in a planned direction. Read More...

     

    Retainers

    The essix retainer is made of clear durable plastic, it snaps into place over your teeth.  Our office uses the essix retainer as a temporary retainer to maintain your orthodontic results.  In a few weeks you will receive acrylic retainers which you will wear as instructed. Read More...

     

    Malocclusions are fairly common in children (as well as adults). While some malocclusions are so minor that no treatment would provide a demonstrable benefit, serious malocclusions may require intervention in the form of appliances such as braces.

    For this reason, regular dental checkups are critical because they provide an opportunity for a dental professional to spot small problems before they become big ones. During a routine exam, your dentist may be able to determine if the child's jaws are growing properly and at the same rate.

    If your child has any of the following symptoms, a more detailed orthodontic exam may be called for:
    • "Loose" jaws that can be easily shifted around or make popping noises when opening or closing
    • Abnormal bite relationship (teeth that don?t match up well when biting)
    • Baby teeth that are lost too early or too late
    • Biting the cheek or roof of the mouth
    • Breathing through the mouth excessively (instead of through the nose)
    • Disproportionate teeth or jaws
    • Problems with biting down or chewing food
    • Teeth that have become crowded, knocked out or in the wrong place
    • Thumb-sucking or finger-sucking
    Benefits of early treatment in children

    Here are just some of the benefits of catching problems early:
    • Avoiding impacted teeth
    • Avoiding more costly and lengthy orthodontic treatments in later life
    • Avoiding soft tissue and palate injuries from protruding teeth
    • Bad habits like thumb- or finger- sucking can be corrected
    • Correcting breathing, speaking, swallowing or eating problems
    • Creating space for newly erupting or future erupting teeth
    • Erupting teeth and jaws can be gently glided into their correct positions
    About early extractions

    Extracting a tooth (either primary of permanent) before its time can sometimes do more harm than good.

    There are reasonable instances, and good cause, however, for extracting teeth early in a child.

    Common justifications for an early tooth extraction include preserving space for other incoming teeth to avoid crowding and possible impacted teeth later on, or to clear an obstructed tooth that is preventing a jaw from forming correctly.

    As your child grows

    Orthodontists employ a wide variety of "growth modification" techniques to help nature correct problems as your child grows.

    Orthodontic appliances can do wonders as your child develops. For example, an appliance may stave off problems with an upper or lower jaw that isn't growing at the same rate as the other, or correct problems that are creating difficulties with chewing or swallowing.

    Whatever the cause, orthodontic treatment during your child's development will reap substantial dividends in adult life, including avoidance of possible surgery, improved oral health and improved self-esteem.

    Typically, children between the ages of 10 (usually girls) and 12 (usually boys) benefit greatly from procedures designed to correct jaw length and width problems.

    Keep in mind that orthodontic treatment involves a firm commitment from the child, as well as the parent. The kinds of changes such treatment is designed for sometimes take years to fully realize their benefit. Also bear in mind that even the most dedicated commitment is no guarantee of permanent results. Nature sometimes has a way of taking over, and in limited cases, relapses can occur later on.

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