119 Massachusetts Ave. Lunenburg, MA 01462
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Dr. John Walker and the professionals at Walker Orthodontics have the skill and experience to treat their younger patients who live in or near Shirley MA with Invisalign for their orthodontic treatment needs.

Opportunity

If a child has not yet lost all of their baby teeth, treatment with Invisalign clear aligners is not needed.  Only when a child’s full set of adult teeth typically is in position by the ages of 12 or 13. For those ages and older, treatment with Dr. Walker with Invisalign can be a convenient and effective method of orthodontic treatment.

Responsibility

Parents and treatment providers must always consider the maturity and ability level of a child when prescribing treatment with Invisalign. The clear aligners are removable by the wearer for eating, brushing, flossing, and cleaning. That makes it easy to wear and maintain. On the other hand, it is also a responsibility for the child to keep track of the tray when it is not being worn. The professionals at Walker Orthodontics may be able to make replacement aligner trays, but they are expensive and the wait may delay the course of treatment.

Treatment

Invisalign clear aligner trays are virtually invisible to the casual observer. They fit snugly over the wearer’s teeth and are made of a thermoplastic material. They exert a gentle pressure to gradually and progressively move the teeth into a more natural position. A child being treated by Dr. Walker with Invisalign may experience less discomfort than with traditional braces. Children in Shirley MA can be active and social and not feel self-conscious that they are being treated for their orthodontic issues.

Support

Dr. Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics in Shirley MA are sensitive to the needs and lifestyles of all their active young patients. They understand the commitment required from a child toward their treatment. For example, they know that Invisalign clear aligners need to be worn 22 hours each day to be effective.

Outcomes

Results vary with each patient. Typically, treatment with the clear aligners provides approximately 43% improvement compared to treatment with traditional braces, which has the potential to show a 90-95% improvement. Also, Invisalign is not indicated in all cases of  malocclusions (e.g., crossbites). Depending on the treatment needs and goals of the patient, the clear aligners are a manageable and comfortable method of orthodontic treatment for children.

Dr. Walker knows that treatment may be a necessity for a child. Yet, it’s also an opportunity for them to learn responsibility and self-confidence while correcting their smiles. With that said, Invisalign may be the right treatment for your child. 


Dr. John Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics are experts in Invisalign. If you have any questions pertaining to braces, clear braces, Invisalign Teen, or Invisalign in Shirley MA, 01464 zip code area, Ayer MA, Groton MA, Fitchburg MA, Westminster MA, Littleton MA, Devens MA, Acton MA, Westford MA, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Walker, contact Walker Orthodontics at: (978) 456-8902.

Did you know that snoring and mouth breathing can kill you? Just a little occasional snore and part-time mouth breathing can destroy your life! Now, it is easy to understand breathing problems, easy to find the cause, and usually easy to fix. Dr. John Walker of Walker Orthodontics, an Advanced Airway Orthodontist, can assist with sleep disorder treatment. As a specialist whose team can find the problem area and prescribe the proper corrective treatment in just a few minutes, with the information shown by the 3D ICAT images. This will help with sleep disorder treatment, snoring treatment, and breathing disorder treatment.

How it all begins

First, consider the structure like plumbing. The pipe we breathe through begins at the tip of the nose and goes to the opening of the lung. It may be blocked, obstructed or it may be too narrow and small for air to pass through it. When this happens, there is a survival instinct to breathe through the mouth and the body adapts to it at expenses of our overall health.

So, what is so bad about mouth breathing?

A lot.

Nitric Oxide

To begin, cold, dry, and dirty air is brought to the lungs. This causes inflammation, which leads to a volume of defensive systems to start working. While preferably, air brought through the nose becomes moistened, warmed, and cleaned before entering the lung.

Most important and recently discovered, is the gas called Nitric Oxide (NO). It is created in the sinuses of the upper jaw. It enters the airway through an opening in the middle of the nose and then travels down to the lung. The function of NO is unique and critical to sustain life. It is the gatekeeper to our immune system. It is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and. More importantly, it is a vasodilator, which effects the heart rhythm, heart rate, and blood pressure.

Only when inhaling air through the nose, NO cleanses the air passing by the adenoids and tonsils, killing the bad bugs along the way. Then, it enters the lung for its key function. It enhances the ability of oxygen (O2) to enter the bloodstream and the carbon dioxide (CO2) to escape and be exhaled. None of these immune or O2/CO2 functions can take place efficiently through mouth breathing because the NO isn’t there.

Nose Breathing

Nose breathing is essential for the immune system to provide clean, warm, moist air. It also allows NO to the lung during the day, as well as during sleep. The mouth breathing at night; instead, prevents the proper sleep pattern and depth.
This is the story of the origin of so many health problems that develop from the lack of nose breathing and its importance.

Now WHY is an orthodontist telling you this? Because crowded, crooked and spaced teeth are often the most easily seen signs of a Breathing and Sleep Disorder along with facial and jaw imbalances.

Kids with this type of dental and facial characteristics usually have some other symptoms that are linked to breathing difficulties; such as:

  • Snoring
  • Restless sleep
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Night tremors
  • Hyperactivity during the day
  • Speech problems
  • Bed wetting
  • Overweight
  • Poor school/sports performance
  • ADHD behavior
  • Headaches
  • History of respiratory infection

Sleep disorder treatment

At this early stage, the treatment is very simple. It consists of eliminating the obstruction that is preventing the child from breathing through their nose. In addition, guiding the facial development with orthodontic appliances.

If the breathing problem is not solved during growth, there are other signs and symptoms that can develop. For example, did you know that flat, worn, chipped teeth are caused by clenching and grinding the jaws during poor restless sleep because the nose or throat are obstructed?

Well, to prevent suffocating when lying down during the night, the lower jaw moves from side to side and forward to open the obstructed airway in order to breathe, but the breathing occurs through the mouth. The brain knows this is a critical serious problem and it stays awake, but lets you be unconscious and in a light state of restless sleep. Sometimes, night guards are prescribed which can be very effective. Still, be aware that studies have shown that night guards that are not made by a sleep specialist can worsen apnea by more than 50%, even if the snoring disappears.

CPAP Mask

On the other hand, if you have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea or your sleep partner tells you that you stop breathing or gasp during your sleep, this is another life-threatening problem and must be corrected promptly. Your physician, maybe has, or will prescribed you to use a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mask for sleep disorder treatment. This may be necessary to your survival. However, you should also look to find what and where the obstruction is.

Wouldn’t it be great and lifesaving to find the obstruction and fix it, to minimize the CPAP wear or even avoid its use? Studies have shown that 85% of the obstructions are in the nose. Those patients wearing the CPAP mask probably understand, the pressure is high, the strap is tight, and still they are unable to breathe well, and much less, sleep. Unknowingly they may well have a repairable obstruction.

The CPAP mask must be worn a minimum of four consecutive hours in order to have any beneficial effect on heart health and have a minimum of seven hours of quality sleep for REM sleep hormones to be produced and effective. If not, the insulin and leptin levels are imbalanced and the brain stores food.

And you wonder why you still gain weight and the diet doesn’t work!

Also, you awaken tired, remain so through the day, and your memory is becoming poor. Furthermore, you may fall asleep driving or in a conversation. Additionally, the risk for life-threatening conditions increases.

Life threatening conditions to sleep disorder

  • Arrhythmia
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Gastric Reflex (GERD)
  • Obesity
  • Daytime Fatigue
  • Work accidents (Pilots, drivers, machinery operators)

Help is available here and now at Walker Orthodontics at the offices in Lunenburg, MA and Harvard, MA. We encourage children’s examination as early as age 3-4 for sleep disorder treatment.


Dr. John Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics are expert orthodontics who can assist in sleep disorder treatment, snoring treatment, and breathing disorder treatment. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces, clear braces, sleep disorder treatment, snoring treatment, and breathing disorder treatment in Harvard MA, Lunenburg MA, Fitchburg MA, Ayer MA, Groton MA, Shirley MA, Westminster MA, Littleton MA, Devens MA, Acton MA, Westford MA, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Walker, contact Walker Orthodontics at: (978) 345-7988 (Lunenburg) or (978) 456-8902 (Harvard).

The costs of orthodontic treatment with braces can differ depending on the orthodontist and the patient who lives in or works near Shirley MA. It depends on the amount of work which needs to be done, the length of the treatment, the insurance company, and the payment plan available. Dr. John Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics treat their patients with a variety of approaches and methods. They can help you understand the expenses associated with braces near Shirley MA.

The Cost of Braces

The average cost of orthodontic treatment in 1980 was about $2,000; or about $5,700 in today’s dollars. The national average for braces is currently $3,000 to $7,000. Today, there are more options than ever for orthodontic treatment. Each option has different costs and benefits associated with them. These options vary in cost due to the system type selected, how difficult the application and debanding procedures will be, your orthodontist’s rate, and the cost of materials.

Metal Braces

Metal braces are the least discreet option, but remain the most widely used method for orthodontic treatment. Dr. Walker says that even though metal braces have remained the primary treatment option for several years, many patients of Walker Orthodontics now choose newer, less visible alternatives to traditional braces.

Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are affixed to the back of the teeth and are completely hidden from sight. They may be uncomfortable for some due to the tongue constantly pushing or rubbing against the metal. If concealment is a patient’s priority, then lingual braces are by far the best option. These are usually the most expensive option with the national average price ranging from about $8,000 to $10,000. Know that your insurance provider may not cover this type of treatment.

Clear Aligners

Today, Invisalign is the preferred orthodontic treatment on the market. This is due to their low visibility and removability by the wearer. This allows for easy cleaning, brushing, flossing and eating. The cost of clear plastic tray aligners like Invisalign can average $4,000 to $7,500 nationally. However, they may be costly to replaced if lost. Furthermore, they will not work for serious dental problems such as malocclusions or crossbites.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are very similar to metal braces. However, their visibility is greatly reduced because they use either clear or tooth-colored brackets. Additionally, they can be a little more expensive than metal braces. The national average price tag range is between $4,000 to $8,000.

Insurance

Consult with your insurance company, as well as your orthodontist, when considering orthodontic treatment near Shirley MA. Many insurance companies won’t pay for treatment if the patient is over 18 years of age.

Dr. Walker says it’s possible to purchase additional orthodontic insurance if your health plan doesn’t cover braces. Make sure to ask about the percentage that they cover (a common figure is 50% with a $1,500 lifetime maximum per child). Know that if you change your insurance plan after the application of your braces, the insurance company may consider it to be a pre-existing condition. In which case, the patient will have to pay out of pocket.


Dr. John Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics are orthodontic experts. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, clear braces, or braces in Shirley MA, 01464 zip code area, Ayer MA, Groton MA, Fitchburg MA, Acton MA, Westminister MA, Littleton MA, Devens MA, Westford MA, Harvard MA, or Lunenburg MA, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Walker, contact Walker Orthodontics at: (978) 456-8902.

Dr. John Walker of Walker Orthodontics works every day with patients in Worcester County, MA who are looking to fix their crooked teeth (malocclusions) and other orthodontic issues. An orthodontist is a qualified dentist who has undergone special training, similar to medical doctors that choose to specialize in fields such as neurology and endocrinology. Orthodontists also undergo extra years of university-based study, as well as gaining extensive experience in an orthodontics residency program.

What kind of problems do orthodontists treat?

Orthodontists help to correct patients’ dental malocclusions (an abnormality in the alignment of the upper and/or lower teeth). This includes under-bites, overbites, cross-bites, spaces between teeth, overcrowded teeth, and the treatment of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Other problems with the function of the jaw should also be treated by an orthodontist.

Treatment Process

A typical consultation with the professional orthodontics practitioners at Walker Orthodontics may include:

  1. An analysis and diagnosis of each patient’s unique needs and outcome expectations.
  2. A report on the issues presented by the patient and a discussion with the doctor about treatment options.
  3. A treatment plan designed to correct the problems presented and to provide for the ongoing oral health of the patient.
  4. A strategy of treatment that is affordable, comfortable, and convenient to the patient while ensuring a maximal treatment outcome.
  5. A preliminary schedule to start treatment.

 

Malocclusion Treatments

A malocclusion refers to crooked or misaligned teeth. It is also a flaw in the relationship between the bottom and top dental arches. Some examples of malocclusions include crossbite, overbite, underbite, open bite, reverse bite, asymmetrical teeth, and impacted teeth. Three orthodontic techniques doctors use to treat malocclusions include:

 

  • Fixed Appliances: Fixed appliances are used in cases of malocclusion where precision is key.  Appliances that are regularly used are braces, fixed space maintainers, or specially made fixed appliances. Although patients usually can eat normally with these appliances, Dr. Walker advises patients in Worcester County, MA to avoid some foods and drinks that may damage their appliance (candy, gum, soda).

 

  • Removable Appliances: Walker Orthodontic use, in some treatments, removable appliances like retainers, lip or cheek bumpers, splints, aligners (like Invisalign), palatal expanders and headgear. Removable appliances can be taken out of the patient’s mouth at any time, unlike fixed appliances. However, they should only be taken out when cleaning, eating, flossing, or if the doctor recommends that they be removed for activities like sports or playing an instrument.

 

  • Orthognathic Surgery: Also referred to as “corrective jaw surgery,” orthognathic surgery is used to correct conditions of the face and jaw; problems that cannot be easily treated with braces. These conditions may be related to other issues like sleep apnea, malocclusions, jaw- or teeth-growth problems, or issues in the structure or function of the jaw. This surgical process involves realigning the bones of the jaw and then keeping them held in place with plates or screws.

The team at Walker Orthodontics are here to help you get the brightest, straightest, and healthiest teeth and mouth.


Dr. John Walker and the team at WAlker Orthodontics are experts in orthodontist. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Worcester County, MA,  Ayer, MA, Groton, MA, Fitchburg, MA, Shirley, MA, Westminister, MA, Littletone, MA, Devens, MA, Acton, MA, Westford, MA, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Walker contact Walker Orthodontics at: (978) 345-7988

Dr. John Walker and the professionals at Walker Orthodontics know that Invisalign clear aligners in Fitchburg, MA are an effective and convenient alternative to traditional metal braces. They have the knowledge and experience to answer their patient’s questions about Invisalign, including if treatment with Invisalign is an option for them.

Invisalign clear aligners are indicated in the treatment of:

 

  • Gap Teeth: Gap teeth can occur because of abnormal growth in the jawbone or when existing teeth spread and move to fill the space where a tooth or teeth are missing. The clear aligners are an effective treatment for positioning gap teeth into a more functional and attractive position within the mouth.
  • Overbite: An overbite (or medically, an “overjet”) is when the upper row of teeth extend out an angle and lie in front of the lower row of teeth when the patient’s mouth is closed. An overbite can cause pain in the jaw or even gum disease. Treatment with Invisalign can correct the overbite and position the teeth more naturally.
  • Underbite: Underbites are the opposite of overbites. Underbites occur when the upper row of teeth bites behind the lower row of teeth. Usually, underbites are caused by an overgrown lower jaw or an underdeveloped upper jaw. Invisalign effectively corrects this misalignment.
  • Open Bite: Open bites occur when the upper row of teeth and the lower row of teeth do not meet in the middle of your smile. This can be caused by a misaligned or abnormal jaw or by thumb sucking. In most patients with an open bite, there is an impairment, and possible pain, with eating and speech. With Invisalign, there is often less pain during treatment compared to other orthodontic treatment options.
  • Overcrowded: When all of the teeth cannot fit into the mouth in correct position. While not typically painful, overcrowded teeth can lead to an accumulation of food, plaque, and tartar, which may lead to tooth decay or gum disease.
  • Crossbite: Crossbite occurs when both the upper and the lower rows of teeth are misaligned in relation to each other. Crossbite can cause abnormal wear on the teeth and lead to bone loss or gum disease.

Dr. John Walker and the team at WAlker Orthodontics are experts in Invisalign. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Ayer, MA, Groton, MA, Fitchburg, MA, Shirley, MA, Westminster, MA, Littleton, MA, Devens, MA, Acton, MA, Westford, MA, 01420 zip code area, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Walker contact Walker Orthodontics at: (978) 345-7988.

One of the main concerns of many patients living near Westminister, MA is how to avoid having bad breath while wearing braces. Dr. John Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics stresses the importance of how good oral hygiene practices are an important part of your orthodontic treatment. However, braces can make brushing more difficult because food particles can stick to the brackets, wires make it hard to floss in between the teeth, and plaque can build up on the surface of the teeth. Keeping your teeth healthy and clean during your course of orthodontic treatment will help them settle into their new positions faster and easier.

  1. Brushing Your Teeth. This is a major part of good oral hygiene and keeping bad breath at bay. To effectively clean your teeth, mouth, and braces, first rinse your mouth out with water to dislodge any food in and around the braces. Dr. Walker says that when you then start brushing, use a fluoride toothpaste and brush the gumline at a 45-degree angle. Then, angle the brush downwards and cover the tops of each bracket, and angle it up to brush the bottoms of the brackets. Be sure to brush every tooth at the gumline, as well as above and below the brackets, and the tops and backs of the teeth. This will ensure that you’ve reached the maximum area of your teeth’s surfaces and will remove any plaque or food remnants. Walker Orthodontics recommends that even if your child has been brushing on their own, they may need help with brushing until they’re comfortable with this new routine.
  2. Flossing Your Teeth. Another good oral hygiene habit is flossing your teeth. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) avers that flossing is just as critical to good oral hygiene as brushing. Although the arch-wire running through your brackets makes this difficult, there are several methods that will help you. Dr. Walker says that one popular tool used for flossing is a floss pick. These are two-pronged and are small enough to fit under the wires to hold a section of floss between them. The opposite end has a pick that is useful to clean brackets or between teeth. Floss picks are available for both children and adults, and can be either reusable or single-use. Another tool commonly used is a floss threader; a thin piece of plastic with a loop at the end to hold the floss.
  3. Use a Fluoride Rinse. Another step that you can take, is to use a fluoride rinse that will clean out any remaining food particles and will also help to prevent bad breath. Swish the solution around in your mouth for thirty seconds and then spit it out into the sink. Try to refrain from eating for thirty minutes after rinsing just to make sure that your teeth remain clean.

Dr. John Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics are experts in braces. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Ayer, MA, Groton, MA, Fitchburg, MA, Shirley, MA, Westminister, MA, Littletone, MA, Devens, MA, Acton, MA, Westford, MA, 01423 zip code area, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Walker contact Walker Orthodontics at: (978) 345-7988

Dr. John Walker of Walker Orthodontics knows that treating serious orthodontic issues with a retainer instead of braces or Invisalign clear aligners is ill advised for patients who live in or work near Westminister, MA. Braces or Invisalign work over a defined course of treatment to optimally re-adjust your teeth. As an orthodontist in Westminister, MA, Dr. Walker knows a retainer would have to be worn consistently to work at keeping teeth straight. While getting a retainer instead of braces may work in some situations, Dr. Walker does not recommend patients to substitute one orthodontic treatment for another.

Orthodontic treatment for patients with braces is a commitment of money, effort, and time. The reward of these commitments is a straight teeth, a more functional mouth and jaw, and a beautiful smile. Some patients may attempt ways to avoid the commitments that braces require and still get perfect teeth. One way people try to do this is by wearing only a retainer instead of braces to straighten their teeth.

When Is a Retainer Indicated Instead of Braces?

Retainers are a good substitute for braces when the issue is extremely minor. For instance, a retainer can be used effectively if the problem concerns only one or two teeth, if there is a slight gap between two teeth, or if one of the teeth is out of place. However, the retainer might have to be worn for a few years for the treatment to be permanent.

When Is a Retainer NOT Indicated Instead of Braces?

There are instances when a retainer should not be used as a substitute for traditional metal braces. For example, patients who have orthodontic issues involving more than one tooth such as overbites, under-bites, cross-bites, gaps between multiple teeth, or many crooked teeth). All of these orthodontic issues are treated by Dr. Walker using braces.

Why Are Braces More Effective Than a Retainer?

The material retainers are made of is not strong enough to shift and move the teeth. Orthodontic treatment like Invisalign clear aligners or traditional metal braces are better options. Retainers, as their name implies, are usually worn after treatment with either Invisalign or braces to retain the newly aligned position of the teeth. They are used to maintain straight teeth, not to make them straight.

Is Invisalign an Option for Me?

Traditional metal braces are not the only option for orthodontic patients living near Westminister, MA. Dr. Walker offers Invisalign clear aligners to his patients who want to avoid wearing metal brackets. Invisalign is clear and removable, just like a retainer. Invisalign offers the best of both approaches to orthodontic treatment with braces and retainers. It’s used by many patients who do not want the bulkiness of traditional braces, but need the permanent results that a retainer alone cannot deliver. After patients complete their course of treatment with Invisalign, they are often fitted with a clear retainer to keep their teeth intact.

Braces are only one option for patients in the surrounding area of Westminister, MA with severe orthodontic treatment needs. Invisalign clear aligners may be the perfect solution that will correct a variety of orthodontic issues while being more comfortable and discreet for the patient. Both effectively treat severe orthodontic issues such as overbites, under-bites, cross-bites, gaps between multiple teeth, or crooked teeth.


Dr. John Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics are experts in braces and retainers. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Ayer, MA, Groton, MA, Fitchburg, MA, Shirley, MA, Westminister, MA, Littletone, MA, Devens, MA, Acton, MA, Westford, MA, 01473 zip code area, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Walker contact Walker Orthodontics at: (978) 345-7988

Treatment with Invisalign by Dr. John Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics delivers straight teeth and healthy smiles to patients who live in or work near Fitchburg MA. Because they are made of a clear thermoplastic, the Invisalign trays are nearly invisible. However, they can be stained, and must be cleaned conscientiously to continue to be effective for the wearer. Well-maintained aligner trays promote cleaner teeth, as well as help get rid of bad breath odors. Dr. Walker is an expert orthodontist in Fitchburg MA who can assist to prevent bad odors or prevent them before they begin.

Keep it Clean

Keep your aligners odor-free, hygienic, and clear with the Invisalign Aligner Cleaning System (www.invisalignstore.com). Special cleaning crystals remove plaque from your Invisalign aligners in about 15 minutes.

Toothbrush and toothpaste

A regular toothbrush and toothpaste are acceptable and affordable alternatives to clean Invisalign trays. It’s best to use a regular toothpaste; many whitening toothpastes are too abrasive and can dull or scratch the clear plastic tray. Keep your teeth clean too by brushing and flossing while cleaning your aligners.

Denture cleaning

Denture cleaning solutions are another way to keep the Invisalign clear aligner trays clean. Many come in tablet form that dissolve in water, forming a bubbly solution that will clear your aligners of any plaque and leave them smelling fresh and clean.

Ultrasonic cleaner

Ultrasonic cleaner appliances are available at retail stores in Fitchburg MA that can help keep the Invisalign trays clear of any debris, and they work gently and effectively. Most cost less than $50.

White vinegar

White vinegar is a time-honored cleaning solution and can be effective in cleaning and deodorizing the Invisalign trays.

Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide mixed with a little water is good in a pinch. This will kill any bacteria and keep the trays clear.


Dr. John Walker of Walker Orthodontics is an expert orthodontist in Fitchburg MA. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces, clear braces, or an orthodontist in Fitchburg MA, 01420, Ayer MA, Groton MA, Shirley MA, Westminster MA, Littleton MA, Devens MA, Acton MA, Westford MA, Harvard MA, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Walker, contact Walker Orthodontics at: (978) 345-7988.

Dr. John Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics offer Invisalign Teen in Harvard MA. Invisalign Teen aligner trays are made of a clear thermoplastic material that are custom made to fit over the teeth. They gently exert pressure on misaligned teeth to bring them into a more natural, functional, and attractive position. Invisalign Teen is the clear alternative to traditional braces for children and teenagers in Harvard MA.

Why Invisalign Teen in Harvard MA?

Clear

No wires, no brackets, and no rubber bands! Instead, a clear, plastic tray that fits snugly over the teeth is all that is involved.

Removable

The clear aligners can be removed by the wearer for eating, drinking, brushing, flossing, and cleaning the trays. Children don’t need to be self-conscious about wearing Invisalign. Still, it must be worn 23 hours per day to achieve the best results.

Easy to care for

Invisalign Teen is easy to clean by brushing the trays with regular toothpaste and toothbrush, or even a rinse in denture cleanser.

Effective

Invisalign Teen straightens teeth to a more functional, attractive position. Treatment with Invisalign typically takes the same amount of time as treatment with traditional braces in Harvard MA.


Dr. John Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics are experts in Invisalign Teen. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces, clear braces, Invisalign, or Invisalign Teen in Harvard MA, Ayer MA, Groton MA, Fitchburg MA, Shirley MA, Westminster MA, Littleton MA, Devens MA, Acton MA, Westford MA, 01451, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Walker, contact Walker Orthodontics at: (978) 456-8902.

Dr. John Walker is an expert orthodontist in Harvard MA who recommends to his patients who play sports that they wear a mouthguard. By doing this, it allows their teeth protected while undergoing orthodontic treatment in Harvard MA.

What do mouthguards do?

Mouthguards help prevent injuries to the teeth and jaws when patients get active in sports or physical activities in Harvard MA. They are mandatory in collision sports such as football, hockey, and boxing.

Children and adults involved in incidental contact sports like basketball, baseball, wrestling, soccer, and volleyball are now wearing mouthguards to prevent injuries to the mouth.

In fact, a study of high school athletes found that 75% of injuries occurred when mouthguards were not worn, with 40% coming during basketball and baseball. As a result, whether you’re a child or adult, mouthguards are essential for ALL ATHLETES.

Orthodontic mouthguards

Orthodontic mouthguards are available only by orthodontists like Dr. Walker in Harvard MA. These mouthguards may be more expensive than the others. That’s because they are customized to fit and protect the teeth and braces.

Orthodontic mouthguards offer the most comfort and protection of any other type of mouthguard available.

Playing sports with Invisalign

Dr. Walker and the professionals at Walker Orthodontics know that playing sports during orthodontic treatment in Harvard MA is easier and more enjoyable with Invisalign clear aligners. Being treated with traditional braces often puts limits on a wearer’s physical activity like participating in sports.

Traditional braces are susceptible to damage from impact, and their construction (brackets and wires) may cause discomfort for the wearer. But Invisalign is made of a clear, thermoplastic material that is smoother and more comfortable for the wearer.


Dr. John Walker of Walker Orthodontics is an expert orthodontist in Harvard MA. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces, clear braces, or an orthodontist in Harvard MA, 01451, Fitchburg MA, Ayer MA, Groton MA, Shirley MA, Westminster MA, Littleton MA, Devens MA, Acton MA, Westford MA, or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Walker, contact Walker Orthodontics at: (978) 345-7988.