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Orthodontic treatment with traditional braces may not be a treatment option for adults. Braces are obvious, can be uncomfortable, and require conscientious care. Dr. John Walker of Walker Orthodontics in Worcester County, MA knows that nearly twenty percent of people wearing braces today are adults, and not all of them are obvious braces wearers. For these patients, Invisalign is the clear alternative to braces. Invisalign offers these patients:

Comfort

Treatment with Invisalign is more comfortable than treatment with traditional metal braces. Invisalign clear aligners can be removed by the wearer to eat and clean the tray. This makes eating and drinking, brushing and flossing, and cleaning the aligners much easier. Patients being treated with Invisalign also avoid any irritation that might be caused the wires and brackets associated with traditional braces.

Appearance

Traditional metal braces are often associated with teenagers. On a young person, braces may be considered charming, but braces’ visibility can be inhibiting to an adult wearer. Invisalign aligners are clear, not metal. They don’t have bands or wires attached to teeth. The aligner trays are made of a thin, clear plastic, and they are virtually invisible when being worn. All the way, Invisalign is straightening your teeth in the same manner as traditional braces.

Shortened Treatment Time

The time that it will take for the teeth to move into their proper positions with Invisalign for adults is often less than the time it might take with traditional braces. The course of treatment with Invisalign is typically one-and-a-half years. Metal braces can take up to five years to be effective.

Cost

The price of treatment with traditional metal braces currently ranges from $3,000 to $7,000. This is comparable to the cost of treatment with Invisalign, which ranges from $4,000 to $7,500. Invisalign often is a preferred option when compared to the costs and benefits of ceramic and lingual braces, which cost from $4,000 to $8,000 and $8,000 to $10,000 respectively, and cannot be removed without undergoing a debanding procedure.

Treatment

With Invisalign, a computer program analyzes the current position of your teeth and formulates a corrective treatment plan. A series of aligners are then manufactured to these specifications that will work to straighten teeth into their correct position.

Insurance Plans

Most dental insurance plans cover Invisalign for adults just as they would other orthodontic treatment options like metal braces. Speak to someone on the Walker Orthodontics team as well as your insurance provider to determine what financing and insurance options are available.

If you’re an adult looking to improve your smile without any of the discomfort or self-consciousness associated with traditional braces, Invisalign might be the perfect option for you. Dr. Walker of Walker Orthodontics can help;

They are experts in treating Invisalign for adults in Worcester County, MA. For more information about Invisalign and if it’s right for you, visit our site at http://www.drwalkerortho.com. You can also contact us at our locations in Worcester County, MA:
Lunenberg, MA (978) 345-7988
Harvard, MA (978) 456-8902.

Changes in appearance may be a contributing factor that cause adults to choose NOT to get braces. Dr. John Walker at Walker Orthodontics has a solution; get fitted for clear braces near Groton, MA!

Dr. Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics know that adults who delay necessary orthodontic treatment may be damaging their mouth and negatively affecting their overall health.

Traditional metal braces are very visible and may cause problems when talking, laughing, and when “saying ‘Cheese!’”. Invisalign brand clear aligners are a new and improved way for adults to treat their misaligned teeth and jaws.

What are clear braces?

Clear braces are made of clear ceramic materials, and they attach to the teeth in the same way that traditional metal braces do. Clear braces do require a bit more care due to their more fragile nature. But the low-visibility nature of this treatment option appeals to adults who are avoiding orthodontic care because of the appearance of metal braces.

What are the advantages of clear braces?

Clear braces offer many advantages over other orthodontic treatment systems such as Invisalign clear plastic tray aligners. Clear braces provide an invisible way to correct several different types of severe or complex orthodontic issues. Patients near Groton, MA being treated with clear braces will be guaranteed to complete their treatment on time and with exceptional results. Clear braces are also a great alternative to traditional metal braces because they have fewer metal parts, so they are less likely to cause painful poking or irritation.

How much do clear braces cost?

Clear braces can range in price. The cost of orthodontic treatment with clear braces near Groton, MA is often comparable to treatment with traditional metal braces. Dr. Walker works with his patients to customize orthodontic treatment plans that address price, length of treatment, and insurance coverage options. The team at Walker Orthodontics can offer their patients different payment options with several popular insurance plans.

How can I get clear braces?

Are you interested in learning more about clear braces? If you think clear braces may be the right option for you, Walker Orthodontics is a trusted provider of clear braces near Groton, MA. Contact Dr. Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics near Groton, MA at: (978) 345-7988.

What questions should I ask?

For folks who want to improve the appearance of their smile, the effectiveness of their bite, and/or their overall oral and dental health, feeling in charge of their orthodontic treatment decisions and feeling prepared for their initial consultation is important. During your initial consultation with Walker Orthodontics, Dr. John Walker will answer your questions about orthodontics and your oral health. If orthodontic treatment is indicated, Dr. Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics will then outline a treatment plan that will best treat your orthodontic issues and provide for the utmost treatment outcome.

Some commonly asked questions during an initial consultation with an orthodontist may include:

1. What kinds of treatment options do I have to get straighter teeth and healthier smile?

Are any of the alternatives to traditional metal braces right for me? Your consultation is the best time to ask the doctor which treatment options are available to you that will ensure the best outcome for your individual needs. Dr. Walker will discuss with you your treatment goals and help you learn about the options available to achieve them. (At Walker Orthodontics, many patients opt for alternative treatments such as Invisalign clear aligners.)

2. What kind of preparation is needed to get braces? How many visits will the treatment take?

It’s always a good idea to ask questions like these to ensure that you’re comfortable with undergoing orthodontic treatment and that it fits conveniently into your schedule and budget.

3. Should I expect any pain while I have braces?

A lot of people who could readily benefit from orthodontic treatment shy away from the idea because they fear it might be a painful process. This is a common concern for many patients, and it’s one that you should talk about with your orthodontics provider. The Walker Orthodontics team will explain exactly what to expect and how to treat any discomfort their patients may experience.

4. What determines how long I have to wear braces?

During your consultation, Dr. Walker will evaluate your teeth and jaw alignment to determine the best course of treatment, and he will present a schedule approximating the length of treatment. (Orthodontics can be a lengthy process, so don’t be disappointed if you don’t notice a huge change in a short amount of time. You’ll achieve your dream smile soon!)

5. How will braces affect my lifestyle, my diet, and my activity level?

It’s impossible to avoid having to make changes in your lifestyle, specifically your dietary habits, once you begin orthodontic treatment. You may find that you need to make just a few changes to your daily routine to have a faster and more successful treatment outcome. During your consultation, Dr. Walker will discuss with you any recommended diet or lifestyle changes so that you’ll be prepared and ready by the time your orthodontic treatment begins.

Other important questions you may want to ask.

• How long will a typical adjustment appointment last?
• What are the typical costs associated with orthodontic treatment, and what should you expect to pay?
• What orthodontic treatment costs does your insurance plan cover?
• Who arranges for insurance company pre-authorizations, if necessary?
• Who files the associated insurance forms for treatment?
• What flexibility is there to pay any outstanding charges not covered by insurance?

Your initial orthodontic consultation is just the first step toward the healthiest smile you can achieve. Be sure to bring a list of your questions for Dr. Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics near Groton, MA. To schedule an initial consultation with Walker Orthodontics, call: (978) 345-7988.

Dr. John Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics prescribe and treat their patients near Acton, MA with Invisalign clear aligner trays more and more these days. Invisalign has quickly gained popularity and become one of the top orthodontic treatments around the world. Invisalign is the clear alternative to braces.

Fit and Finish

The Invisalign trays are made of a clear thermoplastic material that is molded to fit snugly over the surfaces of the wearer’s teeth. Invisalign aligners are fitted to and created for each patient. A 3D imaging and design program is used to develop a treatment plan with the aligners. It plots each series of trays that the patient will wear during their course of treatment. The trays gently, progressively, and effectively move the teeth into their new positions.

Power and Performance

A course of treatment with Invisalign, developed by Dr. Walker, involves graduating progressively over a period of time through a series of clear tray aligners. The aligner trays exert a gentle pressure on the teeth to move them into a more natural position in the mouth. Each new set of aligners moves the teeth further into their optimal natural position. Invisalign is as effective as traditional metal braces but without the complicated wires and metal brackets.

Comfort and Convenience

Treatment with Invisalign frees the wearer from frequent and inconvenient adjustment appointments that are necessary when wearing traditional braces. The smooth plastic surfaces of the Invisalign aligner trays prevents the irritation and discomfort associated with the myriad metal parts of traditional braces. They can be removed for eating, brushing, flossing, and caring for the trays. Invisalign aligner trays are virtually invisible to the casual observer. They can be worn throughout the day or evening without anyone noticing they are being worn.

Protection Plan

Walker Orthodontics know that teeth may drift back to their old positions in the mouth after orthodontic treatment. A retainer is typically required after treatment with Invisalign. Wearing a retainer will help the teeth settle into their new spots and maintain their positions. Conscientiously wearing the retainer will ensure that your teeth will remain straight and in position.

To learn more about treatment with Invisalign, how it works, and if it is right for you, call Dr. Walker and the orthodontia professionals at Walker Orthodontics. They are experts in treating their patients near Acton, MA with Invisalign clear aligner trays. For a consultation, call: (978) 456-8902.

Dr. John Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics recommends to their patients who play sports that they wear a mouthguard so that their braces stay protected during their activity. Dr. Walker believes it is important for all his patients to know exactly what mouthguards do and why they are important. Active patients can focus then on their game and also stay on schedule with their orthodontic treatment near Littleton, MA. The professionals at Walker Orthodontics treat all their patients with the care and consistency that their lifestyles demand while ensuring the best possible treatment outcomes.

What do mouthguards do?

Mouthguards help prevent injuries to the teeth and jaws when patients get active in sports or physical activities. Many sports teams and leagues (football, lacrosse, and ice hockey) require mouthguards because they help keep the players teeth and mouth safe during their activity. When a patient has braces, mouthguards are even more important so the braces stay intact and do not break.

What are the different types of mouthguards available?

There are three main kinds of mouthguards that can be used by patients with braces near Littleton, MA. These three kinds of mouthguards are:

1. Stock Mouthguards: Stock mouthguards are inexpensive, come ready to wear, and can be bought at most sporting goods stores. Stock mouthguards offer the least amount of protection for a patient’s teeth and braces. They are a one-size-fits-all uniform fit and therefore cannot be adjusted easily. Some patients find them bulky and that they make talking and breathing difficult.

2. Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards: Boil-and-bite mouthguards mold to the player’s teeth and gums. To get a custom fit, a patient would heat the mouthguard in hot water to soften the thermoplastic material. The patient then bites down on the warm, softened mouthguard to mold it perfectly to fit their teeth and braces. Boil-and-bite mouthguards can be found at most sporting goods stores and, although they are a little more expensive than stock mouthguards, they are not prohibitively expensive.

3. Orthodontic Mouthguards: Orthodontic mouthguards are available only by orthodontists like Dr. Walker. These mouthguards may be more expensive than the others, and they are customized to fit and protect the teeth and braces. Orthodontic mouthguards offer the most comfort and protection of any of these types of mouthguards.

No matter what mouthguard you choose, Dr. Walker and the pros at Walker Orthodontics want to make sure that your teeth and braces are fully protected during any kind of physical activity. It’s important to any competitor to perform their best on the field, diamond, or court, so make sure your braces are protected while you play. For more information on mouthguards or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Walker, please call Walker Orthodontics near Littleton, MA today at: (978) 456-8902

Dr. John Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics near Westford, MA offer their patients a variety of orthodontic treatment approaches that help ensure the best possible treatment outcomes.

When someone mentions orthodontics or an orthodontist, people’s minds often race to images of a mouth full of traditional metal braces. But, orthodontists today can offer their patients more than just traditional braces. Advances in technology, specifically in the field of the alignment of teeth or the repositioning of the jaws, have given orthodontists many treatment options and approaches to fix these common problems.

Braces

One of the main treatment approaches orthodontists use to align and straighten teeth are traditional metal braces. Traditional braces are comprised of brackets, wires, and bands that straighten your teeth and which are continually tightened over a prescribed amount of time. Dr. Walker also offer patients near Westford, MA treatment with light-colored ceramic braces (for patients who do not want their braces to be noticeable) and even fun clear-colored bands for his youngest patients. Braces can also be indicated for patients with overbites, underbites, or overcrowded or gapped teeth. Braces are used by many patients to achieve a perfect-picture smile.

Space Maintainers

When baby teeth are lost earlier than normal, space fillers are used so that the neighboring teeth do not grow into the space meant for the adult tooth to grow into. These space maintainers are used to keep the gap open until more childhood teeth fall out and the adult teeth begin to grow in. Fixed space maintainers work with a band that is attached to one tooth and a wire that is extended across the gap to the tooth on the other side to stretch and keep the gap open.

Aligners

Like braces, aligners help to straighten and align teeth, and they are indicated in treating:

• underbites
• overbites
• open bites
• cross bites
• crowded teeth

Aligners like Invisalign are clear plastic trays that fit around your teeth and apply consistent pressure to straighten your teeth and contribute to your perfect smile.

Jaw Repositioning Appliances

Jaw repositioning appliances, sometimes called splints, are used to adjust either the upper or the lower jaw so that the whole jaw structure performs more naturally. Most often, this appliance is prescribed for patients with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

Lip and Cheek Bumpers

Sometimes, patient’s lips and cheeks can put pressure on their teeth and cause pain or discomfort. Walker Orthodontics recommends lip and cheek bumpers for these patients to help keep the lips and cheeks away from the teeth and thus reduce or eliminate the pressure, pain, or discomfort that the patient is experiencing.

Palatal Expander

A palatal expander is used to widen the curve of the upper jaw. It is a plastic tray which fits on the roof of the mouth and helps to better align the bones and joints in the mouth.

Removable Retainers

After orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign, using a retainer to keep the teeth from shifting back to their original positions is often indicated. Retainers are a plate that is placed on the roof of the mouth; a wire runs across the outside of the front teeth. Retainers may also be constructed as a plastic aligner. More often than not, these aligners are worn during the night.

Headgear

Headgear, usually, is a strap placed around the back of the head which is attached to a metal wire in the front of the mouth. Orthodontists prescribe headgear for patients who need to slow the growth of their jaw and to make sure that the patient’s teeth are in the right place and fit nicely within the jaw.

Walker Orthodontics wants to make sure you receive the perfect orthodontic treatment with braces near Westford, MA, and finding the most appropriate plan of orthodontic treatment is the first step. Orthodontists today offer a lot more treatment options than just traditional metal braces. The professional team at Walker Orthodontics prescribe treatment plans for a variety of oral health care-related issues, including the alignment of teeth and the repositioning the jaw. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Walker and Walker Orthodontics, please call: (978) 456-8902

For decades, traditional metal braces were the go-to choice for orthodontic treatment. Most often because it was the only option available to patients needing orthodontic treatment near Westminster, MA. Today, there are more treatment options than there were in the past. Dr. John Walker and the professionals at Walker Orthodontics know that treatment with Invisalign clear aligners near Westminster, MA has been more sought after than any other orthodontic treatment option currently available. So before you choose Invisalign for yourself or your child, the team at Walker Orthodontics recommends that you learn a little more about this popular treatment.

What is Invisalign? Invisalign is a new approach to get a straight and healthy smile. It uses custom-made aligners to gradually shift teeth. Every two weeks, a new aligner is fitted to the wearer and the process recurs for the rest of treatment.
What makes Invisalign different from traditional metal braces? The difference between the two is that Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. The trays are clear and fit right over the teeth, so people won’t even know that you’re straightening your teeth. Unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign has no metal brackets or wires, making it more comfortable and less painful. Invisalign aligners, unlike traditional metal braces, are removable as well and can be taken out to eat and brush and floss your teeth.
Does Invisalign hurt? Invisalign clear aligners exert a gentle pressure to move teeth within the mouth. A slight discomfort may be experienced when a new tray aligner is fitted. The smooth thermoplastic surface of Invisalign is less likely to cause irritation in the wearer’s mouth.
How long does Invisalign treatment take? Every case is different. Treatment time depends how severe your case is. Dr. Walker will be able to give you an estimate of how long it will take. To maximize the results and ensure a faster treatment process, follow all of the directions you receive from the team at Walker Orthodontics. And remember to only remove Invisalign to eat, brush, and floss.
Will I Be Able to Afford Invisalign? Orthodontic treatment can become expensive quickly. Many dental insurances policies do cover Invisalign treatment, so it is worth the effort to talk to your insurer. The only way to know how much treatment will cost for sure is to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics.
Will Invisalign affect my day to day activities? Invisalign will not affect your day-to-day activities. You will probably want to avoid foods or drinks that may stain your teeth and aligners. You may find that you have to brush and floss more to keep clean. But, you will still be able to play sports, have fun, and live your life while wearing Invisalign.

To find out more about Invisalign treatment, or to see if it’s right for you, make an appointment with Dr. Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics near Westminster, MA. Call: (978) 345-7988

The costs of orthodontic treatment with braces can differ depending on the orthodontist and the patient, 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 Acton, MA.

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 currently is $3,000 to $7,000. Today, there are more options than ever for orthodontic treatment, and 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. Lingual braces are by far the best option if concealment is a priority. 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

Invisalign clear aligners are the preferred clear aligner systems on the market now near Acton, MA. These are great for teens and adults because of their low visibility and because they can be removed 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 can be lost easily and may be costly to replace. Treatment time may be extended prolonged and they will not work for serious dental problems like malocclusions or crossbites.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces perform the same function as metal braces, and they are affixed to the teeth in the same way. However, their visibility is greatly reduced because they use either clear or tooth-colored brackets. The Walker Orthodontics team says that they are usually a little more expensive than metal braces, with the national average price tag between approximately $4,000 to $8,000.

Insurance

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

Dr. Walker says that it’s possible for you 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.

For more information about the cost of braces near Acton, MA, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics, call: (978) 345-7988

 

Dr. John Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics are specialists in orthodontic treatment near Littleton, MA. Braces aren’t just for kids or teens anymore. Today, nearly 20 percent of people wearing braces are adults. Less visible options like clear aligner trays and ceramic braces have attracted more adults to the outcome possibilities of orthodontic treatment.

Teeth can change position over time; commonly caused by natural growth, injury, or tongue thrust (a condition where the tongue projects through the front teeth during speech, swallowing, or when the tongue is at rest). Orthodontic treatments are highly effective in treating these issues in addition to the dental malocclusions (the misalignment of the upper and lower teeth) that most people are familiar with.

1. Teeth shift over time.

If you had braces as a kid and you find that now, as an adult, you need them again, that’s because your teeth shift as you get older, and some people’s teeth move faster and/or more than others. You may be experiencing discomfort caused by a malocclusion, don’t like the look of their misaligned teeth, or want straighter teeth for a new you. Dr. Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics can help.

2. There are many available treatment options.

There are many orthodontic treatment options available for adults near Littleton, MA.

Traditional metal braces
Ceramic braces — often clear or tooth-colored with a clear wire to bind them.
Lingual braces — adhered behind the teeth rendering them completely invisible.
Clear aligner systems — like Invisalign; practically invisible and removable for brushing, flossing, and eating.

3. The cost hasn’t changed much.

Thirty-five years ago, the average cost of orthodontic treatment was approximately $2,000 (about $5,700 now, after adjusting for inflation). That’s analogous to today; the average cost today of traditional braces ranges from $3,000 to $7,000 (depending on your insurance plan’s coverage, choice of provider, and your plan of treatment). Ceramic braces are more costly ($4,000 to $8,000). Lingual braces are by far the most expensive due to material and procedure costs ($8,000 to $10,000). Aligner tray prices, like ceramic braces, fluctuate from $4,000 to $7,500. Be sure to check with your insurance provider to determine if your plan covers the type of treatment you’re choosing. For instance, most insurance companies won’t cover braces for orthodontic patients over the age of 18.

4. Many orthodontists offer a free consultation.

Many orthodontists today offer a free consultation to determine your treatment options, costs, and length of treatment. Walker Orthodontics consultations include photographs, a medical history review, and a panoramic X-ray that gives a full-mouth view.

5. Braces can build your confidence.

Orthodontic treatment with braces can improve the quality of your smile. Knowing that your dental health will improve with treatment also is a great way to build confidence. After treatment, Walker Orthodontics clients leave with a healthy, straight smile!

If you’re an adult looking to restore your sparkling, beautiful smile, consider a visit with Dr. Walker at Walker Orthodontics near Littleton, MA. To schedule a consultation with the Walker Orthodontics team, call: (978) 345-7988

Orthodontic treatment is never inexpensive. Dr. John Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics is an orthodontics specialist and is experienced in prescribing for his patients Invisalign clear aligners.

Cost: Invisalign versus Traditional Braces

For some patients, treatment with Invisalign might be less expensive than traditional metal braces. For others, Invisalign might be more expensive. The amount of work needed, the amount of treatment time, the payment plan chosen, and the individual patient’s insurance policy provisions all factor into the price of treatment. For more information about treatment with Invisalign, Walker Orthodontics can help answer any questions.

Insurance and Invisalign

Your dental or health insurance may cover part of the cost of orthodontic treatment (up to $3,500 for some patients) with Invisalign. Your individual insurer can give you more information on what kind of orthodontic treatments they cover. You can trust the team at Walker Orthodontics to guide you through the process.

Payment Options

Cost should not be a barrier for anyone seeking to improve their oral health and straighten their smile. A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) can help you save funds for Invisalign treatment. Dr. Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics will work with their patients to develop a plan of payment over the course of their treatment that can help defer some of the costs of treatment.
Invisalign.com has a Cost Calculator tool that computes the approximate monthly cost of your treatment based on information about your insurance and flexible spending account.

Dr. Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics work individually with each patient to come up with a course of treatment and a payment plan appropriate to them. They want each patient to walk away from treatment satisfied with their treatment outcome. For more information, a consultation, or a quote, please contact Dr. Walker and the team at Walker Orthodontics near Westford, MA by calling: (978) 345-7988