About Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment involves the movement of teeth, changing the growth of the jawbones, and guiding the eruption of teeth. Orthodontics is the oldest dental specialty. It takes four years of college, four years of dental school, and 2 to 3 years of attending a full-time accredited specialty program to become an orthodontist.

Only trust a Rhode Island Orthodontic specialist to do the orthodontics for you or your child.

Just like in the medical profession, you do not go for your heart to your regular physician; you see a cardiologist. When you want to move your teeth with braces or Invisalign, you go to an orthodontic specialist who has received years of training in this. If your dentist or pediatric dentist offers orthodontic treatment, they most likely have taken only a couple of weekend courses, and the potential of harm to your or your child’s teeth is likely. Orthodontics not done correctly might lead to potentially irreversible and expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, changed bites, and other issues.
A successfully completed orthodontic treatment can create the smile of your dreams without compromising the overall health of your teeth. With Dr. Maarten Broess, you are guaranteed to receive the best treatment. Not only did he graduated from the top university in the world, he also taught at Harvard and has over 25 years of experience in orthodontics.

Orthodontic treatments work by applying gentle pressure on your teeth or jaw to move them into the desired position slowly. How this is accomplished depends on the type of orthodontic appliance you are fitted with. These appliances come in a variety of styles, including plastic, metal, and ceramic. Some styles, like Invisalign, are removable while others are bonded directly to the teeth for the duration of the treatment. Both methods apply specific pressure to your teeth to slowly move them into the desired position.
Teeth can be moved at any age. Orthodontics is not only for children and teenagers.

The time you will be wearing your orthodontic appliance can be as short as a couple of months. The average treatment time for fixed appliances is 22 months. Invisalign and clear aligners treatment times are on average shorter. Your age, and the severity of the crowding and malalignment have an important effect on your treatment time. Another huge element is your personal involvement and diligence! The more you follow Dr. Broess instruction, the faster that you will see results.

During your consultation, Dr Broess will give you an estimate of the duration of your treatment. Call and schedule your complimentary appointment by dialing (401) 831-1414.

We are proud to offer a full range of orthodontic treatment options. Which of these treatments are appropriate for your orthodontic concern will be decided between you and Dr. Broess.

For children and teenagers, fixed appliances are often the best treatment option. With fixed appliances, it is easy to create space, align teeth, and help the proper direction of growth of your child’s jawbones. This is not possible with Invisalign. As such, Invisalign for teenagers is only recommended in a select situation. The new ceramic clear braces are a great alternative if your child does not want the traditional metal braces. We also provide many colorful options so your child can individualize their braces.

For adults, Invisalign® or 3M clear aligners are the most popular orthodontic treatments available today. Clear aligners are nearly invisible, and they provide a gentler movement to create an orthodontic treatment that is nearly painless. The ability to remove the aligners for up to two hours a day means you do not have to alter your diet. Another esthetic alternative for adults is clear ceramic braces. With clear ceramic braces, the most difficult cases can be treated when Invisalign or generic clear aligners are not indicated.

Some adults with severe dental and skeletal discrepancies need orthodontics and jaw surgery to achieve the ideal smile and facial esthetic. Dr. Broess works closely with the world’s bests oral surgeons at Boston’s Children’s Hospital and the Mass General Hospital. These treatments or not common, however Dr Broess vast experience in providing orthodontics for patients needing orthognathic surgery will assure patients will receive the best treatment available.

TMJ/TMD Treatments – Your temporomandibular joints can be found at the place your jaw meets your skull. TMD, a disorder associated with this joint, can make it painful or impossible to move your jaw. Sometimes the position of your teeth can cause TMJ pain. If this is the situation, orthodontics might help in providing relief from pain and chewing disfunction.

Have more questions about orthodontics?

Reach out today to schedule  an appointment to decide what the best treatment option is for you.