Resources On Braces For Children, Teens & Adults



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Braces help create beautiful, straight smiles. A not-so obvious benefit of braces and orthodontics is the self-confidence you feel after you get your braces off. It’s our goal to make you feel as comfortable as possible during your smile transformation.


No matter what type of braces you choose, they apply a gentle force to gradually move your teeth to a corrected position. Traditional braces are made of metal or clear ceramic and clear aligners like Invisalign are made of flexible, transparent plastic.

You don’t have to settle for just one type of braces, you can choose from several different options and styles based on your unique needs. Modern braces are stronger, more comfortable and less noticeable than ever.


Most people usually have braces for 1-2 years depending on the severity of adjustments. Some patients’ teeth move faster than others and can decrease their overall time wearing braces. Using your rubber bands and retainers properly can also make your treatment go smoothly. Patients that receive early treatment often get their braces off in as little as six months.

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The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that children visit an orthodontist when they’re about 7 years old. Your orthodontist will be able to tell if your child will have any orthodontic problems and what steps you can take to prevent issues down the road.

Phase One of early treatment can start when they’re 8-9 years old and Phase Two, around age 11. You can prevent problems like under bite while the jaw is still growing and reduce the likelihood of extractions in the future.


  • Early or late loss of baby teeth losing (before 5 years old, or after 13 years old)
  • Issues chewing and/or biting
  • Constant mouth breathing
  • Thumb-sucking in children older than 5 years old
  • Speech problems/impediments
  • Teeth that protrude out in front of others
  • Teeth that don’t come together properly
  • A cross bite where your child’s jaw shifts
  • Crowded front teeth


Genetics are to blame for most early orthodontic problems in children. Issues with jaw growth, crowding, or spacing in teeth are usually inherited. However, injury or even thumb-sucking can cause orthodontic problems.

It’s important to catch orthodontic problems before age 13 when most children lose all their baby teeth and their jawbones stop growing. A hard jawbone is much more difficult to work on and can require extraction or oral surgery.

Addressing orthodontic issues early can eliminate the need for braces or reduce their time during orthodontic treatment later in life.

Your child’s family dentist will usually refer you to a New Hampshire orthodontist by age 7-8. We have convenient locations in Derry and Hudson, NH when you’re ready to talk about your child’s orthodontic plan. Call us at 603.685.4638 to schedule your Simply Orthodontics Smile Analysis, which is a complimentary consultation (valued at $249).

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By around age 7, most children have both baby teeth and adult teeth and are at a good stage to begin braces and orthodontic treatment. Your New Hampshire orthodontist can address teeth and jaw problems sooner and help your child avoid surgery.


  • Corrects jaw growth and guide permanent teeth in straight
  • Regulates the width of the upper and lower arches
  • Creates extra space for crowded teeth
  • Prevents the likelihood of future extractions
  • Improves minor speech problems

Your pediatric dentist can help you decide if your child may need braces and orthodontic treatment.

Early treatment at our New Hampshire orthodontic offices can help your child have a healthy smile for life. Call 603.685.4638 to schedule your Simply Orthodontics Smile Analysis and complimentary 3D diagnostic x-rays (valued at $249).

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Teen BracesTeenagers often dread the possibility of getting braces, but they’re not as bad as you think! You can choose different styles and materials to fit your lifestyle.


The amount of time it you’ll need to wear braces depends on three factors:

  • Did you have early treatment? — This helps orthodontists to monitor the growth of the jaw and recommend other necessary treatment. In some cases, it can decrease the time you wear braces to as little as six months.
  • Do you have a serious problem? — Overall treatment time depends on what needs to be adjusted. Obviously the more complex your orthodontic issue, the longer it will take.
  • YOU! — Your body might respond faster or more slowly to orthodontic correction so treatment times can vary. If you take care of your braces and follow your treatment schedule, you can get your braces off faster!


Our orthodontic practice offers a variety of braces, types, and styles to choose from. Some common options include:

Many teenagers get orthodontic braces so you’re not alone! New styles of braces look good and feel good, virtually eliminating the stigma. Schedule your Simply Orthodontics Smile Analysis at our Derry orthodontics office or Hudson orthodontics office to learn more.

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Adult BracesMany adults in New Hampshire are choosing braces to maintain a healthy smile and boost their confidence. The American Association of Orthodontists reports that one in five people with braces is over the age of 21.


  • Corrects bad bites or malocclusions
  • Prevents gum disease by moving teeth that are crowded or spaced apart
  • Relieves abnormal jaw pain or pressure caused by crooked teeth
  • Creates a more confident smile and a healthier mouth


Adults are often hesitant to consider metal braces because of the stigma of uncomfortable, unattractive appliances of the past. However, today you can choose from a variety of braces that are comfortable and aesthetic. Types of braces include:


Younger patients are easier to treat because their jawbones are still growing – whereas, adult bones are already developed and can require surgery to adjust.

Other differences include:

  • Periodontal disease — Adults are more likely than children to have gum disease or even bone loss. Years of crooked teeth are also more likely to get problems like gingivitis.
  • Worn or missing teeth — Teeth can wear down and shift with age, creating bite problems and possibly gum disease.
  • Incomplete orthodontic treatment — Many adults have unfinished orthodontic treatment from their teen years. It’s never too late to have a straight, confident smile!

Our orthodontic teams also recognize that adults and children have different needs, and require a different level of attention and care. We will work with you to ensure that you receive the most appropriate treatments, and that your needs are met with understanding and respect from us.


  • Straight teeth are healthy teeth — Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, and may help prevent other health problems.
  • A beautiful, straight smile builds confidence — Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back!
  • Mouths left untreated can get worse — Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it’s needed can create long-term health issues costing you more in the end.

To learn more about the benefits of adult braces, call 603.685.4638. We provide a complimentary consultation and 3D x-rays (valued at $249). We’ll work around your busy schedule to get you in for your Simply Orthodontics Smile Analysis at either our Derry orthodontics office or our Hudson orthodontics office.

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If you experience an urgent orthodontic issue like severe pain or have a painful appliance problem you can’t take care of yourself, please call our office. True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, and you can actually resolve most problems at home before your appointment.

If you have a loose piece, remove it and put it in a plastic bag to be repaired by your orthodontist. Soft wax can ease pain if a wire is sticking out and poking you. Needle-nosed pliers can help put wires back into place very easily.

After alleviating your discomfort, please call our New Hampshire orthodontic office so we can repair the problem. Leaving damaged parts as is can set back your treatment schedule.


When you get your braces, it’s common to feel tender and sore for a few days. Soft foods and warm saltwater can help relieve some discomfort. We also recommend Healthy Gums Rinse by The Natural Dentist as a better tasting alternative and Orabase to rub on any irritated areas.

If you choose over the counter pain relievers, stick to Acetaminophen (Tylenol) because Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), and Naproxen Sodium (Naprosyn, Anaprox) actually slow the tooth movement.

Your entire mouth might take a week or two to adjust to braces. During the adjustment period, you can use orthodontic wax to smooth any irritated areas.


If your braces are loose and poking you, wax can help.


Don’t pull a loose bracket or band off if it’s still attached to the wire. If the loose bracket can be easily removed, place it in an envelope so your orthodontist can repair it.


Tweezers or needle-nosed pliers can be used try to put your wire back into place. Dental floss can even tie the wire into place and secure the bracket. If the wire is still uncomfortable, you can use small fingernail clippers as a last resort. Don’t forget to use wax to cushion the end of any wire still poking you.


Did you know that a pencil eraser can easily push a poking wire back down until you can come into our office for an adjustment?

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Start Your “Best Smile” Journey Today!

patient of simply orthodontics of nhSimply Orthodontics can help you or your loved one achieve a smile that benefits your dental health as much as it increases confidence. However, we want you to feel confident that your choice in an orthodontist in Derry, NH or Hudson, NH is the right one. Follow the steps below to start your journey towards the smile you’ll love for a lifetime!

  1. Instantly download your FREE Report: The Top 10 Things You Need to Know Before Choosing an Orthodontist.
  2. Please call 603.676.7207 to ask questions or schedule an appointment at Simply Orthodontics for a Simply Orthodontics Smile Analysis For Braces.
  3. If you or a family member are looking for braces or orthodontic treatment, please contact one of our convenient orthodontic offices in Derry, NH or Hudson, NH. We will gladly answer any questions you have and help you schedule an appointment!
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