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By Dentistry With A Smile, LLC
April 29, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Braces  

Straight teeth are usually credited to a beautiful smile but there's more to straight teeth than a pretty smile. Crooked or mishappen teeth make it difficult for people to eat or speak properly and increase the risk of tooth decay. Dr. Suhair Shamoon of Dentistry With a Smile provides patients with preventative, restorative, and esthetic procedures, including braces, at her Fall River, MA, office.

About braces

Braces are used to straighten teeth. These orthodontic appliances apply slight pressure on the teeth, coaxing them into the right position over time.

There are two general types of braces:

Fixed Braces- The majority of patients wear fixed appliances. These metal braces are referred to as traditional metal braces and are very efficient in fixing serious or extreme problems, like large dental gaps. They are attached to teeth using metal bands or a special cement, but not everyone wants people to know they have braces on.

Other examples of fixed braces include:

  • Ceramic braces, which are an example of fixed braces that are less conspicuous. The brackets on the front side are tooth-colored so they blend in with natural teeth.
  • Lingual braces, that are truly invisible because they can be placed on the tongue side of teeth. They work the same way as traditional braces but are completely hidden.

Removable Braces- Older teens and adults in Fall River, MA, with less severe dental issues usually opt for removable braces. These removable clear aligners need to be worn approximately 22 hours per day. You can take them off while you eat and when you need to brush or floss your teeth. 

Would you like to speak with a dentist about braces?

To learn more about braces and which type works best for you, contact Dr. Shamoon of Dentistry With a Smile at her Fall River, MA, office. You can call her at (508) 672-6471 to schedule an appointment or to ask any questions.

By Dentistry With A Smile, LLC
November 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Braces  

What's your smile worth to you? Certainly, you invest in daily oral hygiene. Plus, you faithfully visit your dentist at Dentistry With a Smile in Fall River semi-annually for a check-up and professional cleaning. But, what about your smile alignment? Have you considered the benefits of orthodontic care? Dr. Suhair Shamoon offers braces to qualified patients of all ages. She desires that smiles look as beautiful and healthy as possible.

Qualifying for braces

All braces are custom-made and custom-fitted. Whether someone needs metal, ceramic or lingual (tongue-side) braces, a treatment plan from your Fall River dentist is unique to the individual case and patient preference.

While most dentists, Dr. Shamoon included, recommend orthodontic evaluations for children by age seven, the majority of youngsters receive braces between the ages of 10 and 14. It's the optimal time because of the fluidity of the jaw and its rapid growth. Typically, young patients require traditional metal braces to achieve best smile appearance and dental bite.

On the other hand, older teens and adults often prefer treatment with ceramic or lingual braces when possible. Many teens and adults do need treatment with conventional orthodontic methods and appliances. It all depends on what your Fall River dentist finds when she examines and X-rays your mouth and supporting bone structure.

Problems addressed by braces

Braces change how the top and bottom teeth come together or occlude. Overbite, crossbite. underbite and openbite are seen frequently at Dentistry With a Smile. Braces also correct alignment issues such as gaps and crowding, thus avoiding difficult brushing and flossing, decay and gum disease and excessive wear and tear on tooth structure.

In addition, who doesn't love a beautiful smile? The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that most Americans see a smile as a wonderful personal asset which helps people socially and professionally. So, dental patients undergoing treatment with braces look forward to exceptional smiles upon completion of their treatment plans.

Are braces right for you?

At Dentistry With a Smile, Dr. Suhair Shamoon can tell you for sure. Why not call her office today and book your orthodontic consultation? Phone (508) 672-6471.

By Dentistry With A Smile, LLC
January 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Braces   orthodontics  

Getting braces shouldn’t be confusing. We can help make it easier by answering your most burning questions.

Are you considering getting braces but aren’t sure you are ready to take the plunge? We completely understand. It can be difficult to orthodonticsmake the commitment if you aren’t sure what you are getting into. But our Fall River, MA, dentist, Dr. Suhair Shamoon, is about to take the guesswork out of it by answering some of your most popular questions.

Q. What are the benefits of orthodontics?

A. As you may be able to guess, having teeth that overlap or are crooked can make it more difficult to properly clean. Even the very best brushers and flossers may miss spots, which can increase your chances of decay and gum disease. Furthermore, braces can also improve your bite, which can take pressure off certain teeth to prevent damage.

Q. Am I too old for braces?

A. We never put an age limit on our patients when it comes to whether they can get braces or not. While children and teens tend to be our biggest demographic, we are also finding that more and more adults are getting braces later in life. It’s never too late to talk to our Fall River general dentist about braces.

Q. Can crooked teeth correct themselves?

A. Unfortunately, this is rarely ever the case. Usually by the age of six or seven, when the first set of permanent molars have grown in, there is even less room for teeth. This can lead to crowding and other issues that will often worsen if left untreated.

Q. I’m an adult. Is there a subtle way to straighten my teeth?

A. In fact, there is! While you’ve probably already heard of Invisalign, we are so happy to offer it to our teens and adults who don’t want to stress about wearing metal braces on their teeth. These clear, custom-fitted aligners fit completely around your teeth to shift them into place and they are accommodating to your lifestyle.

Q. Do braces hurt?

A. Braces don’t typically hurt. Of course, when you first get them or if traditional braces need to be tightened, there can be some temporary discomfort. Sometimes metal wires can irritate tissue. In most cases, we can handle these minor discomforts with over-the-counter pain relievers and analgesics.

Q. How long does orthodontic treatment last?

A. There are many factors that play into the length of your treatment. One major factor is the severity of your symptoms. For adults, Invisalign treatment usually takes about one year (often longer for teens). For traditional braces, the length of treatment can last anywhere from 12 to 30 months (and an average of 20 to 22 months).

Q. Will I need to wear a retainer?

A. Even once your braces are off, we want to make sure that your teeth don’t shift right back into their original place. To do this, you will need to wear retainers for a certain amount of time. Over time, you will only have to wear them when you go to bed. This will help to maintain your new beautifully aligned smile.

Dentistry With A Smile in Fall River, MA, prides itself on providing the very best dental care and treatments possible so that you have a smile you are proud of.

By Dentistry With a Smile, LLC
January 26, 2016
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Braces   orthodontics  

Find out the many ways your smile could benefit from wearing braces.

You’ve been looking at your smile and want to make a change. Perhaps you are tired of crooked teeth or gaps between your teeth. But Braces and Orthodonticswhat can you do? Is it time you talked to your dentist Dr. Shamoon about orthodontics in Fall River and how orthodontic dentistry could help your oral health?

There are several different kinds of orthodontic treatment options to choose from:

Traditional metal braces

These braces have gotten a bad rap as being bulky, painful and ugly but it’s important to note that these braces have certainly come a long way over the last couple of decades. In fact these braces are now lighter and made from better steel to help slowly move your teeth into the proper position. If you need more complex tooth movements to get a straighter smile your Fall River, MA general dentist will most likely recommend traditional braces since they are known to handle even the toughest of cases.

Ceramic braces

These braces work exactly like metal braces except that they are made from clear, ceramic material to offer a more attractive advantage over metal. This will also make the braces less visible to those around you, which may make this a better option for you. It’s important to be aware that the clear elastics worn on your braces can become discolored if not cared for properly. By brushing and flossing often enough you may be able to protect your braces. We can also offer other suggestions for keeping your clear braces clean.


Clear aligners have become a popular way to straighten smiles because adults and teens can wear their braces without anyone noticing. This means that you can feel confident talking amongst your peers and colleagues without worry. Clear, custom-made aligners are designed to comfortably fit over your upper and/or lower teeth to slowly shift teeth into the ideal position. You’ll wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day, only removing them to eat, drink, brush and floss. Every two weeks you will replace your aligners for the next set in your treatment.

Think you may have found an orthodontic treatment that would suit you and your needs? Orthodontics can certainly go a long way to giving you the fabulous smile you want. To learn more about braces and what it takes to get them, contact Dentistry With a Smile, LLC in Fall River today to schedule your orthodontic consultation.

By Dentistry with a Smile
April 20, 2015
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Braces  

Braces Is it time to talk to your Fall River, MA dentist about getting braces?

Want to get a straighter smile? Ready to take the plunge and get braces? Find out what braces are right for you and when it might be the perfect time to see your Fall River, MA dentist about getting orthodontics.

Considering Braces

So, when is a good time to consider getting braces? The American Association of Orthodontistsrecommendthat children start considering braces around 7 years old since this is around the time that permanent teeth have started to come in. This is usually around the time that bite problems, gaps between teeth and overcrowding appear.

However, children aren’t the only ones that can get braces. Teens and adults can also benefit from orthodontic treatment in Fall River, MA. If you are tired of crooked teeth and want to get a straighter smile it’s never too late to opt for braces.

Types of Braces

Braces aren’t just the old bracket-and-wire style anymore. While traditional braces have certainly gotten a makeover themselves, there are other braces to fit your lifestyle:

Porcelain braces: While these braces still use brackets and wires to shift teeth into their proper position, they use porcelain so your braces are completely tooth-colored. This promises a more discreet way to straighten your teeth.

Lingual braces: While lingual braces look exactly like traditional metal braces you’ll be happy to hear that these braces are actually adhered to the back of your teeth rather than the front. That way, no one will even notice that you are wearing braces.

Clear braces: If you want a nearly invisible way to straighten your smile then it’s time to consider clear, removable aligners like Invisalign. Invisalign is a great option for teens and adults who want a straighter smile but who feel self-conscious wearing braces a little later in life. Plus, these braces are removable so you don’t have to change your diet or oral regime.

If you are thinking about getting braces it’s never too late to get a more perfect smile. Schedule an orthodontic consultation with your Fall River, MA dentist at Dentistry with a Smile.