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Orthodontic Services – Westfield, MA | Enfield, CT | Suffield, CT

Everything You Need (and More)
for a Straight Smile

Thanks to Dr. Cordes’ decades of experience and commitment to constantly learning, he’s able to provide a truly comprehensive array of orthodontic services for patients of all ages. Whether your child’s dentist says they need braces or you’re interested in finally fixing your own teeth, you can trust that he’ll be able to provide the top-quality, personalized care you deserve. You can read about our available services below, but to find out which one might be best for you or your child, contact us today to schedule an in-person consultation.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces, just like the ones you saw growing up, use a system of brackets and wires to correct misalignments in the teeth and jaws. They are still one of the most effective treatments available when it comes to correcting simple and complex problems alike, and thanks to their durability and affordability, they are ideally suited for younger patients. Thankfully, braces have gotten a cosmetic makeover as time has gone by, giving them a more subtle appearance that makes it easier for a patient to smile during treatment.

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Clear Braces

Clear braces work the same trusted way as traditional metal ones, but there is one key difference—the brackets and wires are made of materials that are designed to blend with the teeth. Clear ceramic brackets and tooth-colored wires give this treatment an appearance that is barely noticeable to other people, making it ideal for more image conscious children, teens, and adults.

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Invisalign® & 3M™ Clarity™ Clear Aligners

Invisalign and 3M Clarity Clear Aligners enable patients to get the orthodontic care they need without altering their daily appearance in the process. The aligners are made of thin, see-through plastic and practically disappear when placed on the teeth. Overtime, they place the right amount of pressure to slowly shift the teeth into their ideal positions, and they are easily removable for unhindered eating and brushing as well. With them, only you and Dr. Cordes will know you’re undergoing treatment.

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Phase I Pediatric Orthodontics

Phase I Pediatric Orthodontics is typically prescribed for very young patients to help them correct ongoing orthodontic issues, prevent potential ones, and eliminate habits that might lead to future problems (such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting). The main goal is to give a child’s adult teeth the best possible chance of coming in straight, reducing or eliminating the need for full braces later on.

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Orthognathic Surgerys

Orthognathic surgery is another name for corrective jaw surgery, and it is utilized only in cases where a severe bite misalignment (such as a pronounced overbite or under bite) can’t be corrected with normal orthodontic treatment alone. This may involve lengthening or shortening one of the jaws and securing it in place using surgical-grade metal screws (which can later be removed). These types of procedures are performed using a team approach of an orthodontist and an oral surgeon. Dr. Cordes works only with the best surgeons in the area along with surgeons at Mass General Hospital in Boston, Boston Children’s Hospital and The University of Connecticut Health Center.

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Orthodontic Appliances

In addition to braces and clear aligners, Dr. Cordes is also able to use a multitude of other orthodontic appliances to enhance our patients’ smiles and oral health. Retainers make sure newly shifted teeth stay in place after the braces come off, an RPE can expand a patient’s hard palate to alleviate crowding, and a thumb crib can help a child quickly break this bad habit.

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Dentofacial Orthopedics

While traditional orthodontics is focused on correcting the position of the teeth, dentofacial orthopedics is designed to do the same for the bones of the face and jaw that support the teeth. Using this approach, Dr. Cordes can fix and even prevent bite alignment problems, and it can also help with aesthetics by giving a person achieve a more symmetrical and attractive facial appearance. While it is most effective in younger patients, it can also be very effective with adults as well.

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Orthodontic Emergencies

Most of our patients are able to go through their treatment without any bumps along the way, but as we all know, life just happens sometimes. Should you or your child experience a broken bracket, persistent pain, or any other kind of problem with your orthodontic appliance, don’t sit and suffer – go ahead and give our office a call! We don’t use an answering service after hours. Your emergency call will be taken by Dr. Cordes or one of our team members. That way we can take care of the problem and keep your treatment on track.

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Adult Treatment

Despite orthodontics typically being associated with children and adolescence, 1 in 5 orthodontic patients in the US is actually an adult. Thanks to the latest advancements, older patients are now able to straighten their teeth as well as benefit from treatments that are designed to be aesthetically pleasing. If you never had braces as a child or you did and your teeth have shifted over the years, know that it’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted with Dr. Cordes.

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