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Types of Braces

Metal and Ceramic Braces: Many young patients like these because they can customize the look with colorful ties and change their themes to match the seasons, holidays or favorite sports teams.

Self-ligating: These clear “self-ligating” brackets, such as Damon brand, eliminate the need for elastic or wire ties so there is less friction, therefore less discomfort. Shape-memory wires are used so teeth move faster with fewer adjustments.

Invisalign: Dr. Podhouser is an Elite provider of these invisible braces, which are a series of custom-made aligners that are created using a 3-D C.A.D program. Because the aligners are removed at meal times, you can still enjoy your favorite foods. Invisalign is popular choice with adult patients because of their discreet appearance and effective results.

Invisalign Teen: This effective treatment of wearing clear trays rather than brackets are now formulated for growing teens. Ask if Invisalign can be a part of your child’s treatment plan.

ACCELEDENT: Dr. Podhouser is excited to offer Acceledent to shorten the time you are in active treatment. Using gentle, hands-free micropulse technology to enhance bone remodeling, which quickens tooth movement, you may be able to cut the time in braces down by 50%. During your preliminary consult, the staff will talk with you to see if Acceledent can be a part of your treatment plan.

Watch this quick video that shows how Acceledent can cut your treatment time down by several months.

COVID-19 Protocols for Patients Entering our OfficesMust Fill Out Within 24 Hour Of Your Appointment

In order to keep our patients and staff safe for the duration of COVID-19, these protocols are mandatory for patients entering OA.

  • COVID history form & COVID consent form must be filled out within 24 hours of your appointment or we cannot honor your appointment. These forms are under the Patient Forms tab at the top of our website.
  • Please brush and floss your teeth at home prior to coming to your appointment.
  • Upon arrival at the office wait in your car, text the office cell phone at (207) 352-3111 for both Scarborough and North Conway to indicate your arrival. We will alert you when we are ready for you to enter.
  • We are limiting the number of people in the office so we ask, whenever possible, that the patient only comes in for the appointment. If it is a minor’s consultation or first visit, one parent is welcome to accompany and will also follow the safety protocol.
  • Please come into the office wearing a mask.
  • Upon entering the office, we will have the patient sanitize hands, do a touchless temperature check, and a Colgate/peroxyl rinse. If you feel sick, please call to reschedule.

The entire Orthodontic Associates staff is well-equipped and versed with all the proper PPE protocols and feel confident that we are doing everything necessary to keep our patients/staff and Doctors safe. Thank you for your cooperation.