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Dr. Donald J. Neely, DMD, MSD

Orthodontist

Dr. Donald J. Neely DMD, MSD is a top Orthodontist in Hanover, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Donald J. Neely DMD, MSD is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Donald J. Neely DMD, MSD is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Donald J. Neely DMD, MSD is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Hanover, NH, Dr. Donald J. Neely DMD, MSD is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
51 years Experience
Dr. Donald J. Neely, DMD, MSD
  • Hanover, NH
  • Dmd, University of Pittsburgh
  • Accepting new patients

How long does it take for teeth to set with retainers?

Your teeth move throughout life. More if you clench or grind your teeth. Wear your retainers for as long as you want your teeth to remain straight. You will need to replace retainers READ MORE
Your teeth move throughout life. More if you clench or grind your teeth. Wear your retainers for as long as you want your teeth to remain straight. You will need to replace retainers from time to time, unless you have invisible retainers bonded behind your front teeth.

Can clenching my teeth cause them to erode?

Yes, clenching or grinding your teeth can damage them, especially if you do it at night when the forces are much higher than you would use during the day for chewing. This is called READ MORE
Yes, clenching or grinding your teeth can damage them, especially if you do it at night when the forces are much higher than you would use during the day for chewing. This is called a bruxism habit. A clear plastic appliance called a bite splint or night guard that snaps over your teeth can protect them from this habit.

My daughter is 13 years old and has a bite problem. What will be the course of treatment?

Your daughter should have an examination and diagnosis by an orthodontist. The recommendation will probably be that she should have orthodontic treatment now while she is still READ MORE
Your daughter should have an examination and diagnosis by an orthodontist.
The recommendation will probably be that she should have orthodontic treatment now while she is still growing, and possibly more at age 16 when she stops growing.

Is there a better way to get the perfect smile other than getting braces?

An orthodontist can probably revise your bite using Invisalign clear aligners. You can find a quaified orthodontist by going to the Invisalign website and using the find a doctor READ MORE
An orthodontist can probably revise your bite using Invisalign clear aligners.
You can find a quaified orthodontist by going to the Invisalign website and using the find a doctor app. It ranks the clinical experience and training of an Orthodontist near your zip code.

My 9 year old son is getting his permanent teeth, but they are not in order. What should I do?

Your son should have an initial examination by an orthodontist. Many problems can be corrected or significantly improved by about a year of Early Treatment. When all of his teeth READ MORE
Your son should have an initial examination by an orthodontist. Many problems can be corrected or significantly improved by about a year of Early Treatment. When all of his teeth have come in by age 12 or 13, he will be ready to complete his treatment with braces or Invisalign Teen.

Can I get braces for my upper teeth only?

Orthodontic treatment is elective, so, yes, you can have upper treatment only. But this is like clapping with one hand. The lower teeth may limit what can be done for the upper READ MORE
Orthodontic treatment is elective, so, yes, you can have upper treatment only. But this is like clapping with one hand. The lower teeth may limit what can be done for the upper teeth. For the best result, both jaws should be treated together.

I am due for an extraction tomorrow and I am worried. Please help.

To put your mind at rest you should get a second opinion from an orthodontist. An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has had two or three years of additional training in correcting READ MORE
To put your mind at rest you should get a second opinion from an orthodontist.
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has had two or three years of additional training in correcting the bite and moving teeth.

What are zirconia braces?

Zirconia braces are one of several types of clear braces. They work the same as bonded metal braces but are less noticeable.

Using teeth whitening strips is causing a burning sensation. Is this normal?

You may be using them too often or be having a reaction to the whitening agent. See your dentist for advice and perhaps a different, milder bleaching method.

My daughter is 4 years old and is used to sucking her thumb. Will it cause her teeth to grow outwards?

Yes, the habit may make the teeth protrude and the upper jaw too narrow. It depends on duration and frequency. Age four is the right age to begin treating the problem. She should READ MORE
Yes, the habit may make the teeth protrude and the upper jaw too narrow. It depends on duration and frequency. Age four is the right age to begin treating the problem. She should have an initial examination by an orthodontist. There are a number of strategies to help her give up the habit.

My son's permanent teeth are growing crooked. Should I take him to an orthodontist?

Yes, you should take him to have a screening examination by an orthodontist. Most orthodontists do not charge for this and it will put your mind at rest.

Speech therapy or braces first?

Is your doctor a physician or a dentist? It is unusual for a bad bite to cause a speech problem all by itself. You should schedule an initial examination with an orthodontist first. READ MORE
Is your doctor a physician or a dentist? It is unusual for a bad bite to cause a speech problem all by itself. You should schedule an initial examination with an orthodontist first. Most orthodontists have a speech therapist they work with on complex problems.

My son's permanent teeth are growing crooked. What should I do?

Schedule an examination with an orthodontist. Bad bites usually get worse with time. Patients seldom outgrow them. Some early treatment may put your son's teeth back on track. READ MORE
Schedule an examination with an orthodontist. Bad bites usually get worse with time. Patients seldom outgrow them. Some early treatment may put your son's teeth back on track. He should be re-examined from time to time to see if more treatment is needed.