Karla M. Alvarado, DMD, MSD
Dr. Alvarado decided to become an orthodontist after she experienced the life-changing effects of orthodontics as a child.
“Having braces as an adolescent had a huge impact on my self esteem.”
Dr. Karla Alvarado is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has grown up and lived on the east coast and has now made Plymouth, MA her home.
“As a child and adult I had the chance to visit Plymouth and the cape many times and each time fell more in love with it until I decided to come back… permanently!”
Dr. Alvarado attended college in Orlando, Florida at the University of Central Florida where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Later, she decided to move back to her hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico where she attended the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine and received her DMD. Before diving into orthodontics she received two years of additional training in general dentistry at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. Afterwards, she returned to the University of Puerto Rico to specialize in orthodontics where she received her Certificate in Orthodontics, as well as a Masters of Science in Dentistry after three years of specialized graduate training.
Upon graduating, she worked as an associate in two different states until finally deciding to start her own practice in Plymouth, MA.
Dr. Alvarado enjoys spending time with her husband, Dr. Jayson Rivera (also a dentist!) and their dog Lexie.
WONDERING HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST ORTHODONTIST FOR YOU & YOUR FAMILY?
A very popular choice among young children and adolescents! Made from high-grade stainless steel, these braces straighten your teeth with the use of metal brackets and wires. You also have the option to add colored elastics, letting you have fun while getting to customize your braces.
If metal is not your thing, we also offer clear braces making them less visible than metal braces. Due to the composition of the braces they are mostly used on the upper front teeth depending on the case.
Orthodontic treatment does not mean just braces. We can also achieve a beautiful and functional smile with clear aligners. Invisalign uses a series of aligners, which are clear and removable, to gently straighten your teeth. These aligners are invisible to those around you, they are removable and do not require you to make any significant lifestyle changes—like changes in your diet! As they do not rely on metal, they are incredibly comfortable to wear.
Don’t like messy impressions? No problem! The iTero intraoral scanner is an amazing new dental scanning technology that gives us the best and most accurate dental impressions available making your treatment more convenient, precise and comfortable.
Life With Braces FAQs
Congratulations on getting your braces! You are on the road to a beautiful smile. Like everything that is new— it may take a few days to get accustomed to them. You’ll want to stick to foods that are soft, fluffy and easily mashed up. Pancakes, oatmeal, bananas, soups, cooked vegetables, applesauce, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, and soft ice cream – just to suggest a few. Stay away from foods that are hard, crunchy, sticky or tough. Foods to Avoid—What foods should I avoid?Here are some examples of foods that should be avoided:
Sticky Foods• Caramels
• Chewing GumHard Foods
• Hard Candy
• Pizza Crusts
It is important to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, including plenty of fruits and vegetables. Even if some foods are hard and crunchy — an apple, for instance — you can cut them into small pieces. Also remember, unless you can brush immediately afterwards, sugary foods should be avoided.
Your mouth is going to feel sensitive and a bit sore when you first get your braces put on. To help alleviate the soreness, you can rinse your mouth with a salt-water solution or take an over-the-counter analgesic (like acetaminophen or ibuprofen or whatever you normally take for a headache). If your braces are rubbing or poking your mouth, you can use dental wax (available at the office or your local drugstore) to cover problem areas and prevent blisters.
Part of the process of creating your new, beautiful smile is moving your teeth; to move them, they need to loosen up first. “Loose teeth” are a natural part of the process. Once your teeth are in the right place, they will settle in to their new position.
It is always important to brush and floss your teeth to keep them clean and healthy – with braces, it’s more important than ever. It is also important to visit your dentist every six months for cleanings and dental check ups to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy throughout your treatment. Consistent brushing and flossing will ensure that your gums and teeth remain healthy throughout your treatment.The biggest enemy of your teeth is plaque and the most common and effective means of removing plaque from your teeth is regular brushing and flossing.
True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.
You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you schedule an appointment with our office. After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions to your treatment plan.
The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how!
If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.
If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it.
Using a tweezer, try to put your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax doesn’t help, as a last resort use a clean fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.
Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.