Orthodontics: An Overview
People with straight teeth typically have better oral hygiene habits and overall dental health. This is because straight teeth are easier to keep clean and are more effective in biting, chewing, and speaking properly. Orthodontic solutions can help you achieve a straighter, healthier smile. The most common form of orthodontic treatment is the use of traditional braces to help straighten teeth, remove gaps, and correct your bite pattern. Braces help patients resolve issues with their jaw and teeth alignment while also assisting those who desire cosmetic improvements. As your trusted dentist in Laurel, MD, we are happy to provide you with orthodontic treatment options as a part of our cosmetic dentistry solutions to help you achieve the best version of your smile.
Orthodontics in Laurel, MD
Our patients often have several questions regarding our orthodontic solutions. We are happy to go over all of your orthodontic treatment options with you at your next appointment. Here are the most commonly asked questions about our orthodontic treatments:
How long will I need to have braces?
This depends largely on the current condition of your smile. Orthodontic treatments can last as few as six months but may take three years or more to complete in our more severe cases. When you receive an orthodontic treatment plan from our doctors, we will give you a time estimate for your treatment. You will also come to see us regularly throughout your treatment plan so that we can monitor your progress and provide a more accurate time estimate.
Can anyone get braces?
Patients at any age can get traditional braces. We suggest that children have their first orthodontic consultation no later than 7 years old so that parents are informed on what is ahead. Patients often receive orthodontic treatment between 10-14 years old, while facial features are still growing and therefore are more susceptible to straightening solutions. However, it is not uncommon for adults and even seniors to undergo orthodontic treatments.
Is there an alternative to metal braces?
Yes. As a more discreet alternative to metal braces, our office offers Invisalign treatment. Invisalign is the use of clear, plastic aligners to slowly apply pressure to your teeth to straighten. Your dentist will mention this option to you if they think you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment.