Orthodontics

Lexington Park, MD Dentist

Early Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment can be provided to young children, teens and adults.

Early orthodontic treatment can help reduce the chances of needing more complicated surgical treatment later. It is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists that children should have an orthodontic evaluation no later than 7 years old.

At age 7, your child’s first permanent molars and incisors will have erupted, which will allow us to properly detect irregular growth patterns. When the jaw is still forming, it is more malleable, making early orthodontics an effective solution for many. Treatment for problems, such as a cross bite or overbite, may require more advanced correction if approached later.

Even if orthodontic treatment is not immediately necessary at this early age, an orthodontic evaluation will allow our orthodontist to monitor and guide the growth of the jaw and teeth. This will allow us to identify the best time for treating your child.

Early orthodontic treatment will:

  • prevent overcrowding by creating room for teeth that have not erupted
  • create facial symmetry by guiding jaw growth
  • reduce the need for teeth removal
  • reduce treatment time with braces

Adult Orthodontic Treatment

More adults are opting for orthodontic treatment. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 18.

Adult patients who are interested in orthodontic treatment usually fall within two categories: those who did not undergo orthodontic treatment before or those who have worn braces at one point but stopped wearing retainers and their teeth have shifted.

The main benefit of orthodontic treatment is to straighten teeth and create perfect occlusion (bite). The accompanying attractive smile improves self-esteem and overall confidence.

We offer a variety of different methods to straighten your teeth. With modern technology, you don’t have to wear the traditional, metal braces with wires and brackets.

Invisalign

One of the options we offer to both adolescent and adult patients looking to straighten their teeth and improve their occlusion is Invisalign. Invisalign’s clear aligners are custom fitted to straighten your teeth without the use of traditional wire braces. These aligners provide added convenience for eating, brushing and flossing. The aligners are comfortable and easy to wear, and nearly undetectable by others.

Invisalign offers a convenient alternative to traditional metal brackets and wires, while decreasing your chances of getting tooth decay and plaque buildup during orthodontic treatment.

We can help you achieve a more beautiful and functional smile with Invisalign.  We are dedicated to providing you with an enjoyable orthodontic experience. It is our top priority to deliver high quality care in a comfortable and convenient setting.

Retention

Once your ideal smile is achieved through orthodontics, preventing tooth movement or shifting is important. Your final orthodontic results depend on your retainer, so be sure to follow through with care, even after your braces have been removed.

Types of Retainers:

  • Clear Retainers – A removable, clear plastic tray that fits over your teeth.
  • Traditional Retainers – A removable appliance made of acrylic and a wire that sits on the front side of your teeth.
  • Bonded Retainer – A thin, fixed wire that is temporarily bonded to the lingual (tongue) side of the anterior teeth.

Our orthodontist will provide you with the best retainer option that is suited for your orthodontic treatment plan. All retainers should be worn as often as instructed to do so. Keep in mind that your teeth have been in active treatment for months or even years. Wearing your retainer right after treatment is crucial and should be worn for the appropriate amount of time each day as instructed.

Your retainer is an important part of completing your orthodontic treatment, so take care of it and it will take care of you. Regardless of whether it’s made of acrylic and wire or thermoplastic, the process of cleaning your device should be the same.

When it is not in your mouth, keep your retainer in its case. Bacteria and plaque also pose a significant threat to the life of your retainer. Bacteria can build up on it, just like it does on your teeth, making the apparatus less hygienic and affecting the fit. For theses reasons, regular cleaning is vital for retainer care.

When cleaning your retainer, you can brush it with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You will also need to disinfect your retainer by soaking it in a denture solution. Thoroughly rinse your retainer with cold or room temperature water before placing it back in your mouth.

For more information on Orthodontic treatments or to schedule a consultation, contact our office.