The PearlFection Blog

By Pearlfection Dentistry
August 01, 2017
Tags: Braces  

Find out if braces could be the best approach for getting the smile you want.Braces


You know that your smile leaves something to be desired but perhaps you just aren’t sure the best way to get the results you want. Most people, particularly adults, forget that they too can benefit from what orthodontic treatment can offer. Our wonderful team of Frederick and Urbana, MD general dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Amadeus Lopez, and Dr. Melanie Smith; as well as our oral surgeon, Dr. Brian Chang; endodontist, Dr. Pratik Patel; and orthodontists, Dr. Jennifer Smith and Dr. Steven Tigani are all here to help you.

There are many reasons why both children and adults may want to consider getting braces including:

  • Crowding
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites
  • Missing teeth
  • Protruding upper teeth
  • Chewing or speaking problems

Prevent Wear and Tear

Did you know that having a misaligned smile could actually put unnecessary pressure on certain teeth? Over time, the excessive pressure and force from your jaws can end up leading to worn down, chipped, cracked, fractured or broken teeth. By realigning the teeth or even the jaws through orthodontic treatment, our Frederick and Urbana, MD orthodontists could help eliminate this problem from happening to you.

Reduce Decay

Ever thought about how difficult it is to properly and thoroughly brush and floss between overlapping or crowded teeth? Those with misalignments such as these are often more at risk for developing decay or gum disease since it isn’t always easy to get into these tight, crowded spaces to thoroughly brush away food particles and plaque. By achieving a straighter smile it will be easier to brush and floss all surfaces more effectively.

Improve Your Confidence

When teeth are twisted, crooked or crowded, or if there are large spaces between teeth, then chances are pretty good that you don’t feel nearly as confident with your appearance as you should be. If this is the case, then getting braces can help. Of course, you don’t just have to get metal braces in order to achieve the results you want. For teens and adults, there are also clear aligners that can straighten your smile without the obvious metal braces.

Right now there has never been a better time to turn to Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD, for your orthodontic treatment. Most people worry about the expense that will go into their treatment, but now when you get braces with us you can get affordable orthodontics between $75 and $146 per month. This offer also includes the post-treatment retainer (to maintain that beautifully straight smile) and even teeth whitening. This is a limited time offer, so get started by calling us today!

By Pearlfection Dentistry
July 31, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

How a Root Canal Can Help Your SmileRoot Canal


In the past, diseased or injured teeth often had to be removed. Today, they can be saved through root canal treatment. PearlFection Dentistry, with locations in Frederick and Urbana, MD, offers root canal therapy with a gentle touch. Our Frederick, MD, general dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Amadeus Lopez, and Dr. Melanie Smith; as well as our oral surgeon, Dr. Brian Chang; endodontist, Dr. Pratik Patel; and orthodontists, Dr. Jennifer Smith and Dr. Steven Tigani, provide top-of-the-line dental care to our patients. Read on to find out how a root canal can help your smile. 

It Will Relieve Your Pain

You may need a root canal if you have a severe toothache. The intensity of the pain can range from mild to extreme. The pain may get worse when you chew and apply pressure to the tooth. If you have a toothache, don't ignore it. Root canal treatment will eliminate the pain you are experiencing.

It Prevents Tooth Loss

Root canal treatment is used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. Tooth extraction is not a good alternative to root canal therapy. Saving your permanent tooth is always the best option. An extraction is less expensive than doing a root canal. However, the downside is the space created by the missing tooth.

It Restores Tooth Function

After root canal treatment, a dental crown usually needs to be placed on the tooth to protect it and restore it to full function. A dental crown is a cap that replaces the exterior portion of a tooth to re-establish its original shape and function. A dental crown can restore your chewing ability, improve your speech, and enhance your enjoyment of life. 

It Has a High Success Rate

Endodontic techniques have improved significantly in the last decade. Root canal treatment has a very high success rate. Research shows that getting a root canal treatment provides a longer-lasting solution than having a diseased tooth pulled and replaced with a dental bridge, which can fail over time. If you take good care of your root-canal-treated tooth, it could last a lifetime.

So, what are you waiting for? Don't put off root canal treatment if you need it. Call Pearlfection Dentistry at 301-663-5550 right now to schedule a dental consultation in Frederick and Urbana, MD. We will provide all the relief you need, with relatively little expense and hassle. You have nothing to lose but your pain!

By Pearlfection Dentistry
July 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns   bridges  

Bad smile? With options like crowns and bridges, your Frederick dentist can take your smile from being so-so to beautiful. PearlFection dental crownsDentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD, offers root canal therapy with a gentle touch. Our dentists provide top-of-the-line dental care to our patients.

Crowns Overview

Dental crowns are caps that encase teeth to restore the teeth to their original size, shape, and strength as well as to improve their appearance. There are several reasons why dental crowns are needed. They include protecting cracked or weakened teeth, to restore broken teeth, to hold a fixed bridge in place, to cover a dental implant, or to cover misshapen or discolored teeth.

Benefits of Crowns

Broken teeth and decayed teeth can make eating painful, interfering with oral function. Crowns restore the structure of the teeth so you can eat in comfort. Dental crowns are strong and durable and they will restore full function of your damaged or weakened teeth. Dental crowns can also improve the appearance of your teeth. They can instantly correct cracks, chips, staining, misshapen teeth, fractures, crookedness and more. 

Bridges Overview

Dental bridges are dental restorations used to replace missing teeth. A dental bridge is made up of two dental caps one on the teeth on each side of the empty space and a prosthetic tooth in between. A bridge can be supported by natural teeth, dental implants, or a combination of teeth and implants. By a combination of teeth and implants. Unlike a conventional denture, a dental bridge can only be removed by your Frederick dentist because it's attached to your mouth. 

Benefits of Bridges

A bridge will fill in the gaps in your smile and improve your look. With a bridge, you will feel and look more attractive. With a bridge, not only will you fill in your smile's gaps, you will also improve the shape and shade of the teeth that you're crowning. Porcelain bridges look great and match the natural teeth well. A dental bridge will also make everyday activities such as speaking and eating easier.

If you've ever wanted a stunning smile, this is your chance! Call Pearlfection Dentistry at 301-663-5550 right now to schedule a dental consultation in Frederick and Urbana, MD with our general dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Amadeus Lopez, and Dr. Melanie Smith; as well as our oral surgeon, Dr. Brian Chang; endodontist, Dr. Pratik Patel; and orthodontists, Dr. Jennifer Smith and Dr. Steven Tigani. Dental crowns and dental bridges have helped millions of individuals enhance their smiles, boosting their self-confidence and improving the overall quality of their lives. And it will do the same for you.

He is one of the best orthodontics from the Washington area, with over 22 years of experience and now working out of and owning a total of five different offices. Dr.Tigani’s personable chairside manner will make you feel great about your smile and make you laugh.

He received his bachelor degree from Georgetown University, where he majored in Psychology and minored in Biology. He went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Maryland University and then completed a 2 year orthodontic program at Colombia University. All ages are welcomed to meet with him for a free consultation.

You will be greeted by Dr. Tigani personally and he will help you make the best decision for your smile, whether that means employing traditional braces or clear aligners to help you achieve your optimal smile.

Dr. Tigani or on of our other orthodontists will answer all your questions. We invite Frederick Maryland and the surrounding community in for a free consultation and in office visit and let us guide you in the right direction!

June 15, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

When it comes to orthodontics and choosing an orthodontist to treat your children or yourself, the questions and the right approach can be overwhelming. Some of the questions we have heard are should I use traditional steel brackets and wires, should I use clear braces, when am I too old for braces, when is my child too young, do I need a retainer when I’m done, what are the potential risks and the big one, WHAT DOES ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT COST and will insurance pay for it and is it all the same and does it matter where I get my treatment done?

All these questions are valid and can make your head spin. The good news is there are answers and a qualified team that can help you answer all of them. Remember, orthodontics is not just about aesthetics, it’s often about ensuring proper teeth alignment to prevent abnormal wear and tear, as well as ensuring that good oral hygiene can be performed. Improper alignment can lead to major dental problems and high costs later in life.

Let’s start with should I use clear aligners or standard brackets? This treatment really depends on personal preference, and what the objective is as well as the individual patient habits and level of personal responsibility. Some tooth movements cannot be achieved with clear aligners, at least not as easily as traditional braces, but for the most part, clear plastic aligners are as good, and in some instances a superior option over metal brackets. The beauty of clear aligners is that most people will not know you have them in. The other major advantage of clear aligners is that they are removable. This means it’s easy to clean the teeth with a traditional toothbrush and floss. One of the worst things that can happen during orthodontic treatment is for home care to suffer because it’s difficult to brush and decay begins. The downside of clear removable aligners is they are easy to lose and sometimes children and yes some adults, don’t wear them religiously. This can result in longer treatment times, teeth moving back to their original position and overall frustration and higher costs with the process. With steel brackets, we see better compliance, particularly in children. Also, due to the higher lab fees associated with clear aligners, there is often a cost added of a few hundred dollars.

We often hear, “Am I too old for braces?” the answer to this is that no one is too old for braces. This totally depends on personal preference and does the patient have good oral health. Tooth movement can occur at any age, so orthodontic treatment for both clinical reasons and cosmetic reasons can be done at any age. We have patients over 70 years old who are currently in treatment. And the number of adults in orthodontic treatment has skyrocketed in recent years

The other question about age, is when is too young to intervene with orthodontic treatment for children? Depending on the situation and what the orthodontist is trying to accomplish in the long run, patients as young as 6 years of age might start orthodontic treatment. This is often done to create space so future teeth can come in properly and is usually done with the anticipation of some sort of additional orthodontic treatment planned when the child has their permanent teeth.

Ok, let’s address the retainer question. Do I need to wear a retainer? The answer is yes……well only if you want your teeth to stay where you want them to. Teeth move and if we don’t use a retainer device after completion of the primary orthodontic treatment, the teeth can move back. To prevent this we recommend wearing a retainer. The amount of time each day it needs to be worn depends on many factors but usually we recommend wearing it all the time for some period following the primary treatment and then only at night for the long term. Retainers can be clear plastic aligners, more rigid devices sometimes referred to as a hawley or in some instances, fixed devices that can be placed in the mouth. Your orthodontist can go over what retainer is right for you.

There are some risks associated with orthodontic treatment. Some patients’ mouths just are not healthy enough to withstand the stress that tooth movement can impart on the gums, bones and teeth and in those rare cases, orthodontic work might not be recommend. Basically as long as your gums are healthy, you are a candidate for orthodontic treatment. In other cases, what appears to be a simple case, can result in teeth becoming loose. This is usually corrected by slowing down the movement, but in some cases, it is recommended we stop the treatment temporarily or in rare instance permanently. The biggest complaint we hear, and it’s usually after a tightening visit, or when new aligners are put in, is that it’s uncomfortable, at least for a while. This is due to the wires or aligners putting additional pressure on the teeth to gradually move them into proper position. This constant pressure can be uncomfortable for a while but usually subsides after a few hours or days, as the teeth move. Mild pain killers like Ibuprofen is usually enough to take the edge off.

Finally the big question, “What is the cost of orthodontic work?” We are not trying to be coy, but IT DEPENDS!!!!! The cost for full blown orthodontic work where the patient is in active treatment for 24 months or more, needs to visit the office every 4 weeks and then followed by 24 months retention phase can be over $7000. However, on cases where only minor tooth movement to correct things like crowding or minor movement to correct a diastema can be as low as $1500 and then there is everything in between. The costs will ultimately depend on how long the patient is in treatment and whether there are large lab fees. The lab fees occur when a case must be sent out to have aligners made. Some dentist can reduce costs and get excellent results with “generic” clear aligners vs using a brand name like Invisalign. Insurance often, but not always, provides a benefit that will pay for orthodontic treatment, but there is usually a lifetime cap of $1000 – 2500. A good front desk insurance coordinator will help patients utilize this benefit.

Yes, there is a lot to consider when deciding on orthodontic treatment for you and your family, but remember, you have a partner who has the expertise, experience and options to help you make the right choice. PearlFection Dentistry in Urbana MD and Frederick MD offer free consultations to answer all these questions and help you pick the right treatment option. Our orthodontic team, led by Dr Jennifer Smith and Dr Stephen Tigani offer traditional braces, Invisalign and generic clear aligners to deal with any orthodontic needs. With over 40 years of experience and multiple offices to choose from we are one of the best orthodontic choices in the MD and DC area. Call one of our two PearlFection Dentistry offices for a free consultation. In Frederick call – 301-663-5550 or Urbana Maryland – 301-831-8303.

This website includes materials that are protected by copyright, or other proprietary rights. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use, as defined in the copyright laws, requires the written permission of the copyright owners.