The PearlFection Blog

By PearlFection Dentistry
May 07, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Saying 'cheese!' to the camera isn't easy for everyone. Poorly aligned jaws, crooked, crowded and missing teeth, or a bad bite can be embarrassing. Located in Urbana and Frederick, MD, and led by general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, oral surgeons Dr. Brian Chang and Dr. Leo Perez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani, pediatric dentist Dr. Leslie Oakes, and endodontist Dr. Patik Patel, PearlFection Dentistry has the solution—orthodontic treatment.

About Braces

Orthodontics corrects jaw and teeth alignment caused by various issues, including thumb-sucking, injury, or genetic inheritance. The optimal age to receive braces is between seven and 14 because facial structures are still developing. However, adults of all ages are still able to undergo orthodontic treatment at any point.

Types of Braces

  • Metal Braces: These high-grade stainless steel braces come with bands that attach to the back molars and smaller metal brackets that are cemented to the front surfaces of teeth.
  • Ceramic Braces: Similar to metal braces, these front-side teeth brackets are made of a translucent ceramic material, making them invisible to some degree.
  • Lingual Braces: These braces are placed on the tongue side of the teeth and work like metal braces and ceramic braces, but in a more conspicuous way because of their unique position.

Caring for Your Smile After Orthodontic Treatment

  • Wear retainers to preserve proper teeth alignment and disinfect retainers for optimal oral health.
  • Avoid certain food items to completing treatment, like extra crunchy or chewy food.
  • Get whitening treatment about a month after having braces removed to enhance the appearance of your teeth.
  • Create a customized oral health care plan with your Frederick or Urbana dentist to get a thorough cleaning and check-up.
  • Make sure to floss your teeth after meals and brush your teeth at least twice a day.

Would You Like to Speak With Your Dentist?

Orthodontic treatment restores a person's aesthetics, improves their self-esteem, and upgrades oral functionality. For more information on orthodontics, call PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, at (301) 663-5550, or for their Urbana office at (301) 831-8303.

By PearlFection Dentistry
April 22, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: orthodontics  

Dentists at Pearlfection Dentistry in the Urbana and Frederick, MD, area provide patients with more than just braces. It's a chance to make a great first impression with shiny and straight teeth! You can finally do the everyday things that were difficult before. All you have to do is schedule your appointment with Pearlfection Dentistry today.

More About Braces

Braces are metal oral appliances that gradually move malpositioned teeth to their proper places. People can expect to wear braces for about two years and visit their dentist in the Urbana and Frederick, MD, area regularly to ensure proper progression. Adults need to wear braces longer than children because their jawbone has already developed. Children can start wearing braces between the ages of 7-14 because it's easier to manipulate tooth orientation.

Problems Requiring Orthodontic Treatment

  • Overcrowded or crooked teeth
  • Large gaps between teeth
  • Overbite or overjet, which is when the upper front teeth overlap lower teeth too much, either vertically or horizontally.
  • Underbite, which is when the upper front teeth bite behind the lower ones
  • Other jaw misalignment problems

How to Protect Teeth and Braces

  • Cut down on sugary and starchy foods and beverages.
  • Brush thoroughly and regularly.
  • Use a fluoride rinse to prevent cavities.
  • Floss between braces and underwires to remove food particles.
  • Drink plenty of water and swish it around in your mouth to eliminate food.
  • Avoid sticky foods that get stuck in braces.
  • Avoid hard or crunchy foods that may break braces.
  • Visit your dentist for checkups and cleaning.

Do you want to speak to a dentist?

Dentists at Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana and Frederick, MD, offer patients orthodontic treatment to help improve their lives. If you'd like to learn more about braces and if it's the right choice for you, then don't hesitate to contact your dentist at (301) 663-5550 today!

By PearlFection Dentistry
February 24, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Orthodontic  

There's no reason to live with a smile that doesn't make you happy. Whether your teeth are crooked or overlapping, or you have a bite problem, orthodontics can transform your smile. Located in Urbana and Frederick, MD, and led by general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, oral surgeons Dr. Brian Chang and Dr. Leo Perez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani, pediatric dentist Dr. Leslie Oakes, and endodontist Dr. Patik Patel, PearlFection Dentistry can help you care for your smile with checkups, dental procedures, and orthodontic treatments—read on to learn more!

Your dentist will help you evaluate your treatment options

The ideal treatment for will you will depend on your orthodontic issues, your brace type preferences, and your budget. When you visit either of our offices, your dentist will perform an examination, take a few X-ray screenings, and explain how each treatment option will address your orthodontic problem.

Metal braces are ideal for mild-to-severe orthodontic problems

Metal braces are a good choice no matter what type of orthodontic issues you have. After all, braces are just as effective at treating mild problems as they are at tackling severe bite problems or complicated issues.

After your dentist cements metal brackets on to the fronts of your teeth, he'll run metal wires through the brackets. The braces exert constant pressure on your teeth, gradually realigning them. Metal braces require adjustments every four to six weeks.

Ceramic braces provide a less noticeable option

Ceramic braces eliminate the metal and use clear ceramic brackets and clear or tooth-colored wires instead. They work the same way as metal braces and require regular adjustment visits. Ceramic braces are a good choice if you have mild-to-moderate orthodontic issues.

Lingual braces keep wires out of sight

Lingual braces are attached to the backs of your teeth and aren't noticeable when you smile. They also require periodic adjustments.

Clear aligners offer the most discreet straightening method

Clear aligners are an excellent choice if you prefer a more subtle straightening option. The removable aligner trays are custom created for your mouth using CAD/CAM technology and are designed to gradually realign your teeth by exerting continual, gentle pressure on them. You'll wear each aligner tray in the series for about two weeks before swapping it for the next aligner tray.

Interested? Give us a call

Are you ready to enhance your smile with orthodontics? Call one of Pearlfection Dentistry's offices in either Urbana or Frederick, MD, today:

  • Urbana - (301) 831-8303
  • Frederick - (301) 663-5550

PearlFection Dentistry invests in state of the art Cone Beam CT scanner (3D imaging), Panoramic X-ray System, and Cephalometric X-ray system

PearlFection Dentistry's obsession with providing the best general, emergency and specialty dental care in the State of Maryland and surrounding region, all under one roof and for all ages has driven the need to invest heavily in State of the Art imaging technology.

FREDERICK, Md. - Nov. 17, 2019 - PRLog -- Consistent with the PearlFection Dentistry's mission of providing the best dental care in the Maryland and DC and Baltimore region, the decision was made this week to purchase the state of the art in imaging technology. The new system called the VAtech Green CT2 will allow our team of general dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, endodontists, periodontists, prosthodontists, and pediatric dentists, to more accurately diagnose and treat dental issues and deliver precise diagnoses by providing more accurate 3 dimensional images of the jaw, air way and head.

PearlFection Dentistry - 3D imaging

More specifically it will allow our:

  • Endodontists to accurately plan root canals by more clearly identifying infections, the number and path of tooth roots and more accurately identify tooth cracks.
  • Oral surgeons and periodontists to plan implant surgery by placing the implants in simulated 3D images prior to surgery so ideal bone structure can be accessed, proper depth and size of implants are used, and surgical guides can be fabricated specific to each patient. Oral Surgeons will also be able to take 3D images of any unusual features that concern them, to better identify pathology and give our surgeons one more tool to identify things like oral cancer faster, so appropriate treatment can be provided early.
  • Prosthodontists to create 3D images of jaw structure so highly accurate denture planning can be done resulting in extremely well fitting and comfortable implant supported dentures or standard dentures.
  • Orthodontists, general dentists and pediatric dentists to cooperate together and with our other specialists to more accurately understand what is happening in a patient's mouth, so accurate comprehensive dental treatment plan can be formulated.

All in all, the cone beam CT, pan, ceph will make PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana Maryland, the one stop treatment option for patients in the Maryland, DC, WV, PA and Virginia region who seek exception dental care.

If you don't know much about the comprehensive dental care that PearlFection Dentistry can provide to you and your family, please visit our website at or or call (301)663-5550 (Frederick, MD) or (301) 831-8303 (Urbana, MD).We see all ages of patients from children to seniors and we have all our doctors and specialists under one roof. We are accepting new patients at both locations and we are obsessed with customer service.

By PearlFection Dentistry
November 14, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral cancer  

Oral cancer can be a scary diagnosis, but you can have a better outcome if it is diagnosed early. Early diagnosis leads to early treatment, and you can help your dentist by regularly doing a self-check for abnormal areas in your mouth. This is especially important if you use tobacco products, but you need to know what to look for. The dentists at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD, offer a wide range of services including oral cancer screening to help you.

So, what are the signs and symptoms to look for? Oral cancer has some definite concerns to look for, including:

  • Areas of thickened, wrinkled, or white tissue in your mouth
  • Open lesions or sores in your mouth that don’t heal
  • Chronically irritated, eroded, or rough areas in your mouth
  • Tenderness or numbness around your lips, cheeks, or in your mouth
  • Swollen lymph nodes or lumps in your mouth, on your face, or neck
  • Difficult or painful swallowing, chewing, or talking
  • Chronic hoarseness or a sore throat

You can do a lot to prevent oral cancer. One of the most important steps you can take is to stop smoking or using tobacco products. You should also avoid drinking alcohol in excessive amounts. The combination of tobacco use and alcohol consumption is the biggest cause of oral cancer in the United States.

You should also do a self check in your mouth regularly looking for any of the signs and symptoms listed above. Check the inside of your cheeks, the top and sides of your tongue, underneath your tongue, your gums, your lips, and other areas of your mouth. Early diagnosis can improve your chances of survival by as much as 75 percent.

If you notice any potential abnormal, precancerous, or cancerous changes, schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist may recommend a biopsy to determine if precancerous or cancerous changes are present.

Remember, nearly 8,000 people will die from oral cancer each year, according to the National Cancer Institute. You don’t have to become a statistic! To find out more about the signs and symptoms of oral cancer, call the office of our Frederick and Urbana, MD, general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, oral surgeons Dr. Brian Chang and Dr. Leo Perez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani, pediatric dentist Dr. Leslie Oakes, and endodontist Dr. Patik Patel today at (301) 663-5550.

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