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How Invisalign treatment from your dentists in Urbana and Frederick, MD, can help your smile
Have you been thinking about orthodontics? If so, you and your smile need to discover the latest type of orthodontic treatment, Invisalign. Instead of brackets and wires, this revolutionary orthodontic treatment uses plastic appliances called aligners.
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 offers a wide variety of dental services, including Invisalign orthodontic treatment to help your smile—read on to learn more.
What Invisalign can do for you
Your Invisalign treatment begins with your first set of aligners, which you wear for two weeks, then you move up to a new set of aligners, which you wear for another two weeks. You keep advancing to a new set of aligners every two weeks until your treatment is complete. Invisalign treatment takes between nine and fifteen months, and you will see your dentist every few weeks to monitor your progress.
Invisalign can treat many of the same issues as conventional brackets and wires, including:
- Overbite and underbite
- Crossbite and open bite
- Tooth rotation and crowding
- Closing gaps between your teeth
So, why choose Invisalign? Due to how the aligners are made of clear plastic, Invisalign offers discreet treatment that is virtually undetectable to the people around you. All those people will see is your beautiful smile!
Invisalign is also comfortable, because the aligners are smooth, with no sharp parts to irritate your soft tissue.
You can also remove your Invisalign aligners, allowing you to continue enjoying the foods you love and maintain your previous oral hygiene routine.
Interested? Give us a call
You and your smile deserve to enjoy the benefits of Invisalign orthodontic treatment. Now, you can achieve a straight, beautiful smile quicker and easier than you’ve ever thought possible, thanks to Invisalign. To learn more about what Invisalign can do for you and your smile, call one of Pearlfection Dentistry's offices in either Urbana or Frederick, MD, today:
- Urbana - (301) 831-8303
- Frederick - (301) 663-5550
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.
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.
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!
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
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.