The PearlFection Blog
Posts for: August, 2017
Orthodontic treatment involves moving and repositioning the teeth so that you have a better bite and a more attractive smile. According to the Wall Street Journal, the number of adult Americans seeking orthodontic treatment has increased 40 percent since the mid-1990s. You’re certainly not alone if you’ve been thinking about getting braces as an adult. Explore the different types of orthodontics available at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, that can work for your specific case.
Standard Metal Braces (Traditional)
If you ever saw one of your classmates in grade school wearing braces, it was probably standard metallic braces. These are made of silver metal brackets that are very visible when you smile. The brackets are used to hold metal wires that pull the teeth into their new position. Standard braces are usually recommended if an orthodontic issue is severe and the course of treatment may require two to three years.
If you want a clearer alternative to metal brackets, ceramic braces may work for you. They are just like metal braces and work the same way, except they’re made of plastic ceramic material. Ask your Frederick dentist if ceramics are available at your initial orthodontics consultation.
One other option for people who have more advanced orthodontic problems is lingual braces. Many adult patients prefer them because the brackets hide behind the teeth instead of being attached to the front. They move and straighten the teeth the same as regular braces.
Invisible Braces (Invisalign)
If you have a relatively minor orthodontic issue, like a small gap or crowding, your dentist may recommend invisible braces. Instead of metal brackets and wires, you will simply place a clear aligner tray over your teeth during the day. Adults often prefer invisible braces because they’re clear and can be taken off at will.
Deciding Which Method Is Best for You
Before you make a final decision about which orthodontic method to use, talk to your orthodontist and ask questions about each option. Call (301) 663-5550 today to set up an orthodontics consultation at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD.
Find out if braces could be the best approach for getting the smile you want.
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. Stephen Tigani are all here to help you.
There are many reasons why both children and adults may want to consider getting braces including:
- Gaps between teeth
- 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.
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!