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By PearlFection Dentistry
October 01, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces  

The dentists at PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick, MD offer orthodontic treatments to their patients in need of cosmetic help. The goal of orthodontic treatment is to adjust the positioning of the teeth using braces. Many people believe that the purpose of braces is to simply Bracesimprove the appearance and positioning of the teeth, but it also has more practical uses. Learn how braces can improve your oral health in addition to enhancing your smile.

What Do Braces Do?
The main goal of braces is to move the teeth into a more favorable position, improving both their looks and functionality. Placing metal braces involves attaching a bracket to each tooth that is part of the treatment plan, then connecting the brackets with a wire that will slowly adjust the teeth. Some patients prefer invisible braces (Invisalign) because plastic trays are used instead of metal to mold the teeth into a better arrangement. 

Biting and Talking 
One way that braces can improve your oral health is by making it easier for you to bite your food comfortably. Some patients at PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick have underbites or overbites that make chewing difficult. Braces help adjust the jaw for a more natural bite. Braces can also improve the way that you speak—the way your teeth are positioned can affect the way that you pronounce certain words. 

TMJ Disorder Relief 
Another oral condition that can be relieved with the help of braces is called TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorder. It’s a problem that causes pain at the location where the jaws connect. The main symptom is an annoying popping or clicking noise when you open and close your mouth. Braces are often used to resolve this condition, and they can also help with some sleeping disorders.

The Shape of the Face
Though it may not be specifically related to oral health, it’s a notable fact that wearing braces can also improve the overall shape and appearance of your face. The way that your jaw is positioned determines many of your facial features. For instance, if you have a bottom jaw that projects forward it creates a protruding chin. Braces can help move the chin back to a normal position.

Your Braces Consultation
There are a few different options for orthodontic treatment, including metal braces, clear braces, lingual braces and invisible aligners. Contact PearlFection Density for a free orthodontic consultation in Frederick, MD today by calling (301) 663-5550.

By Pearlfection Dentistry
September 02, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Braces  
BracesFind out the best time to start talking to your Frederick dentist about orthodontic options for your child.
As your child’s teeth come in, you may notice that they aren't as straight as you might have hoped for. Luckily, your Frederick dentist Dr. EJ Stringer at PearlFection Dentistry is here to help your little one get a straighter, healthier smile with orthodontia. Learn more about Invisalign and braces, and when it might be a good time for your child to get orthodontics.
What Time is the Right Time?
If your child is around seven years old, you may want to seek an orthodontic evaluation from your Frederick dentist to see if orthodontic treatment is right for them. This is highly recommended if your child has teeth that are growing in crooked, or if you notice overcrowding or gaps between teeth. 
The ideal time for orthodontic treatment will depend on the cause and severity of their dental problems. By the age of seven, your Frederick dentist can often see when malocclusions or overcrowding are happening or about to happen. Even if we evaluate your child’s smile at seven years old, this doesn’t mean that anything will happen right away. We will continue to monitor their condition and decide the ideal time for treatment.
Dr. EJ Stringer is a certified Invisalign provider, and would be happy to discuss whether Invisalign or braces are more appropriate for your child. If it is decided that they need more traditional orthodontic work, such as braces, we have relationships with many orthodontists in the Frederick, MD area that we can refer your child to for treatment.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Stringer at Pearlfection dentistry today, and let’s help create the best smile possible for your child!