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By PearlFection Dentistry
February 28, 2018
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Braces   invisalign   tigani aligners  

Let’s figure out which type of braces suits your smile goals while fitting your lifestyle.

No matter whether a child, teen or adult walks through our doors, if someone is looking to fix their crowded and misaligned smiles then our bracesdental team is here to help. With our Frederick and Urbana MD, dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer and Dr. Amadeus Lopez; periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, oral surgeon, Dr. Brian Chang; endodontist, Dr. Pratik Patel; and orthodontist, Dr. Stephen Tigani, on your side, we are sure to find the right orthodontic treatment to fit you.

Traditional Braces

These are the type of braces that typically come to mind when thinking of orthodontic treatment; however, they have gotten a bit of a makeover over the decades. Metal braces have become sleeker and the wires have become thinner, making the braces less bulky and cumbersome. Traditional braces can also be made from tooth-colored materials to make them more discreet.

Traditional braces are great for patients of all ages, especially for those dealing with complex or complicated tooth movements or for cases in which the jaws need to be moved or realigned.

Invisalign

Most teens and adults balk at the idea of needing braces; however, having a straight smile will not only improve your appearance but can also reduce your risk for cavities, gum disease or dental damage (e.g. cracks or fractures). If the idea of wearing traditional braces has you running for the hills, then it’s time you asked our Frederick dentists about Invisalign.

This clear, almost invisible system uses flexible, plastic aligners that are custom-made to fit over your teeth. They look similar to mouthguards or whitening trays, but each aligner is designed to gradually shift teeth into the proper position. Aligners are also completely removable, so you can take them out before mealtimes or before brushing and flossing.

Tigani Aligners

Of course, since you have our expert dental team right here to help get you the smile you want you may decide to use our very own Tigani Orthodontic Aligners (TOA) to achieve the perfect results. This system is not Invisalign; however, it does still use a set of removable, clear aligners, which are worn for up to 3 weeks before replacing them with the next set in your treatment plan. Tigani aligners can often be a less expensive option than Invisalign.

Aligners should be worn for at least 20 hours a day, but you may choose to remove them before a special occasion, important date or work presentation. This is a great option for those in the professional world who don’t want everyone to know that they have braces.

If you are ready to get one step closer to the smile you want then it’s time to turn to the orthodontic experts at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana MD. Call our office today to schedule a consultation.

By Pearlfection Dentistry
August 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   Braces  

Orthodontic treatment involves moving and repositioning the teeth so that you have a better bite and a more attractive smile. According to orthodonticsthe 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.

Ceramic Braces
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.

Lingual Braces
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. 

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. Stephen 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
June 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   Braces  

Considering your options when choosing the best orthodontic treatment for you can seem overwhelming. However, understanding these orthodonticsoptions can help you work with your dentist choose the most beneficial orthodontic treatment. Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Pratik Patel, Dr. Brian Chang, Dr. Amadeus Lopez and Drs. Jennifer and Melanie Smith at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, can explain more about your orthodontic options and what they can do for you.

What is orthodontic treatment? 
An orthodontist is a dentist who has undergone additional training in the field of orthodontics. Orthodontics focus on moving the teeth into the proper positioning to improve their functionality and provide a beautiful smile. Orthodontic treatment also corrects the jaw’s placement, realigning it to improve the mouth’s bite. Orthodontics often take the form of traditional metal braces, but other, more subtle options are also available. Ceramic braces, which are tooth-colored ceramic instead of metal and invisible braces, which use clear plastic aligner trays rather than brackets and wires, can straighten your teeth without compromising your look.

Candidates for Orthodontic Treatment
A good candidate for orthodontic treatment is a teen over the age of 12 or adult who wants to improve the aesthetics or functionality of their smile by straightening their teeth and correcting their bite. While treatment can sometimes begin at an earlier age, many dentists choose to wait with treatment until the jaw is finished growing, around the time a patient is 12 years old. Braces are permanently affixed to the teeth during treatment, requiring a strong at-home oral care routine to keep the teeth free of tooth decay between monthly checkup appointments. Patients should brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss between each tooth, threading the floss through the wires of the braces, at least once daily.

Orthodontic Treatment in Frederick, MD
If you think you could benefit from orthodontic treatment, you should consult with your dentist to determine if braces would benefit you and your teeth. For more information on orthodontics in Frederick, MD, please contact Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Pratik Patel, Dr. Brian Chang, Dr. Amadeus Lopez and Drs. Jennifer and Melanie Smith at Pearlfection Dentistry. Call (301) 663-5550 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Pearlfection Dentistry
January 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   Braces   invisalign  

Find out if you or your child’s smile could potentially benefit from getting braces or Invisalign.

It’s pretty rare to be born with a perfectly straight smile, but that’s okay. Our Urbana and Frederick, MD orthodontists and dentists have orthodonticsyou covered. Find out the perfect time to consider getting orthodontic treatment and the telltale signs that it might improve your smile and your oral health.

Here are some of most common situations that can easily be treated with braces or Invisalign:

Crowding

This is often the most common reason anyone comes to see our Urbana and Frederick general dentist for treatment. Crowding simply means that there isn’t enough room for all of your teeth to fit properly, so teeth crowd and overlap one another. Since teeth are so close together it can make it difficult to properly clean between teeth and even increase your chances for decay or gum disease. By treating this issue at an early age, we can improve your oral health for the long run.

Overbite

If you smile do you notice that the top teeth actually cover the bottom teeth? If so, then you may have an overbite. In an overbite, the top teeth stick out further than the bottom teeth. A severe overbite can increase your risk of damage to the front teeth or put too much pressure on other teeth and lead to injury.

Underbite

If you smile and your upper front teeth rest behind your lower teeth this is known as an underbite. This is the result of disproportionate jaw sizes and an underbite can cause issues speaking and chewing, and can affect the structure and appearance of your face.

Open bite

If you notice that your front teeth do not touch when you smile then you are probably dealing with an open bite. This can lead to speech problems (e.g. lisps) and difficulty eating and chewing.

If you or your child is exhibiting any of these orthodontic issues, it’s time you sat down and talked to us as soon as possible. We will do a free consultation to asses whether braces or Invisalign could help your smile. From mild to severe issues, we are able to tackle them with our wide variety of orthodontic treatments. Isn’t it time you turned to Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana and Frederick, MD to schedule your consultation?