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By PearlFection Dentistry
August 19, 2021
Tags: orthodontics  

Orthodontics from your dentists in Frederick, MD, can improve your smile.

Have you been thinking about straightening your smile? If so, you probably have been thinking about which orthodontic treatment is right for you. Each type of orthodontic treatment has advantages, and your dentist or orthodontist can help you decide.

Your doctors at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, offer comprehensive general, cosmetic, specialty, and orthodontic dental care, to improve your smile.

Now that you’ve decided to take the important step of straightening your smile, let’s take a quick look at how a straight smile helps you. A straight smile will:

  • Enhance your appearance, because a straight smile is more eye-catching and appealing
  • Boost your self-esteem, because you know you look your best
  • Improve your chewing ability, which aids your digestion and benefits your overall health
  • Improve your oral health, because straight teeth are much easier to keep clean with brushing and flossing

So, which orthodontic treatment is right for you? Let’s talk about your options:

Conventional braces- which consist of brackets and wires are the tried-and-true choice and are often an excellent option for more complex cases. They can be customized to give you a more discreet look. You can choose from:

  • Ceramic braces, with ceramic brackets and tooth-colored wires
  • Metal braces, with metal brackets and wires
  • Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back surfaces of your teeth

Aligners- which are dental appliances. You wear the aligners for a couple of weeks and then move on to the second set of aligners, which you wear for another couple of weeks. You keep progressing to new sets of aligners as your teeth gradually and comfortably move.

The dentists of Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, can help you achieve the straight, beautiful smile you deserve. To find out more about which orthodontic treatment is right for you, call Pearlfection Dentistry at (301) 663-5550. Get started on your new smile by calling the office of our Urbana, MD, general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, Dr. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist, Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon, Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist, Dr. Pratik Patel, Dr. Leo Perez DDS and MD (Board Certified Oral Surgeon and General Surgeon), Dr. Leslie Oakes DDS - Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani.

By PearlFection Dentistry
November 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: orthodontics  

Do you have crowded teeth? Maybe you have an underbite? The staff at Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana, MD offers orthodontics and can assist you in straightening your teeth and recorrecting any dentition that might have moved out of position.

How orthodontics can change your smile

Changing your smile can be dramatic or it can be more subtle, but orthodontics can help you create the smile that you want.

Orthodontics makes it possible to achieve optimal jaw alignment which helps with chewing, bruising, and reshaping the face.

By utilizing orthodontics, your teeth can be straightened -- you will experience less crowding, overbite, and other misalignments that you may face.

With advances in techniques and technology, aligning your teeth has never been more discreet. If you want to straighten your teeth and do not mind wearing trays, Invisalign is a solid option for those who do not want to call attention to their teeth being realigned. Lingual braces, that is, braces that are installed on the tongue side of the teeth instead of the lip are also an option for those who want to be a little more discreet.

One of the boons of orthodontics is how customized they are. Because each mouth and each jaw is different, your dentist has to know how to best accommodate your specific size, shape, or any other characteristic.

Another benefit is that you can utilize orthodontics as many times as you want. If you needed braces as a child, had straight teeth as an adult but have realized that you have some teeth that are starting to move around, you can still obtain orthodontics to recorrect that alignment in your mouth.

No need to hide your smile anymore. Explore what orthodontics can do for you by contacting our staff at (301) 663-5550 to schedule an appointment.

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
December 04, 2018
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: orthodontics  

Whether you’re a preteen or an adult, orthodontic treatment can have a major positive impact on your smile. More adult Americans are opting for braces than ever before, as they comprise approximately 27 percent of all orthodontic patients according to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Read below to learn more about the benefits of seeing your Frederick and Urbana, MD, general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, Dr. Alex Sin Deuk Kim, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani for an orthodontic consultation.

About Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontia is the science of moving and aligning the teeth. Although the teeth are normally firmly entrenched in the gumline, they can be moved slowly using pressure from an orthodontic device. Orthodontics also help to realign the jaw when there is an overbite, underbite, open bite, or when the bite is crossed. Every patient's orthodontic treatment plan is unique and carefully mapped out by a dentist. The recommended treatment type and length of treatment will depend on the severity of the patient's orthodontic problems.

Benefits of Orthodontics
The main benefit of orthodontic treatment is that your teeth will be aligned in a more attractive way. It can close gaps, whether they are between all of the teeth or just the front ones. It can tame protruding teeth so that they fit in with the others, or realign those that are crowded. Choosing orthodontic treatment with your Frederick, MD, dentist is a sign to others that you care enough about your smile to make an investment in it.

Orthodontic Treatments
When most people think of orthodontics, they imagine wearing rigid metal braces and brackets. But there are a few alternate options. Ceramic braces have a color that more closely matches the color of the teeth, so they are less visible during the treatment period. Lingual braces are attached behind the teeth so that only the patient knows they’re there. But when a patient requires maximum flexibility and discretion during an orthodontic treatment, Tigani Orthodontic Aligners aligners should be inquired about. For more complex cases, traditional metal braces may still be the best option available.

Make Time for a Visit
Now that you know more about the benefits of orthodontics, make time to see a dentist for a consultation in the very near future. Call (301) 663-5550 today to schedule an appointment at Pearlfection Dentistry of Frederick in Frederick and Urbana, MD. We are just 45 minutes from Washington, DC and Baltimore and serve patients from all over Hagerstown and Germantown, MD

By PearlFection Dentistry
August 02, 2018
Category: Orthodontics

Find out whether traditional braces are the right approach for a straighter smile.

Dealing with crooked, misaligned teeth? Not only can a crooked smile affect your appearance but also it can negatively impact your oral braceshealth by increasing your chances for decay, excessive wear, and fracturing. Luckily, Our general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan and Dr. Amadeus Lopez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, Prosthodontist Dr. Vincent Auth, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani in Frederick and Urbana, MD, are here to tell you when traditional braces are the best option for getting the smile you want.

Traditional braces are still the most popular way to straighten teeth in children, teens, and even adults. Traditional braces involve a series of brackets that are bonded to the front of your teeth and connected through wires that apply pressure and force to move teeth and even jaws into proper alignment. If you have more complicated tooth movements (e.g. severe crowding) or if you need to realign the jaws, traditional braces are the only way to do this.

Of course, you may want to choose a more discreet option even if you need traditional braces. In this case, ceramic braces might be a better approach. Instead of stainless steel brackets and wires, our Frederick orthodontist will apply tooth-colored ceramic brackets to the front of your teeth; however, in most cases, a metal wire will still need to be used to link the brackets to one another.

The Pros and Cons of Metal Braces

Modern-day metal braces have come a long way over the decades and now the metal used is more lightweight and compact; however, they are still visible when you smile, which can make some people (particularly adults) more self-conscious about wearing braces. Of course, metal braces are the most affordable orthodontic treatment option, making it ideal for those on a budget, and it may even take less time to achieve results than with other orthodontic options.

The Pros and Cons of Ceramic Braces

As you might imagine, having tooth-colored braces means that your treatment will be less visible. Of course, it’s also up to you to clean and maintain them and to stay away from stain-causing foods or drinks that could leave behind visible stains on your brackets. Furthermore, ceramic braces are often more expensive than regular metal braces.

Clear Braces

Clear aligners are a great option for those who want to straighten their smile but don't like the idea of wearing metal braces. These include Invisalign, Tigani Aligners, and other clear orthodontic aligners. These aligners can be removed so you can brush and floss as normal, and they are easy to clean.

Do you want to find out if traditional metal or ceramic braces are right for you? If you are considering getting orthodontic treatment then call Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana, MD, today to schedule your no-risk consultation. We are conveniently located just 20 minutes from Hagerstownown, 45 mins from Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, DC.