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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.

By PearlFection Dentistry
October 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics  

How orthodontic treatment from Frederick, Maryland can help your smileorthodontics

Modern orthodontic treatment can give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Today’s orthodontics offers many comfortable options to treat many different issues with tooth and jaw alignment. Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, Maryland and Urbana, Maryland has an entire team of dentists and specialists to ensure great treatment and a wonderful outcome.

General, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer and Dr. Amadeus Lopez, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel, and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani combine their talents to make sure you are well taken care of.

So, how do you know if you will benefit from orthodontic treatment? The truth is there are many jaw and tooth alignment problems which can be effectively treated by modern orthodontics including:

  • Overbite; your upper jaw protrudes in front of your lower jaw
  • Underbite; your lower jaw protrudes in front of your upper jaw
  • Crossbite; your jaws cross each other when you bite
  • Open bite; your front teeth don’t close when you bite
  • Mild to severely crowded or rotated teeth
  • Teeth erupting in the wrong position or not erupting at all
  • Gaps and spaces between teeth or overlapping teeth

If you have jaw alignment problems and don’t have corrective orthodontic treatment, it can lead to excessive wear on your teeth, grinding and clenching, TMJ pain, headaches, and increased risk of needing root canals and restorative treatment.

If you have tooth alignment problems and don’t have corrective orthodontic treatment, it can lead to increased plaque buildup, hygiene difficulties, dental decay, and wear-and-tear on your teeth, chewing difficulties, and increased risk of needing restorative treatment.

Let’s face it, straight teeth are much easier to clean. Flossing becomes a breeze because you don’t have tight, crowded teeth to fit the floss in between. Clean teeth means less risk of painful dental issues. Proper jaw alignment eases the stress on your jaw joints, face and head, preventing ligament, muscle and joint pain.

The dentists and specialists at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, Maryland offer a full range of orthodontic treatments including conventional braces, ceramic braces, and clear aligners.

For more information about what orthodontic treatment can do for you, call your general dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer and Dr. Amadeus Lopez, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel, and orthodontist Dr. Steven Tigani at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, Maryland and Urbana, Maryland. Call today!

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
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!