Considering your options when choosing the best orthodontic treatment for you can seem overwhelming. However, understanding these options 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!