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While you may perceive braces as a way to an attractive smile, also consider this: orthodontic treatment confers health benefits, too. At PearlFection Dentistry in Urbana and Frederick, MD, orthodontics is one of several dental services. Our on-staff orthodontist who splits his time between our two locations, Dr. Stephen Tigani, can show you how your looks and your health can improve through a plan customized to your needs.
Your best path to a healthy, functional smile
For some people, it's orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists says that a re-aligned smile is good-looking and also represents inner health and some dramatic changes in both soft and hard tissues. The goal of wearing any orthodontic appliances is aesthetic and functional harmony and balance.
So, what kind of health benefits can you expect from conventional metal, ceramic, or tongue-side braces, clear acrylic aligners or a specialty device such as a palatal expander? Consider these benefits of orthodontics in Urbana and Frederick, MD:
- A proper dental bite where teeth line up symmetrically front to back and side to side
- More efficient chewing and therefore, a healthier digestive process (fewer acid reflux symptoms)
- Correction of jaw joint issues (TMJ/TMD) which cause headaches, earaches and other kinds of facial pain
- Clearer speech
- Teeth which are easier to clean and are less susceptible to decay and gum disease
- More symmetrical facial contours, eliminating protruding front teeth or a receding chin line as examples
- Better oral hygiene habits because wearing braces forces you to be careful as you brush and floss
- Better dietary habits because you cannot eat sticky, sugary foods while wearing conventional braces
- Less wear and tear on tooth enamel as braces correct persistent problems such as teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism)
- Increased psychological well-being because you can be confident and happy in showing your newly refurbished smile in both professional and social situations
Take the first step
Contact PearlFection Dentistry to ask any questions about orthodontics or for an orthodontic consultation with Dr. Stephen Tigani. He and his team treat patients of all ages, offering care plans which address the simplest of issues in young children to the most complex of problems which require oral surgery. Dr. Tigani delivers clear aligners, too, for comfortable and invisible treatment in less time.
Call today, won't you? Feel healthier and look your best. Call the office of our Urbana and Frederick, MD, general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, oral surgeons Dr. Brian Chang and Dr. Leo Perez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani, pediatric dentist Dr. Leslie Oakes, and endodontist Dr. Patik Patel at (301) 663-5550.
Come Visit out New Modern Location
PearlFection Dentistry - Urbana is moving from 3280 Urbana Pike, Ijamsville to 3520 Sugarloaf Parkway, Urbana MD (next to Giant Supermarket Urbana) October 25th 2019
After almost 13 years in the same location at 3280 Urbana Pike in Ijamsville, we have decided to upgrade our office and move to a more convenient location next to the Giant Supermarket in the Villages of Urbana. We will be moving about 1 mile, so it’s not a big move, but it will allow for better parking and more convenience for our patients who live in Urbana. We are also upgrading the facility and equipment. The new address is 3520 Sugarloaf Parkway, Urbana Maryland 21704.
After almost a year of planning, we are finally ready. The new space is more modern and better equipped. At the new space, we will have two general doctors, 2 hygienists, an orthodontist and a pediatric doctor. More specialists will be added over time to better reflect the needs of the community and duplicate our Frederick office model, with oral surgeons, prosthodontists, endodontists and periodontists. All patients will have access to our specialists in Frederick or Urbana.
PearlFection Dentistry will also be making a slight name change to reflect our growing orthodontic practice. Our new sign will read PearlFection Dentistry and Orthodontics.
Not only do we want to provide great customer service and dental care, but we also want to provide the best value. This new office is an investment in our patient’s care and comfort, and an investment in our Frederick and Urbana community. If you don’t have a cleaning set up or if you have any questions, please call (301) 831-8303.
Not only do we want to provide great customer service and dental care, but we also want to provide the best value. This new office is an investment in our patient’s care and comfort, and an investment in our Frederick and Urbana community.
If you don’t have a cleaning set up or if you have any questions, please call (301) 831-8303.
Other than the new space, everything is remaining the same, same website address www.pearlfectionurbana.com, same phone number (301) 831-8303, same pricing, same insurance carriers, same team of doctors and staff, Dr Lawson and Dr Pashai (Urbana general doctors), Dr. Tigani (Orthodontist), Dr Oakes (Pediatric Doctor), Dr Chang and Perez (Oral Surgeons), Dr Seals (Periodontist), Dr Chi (Prosthodontist) and Dr Stringer and Badakhshan (Frederick general doctors).
Below is a map to help you see where we will be. Click on link for directions:
PearlFection has become a true “One Stop Multi-Specialty Practice” with On-Staff Orthodontist, Pediatric Dentist, Prosthodontist, Periodontist, Two Oral Surgeons and Endodontist
As a patient, you already know PearlFection Dentistry provides superior preventative, general and restorative care. But sometimes patients say they didn’t realize that we have some of the best specialist dentists in the region working at PearlFection. Having your dental care performed all under one roof by true experts with specialized training, increases the likelihood for the best possible outcome. Some offices refer out specialty procedures like wisdom teeth extractions, root canals, complex denture cases and implant supported dentures, periodontal surgery and orthodontic work; making managing the follow-up and planning difficult. Some office let the general dentist do some specialized procedures. Our philosophy at PearlFection is to get the absolute best clinician, with the most training, to do specific procedures. We want the best for our patients and we don’t settle, neither should you.
Orthodontist - Dr Steven Tigani is our orthodontist, with 30 years of experience. Dr Tigani owns 5 other orthodontic practices around the Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland areas. He is one of the leading orthodontists in the region and is the President of the Washington Dental Society. Dr Tigani provides both clear aligners as well and standard orthodontic bracket type braces and retainers. http://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/about-orthodontics.html http://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/tigani-aligners.html http://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/dental-staff.html
Oral Surgeons - Dr Brian Chang and Dr Leo Perez are our board-certified oral surgeons. Dr Chang and Perez perform our dental implants and major extractions and oral surgery. Dr Chang has his other office in Leesburg, VA and was a former Army Oral Surgeon before starting his own private practice. Dr Perez is full time military and comes to Pearlfection two or three days per week, his is one of the leading oral surgeons in the world and holds both a medical surgical degree and an oral surgery dental degree. Both Dr Chang and Dr Perez are licensed to perform IV sedation at Pearlfection.http://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/dental-staff.html https://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/iv-sedation-dentistry.html https://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/dental-implants.html
Periodontist - Dr Ashley Seals is our board-certified Periodontist. Dr Seals will perform more complex gum surgeries and complex scaling and root planing when patients have periodontal disease. Dr Seals also has her other office in Silver Springs, MD.https://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/dental-staff.html
Prosthodontist - Dr Amos Chi is our board-certified and world renown prosthodontist who performs our most complex denture cases. Dr Chi is also the lead prosthodontist at Walter Reed Hospital and comes to PearlFection 2 or 3 times per week. Dr Chi specializes in dentures and complex implant supported dentures cases. Dr Chi will team up with our oral surgeons and periodontist who will place the implants and Dr Chi will design and fit the denture to the implants. This is state of the art denture work and PearlFection is one of the leaders in the region in this procedure.https://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/dental-staff.html https://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/dentures-frederick-md.html
Pediatric Dentist - Dr Leslie Oakes is a board-certified pediatric dentist. Dr Oakes sees children if our general doctors determine that the child needs certain more complex treatment. Dr Oakes is also a full time military dentist and spends the rest of her time treating children at Walter Reed Hospital.https://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/dental-staff.html
Endodontist - Dr Pratik Patel is our board-certified endodontist. Dr Patel performs root canals at PearlFection Dentistry and has become the number one reviewed endodontist in the Frederick region. http://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/dental-staff.html http://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/root-canal-frederick-md.html
In-office Dental Insurance for less than $1 per day and we accept everyone.
PearlFection Dentistry continues to offer in-office insurance to all patients. For less than a dollar per day, most patients can have all their preventative dental care taken care of. This insurance has been so popular because it’s a great deal. The insurance covers cleanings, x-rays, exams, fluoride, oral cancer screening as well as gets the insured 10 percent off basic dental care and 10 percent off specialty care. If you don’t have insurance or you pay for your employer sponsored plan PearlFection In-Office Insurance is something you should consider. If you come 2 times per year for cleanings, you will save over $100 per year. http://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/in-office-insurance.html
Refer a Friend and both of you get $400 whitening vouchers = $800
You might already know this, but PearlFection has a program that rewards our patients for referring friends to our practice. If you give this to a friend, and they become a patient you will get a free $400 whitening and so will they. That’s an $800 card, ask for it at your next appointment! So, help a friend get great dental care and help yourself get whiter teeth. We are accepting new patients.
Kids’ Checkup and cleaning at Pearlfection – Mom and Dad, now that the school year is under way and you are through that first crazy week, take a breath and next give us a call to get the whole family in for cleanings and dental checkups. PearlFection Dentistry in Urbana and Frederick is one of the few practices in the region with 16 operating rooms. Why is that important for a busy family? Because it means your entire family can come in and all be seen at once, in and out in 1 hour. Of course, times and availability are limited but we bend over backwards to accommodate your busy schedule and with 11 doctors on staff, including Dr Leslie Oaks, a board-certified pediatric dentist, we can take care of both the simple and most complicated children dental cases.
PearlFection Dentistry adds 2nd Oral Surgeon – We already had one of the best oral surgeons in the Delmarva region in Dr Brian Chang, Board-Certified Oral Surgeon, and word must have gotten out because we got almost too busy. At that point, the doctors and management made the decision to begin searching for another oral surgeon to compliment Dr Chang. PearlFection is proud to announce that we have recruited Dr Leo Perez, Board Certified Oral Surgeon and Board-Certified General Surgeon. That’s right, not only is Dr Perez a dentist, but he’s also an MD. And it doesn’t stop there. Dr Perez is the head surgeon at Walter Reed Hospital, so when we say we got a great oral surgeon to compliment our team, we did, with one of the best oral surgeons in the region. Both Dr Chang and Dr Perez will perform wisdom tooth extractions, biopsy, bone graphs, dental implant placements. Both Dr Chang and Dr Perez are authorized to perform IV Sedation at the Thomas Johnson facility in Frederick Maryland.
PearlFection Dentistry now offers IV Sedation for both Wisdom Teeth extractions as well as restorative dentistry – If you are afraid of the dentist and simply want to be put to sleep while the procedures are done, ask us about IV Sedation. IV Sedation is offered at PearlFection Dentistry for both children and adults. We also offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation (Valium) and of course local anesthesia. We encourage all patients to discuss with their dentist which, if any, sedation option is best for them.
PearlFection Dentistry Hires Pedodontist (children’s dentist) – PearlFection is pleased to announce that we have hired Dr Leslie Oakes, Board-Certified Pediatric dentist. Dr Oakes comes to us from Walter Reed Hospital. Dr Oakes will perform anything from extractions to cleaning for kids and is fully versed in sedation for children. Patients from both Frederick and Urbana are welcome to schedule with Dr Oakes.
PearlFection Dentistry Hires Prosthodontist (Denture Specialist) – Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana is pleased to announce that we have hired Dr Amos Chi – Board-Certified Prosthodontist. Dr Chi specializes in dentures, including implant supported dentures. The beauty of having implant supported dentures done at PearlFection Dentistry is that our dentist form a team, where the best specialist does his or her part. Dr Chi will act as the quarterback and will team up with either PearlFection’s oral surgeons Dr Brian Chang or Dr Leo Perez or PearlFection’s periodontist, Dr Ashley Seals, Board Certified Periodontist, who will do the dental implants and the teeth extractions. Once the implants are placed, Dr Chi will secure the denture to the implants. Sometimes this can be done in one day. If you have been considering dentures or implant supported dentures, please schedule a consultation. Dr Chi’s team can review with you which denture option is best for your situation and figure out a good path forward.
PearlFection Dentistry offers free Orthodontic evaluation for all kids – If you are considering braces for your children PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick and Urbana Maryland is pleased to offer free 30-minute orthodontic consultations with our orthodontist Dr Stephen Tigani. During these sessions, Dr Tigani will create a personal plan for each child, talk to you about treatment options, including Invisalign or other clear aligner options or discuss if standard braces are a better alternative. Dr Tigani’s team is also available to discuss costs and financing options.
Pearlfection Dentistry passes 600 reviews on Google. Our team would like to thank all our patients, who gave us a review on Google. You guys are awesome and we very much appreciate you sharing your experience with the Frederick and Urbana community. To those of you who don't know who we are or how a dentist might have so many 5 star reviews, let us introduce ourselves. First of all Pearlfection Dentistry has never paid for any patient to write a review, never given free stuff away to have a review written and never discounted dental work to have a review written. The most any patient has ever recieved for writing a review is a heartfelt thank you. The reason we have so many reviews, maybe the most in all of Maryland, is because our goal is to provide the best darn dental care around and do it with amazing five star customer service and at affordable prices, and we are just nice people. We currently have 11 dentists who work full or part time at our practices. We have all the specialists under one roof, so no need to get referred out and incur more consultation fees. And our doctors are excellent. Each dental specialist does what he or she is best at. So if you have a root canal at Pearlfection, you know that the doctor doing it only does root canals, has all the latest equipment and has trained for years just on that procedure. We have 4 general dentists, 2 oral surgeons, 1 orthodontist, 1 prosthodontist, 1 periodontist, 1 endodontist, 1 pediatric dentist.
Do you have sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a serious medical disorder in which breathing repeatedly starts and stops throughout the night, creating a myriad of health problems along the way. However, sleep apnea is treatable, and the dental experts at PearlFection Dentistry, located in Frederick and Urbana, MD, can help you! Read on to learn more.
About Sleep Apnea
In obstructive sleep apnea, the upper airway becomes blocked repeatedly during sleep, causing a stoppage or reduction in airflow. Each pause in breathing can last for a few seconds to a few minutes and may occur up to 30 times or more during sleep.
Causes of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea affects people of all ages, even children. Obesity is one of the most common causes of sleep apnea along with other factors including consuming alcohol, having certain illnesses, and taking medications. Other risk factors for sleep apnea include being over age 40 as well as having a family history of sleep apnea and nasal obstruction.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include pauses in breathing, loud snoring, gasping sounds, insomnia, daytime sleepiness, fatigue, morning headaches. People with sleep apnea may also experience irritability, memory loss, decreased sexual desire, and nocturia (waking during the night to go to the bathroom).
Sleep Apnea Treatments
For a mild case of sleep apnea, your dentist may recommend lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or avoiding alcohol. Sleep apnea is also treated with oral appliance therapy. This oral appliance repositions the jaw during sleep, improving airflow and reducing your symptoms, helping to give you a good night's rest. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious complications such as glaucoma, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and cognitive disorders.
You can stop sleep apnea today. Call PearlFection Dentistry at (301) 831-8303 for the Urbana office, and (301) 663-5550 for the Frederick location. Effective treatment of sleep apnea improves quality of life and improves psychological and physical health. You will experience exemplary service and world-class care thanks to our general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, 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. Serving the Hagerstown and Germantown, MD, areas, and also conveniently located only 45 minutes away from Washington DC and Baltimore.
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