Orthodontics: An Overview
Often, our patients come to us looking for solutions to straighten their misaligned teeth. When this is the case, we provide a smile consultation to determine what method of orthodontics best meets their needs. While some patients opt for Invisalign solutions, others find that traditional braces will be the most effective treatment option for them. As your trusted dentist in Columbia, MD, we offer in-house orthodontics for our patients looking to straighten their crooked teeth. This means that our team is fully equipped to provide you with the braces you need to achieve your best smile. From applying the brackets to your teeth to adjustments and post-orthodontic care, our Columbia Family Dentist office is here for you throughout your orthodontic journey.
Orthodontics in Columbia, MD
When it’s time to get braces, you can rely on the Columbia Family Dentist team to provide you with compassionate and comprehensive care. We provide orthodontic treatments for patients of all ages. As a family dentist, we will monitor the oral development of pediatric patients and make recommendations for orthodontic treatment when considered necessary for long term dental health.
Columbia Family Dentist offers both traditional braces and Invisalign clear aligners. The recommended treatment will depend on the overall needs and cosmetic goals of the patient. Our goal is to provide orthodontic treatment that will address your malocclusion, allow the teeth to make proper contact when biting and improve the appearance of your smile.
Once it is determined that you require braces, our team will secure metal brackets to your teeth surfaces and run a metal wire through these brackets, attaching them with small rubber bands. These rubber bands will be changed out each time the wire is tightened, and come in a variety of fun colors to choose from. Every few weeks, patients should expect to visit our office again to have their wire tightened so that we can continue to encourage your teeth to align as you desire them to. These tightening appointments usually last about an hour.
Orthodontic patients should expect their treatment to last anywhere between six months and three years depending on the current condition of their smile. We will monitor your progress regularly as you come to visit us for wire tightenings and keep you fully informed on your treatment plan.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received a supplemental education and experience of two or three more years than a general dentist. Your orthodontist specializes in straightening teeth, correcting jaw structure, and improving the function of your bite. Orthodontists priority is the straightening of teeth.
What are early symptoms of orthodontic problems?
Early signs of a child needing orthodontic work may be shown through difficulty chewing or biting, finger sucking. Some other oral habits that continue past the age of 6 may indicate the need for orthodontic attention soon. When a child’s teeth come in fully, you can typically tell whether they will be aligned straight or crooked. If you are unsure it is always a good idea to take your child to the dentist and ask if your dentist recommends orthodontic work.
What is the best age for a child to visit the orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a check-up with an orthodontic specialist by the age of 7. It’s easier to fix problems in children than it is in adults because a child’s jawbones are still developing and growth charts can be changed and manipulated. The upper palate can only be expanded until around the age of 9. In order to ensure that a child has the best opportunity to have their teeth straightened, they should see an orthodontist between the ages of 7-9.
How can I take care of my teeth while undergoing orthodontic treatment?
When you have braces or a retainer it can be much harder to keep one’s teeth clean. One way to combat cleaning issues is to brush your teeth more often, or after every meal. Using a toothpaste or mouthwash that has fluoride in it is a useful way to keep your teeth healthy while receiving orthodontic treatment. As much as you keep your teeth clean, you should treat your retainer the same. Brushing and cleaning it will help keep your overall oral hygiene up and take care of your teeth while you are undergoing treatment.
Schedule An Orthodontics Exam at our Cosmetic Dentistry in Columbia, MD
If you are interested in our discussing your orthodontic needs, receive a second opinion or explore treatment options, please schedule an appointment online for your initial smile consultation. Our highly skilled doctors will evaluate your smile and provide you with a full range of treatment options to achieve your aesthetic goals.