Often, our patients come to us looking for options to straighten their crooked teeth. When this is the case, we provide a smile consultation to decide what method of orthodontics best meets their needs. While some patients opt for Invisalign, others find that traditional braces will be the most effective treatment option for them.
We offer in-house orthodontics for patients who want to straighten their crooked teeth. Our fully-equipped dental practice provides you with the braces you need to achieve your best smile. From applying the brackets to adjustments and post-orthodontic care, our Columbia Family Dentist office is here for you throughout your cosmetic dental journey.
Orthodontics in Columbia, MD
When it’s time to get braces, you can rely on your Columbia Family Dentist team to provide you with caring and thorough care. We provide orthodontic treatments for patients of all ages. As a family dentist, we will monitor the oral development of our young patients and give orthodontic advice when necessary.
Columbia Family Dentist offers both traditional braces and Invisalign clear aligners. Your treatment will depend on your specific needs and cosmetic goals. When you are ready for braces, our orthodontist will secure metal brackets to the surface of your teeth. Then, he will run a metal wire through these brackets and secure them with small rubber bands.
You will need to change out these rubber bands each time we tighten the wire. Best of all, they come in many fun colors to choose from. Patients should expect to visit our office again every few weeks for checkups. We will continue to encourage your teeth to align during each visit. These tightening visits last about an hour.
Patients should expect their treatment to last anywhere between six months and three years. It will depend on the current condition of your teeth. We will monitor your progress regularly and fully inform you about your progress. Our goal is to provide orthodontic treatment that will completely address your malocclusion. We will correct your crooked teeth to make proper contact when biting and improve the look of your smile.
Many people require orthodontic treatment throughout their lives. Learn more about orthodontics by reading the answers to some frequently asked questions.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has supplemental education and experience of two or three more years versus 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 the early symptoms of orthodontic problems?
Early signs of orthodontic problems include difficulty chewing or biting and finger sucking. Some other oral habits that continue past the age of 6 may indicate the need for attention soon. When a child’s teeth come in fully, you can typically tell whether they will have straight or crooked teeth. If you are unsure, it’s always a good idea to take your child to the dentist and ask your dentist if your child needs orthodontics 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 jawbone is still in development. For example, an orthodontist can only expand the upper palate of a child’s mouth 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 your teeth clean. One way to combat cleaning issues is to brush your teeth more often or after every meal. Using 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 you maintain good oral hygiene and take care of your teeth while you are undergoing treatment.
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