Orthodontics

Columbia MD Dentist

Orthodontic treatment can create a healthier, more beautiful smile. However, with changes in technology and techniques, it can be confusing to decide whether orthodontic treatment is right for you.

Here are some of the most common questions about orthodontic solutions:

Why should I have orthodontic treatment?

Straight teeth can help you effectively bite, chew and speak. When teeth are properly aligned, they are easier to clean, making them less prone to decay and gum disease. Orthodontic treatment may also help with other issues that can be caused by misaligned teeth or jaw, such as headaches and facial pain.

How long will my treatment take?

The duration of orthodontic treatment can vary between one and three years, depending on your individual treatment plan.  During your consultation with our doctor, we will discuss all of your orthodontic options and provide an estimate of how long your treatment may take.

When is the best time to begin orthodontics?

We recommend having an initial orthodontic screening no later than age 7, when possible. This allows us to monitor growth and recommend interceptive orthodontics if needed. However, orthodontic treatment may be of great benefit, regardless of the age when you begin.

What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?

Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:

  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for tooth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces

What are the benefits of adult orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw pain.

Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?

Untreated malocclusion (misalignment) can result in a variety of problems. Crowded teeth are more difficult to properly brush and floss, which may contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Protruding teeth are more susceptible to accidental chipping. Cross bites can result in uneven tooth wear. Open bites can cause speech impediments. If your teeth are crooked, improperly spaced, or otherwise misaligned, you can benefit from orthodontic treatment. Contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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