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Have you ever wondered if getting braces on your child’s crooked or crowded teeth could improve their self-confidence? What about your own lack of confidence due to crooked teeth? Call our orthodontist at either of our convenient locations today to schedule a consultation. You’ll leave your appointment with a wealth of knowledge on the types of orthodontic treatment available, how long treatment is likely to take and how much it will cost.

It is incredibly rewarding to watch the transformation that occurs as our patients go from feeling self-conscious to self-confident as their teeth become straight and their smile more beautiful. If you or your child has less-than-perfect teeth, call our orthodontist today.

Common Reasons for Braces in Northern Virginia

Just as every person has their own personality, every smile is different. Genetics play a big role in how that smile looks. Childhood habits like thumb sucking can also alter tooth alignment. Braces gently move teeth into proper position over a period of time. Our orthodontist can correct almost any orthodontic problem including:

  • Buck teeth
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbite

Types of Dental Braces

Advances in modern dentistry have given us more orthodontic options today than ever. Our orthodontist can offer you several different types of braces. The type of braces that best suit your needs will be based on the type of treatment needed, your lifestyle, and your budget.

Traditional braces

Traditional braces use brackets made from traditional high-quality, stainless steel. Now you can customize them with colored bands to fit your personality and add your personal style.

Clear braces

Clear ceramic or tooth-colored ceramic brackets are nearly invisible against your teeth. They are odor-resistant, stain-resistant and have a smooth surface. It’s an aesthetic choice for people who need braces but prefer a discreet option.

Lingual braces

These braces look like conventional dental braces, but nobody will see them but you. They are mounted on the backside (lingual, tongue side) of your teeth.

Invisalign® aligners

Unlike braces that attach to your teeth, Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear, removable aligners. These aligners gently move teeth into the proper position. READ MORE

Braces for Children and Teenagers

For many teenagers and pre-teens, getting braces is a momentous occasion. Their friends and classmates may have braces already, and they can’t wait to get their own. Plus, many kids they think it’s cool to personalize their braces with different colored bands. As their teeth begin to straighten, their self-confidence gets a boost.

Orthodontic treatment can also help young children. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist by the time they are age seven to identify any problems with jaw alignment and tooth alignment. Early orthodontic treatment, which is also called Phase I Treatment, helps guide the jaws so the permanent teeth come in correctly. Early treatment can also lessen the length of time the child may need braces later.

Children typically get braces installed once their baby teeth have been replaced with their permanent teeth. Many children start braces between the ages of 11 and 13. Our orthodontist will work with you to determine the best timing to start braces for your child.

Braces for Adults

While it’s great to take care of your children’s smiles, don’t forget to take care of your own smile. About one in five orthodontic patients is an adult, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. A majority of adults have some sort of a malocclusion, the technical term for a bad bite. Common problems in adults include teeth that have drifted out of position, spacing issues and crowding.

Many adults will choose to get braces for social or professional reasons. Having a beautiful smile makes a great impression and can also be a great boost to a person’s self-confidence. Just as there are for youngsters, there are many aesthetic choices for adult orthodontic treatment. Adults may choose clear ceramic braces or traditional stainless-steel braces. Or they may choose Invisalign, a series of clear, removable aligners that gently guide teeth into position. Our orthodontist will discuss all the options with you.

Come in for an Orthodontic Consultation

Having properly aligned teeth can make them easier to clean, and that means fewer cavities. Properly aligned teeth will also make it easier to eat and to speak. Call us today to schedule your orthodontic consultation and to find out how our experienced orthodontist can help you or your child have a smile you’re proud to show off.

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