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Does your heart sink when you see your child refusing to grin widely because of crooked teeth? Do you do that yourself? Are you wondering if braces could help?
Call our orthodontist in Springfield, VA today to schedule a consultation. After one consultation, you’ll have the information you need on your orthodontic treatment options, estimated treatment length and how you can fit the cost into your monthly budget.
It is incredibly rewarding to see the transformation that occurs as our patients transform from being self-conscious to self-confident with straightened, more beautiful teeth. If you or your child has a less-than-perfect smile, call our Springfield orthodontist today.
Common Reasons for Braces in Springfield
Every smile is unique. Family genetics play a big role in how your teeth look and how your child’s teeth look. Childhood habits such as thumb sucking can also impact tooth alignment. Braces work by slowly and gently moving the teeth into their proper position over time. That length of time varies between patients. Our orthodontist in Springfield can correct almost any orthodontic issue including:
- Crowded teeth
- Open bite
- Cross bite
- Buck teeth
- Jaw misalignment
- Gaps between teeth
Types of Dental Braces
Modern dentistry allows for many orthodontic options. Our orthodontist offers several different types of braces in Springfield, VA. The treatment needed, your lifestyle and your budget will determine the type of braces that are best for you or
Clear ceramic or tooth-colored ceramic brackets are almost invisible against your teeth. They are stain-resistant and odor-resistant and have a smooth surface.
These brackets are made from traditional high-quality, stainless steel. These days, though, you can customize them with colored bands to fit your personal style. Use a favorite color, a holiday theme or your team’s colors.
These braces look like conventional dental braces, but they are mounted on the inside (lingual, tongue side) of your teeth.
Unlike traditional braces, which attach to the teeth, Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear, removable aligners that gently move teeth into the proper position. READ MORE
Braces for Children and Teenagers
For many teenagers and pre-teens, getting braces is a huge, big deal. Their classmates and friends may have braces already, and for many kids, getting their braces is cool. They like to personalize their braces with different colored bands. Plus, getting braces boosts their self-confidence as their teeth straighten.
Orthodontic treatment can help younger children, as well. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that youngsters see an orthodontist by age seven. Our orthodontist can identify any problems with tooth alignment or jaw alignment. Early orthodontic treatment, also called Phase I Treatment, can help guide the jaws so permanent teeth come in correctly. Early treatment can also lessen the amount of time a child may need braces later.
Typically, children get braces once the majority of their baby teeth have been replaced with their permanent teeth, which is usually when they are between the ages of 11 and 13. Our orthodontist in Springfield will speak with you about the best timing to start braces for your child.
Braces for Adults
It’s never too late to achieve that beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. About one in every five orthodontic patients is an adult these days, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Three-quarters of adults have some sort of a malocclusion, which is the technical term for a bad bite. Common orthodontic problems in adults include tooth crowding, teeth that have drifted out of position and spacing issues.
Many adults choose to get braces for professional or social reasons. Face it, having a beautiful smile makes a good impression and can also boost a person’s self-confidence. Best of all, there are many aesthetic choices for adult orthodontic treatment. Adults may choose clear ceramic braces instead of traditional stainless-steel braces. Or they may choose Invisalign, a series of clear, removable aligners that gently guide teeth into position. Our orthodontist in Springfield will happily discuss the options with you.
Come in for an Orthodontic Consultation
Having properly aligned teeth can make them easier to clean, so you are likely to get fewer cavities. Properly aligned teeth can also make it easier for you to eat and to speak. Call us today to schedule your orthodontic consultation and to find out how our orthodontist in Springfield can help you have a smile you can’t wait to show off.