Orthodontic Services in Germantown, MD
Orthodontics is a dental specialty that focuses on improving the bite and straightening teeth for better aesthetics and function. Our comprehensive dental practice offers a full range of orthodontic services to our patients, including:
Metal braces are a cost-effective orthodontic solution and today’s metal braces are better than ever, with lower profile brackets and advanced archwires that move teeth quickly and predictably.
Clear braces combine the best features of invisible aligners and metal braces. Tieless brackets and advanced archwires deliver superior results, while the tooth-colored ceramic brackets are discreet and comfortable.
Self-ligating braces do not require metal ties or elastics to secure the archwires in place. This means self-ligating braces are smaller and easier to clean. It also means that you’ll need less time in the dentist’s chair and your overall treatment time may be shorter too.
Lingual braces are placed on the backs of the teeth, making them an ideal solution for professionals and anyone else who needs orthodontic treatment, but shies away from traditional metal braces.
Invisalign is an advanced orthodontic system that uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gradually shift your teeth over time. They’re comfortable, convenient, and virtually invisible.
Palatal Expander Device (PED)
Palatal expander devices, or PEDs, are often used as part of an interceptive orthodontics treatment plan. They address crowding and other issues by expanding the upper jaw to facilitate better tooth alignment and bite.
Having braces should not cause any major changes in your day-to-day activities. You can still dine out, sing, play a musical instrument, or have pictures taken. With proper care and maintenance, you can promote your oral health while on your way to a more beautiful smile.
Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics
What is a good age to get braces?
Current best practices involve two-phase orthodontic treatment. The first step, interceptive orthodontics, can begin as early as age 5 and typically involves habit appliances, space maintainers, or palatal expander devices. The second phase, which involves the placement of braces, can begin anywhere between the ages of 10 and 14.
Do clear braces cost more?
Yes, clear braces do cost more. If your dental insurance covers the cost of orthodontia, it will likely cover at least part of the cost of clear braces; you will need to pay the rest out-of-pocket. Some patients choose to get clear braces on their top teeth only, with metal on the bottom, to reduce the costs involved.
How long do self-ligating braces take?
Every patient is different and the length of treatment time depends on the extent of work needed. That said, treatment time can be up to six months shorter with self-ligating braces vs. traditional metal braces.
Do lingual braces take longer?
Lingual braces may have a longer treatment time than traditional metal braces, but not always—it depends on your individual circumstances. Even with a potentially longer treatment time, many patients feel that the trade-off is worth it.
Which is better, braces or Invisalign?
The answer to this question depends on your unique orthodontic needs and your lifestyle. For some complex orthodontic issues, braces can produce better results. Some patients prefer having braces affixed to their teeth, working 24/7, while others like the convenience of being able to remove their aligners. Invisalign aligners are more comfortable than braces and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing, and many patients appreciate having the ability to straighten their teeth discreetly.