Orthodontics in Germantown, MD

Correctly aligned teeth don’t just look better, they provide other benefits too. It’s easier to talk, chew, and take good care of your teeth when they are straight. They are also less susceptible to decay and gum disease. Plus, you are more likely to smile with confidence and make a good first impression. That means better overall mental and physical health, in addition to improved dental health. No matter how crooked your teeth might be, we can straighten them. Our dentists will consult with you to determine if you are a better candidate for traditional braces or clear aligners.

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Traditional Braces

Metal braces can correct even severely misaligned teeth. With traditional braces, a system of brackets, wires and bands are attached to your teeth. You come into the office for regular adjustments designed to gently pull your teeth to the desired position. Traditional braces are often a good choice for teens who might have a harder time keeping track of removable aligners.

girl inserting a clear aligner onto her top row of teeth

Clear Aligner Therapy

Removable plastic aligners offer another solution to straightening your teeth. Our software maps out the progression of your straightening plan and we create multiple sets of clear aligners. The aligners are worn a minimum of 22 hours a day. You’ll receive a new set every few weeks and they will gently and gradually push your teeth into place. Clear aligners are especially popular with adults for a number of reasons. Sometimes patients want to tidy up teeth that were straightened years ago but have become crooked again. Others have always wanted to straighten their teeth but haven’t wanted to wear metal braces. This method works for most patients, however those with extreme malocclusion will get better results with traditional braces.

Benefits of Clear Aligners

  • Clear aligners are barely noticeable
  • Aligners are removable so it’s easy to eat and clean your teeth
  • The trays can be removed for a short time for special occasions or important meetings
  • Generally the treatment time is shorter than traditional braces
  • Fewer office visits are required during treatment
  • The smooth plastic aligners won’t irritate your mouth
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