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Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf
3500 Old Washington Road, Suite 301, Waldorf, MD 20602

Crowded, crooked or uneven teeth are a common orthodontic issue. If you are suffering from misaligned teeth, you may want to talk to a qualified braces dentist to determine whether or not you should receive orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontic treatment devices shift the teeth back into alignment or adjust the underlying bone over a period of time. If you’re ready to straighten out your teeth and regain confidence in your smile, consult one of our dentists today. The following guide can help you to understand the basics of orthodontic treatment so that you can determine whether this is a good treatment option for you to pursue in your quest to have a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

Where Is the Best Place to Go for Braces?

When you are looking for braces in Waldorf you should first visit your dentist. Your dentist will be in the best position to determine whether or not orthodontic treatment is a good option for you and your unique needs. Since pursuing orthodontic treatment is a significant medical and financial decision, you should go to a dentist that you trust. Our practice is happy to be a trusted provider of dental care in our area. When you come to our office, you can rest assured that you will receive the treatment you need in a timely manner. Our staff is always here to answer any questions that you may have about the treatment process.

What Will Happen During the Procedure to Put On My Braces?

Your teeth will be completely cleaned and dried by your dentist or orthodontist. This will be followed by the application of bonding glue to your teeth. This glue is a harmless substance. After the bonding glue has been placed, the dentist will attach the brackets. Archwires are then placed into the brackets and secured with elastic bands. The process for installing your braces is the same regardless of if you choose metal or ceramic.

Different Types of Braces

Many of our patients are surprised to learn that are different options for braces available for them to choose from. Metal braces are the most traditional choice. These are made up of wires and brackets that are adjusted over time so that pressure is applied to the teeth, causing them to shift into the desired position. Ceramic braces work in the same way only they are white or clear in appearance. This means that no one will be able to tell that you are wearing an orthodontic treatment device. Invisible braces are a popular option for patients who want to be able to eat and drink whatever they want. These clear, plastic trays are custom-fitted and can be removed during meal times. They slowly slide the teeth into the desired position.

How Much Will My Braces Cost?

It is important to understand that the cost of your orthodontic treatment will be determined by factors like the place you live, your dental insurance coverage, the treatment you select and the severity of your orthodontic problems. We accept a variety of dental insurance plans. Check with your insurance provider to see how much of your treatment is covered by your policy. In addition to accepting dental insurance, we also offer our patients financing options and payment plans. If you’re asking yourself, “How much do braces cost?” call our office today to book your consultation.

Will It Take a Long Time for My Braces to Be Put On?

A dentist or orthodontist will typically spend one to two hours putting your braces on. After they have been placed, you may feel some soreness in your mouth. This is normal and will usually subside after a week. If you experience severe pain that doesn’t abate with over-the-counter pain medication, contact our office. In most instances, you can expect your treatment period to last anywhere between one or two years.

Why Has My Dentist Asked Me to Wear a Retainer After Braces?

Once your teeth have been properly aligned and positioned by your braces, your dentist will take off the wires and brackets. This will only take about an hour to complete. After that, you may need to wear a retainer when you go to bed at night. Retainers are utilized to hold the teeth in place so that any progress you made throughout your orthodontic treatment is not lost. They are usually custom-fitted to your mouth and teeth. You may need to wear your retainer for many years after your orthodontic treatment.

Now that you have finished reading this introductory guide to orthodontic treatment, you may be wondering if this is the right path for you to pursue to achieve the smile of your dreams. Call our team as soon as possible to book your first visit with one of our caring dentists.

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