Dental Associates of Northern Virginia in Skyline
5113 Leesburg Pike, Skyline Building 4, Suite 811, Falls Church, VA 22041
The word orthodontics comes from two Greek words meaning straight tooth. Orthodontics deals with correcting jaws and teeth out of alignment. Orthodontists practice one of the nine specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. They graduate dental school and study for at least two more years to diagnose and treat malocclusions (bad bites) and crooked or crowded teeth.
Our orthodontist in Falls Church is a specialist at creating straight, beautiful smiles for children and adults. If you are searching for an orthodontist near me, please contact our office to arrange a consultation.
Our patients come to us for braces in Falls Church to align crooked teeth, fix overlapping teeth, or correct bad bites. Orthodontic treatment improves a person’s appearance, restores the teeth’s function, and sometimes facilitates clearer speech. Oral hygiene is easier with straight teeth as well. It’s difficult to reach the tooth’s entire surface if your teeth overlap. It’s also challenging to floss between too crowded teeth.
Getting your teeth aligned correctly or having your bite corrected will do wonders for your self-esteem. If you’re embarrassed to smile, you’ll do it less often. People may mistake you for being unapproachable. It’s amazing how something as simple as a smile can enhance your life professionally and socially.
Fortunately, modern dentistry offers many types of braces that are hardly noticeable. Occasionally, your dentist may suggest a specific appliance to meet your unique alignment needs, however, you will usually have a choice. Ceramic appliances feature tooth-colored brackets that offer discreet teeth straightening. Invisible appliances are hidden from view since the brackets are glued to the back of your teeth instead of the front. Clear aligner trays are another option and are removable. You wear the trays all day and night except for when you eat and brush your teeth. You will switch to a new tray every two weeks until your teeth have moved into the correct position. We can help you decide which option is best by discussing aesthetic factors, treatment length and cost.
Even if the teeth appear fine, children should have an orthodontic checkup by age seven, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. Sometimes, early intervention can correct potentially bad habits before they cause major problems. It also gives orthodontists a chance to plan for your child’s future orthodontic needs.
Kids are often not as upset about dental appliances as their parents. Their friends wear them so there isn’t the same stigma attached to them as there were years ago when only a few children had their teeth straightened. Additionally, kids have grown up seeing their favorite celebrities wearing appliances to straighten their teeth. Having metal in your mouth is not nearly as bad as having crooked teeth.
Parents need to know that orthodontic work is a commitment. Dental appliances need adjusting at regular intervals. There will be some discomfort especially after an adjustment, but your child shouldn’t feel any intense pain. Kids adjust to braces quickly even though they may put up a fight initially.
They are very common since people of all ages have alignment problems. At least 20 percent of people straightening their teeth are age 18 or older. Adults are finding today’s discrete oral appliances make correcting embarrassing issues easy. There are adults who needed orthodontic work as adolescents but their parents couldn’t afford it. Today, they can afford to have the work done.
A smile with nice, straight teeth opens doors professionally and socially. Crooked or protruding teeth can embarrass you, but we make it easy for adults to afford the work they need. Call our office to request a consultation. Our staff understands orthodontic treatment is a major decision for an adult.
We understand cost is an important consideration for our patients. At our orthodontic office, we base your braces cost on the type of appliance you select, the estimated length of your treatment and the severity of your misalignment issues. If your dental insurance has orthodontic coverage, this may affect your cost. We accept most dental insurance plans. Please check your policy for specifics or ask your plan administrator about orthodontic coverage. If you don’t have insurance, we may suggest a discount dental plan to make your treatment more affordable. We also offer financing options.
Does your smile’s appearance bother you? If you’re searching for an orthodontist in Falls Church who can help, please call our office. We enjoy showing people how orthodontic treatment can give you a healthier smile which is also more attractive.