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What Is an Orthodontist?

Orthodontists are dentists with special training, treating children and adults with crooked teeth or misaligned bites safely and effectively. Orthodontists have completed a two to three-year residency program after dental school which gives them the right to be called specialists, recognized by the American Dental Association. They improve smiles and give people more confidence. When choosing a doctor, you would go see a specialist if you had a specific problem. When you need your teeth or bite aligned, you should also see a specialist who can create a customized treatment plan for you.

Our orthodontist in Northern Virginia is compassionate and relatable. If you have questions, we will make sure you get the answers you need. For an appointment, please contact our orthodontics office. We pride ourselves on being friendly and approachable.

When Do People Need Braces?

Our patients get braces in Northern Virginia to correct a variety of issues, including crowded teeth, protruding teeth, overbites, underbites and more. While orthodontic work almost always improves a patient’s smile, the reason most patients come to see us is to make their teeth healthier. It’s challenging to brush and floss crooked teeth so people are more likely to get cavities if they don’t have their teeth straightened. If treatment improves a person’s bite, they will be able to chew better, which aids digestion.

Did you know orthodontic treatment can also help with teeth grinding? Straightening your teeth and correcting your bite can eliminate a common cause of grinding and clenching and save your teeth from further damage.

Which Types of Braces Are Best?

Your orthodontist may recommend a certain dental appliance for you based on your needs, but normally, you’ll have a choice. Your options may include clear aligner trays, ceramic appliances or invisible braces. Orthodontics has advanced to the point where people can straighten their teeth discretely. We still offer metal appliances since they move teeth faster than any other type of braces and clear aligner trays. They are also your most affordable option. Most patients consider their cosmetic preferences, treatment time and budget when deciding on an option.

What If My Child Needs Orthodontic Work?

If you feel your child needs an orthodontic evaluation, please call our office for an appointment. You don’t have to wait until he or she has all their permanent teeth if you notice their teeth or jaw looks off. Most issues are harder to treat as your child gets older. You do not have to wait for a referral from your dentist either.

If your child does need braces, don’t worry. They can still play sports if they wear a mouthguard. Your child can also still play a musical instrument and participate in band. Some children see it as a sign they are growing up. Most children do not need to make many lifestyle changes except for giving up certain foods.

Many parents express concern about paying for orthodontic treatment. We do our best to make the treatment affordable if your child does not have dental insurance with orthodontic benefits. Please call our office if you have any questions about your payment options.

Are There Adult Braces?

Orthodontic treatment is for people of all ages. There are no specific types of braces for adults, although many of our adult patients prefer one of the less noticeable options. About 25 percent of orthodontic patients are adults. Straight, healthy teeth are an asset in professional and social situations since first impressions matter. It’s never too late to upgrade your smile since we made adult orthodontic care affordable.

We do our best to make adult orthodontic treatment easy. If you call our office and request an orthodontic evaluation, we will provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision, including your estimated cost, how long treatment will take and available payment options. We customize adult orthodontic treatment plans to fit our patient’s lifestyles.

How Much Do Braces Cost with Insurance?

We base our fee for you or your child’s treatment on several factors, including the appliance type, the severity of the issue and the estimated length of treatment. Your cost will depend on your plan’s coverage. If you don’t have dental insurance, ask us about our discount dental plan, which can save you money on orthodontic treatment. We also offer flexible financing. Please call our office to arrange a consultation to learn more about your anticipated costs and payment options.

Where Can I Get Braces in Northern Virginia?

If you’re searching for an orthodontist near me, we welcome new patients. Our orthodontist in Northern Virginia is understanding and cares about every patient’s needs. You’ll receive a treatment plan which will help you reach your goal in the least amount of time. Call today to schedule a consultation.

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