Orthodontics

Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care -  - General Dentistry

Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Bethesda, MD

Orthodontics is an area of dental specialty that focuses on correcting teeth alignment and bite issues. At Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care in Bethesda, Maryland, you have access to dental professionals with advanced training in orthodontics. If you are unhappy with your smile or are considering braces for your child, come in and meet the team to learn more about orthodontic options. Online scheduling is available or you can always call to check appointment availability.

Orthodontics Q & A

What orthodontic services are available?

If you’re interested in a straighter smile and improved confidence, Bethesda Chevy Chase Dental Care can help. The practice offers both traditional metal braces and Invisalign, a system that uses clear plastic aligners to adjust teeth positioning.

The first step is a personalized consultation. You’ll meet with a dentist to learn more about which option is best for you. The process involves a brief examination of your teeth and digital scanning to create 3D imaging of your teeth and bite.

You’ll also discuss the pros and cons of each option. Before you leave you’ll have all the details needed to make an informed decision about your care.

How long will I need to wear braces or aligners?

Each case is unique, and the length of time you’ll be in braces or aligners can vary depending on your specific alignment needs. On average, most people remain under orthodontic care for 18-24 months.

Once your treatment is complete you’ll still need to wear a retainer to ensure your teeth don’t shift out of position. Your dentist will discuss the type of aligner and when and how to wear it as you near the end of your orthodontic treatment.

How do Invisalign and traditional braces differ?

The choice between traditional metal braces and Invisalign is a personal one. Both approaches can address a wide range of alignment problems, although there are some cases in which metal braces are the best course of action.

One thing to consider is the aesthetics of each choice. Metal braces are something of a rite of passage for many teens, but adults don’t always want the gleam of a metal smile. If metal braces would make you feel self-conscious in professional or social settings, Invisalign might be a better choice.

Children and teens, in particular, aren’t always the best at adhering to a solid oral hygiene routine. Braces create many more surfaces for food, bacteria, and plaque to hide. Invisalign allows you to clean your teeth without working around metal components and makes it easy to access all surfaces of your teeth.

On the other hand, traditional metal braces require very little in the way of compliance. You simply brush and floss as directed, avoid chewing on foods that can damage your braces, and come in for periodic adjustments.

With Invisalign, you have to keep your aligners in place almost 24 hours a day to see progress. This can sometimes be an issue with kids and teens who don’t comply with that schedule.

To learn more about the pros and cons of each option, come in for a consultation. You can set up a visit online or by phone, so don’t delay.