If you have crooked and crowded teeth or a misaligned jaw, orthodontics can transform your smile and improve your oral health. At Momentum Dental Care, family dentist Tamesha Morris, DDS, and the team offer several types of orthodontics, including traditional metal braces and Invisalign®. To schedule an appointment at the practice in Woodbridge or Bristow, Virginia, call the office or click the online booking tool.
Orthodontics treats and prevents alignment issues of the teeth and jaw. It allows for a more attractive smile while lowering the risk of potentially serious health problems like cavities, gum disease, and impaction.
Many people think orthodontics is for children and teens. However, thanks to modern techniques and advances in technology, they can benefit adults as well.
At Momentum Dental Care, the team uses orthodontics to treat various alignment issues, including:
You might also benefit from orthodontic treatment if you experience difficulty biting or chewing.
At Momentum Dental Care, the team offers several types of orthodontics, including:
Traditional metal braces use rubber bands, brackets, and archwires to gradually reposition your teeth and jaw. The team applies braces during a quick outpatient procedure. Once placed, the braces put pressure on your teeth, gradually moving them into the optimal position.
If you don’t want to wear traditional braces, consider Invisalign. Invisalign is an advanced orthodontic treatment system that uses custom-crafted oral aligners to position your teeth and jaw. The aligners fit snugly over your teeth and are removable, allowing you to eat your favorite foods.
The length of time that orthodontic treatment takes depends on the issues being addressed and the type of appliance used. Traditional metal braces typically take 12-18* months. Invisalign treatment takes anywhere between 6-12* months and sometimes longer.
To ensure a positive outcome, wear your orthodontics as prescribed. In addition, attend each checkup and carefully follow your provider’s instructions.
To determine if orthodontics will benefit you, the team at Momentum Dental Care conducts an oral exam, reviews your dental health history, and asks about your goals. Then, they take a series of X-rays to assess the position of your teeth and jaw.
If the team discovers any alignment issues, they move forward with treatment. To do this, they take digital impressions of your mouth with the iTero® intraoral scanner. The team uses your impressions to develop a custom treatment plan.
After finalizing the plan, they bond metal braces to your teeth or send your scans to a dental laboratory that manufactures your Invisalign aligners. About a week later, you return to Momentum Dental Care. The team has you try on your first set of Invisalign aligners. They make adjustments as necessary and provide you with a list of care instructions.
To see if you’re a candidate for orthodontics, make an appointment at Momentum Dental Care. Call the nearest office or click the online booking tool.