A specialty of dentistry, orthodontics is the best choice for patients who require treatment for straightening teeth or, in technical terms, correcting malocclusions.
Orthodontic treatments and procedures can align crooked teeth and help the teeth fit together correctly. Dental conditions like misplaced midlines and teeth crowding can also be corrected through orthodontic treatment. In addition, a bad bite, a major problem caused by crooked teeth, can be resolved with orthodontics.
Keep reading to learn more about who should visit an orthodontist, what types of treatment are available, and the time required to see the results.
People with crossbite and overbite problems should visit an orthodontist to understand what treatments are available for their condition. Patients with teeth gaps and misaligned teeth should also meet with an orthodontist to prevent the risk of further dental issues.
A visit to an orthodontist will include an initial examination, as well as X-rays to help better understand the irregularities that require treatment.
The most popular orthodontic solutions include aligners or braces. By applying pressure to the teeth and directing them to the desired position, they can help reduce tooth gaps and fix alignment or bite issues.
Metal braces are the traditional solution, while aligners like Invisalign are more modern.
With the help of advanced technology, Invisalign aligners are tailor-made according to the patient's requirements. They also provide an aesthetic advantage as the aligners are virtually invisible.
At Stonewall Dental Associates, we provide both types of treatment and will work closely with you to find the most suitable solution for your needs.
Most orthodontic treatments require an adequate amount of time and multiple dental appointments to show results. In addition, metal braces require regular tightening and cleaning and Invisalign aligners must be changed with new ones every 1 to 2 weeks.
The average time it takes to see results is 24 months for braces and 12 to 18 months for Invisalign aligners.
Crooked teeth pave the way to tooth decay, chewing disorders, and other dental health problems. Our experienced dental team at Stonewall Dental Associates can help you avoid these issues and provide the best solutions. To schedule an appointment, call (703) 368-1000 or visit us at 8719 Stonewall Rd, Manassas, VA 20110.