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Orthodontic Solutions – Why Do I Need Braces?

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Proper tooth and jaw alignment is essential to good dental health and self-esteem, so your dentist may refer you to an orthodontist if you have serious bite issues or other abnormalities. Braces for kids and adults can solve many common orthodontic problems. Adults can wear braces at any age. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) advises parents to obtain an orthodontic consultation for children by the age of seven. The early evaluation can provide an opportunity to correct minor problems and avoid more invasive treatments later. At the first appointment, your family orthodontics specialist will perform a visual examination and use x-rays, photos, and models to develop a treatment plan.

Affordable braces will gradually move teeth into proper position to eliminate gaps, crowding, or overlapping teeth, and align the way your upper and lower teeth fit together when you bite. A misaligned bite is called a malocclusion. Three levels or classes of malocclusion exist. In Class I, the bite is ideal, but crowding or spacing problems may be present. Class II is commonly known as an overbite: the lower first molar is positioned too far toward the back of the mouth while the upper jaw protrudes forward. In Class III misalignment, the first lower molar is positioned close to the front of the mouth while the lower jaw appears to protrude forward. This is also called an underbite.

Correcting misalignment and bite problems can solve a number of problems, including:

  • Difficulty eating and chewing
  • TMJ Syndrome and jaw pain
  • Tooth grinding (bruxism)
  • Speech problems
  • Sleep apnea
  • Tooth decay and gum disease

Orthodontics can help you keep your teeth and gums healthy, make eating and speaking easier, and enhance your appearance. To learn more about braces for kids and adults, consult your family orthodontics specialist, or visit the American Association of Orthodontics website.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Waldorf, call Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf today at (301) 861-0665 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Waldorf. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf.

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