Orthodontic treatment is not only an investment of your time and money, it is an investment in self-improvement that can benefit you for a lifetime. Most orthodontic treatment is designed to correct bite and facial irregularities.
At Affinity Dental, our staff orthodontist Dr. DeRoo utilizes the Bio-Progressive Technique, which involves repositioning your teeth by simultaneously moving the teeth and the roots, rather than sequentially, thereby shortening the treatment period. Orthodontic treatment with Dr. DeRoo is a positive experience with the goal of providing the finest orthodontic treatment possible in a caring and warm, patient-oriented environment. We strive to deliver quality care with compassion to patients throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area from our comprehensive group practice located at 4 East Rolling Crossroads.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a discipline of dentistry that involves aligning a patient’s teeth and jaws for both cosmetic and oral health reasons. Braces are typically recommended to improve a patient’s orofacial appearance. Orthodontic treatment can be used to correct problems ranging from crowded or crooked teeth, overbites, underbites, disorders of the jaw and more.
When Should I Have Braces?
Orthodontic treatment can be beneficial to patients at any age, however, the ideal time for placement of braces is typically between the ages of 10 to 14. This is because during these years, the mouth and head are still growing and teeth are more accessible to straightening. Adults are wearing braces to correct and improve their smiles as well.
What Kind of Braces Will I Have to Wear?
Braces generally come in three types. Brackets are bonded to the teeth and are less noticeable. Lingual braces attach to the back of teeth. Bands are an older style that covers most of the tooth with a metal band. All styles of braces use wires to position the teeth in the correct placement.
Are There Other Options Besides Braces?
Another popular alternative to braces is Invisalign. This procedure uses a series of custom-molded, nearly invisible aligners that are worn inside the mouth. You will wear each set of aligners for approximately 2 weeks. Your teeth will begin to move gradually, week by week, in small ranges. As you progress through the different sets of aligners, you will eventually achieve the desired result of straighter teeth. The first step in the process is to have your Affinity Dental dentist or orthodontist perform an examination to determine if Invisalign is the right solution for you.
Our orthodontist participates with the Maryland Healthy Smiles Program.
Questions about our orthodontic services? Contact us here or call us at 410-719-7900.