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Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with correcting malocclusion, as well as a misaligned bite such as overbite, underbite, or crossbite. Almost everyone experiences some small cosmetic or functional bite issue, but when these issues are severe, orthodontic treatment can be used to bring the teeth back into proper alignment correcting both aesthetic and functional issues, and restoring self-confidence in the process.
Dr. Michael Chung offers several alternatives to metal braces for patients who want to bring their smile into alignment. Call Softouch Dental Care at 703-319-6990 to schedule your initial appointment.
Types of Orthodontics
Dr. Michael Chung offers several solutions for misaligned, crooked teeth. For children, the solution is often wire and bracket braces. These offer the best solution for realigning teeth, but may be too obtrusive or unappealing for our adult patients.
Modern adult orthodontics solutions include:
- Invisalign® invisible braces
- Removable retainers that can be worn at night, often after other orthodontic treatments
- Instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers
Instant orthodontics, as the name implies, is the fastest and least invasive method of correcting your bite issues. For qualified candidates, Dr. Chung can custom-create porcelain veneers that can fix several bite issues including:
- Crooked teeth
- Widely gapped teeth
- Unevenly sized or shaped teeth
By applying veneers directly over your natural teeth, a straight, white, and seamlessly beautiful smile can be achieved in a fraction of the time required for braces and retainers.
Who Are Ideal Candidates for Orthodontic Care?
You are an eligible candidate for orthodontic care if you meet the following criteria:
- You have an overbite
- You have an underbite
- You have a crossbite
- Your teeth are crowding
- Your teeth are gapped
- Your teeth appear crooked
- You are not satisfied with the appearance of your teeth
- Your teeth have excessive wear and tear
If you have any cavities or gum disease, you will need to take care of them first before you can receive orthodontic care from Dr. Chung.
What Is Involved With Orthodontic Care?
Orthodontic care is a specialty in the world of dentistry that focuses on correcting the alignment of a person’s teeth. A few common orthodontic treatments include the installation of traditional braces, retainers, and aligners. The type of care you will receive from Dr. Chung depends on what problem you are currently experiencing.
What Are The Risks of Orthodontic Care?
Although orthodontic care can help fix bite-related problems and correct the alignment of your teeth, it is not without risk.
Below are the risks associated with orthodontic care:
- Tooth damage
- Enamel damage
- Root resorption
- Temporomandibular issues
- Gum infections
- Periodontal disease
Who Should Not Receive Orthodontic Care?
No one is ever too old to receive orthodontic care, but their health can complicate things. Orthodontic care does not help treat conditions such as gum disease, cavities, oral cancer, and tooth decay. You will need to see a dentist who can help treat these types of problems.
Do Orthodontists Install Dental Implants?
No, dental implants are not a part of orthodontic care. Dental implants are meant to act as a permanent solution to missing teeth. However, it is recommended that you seek out orthodontic care if you are considering having dental implants installed.
Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Chung
Of course, no two patients are the same. When you come to our comfortable Oakton office, Dr. Chung will work with you on an individual basis to help determine the orthodontic treatment best suited to meet your needs. If you are interested in orthodontics in Northern Virginia, please call Softouch Dental Care at 703-319-6990 to schedule an initial consultation today.