A beautiful smile is a sign of a healthy smile! Keep your teeth properly aligned with services from VA Orthodontic Center. Our resident orthodontist is dedicated to helping you achieve straight teeth for optimal dental aesthetics and function. We offer complimentary consultations. Contact us today for more details. A straighter smile awaits you!
Straight teeth and proper alignment are key components to achieving satisfactory oral health. Malocclusion, also known as a “bad bite,” describes patients with ensuring crooked, protruding, crowded, or spaced teeth. If left untreated, an improperly functioning bite can lead to long-term dental difficulties, including cavities, gum disease, tooth loss, and bad breath. Trust in Dr. and his highly trained staff to deliver the following orthodontic services to you and your loved ones:
VA Orthodontic Center
Here at our reputable orthodontics office, we improve the appearance and function of your teeth and bite. Our ultimate goal is to provide children and adults with orthodontic solutions that correct the alignment of their teeth, whether the problem is attributed to genetics or is acquired. From minor to major cases, rest assured knowing that we have the expertise to correct your dental alignment. Causes of misalignment include:
- Tongue Thrusting
- Finger Sucking Dental Disease
- Medical Conditions
- Loss of Primary or Permanent Teeth
Patients seeking treatment for teeth grinding, choose an orthodontic treatment from the professionals at Orthodontics. We provide solutions that include night guards, protecting the integrity of your teeth structures for healthy teeth that last a lifetime.
It’s never too late to achieve a straight smile! With impressive advancements in the orthodontic realm, adults can correct crooked, spaced, and crowded teeth with braces that are virtually undetectable. Our Orthodontics practice offers the following options to adults who want a straighter, more attractive smile:
- Clear—Made of Porcelain Materials That Blend with the Natural Tooth Structure
- Low-Profile—Dental Appliances Made of Stainless Steel, Which Are Installed in Front of Your Teeth
Braces for Children
It’s important for your child’s oral health and self-esteem to receive orthodontic treatment early on. Our resident orthodontist examines your child’s jaw and bites to determine if braces are necessary to correct crooked, spaced, or overcrowded teeth. We can also provide modification treatments for your child, as their bones are still growing during this stage. In addition, we provide observation of growth and development at no cost if your child is not ready to receive treatments.
Those who experience TMJ disorders seek services from Orthodontics. Our resident orthodontist has the expertise to alleviate your TMJ symptoms and can discuss these options with you during your visit.
The Orthodontics Difference
Local clients rely on the experienced and skilled staff at our dental practice to deliver first-rate dental work for patients of all ages. We offer the expertise you seek for orthodontics you can rely on. Check out the following prestigious dental organizations:
- Rated in America’s Top Virginia Dentists
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Best Dentist in Virginia Beach
- Virginia Association of Orthodontics
How to make sure the VA orthodontic treatment is a success
One or two years in braces. You change your life forever, you are either that “metal mouth” person, or the guy/gal with the metal near the tongue or a “plastic mouth” as I am (since I wear Invisalign). You learn how to take care of your teeth, you meet with your orthodontist almost each month or after 6 weeks, you are sick of arc-wires, brackets, aligners, mouth wash, have changed already many toothbrushes, you are the “freak” who are spending way too much in front of the dental care section in any super or hypermarket. Your friends are already convinced something is amiss up there while others are shocked to see you have “ruined” your mouth like this.
Does this sound familiar? I am sure it does for any patient who’s into orthodontic treatment. For 1 year already I am the “freak” and to be honest I don’t care since I know what I am doing and love the changes I see in my teeth alignment.
After we go through all these the only thing that makes it bearable is the thought we’d once smile like the most successful star in Hollywood, we’ll no longer have bite problems, we’ll have perfect teeth. And still, there are people who don’t have that wonderful result. They are few indeed, but still, this happens. Let’s see how we can be successful. How can we make the treatment WORK!
1. CHOOSE THE BEST ORTHODONTIST YOU CAN
Don’t be cheap, don’t go for less money. Less money might mean crooked teeth forever, even after the treatment. Do your best to find out about the best orthodontist in your area and go there. Don’t let money decide your treatment. An excellent orthodontist doesn’t work for pennies and at the same time, you can’t afford to let a beginner test his skills on you. My doctor has over 1000 cases in treatment or finished. He’s the best I could get in my city and I got him. He’s got the experience needed to really make it worth it.
2. DON’T MESS AROUND.
If you have to wear elastics or headgear or aligners or anything. Don’t take it easy. Don’t “fool” the treatment, don’t do anything but obey your doctor. If he/she is certain you need to wear that thing, then he/she might know better. In the end, these guys treat you and have some more schooling into orthodontics than us. Don’t sabotage your treatment.
3. GO TO ANY APPOINTMENTS AND LET THEM KNOW IF SOMETHING BREAKS.
Yeah, brackets can fall, arch-wires poke your cheeks, aligners might get lost (do take care though) retainers might break too. Don’t just sit there telling yourself it doesn’t matter. ANYTHING matters. From such a “small” incident you’ll just make your treatment longer or even put it on hold. These guys are there to help you. Don’t go nuts if such an incident happens (let’s not get mental), but to solve the issues as soon as possible. Or discuss with your doctor to have the best solution available. Don’t miss appointments and try to do your part of the job the best you can.
4. YOUR TEETH ARE SENSITIVE. DON’T MAKE IT EVEN HARDER FOR THEM.
You have to understand that your teeth are under a lot of “stress”. It’s not easy being a tooth, having those metal things on you, being pushed and pulled around. Your denture needs care and protection. Even if you can eat hard foods, don’t do it. I love nuts too, but this doesn’t mean I’d eat them with the braces on, or now when I have Invisalign. Even if my teeth don’t hurt me now and they seem to be pretty strong, I do realize they are moving to their decided position and can’t chew hard things. I don’t eat soft food only, but I don’t push my teeth too much. In the end, I’d love having them still after the treatment is ending.
5. BRUSH, BRUSH AND THEN BRUSH SOME MORE.
People think we are weirdos carrying toothpaste and brushes all day long with us and brushing a lot. Since I started the treatment, I also started caring more for my oral hygiene. I wore braces and they’d catch anything possible. It was normal to brush and floss. I don’t like having all kinds of “stuff” on my teeth. Now I wear Invisalign and brush after each meal. I don’t eat anything with the aligners on, I take them out, eat and then brush again. Yes, 5-6 times a day. So that I don’t have tarter on my teeth and not develop cavities. This would be bad since it would put your treatment on hold for a few days till you have the cavities filled. Not to mention your teeth are again VULNERABLE and it would get complicated. Why make it harder?
6. READ ABOUT THIS AS MUCH AS YOU CAN AND ASK AROUND.
I can’t understand how some people can be so careless. I read hundreds of articles before getting braces, most people confuse me with the doctor since I can give them so many answers. It’s something that changed my life, it’s something I have to adjust to, so many things are happening to me. How not know about them? I asked my orthodontist all kinds of questions and he was more than happy to clue me in.
7. IMAGINE YOUR SMILE AFTERWARDS.
The easiest way for me to go through 2-3 years of treatment (as I have been predicted) was to see my smile after the treatment. I watch TV commercials with those perfect smiles and tell my folks “this is how my teeth will look like”. I never see myself as I am now, still with crooked teeth (better than before, but still not perfect), I see myself as I WILL BE. This gave me the strength to go through the metal braces months and now I am prepared for 13/18 months in Invisalign. And I’ll make it because I decided I need to succeed.
8. WEAR THAT RETAINER
Many people who had their teeth get crooked again didn’t wear the retainer properly. It’s unpleasant to have to care for this too after so many months being braced. But this retainer is the secret to KEEP your smile. Some wear it for a few months, some for some years or even a lifetime.
Well, I am ready. I want to wear it the time I have to and even some weeks more. So that I know my pain wasn’t in vain. So that I know I made it. After months of treatment, after tens of meetings with my orthodontist, after having arch-wires in my mouth, power chains, brackets, mini-molds, trays, retainer, way too many cleanings, pain sometimes, a lot of brushing, lots of money paid and gasoline for my car on my way to the doctor and back. After all this, I will have a perfect smile. And I will keep it.
My treatment will succeed because I KNOW how to make it succeed. I have a good doctor and the determination to make all this work!