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How to Care for Your Braces and Retainers Oct 15th, 2020

Whether you’re straightening your teeth with metal braces, clear braces, or clear aligners, their success and your oral health depend on what you do every day to take care of them.  Our team of experts at LM Orthodontics in McLean, Virginia, understands exactly what your teeth straightening system means to...

The Braces Timeline Sep 18th, 2020

If you’re one of the 4 million people who’ve opted for braces as treatment for your smile and bite problems, you know that it can be a long commitment.   While some can solve their worst problems in just six months, people typically wear braces for about 22 months on average....

Clear Aligners Versus Metal Braces: Which Is Right for Your Child? Aug 19th, 2020

Braces are a proven way to correct crooked teeth and have been around for years. Although they’re extremely effective, many children and teens dread the thought of wearing them because they hate the look of all that metal in their mouth.  Clear aligners hit the scene in the late 1990s...

Tips for the Teen With Braces Jul 14th, 2020

Wearing braces may not be at the top of a teenager’s list of cool looks, but neither is a lifetime of crooked teeth. Teens who see the big picture and opt for braces now, give themselves the advantage of self-confidence and a healthy smile for many years to come.  But...

When Is the Best Time for Expanders? Jun 11th, 2020

By the time your child is a teenager, they will have all their adult teeth. Unfortunately, there may not be enough room for them all, and they become overcrowded, misaligned, and crooked.  One solution is to extract a tooth or two to make room for the rest. But there’s another...

Do I Have to Wear a Retainer? May 12th, 2020

Wearing braces is a rite of passage for some and just a necessary phase for others. Yet, however you view your teeth straightening treatment, everyone can agree that they would rather not wear braces more than once in their lifetime. To make sure that once is enough, you need to...

Get Straight Teeth Without a Mouthful of Metal Apr 23rd, 2020

Everyone wants perfectly straight teeth, but many put it off because they don’t want to wear metal braces. Whether you’re a teen or an adult, the decision to sport a mouthful of metal in exchange for an eventually straight smile is a tough one.  At LM Orthodontics, you don’t have...

The Link Between Orthodontics and a Good Night's Sleep Mar 11th, 2020

Your health depends on your ability to sleep through the night. At the very least, sleep deprivation can affect your coordination, concentration, learning ability, mood, and memory. Over time, it puts you at risk for hypertension, heart attack, and stroke. Many factors may be responsible for your tossing and turning,...

Orthodontist or Dentist — Which Should I Choose? Feb 25th, 2020

Most people know that when they need a regular check-up, a general dentist is the right call. But many are confused about when to seek out a specialist like an orthodontist. Who should you see about dental emergencies? What if your teeth are crooked, too spacey, too cramped, or sticking...

When are Mouthguards Necessary if You Have Braces? Jan 2nd, 2020

At LM Orthodontics, we’re pleased to provide high-quality orthodontic care to patients in McLean, Virginia and the greater Washington, DC area. Many of our patients with braces live active lifestyles all year long. This raises the question: when are mouthguards necessary if you have braces?   Our experienced orthodontic providers understand...

Why You Shouldn't Brush Off Wearing Your Retainer Dec 1st, 2019

Finally! You’re done with braces or clear aligners. Your teeth are straight, giving you the perfect, beautiful smile of your dreams. The last thing you want is for your teeth to move out of their beautiful new position. At LM Orthodontics in McLean, Virginia, we understand.  Our team of skilled...

What to Expect With Your Child’s Orthodontic Expander Oct 31st, 2019

Orthodontic expanders do pretty much what the name suggests. They expand, or widen, your child’s jaw or palate, making room for all their adult teeth to grow in normally. If your child needs them, getting started with the devices early can bring significant benefits down the road. If your child...

5 Cool Things You Didn't Know About Clear Aligners Oct 3rd, 2019

Would you like to straighten your teeth without a mouthful of metal? You can! LM Orthodontics offers clear aligner systems from 3M™ and Invisalign® that can give you the smile you desire quickly and with almost complete invisibility.  Straighter teeth can bring lots of benefits, from improved self-esteem to an...

What Is the Best Age to Get Braces? Sep 25th, 2019

About 4 million Americans are wearing orthodontic braces each year. Braces fix malocclusion, or misalignment, in teeth to give you a straight, beautiful smile.  Many people think of braces as a teenage rite of passage. And while it’s true that nearly 75% of patients with braces are teens, that’s not...