Blog Archive

Can Invisalign® Correct My Underbite? Feb 1st, 2022

A slight underbite may be barely noticeable and a severe one can drastically distort your face, but either type requires correction. At LM Orthodontics, our expert team specializes in difficult malocclusions — the official term for misaligned bites. Whether your teeth are crooked, misshapen, or out of alignment, we offer...

When Should I Turn to Emergency Care for My Orthodontic Needs? Jan 1st, 2022

Orthodontic emergencies are rare. The braces, appliances, and headgear are all time-honored, safe treatments, and most people wear them without any problems whatsoever. But accidents do happen, and when they do, it’s comforting to know that our team of experts at LM Orthodontics in McLean, Virginia, is ready to help....

How Corrective Jaw Surgery Can Help You Breathe Better Dec 1st, 2021

It may seem far-fetched that your jaw can interfere with your breathing, but the structure of your mouth, including your jaw, influences how air comes in and goes out. Here to explain, our team of experts at LM Orthodontics in McLean, Virginia, outline how your jaw affects your ability to...

Is It Ever Too Early to Start Orthodontic Treatment? Nov 1st, 2021

Early detection of health problems is critical in just about every known medical condition from heart disease to cancer. The same holds true for teeth.  Very few people are born with perfectly straight, well-spaced teeth that develop into a perfect smile. Most of us have at least a few crooked...

How to Maintain Your Dental Hygiene Routine With Braces Oct 1st, 2021

Crooked teeth and misaligned bites are pretty common — about two-thirds of all American adults have a problem that could have and should have been corrected with braces. But it’s not too late. More and more adults are choosing to straighten their bites and their smiles with traditional braces, clear...

Who Needs Expanders? Sep 1st, 2021

Crooked teeth and wonky bites are common in kids. Although many people’s teeth straighten out and bite right once they’ve erupted and grown in, most don’t. From minor angles and protrusions to major malocclusions, there are many ways your child’s smile can end up off-kilter. Braces are an excellent way...

How to Help Your Teen Care for Their Clear Aligners Aug 2nd, 2021

Clear aligners are a great way to straighten teeth and create a dazzling smile that will boost your teen’s confidence. And if you’ve chosen this method for your son or daughter, they’ll love the discreet nature of the nearly invisible corrective trays. But to keep them see-through and performing well,...

I'm an Adult. Do I Still Need Retainers? Jul 7th, 2021

You (or your parents) invested a lot in your orthodontic treatment. And the cost wasn’t only monetary; you paid the price in sacrificed sweets, a bit of teasing, and months or years of adjustments.  When the treatment ended, you received a retainer to ensure your teeth stayed put in their...

5 Facts About Orthodontic Expanders Jun 11th, 2021

Orthodontic expanders are extremely helpful tools that allow us to quickly and strategically adjust the structure of your child’s mouth, but the term “expander” can be confusing and overwhelming. Though it sounds menacing, we want to show you all the ways they can benefit your child.  Here, our team of...

Benefits of Corrective Jaw Therapy May 20th, 2021

Having a properly aligned and sized jaw is essential to some basic functions you may take for granted. Your ability to eat what you want and sleep through the night depends on a healthy jaw. Any abnormalities can lead to headaches, pain, indigestion, and speech impediments.  Our team of expert...

Different Types of Braces: Which Is Right for Me? Apr 13th, 2021

If you’re like most people with crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, you’re probably faced with a dilemma: Live with your dental problems or endure braces. But we think there’s a more positive way to approach it by asking: Which of the several innovation treatments will best suit my lifestyle?...

How to Adjust to Invisalign® Mar 10th, 2021

Invisalign® clear teeth aligners have introduced a brand new way to straighten teeth. They solve two of the main complaints about traditional braces, which are notorious for being too restrictive and too noticeable. Invisalign is a game-changer in that you can remove them when you eat, which allows you to...

Do I Need a Retainer to Keep My Teeth Straight? Feb 12th, 2021

You did it! You put in the time, money, and effort it took to get your bite back in balance and your smile straightened out. And if you’re like most people, you want to put that all behind you and move on with no more appliances, no more extra responsibility. ...

When Is Emergency Orthodontic Care Necessary? Jan 24th, 2021

More than 4 million people in the United States have braces, and about a quarter of them are adults. And that stands to reason, because wearing braces is one of the best treatments for your smile and your overall oral health.  Of course, every once in a while, things can...

4 Things You Should Know About Corrective Jaw Surgery Dec 10th, 2020

We’re all born with different facial features — it’s what makes us unique. Sometimes an oddity or irregularity becomes our signature identifying feature, like high cheekbones, a distinctive mole, or a broad smile.  Some people love their one-of-a-kind characteristics, but others try to conceal or even change them through plastic...

The Advantages of Choosing Clear Braces Nov 10th, 2020

Adolescents, teenagers, and adults alike would rather avoid a mouthful of metal braces if at all possible. But some orthodontic problems, like moderate-to-severe misalignment, prevent the option of removable clear aligners, so you may feel stuck with the metal wires and brackets. But don’t resign yourself to that fate just...

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...