Braces Specialist

LM Orthodontics -  - Orthodontist

LM Orthodontics

Orthodontists located in McLean, VA

Traditional braces and their variations are a reliable, go-to treatment for crooked or misaligned teeth. If you’re unhappy with the way your smile looks, the team at LM Orthodontics can guide you through your options for braces and help you choose one with minimal inconveniences. To start on your treatment plan toward a better smile, call LM Orthodontics.

Braces

How do braces work?

Braces are an orthodontic appliance system that involves sturdy brackets, wires, and rubber bands. Working together, these components move your teeth into a straight, new position. While braces once had the stigma of being uncomfortable, painful, and unattractive, new advancements in orthodontics allow braces to be more comfortable than in the past.

There are several types of braces available. The LM Orthodontics team helps you choose the right type of braces to fix your alignment issues accounting for your preferences. Options include: 

  • Traditional metal braces on the outside of your teeth
  • Clear braces made of plastic or ceramic
  • Lingual braces on the backside of your teeth
  • Self-ligating braces (braces that don’t need elastic ties)

In any case, braces move your teeth by applying constant pressure to push them into a new position. Your orthodontist carefully maps out a movement plan and tightens the wires on your braces accordingly. You may also need to place elastic rubber bands at times around the metal brackets of your braces to adjust the positioning of your jaw.

What types of misalignment can braces fix?

Braces can treat almost any type of misalignment and are the most effective option for severe positioning problems. The LM Orthodontics team might suggest braces if you have:

  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Wide spaces between your teeth
  • Overbite or overjet (horizontal overbite)
  • Underbite
  • A misaligned jaw

With properly aligned teeth, you can bite down more comfortably and avoid wear-and-tear damage to your teeth over time. You may even find it easier to chew and speak after treatment with braces.

How long does it take to straighten my teeth with braces?

Each individual case is different, so there’s no way to tell exactly how long you’ll need to wear your braces without consulting your orthodontist. You can expect your treatment to take anywhere from 6 to 30 months, but the average treatment time is about 22 months.

You can expect to visit LM Orthodontics for adjustments to your braces somewhat frequently depending on your treatment plan. You must also visit your dentist regularly for cleanings, as keeping up your oral hygiene can be difficult while wearing braces.

To find out how braces can have a positive impact on your appearance and your oral health, call LM Orthodontics to book your orthodontic consultation today.