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Braces are an orthodontic appliance used to correct “bad bites.” A bad bite occurs when the teeth don’t line up properly when the jaws are closed. The teeth may crowded or crooked, or it could be that the upper and lower jaws don’t line up well. These problems are sometimes inherited, or they can come from oral injury, losing teeth too early or too late, or thumbsucking.

Not only can orthodontic care give you a fantastic-looking smile, but treatment also gives you a fantastically healthier smile. Crooked teeth are difficult to take care of and keep clean, which sets you up for cavities and tooth decay throughout your life. Untreated bad bites can also result in other oral health problems, such as:

-Difficult chewing
-Uneven wear on tooth enamel
-Tooth loss
-Affected speaking
-Gum disease
-Jaw problems

You can get a straighter, healthier smile at any age, though typically orthodontics treatment waits until the person is at least 8 years old. Much of orthodontic care takes place during the pre-teen and teenage years. However, adult orthodontic treatment is becoming more popular, as teeth-straightening options become more discreet and socially accepted for adults.

Depending on the particular options available to you and the severity of the corrections needed, treatment usually takes between one and three years. These years are typically followed by a period of time of wearing a retainer, to keep teeth in place. Your orthodontist will build a personalized treatment plan based on your specific mouth-care needs.

If you are looking for a straighter, healthier smile, talk with us about options available to you at Liang Orthodontics. To schedule an appointment or consultation in Potomac, Maryland, call us at 301-983-3132. Drs. Christopher and Donald Liang look forward to seeing you!