Top Orthodontist Providing First-Class Treatment
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children get their first check-up with an orthodontist at the first recognition of an orthodontic problem, but no later than age 7.
If you have thought about treating crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth, our team at Smile Designer can help straighten it with a full range of orthodontics at our office in Arlington, VA. Dr. Sooyeon Ahn is a certified (Board eligible) orthodontist who provides patients with treatment supported by top-notch materials and the most advanced technologies available. No matter your age, a straighter smile can enhance not only your appearance, but your oral health and confidence, as well.
Understanding the Importance of a Straighter Smile is very important. Crooked teeth often leave patients feeling self-conscious about their smile, but the effects are often more than cosmetic. In many cases, misaligned teeth can lead to serious health concerns. If you are unable to properly brush or floss, bacteria and plaque can accumulate in hard-to-reach areas. While not immediately dangerous, plaque can eventually lead to cavities, inflamed gums, and an increased risk of gum disease and tooth loss. By straightening your smile, orthodontic treatment can allow you greater access so that you can better care for your smile and avoid the need for restorative procedures in the future.
How do I know if I need Orthodontic Treatment?
While crooked or crowded teeth are the most common reason for orthodontic care, we treat a wide range of issues related to alignment. Dr. Ahn can help patients with deep bites, open bites, missing laterals, overbites, underbites, and posterior cross-bites.
Some of the more obvious signs of these conditions include:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty biting
- Difficulty speaking
- Protruding teeth
- Facial imbalance
- Grinding or clenching teeth
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why you may need orthodontic treatment.
Because problems with your bite can have long-term, painful effects, we particularly specialize in early prevention orthodontics. Through detecting potentially harmful jaw issues in younger patients, Dr. Ahn can lower the risk of oral damage. Our team strives to create more space for the teeth, lessen the need for permanent tooth extractions at a later time, and correct potential issues with jaw growth and emerging teeth.
Dental technology has improved over the years to include new options to help correct the above issues, and there are a number of techniques and products available that were not available just a few short years ago. While traditional metal braces are still the most commonly used, ceramic and clear plastic appliances are becoming increasingly popular, especially among older teenager and adults.
Caring for your teeth and gums during orthodontic treatment is very important and can impact treatment time and effectiveness. Learn more about Orthodontic Care and how to manage minor orthodontic concerns that may arise during treatment.
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