Southpoint Quality Dental has an experienced orthodontist in Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA. As such, we not only offer exceptional general and preventive dentistry; we also offer orthodontic care for those patients who may require it. Orthodontics can have a great effect on the overall health of your teeth and mouth while simultaneously enhancing your appearance and lifestyle. We encourage all of our patients, both young and old, who are interested in orthodontic treatment to inquire with us to see if he or she is a good candidate. Read below for some more information on orthodontics and the services that we offer.
Early Orthodontic Treatment
If your child does not have an orthodontist in Stafford or Fredericksburg, consider visiting Southpoint Quality Dental for an early evaluation. Receiving orthodontic care earlier rather than later can pose as a huge advantage for the development of your child’s teeth and mouth as well as their future oral health. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems, or no later than age 7.
By the age of 7, your child’s first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. At this time, we can effectively evaluate the front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. Just like preventive dentistry can keep your child from encountering severe and costly dental problems later in life, early preventive orthodontics has direct results that will ensure future oral health.
Some Of Those Results Are:
Ultimately, orthodontics will do more for your child than create a pretty smile – it will create a healthier smile that will last a lifetime!
Early Orthodontic Treatment
Orthodontic treatment is not just for kids or teenagers, people of all ages can benefit from it. More and more adults today are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smile. In fact, according to the AAO, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult. At Southpoint Quality Dental, we offer orthodontic treatments like Invisalign that are specifically designed for adults – leaving you with a dramatically different smile and healthier bite.
By seeking orthodontic treatment as an adult, you can possibly avoid severe tooth decay, gum and bone loss, irregular wear of the tooth enamel, and TMJ/TMD pain later in life. Often times, because adults usually are more compliant in their orthodontic treatment, their results turn out far greater than with a child and/or teen. By following the instructions provided by Dr. Swanson or Dr. Cheng, you not only increase your chances for amazing results, but could also shorten your treatment time as well.
Braces are the most widely used system for straightening teeth. Small metal brackets are bonded to the tooth with a wire passing through them. The wire is usually held tightly to the brackets with small elastic o-shaped rubber bands. The rubber bands can be metal colored (the most discreet) or colorful, depending on what you like. Metal brackets are very strong and can withstand most types of treatment with the ability to treat the most severe cases.
Invisalign is a great alternative to traditional braces. Instead of moving your teeth with wires, as is done with braces, your teeth are moved with a series of clear plastic trays called aligners. There are no brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. Instead, the aligners are created to fit your teeth at each stage of the straightening process. Each aligner is made to move your teeth slightly and is worn for a few weeks at a time. They are virtually invisible, which means that most people won’t even notice that you are in treatment!
Invisalign can be used to treat crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, overbites, underbites and crossbites. The more severe the case is, the less likely it is that Invisalign will successfully treat it. Invisalign is a great treatment option for our more cosmetically minded adult patients who desire a sleek, near-invisible look while receiving exceptional orthodontic care.
At Southpoint Quality Dental, we want to make sure that all of your dental and orthodontic needs and concerns are met. If you have any questions about orthodontics or the types of treatments that we offer, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.