Malocclusions: Causes and Treatments

If you are considering orthodontic treatment at Straight Smile in College Park, Maryland, it may be because you have a malocclusion. What is that? A malocclusion refers to any misalignment of the teeth or jaw. Classic examples include overbites, underbites, cross bites and open bites. What is the cause of a malocclusion? Scientists have evaluated… Read more »

Dealing with Broken Braces

Your braces are going to be a part of your life for a while. And they are doing the important job of moving your teeth into better and healthier positions. To do that, you need to keep them clean by brushing and flossing 30 minutes after each meal. You also need to protect them by… Read more »

Holiday Food for Adults With Braces

The holidays are just around the corner and with them come parties, friends, and food. But as an adult with orthodontia, holiday food can be hard. There are a lot of things you have eaten your whole life during the holidays, that you suddenly you cannot have! But, being a responsible adult, you understand that… Read more »

An Overbite or Underbite Can Often Be Corrected by Traditional Braces

If your child has an overbite or underbite issue it can do more than simply leave them with an unattractive smile. As time goes by, the improper connection between the teeth in their bite pattern can start to wear away tooth enamel leading to dental attrition and dental fractures. Fortunately, a professional orthodontist like Dr…. Read more »

Maintaining Healthy Gums Help Minimize Discomfort After a Braces Adjustment

Each of the adjustment sessions performed at Dr. ’s orthodontic clinic is designed to tighten and tension your braces hardware. This will effectively stretch the periodontal ligaments that anchor each of your teeth in its socket. Through the course of successive adjustments, your teeth will gradually be brought into their ideal alignment. This will give… Read more »

Do You Have Elastics for Your Braces? Here Are Some Ways to Use and Care for Them

If your orthodontist, Dr. , gave you elastics to wear on your braces, then you are at a critical point in your treatment. These elastics can help you further move and shift your teeth to give you the smile you have always wanted. However, that’s only the case if you properly use and care for… Read more »

Maintaining Your Braces

Your orthodontist has put your braces in place, and has set up your next appointment. Your new braces will be with your for some time. It may be a matter of months or even one or two years. Over that time, your orthodontist will examine and adjust your braces to make sure that they are… Read more »

Invisalign® and Its Effect on Your Oral Health

It is impossible to accept that your teeth will be able to straighten themselves with brushing and flossing routines only, but fortunately, there are some orthodontic procedures available that do function to accomplish this daunting task. One such type of orthodontic treatment is with the Invisalign® clear aligner system. Invisalign aligners have no metal in… Read more »

What You Should, and Should Not Eat When You Have Braces

Even though your braces are strong enough to move your teeth, they are not quite strong enough to handle the pressure from certain foods. This means you need to be careful when eating. If you’re not, there is a chance your appliances can get damaged and your treatment results can be delayed. So, please follow… Read more »

What Is a Malocclusion and What Are the Different Types?

A malocclusion is a form of bad bites that is caused by misalignments within your teeth and jaw. Most malocclusions are treatable with orthodontic care. The different types of common malocclusions are as follows: – Misplaced midlines are malocclusions that occur when the center of your upper and lower teeth do not connect. – Crossbites… Read more »