Great Teeth and Braces

We all know that the end goal of having braces is to get great-looking teeth. But during the orthodontic treatment, you need to be willing to do the work necessary to keep your teeth healthy. Otherwise, when your braces come off, you’ll end up with less-than-healthy teeth. Here at in , , we’re dedicated to… Read more »

Care Instructions for a Hawley Retainer

The second phase of orthodontic care is the placement of an orthodontic retainer to maintain your new tooth alignment while there is lingering tension in the jaw and periodontal ligaments that could cause the dental alignment to relapse. Our friendly team is on hand if you have questions about caring for your retainer, and we… Read more »

Orthodontic Care Saves Smiles

Orthodontic treatment is used to correct “bad bites,” or malocclusion. Malocclusion occurs when there is imperfect alignment of the teeth when the jaws are closed. Teeth may be crowded or crooked, or perhaps the upper and lower jaws don’t align well. For some, these problems are inherited; they can also come from oral injury, mistimed… Read more »

Braces Might Help Minimize Gapped Teeth

Your child’s oral structure gradually changes as they grow. This happens as their 32 permanent teeth replace the 20 primary teeth. Sometimes genetics, pediatric tooth loss and other factors can cause two or more teeth to emerge too far apart . This problem may also cause an alignment issue in your child’s bite pattern. In… Read more »

Cure Your “Bad Bite” with Invisalign®

Malocclusion, or a “bad bite”, can be caused by a number of dental issues and mechanical, genetic, and environmental factors. But one of the biggest factors in simple crowding and over-spacing of the teeth. Surprisingly, this is more common in adults rather than children. 21% of adults face spacing issues, and 38% of adults have… Read more »

Good Gum Health Is Important for the Realignment Process

The orthodontic braces that are installed in your mouth at represent a significant investment in correcting the alignment of your teeth. This alignment process involves attending regular adjustment appointments at our practice. Each of your adjustment sessions is designed to gradually stretch the periodontal connective tissues that anchor your teeth into your gums. By consistently… Read more »

The New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make for Your Braces

Instead of making the same old “Lose weight” and “Exercise more” resolutions this year, try making resolutions for your braces. That’s right—you can make resolutions for your braces! Our s, Drs. Liang and Liang, encourages this so you can have a more effective and even successful orthodontic journey. Some resolutions you can make for your… Read more »

Braces: How Bone Remodeling Works

Do you know how your braces perform the work of aligning your teeth? Braces, with the help of wires and brackets, and bands exert gentle, gradual and constant pressure to shift your teeth into the correct position over time. This is called ‘bone remodeling’. You can tell your teeth are moving because you notice the… Read more »

Why Flossing is Important When You Have Braces

Do you ever wonder why flossing is important when you have braces? If so, you have come to the right blog. Our orthodontic team is happy to help you know why it’s vital to floss regularly (after each time you eat if possible) when you have braces. Those reasons are because: Flossing helps you prevent… Read more »

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 »