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Did you know that an aligned smile is a healthier smile? That’s because unaligned teeth are harder to keep clean. A straight smile allows you to properly clean your teeth and gums to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Our Family Smile Center LLC team in Frederick, Maryland is pleased to offer braces as well as Invisalign® for our patients who need to straighten their teeth. Let’s take a look at what braces and Invisalign can do for your smile:

Spacing: Orthodontics is effective at treating “Spacing”, where there is too much space between your teeth. This is important because spacing can affect your ability to chew properly.

Crowding: Orthodontics can help correct the crowding when there isn’t enough space between teeth. Because crowding limits your ability to effectively brush and floss your pearly whites, you are at increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease.

Midline Discrepancy: Orthodontics effectively corrects the misalignment of your upper and lower teeth. Left untreated, a midline discrepancy can cause pain in the jaw and invite other dental issues.

–Overbites: With an overbite, the upper teeth bite over your bottom teeth. Left uncorrected, gum irritation and the wearing down of the lower teeth may result, leaving you with painful jaw and joint problems.

–Underbites: If your lower teeth protrude past your front teeth, you may experience problems with the normal function of your front teeth and your molars. As the wear and tear on the teeth continue, you may experience jaw and joint pain.

–Open bites: When a few of your teeth fail to meet the opposite teeth, you may not be able to chew properly. Left uncorrected, you can end up with pain when you chew or problems with your speech. This, in turn, can result in TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder).

–Crossbites: If your jaws are both misaligned, you may end up with a crossbite. This can result in one or more of your upper teeth biting the inside of the lower teeth, causing wear and tear on the enamel, and lead to gum disease and bone loss.

To learn more about how braces and Invisalign can create a healthy smile for you, please give our Family Smile Center LLC team a call at 301.663.9484 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Peter Cha & Danny H. Dinh can not only straighten your smile but improve your oral health along the way!