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Adjusting to Invisalign: 5 Tips Oct 14th, 2020

InvisalignⓇ clear aligners have taken the world by storm because they’re so much less visible than traditional metal braces, in addition to a host of other benefits. Having anything on your teeth takes some getting used to when you first start wearing braces but adjusting to Invisalign is a bit...

How to Care for Your Braces Sep 17th, 2020

Orthodontic care — specifically braces — solves a host of problems, including crowded or crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, and bite problems. The exciting thing is that braces treatment options are more diverse than ever before.  Dr. Mehdy Rad, Dr. David Rad, Dr. Carmine Petrarca, and the whole RAD Orthodontics...

Does TMJ Cause Headaches? Aug 21st, 2020

The hinge-like temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, plays a pivotal role in your body: it’s the joint connecting your jawbone to your skull, and one is located on each side of your jaw. Because of your TMJ, you can yawn, swallow, speak, and chew — all vital everyday activities.  When there’s...

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Jul 20th, 2020

If you’ve been on the receiving end of teasing about your snoring, you may assume it’s an annoyance to your partner or family, and not much more. Snoring can also be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs due to the improper relaxation of your throat muscles. When this...

Self-Ligating Braces Mean Less Treatment Time, More Comfort Jun 24th, 2020

You may have grown used to hiding your teeth to conceal an imperfect smile. There’s no doubt that your self-esteem takes a hit when your teeth are misaligned, crowded, and in need of straightening, but did you know these problems can also affect your ability to chew and speak?  If...

It’s Never Too Late to Straighten Your Teeth: Learn About Adult Orthodontics May 29th, 2020

If you never had braces as an adolescent or didn’t complete your treatment and still feel down about a crooked or crowded smile, don’t give up hope. It’s not too late to do something about the smile you’ve become adept at hiding.  Remember that the window for orthodontic treatment doesn't...

6 Great Reasons to Consider Invisalign® Apr 24th, 2020

Tired of smiling with your mouth closed due to crooked teeth, but just can’t handle years of metal braces? You may not have to. Invisalign clear plastic aligners can correct more orthodontic flaws than you think, without the hassle or discomfort of traditional wires and brackets. Over 8 million adults...

Early Orthodontics Mar 27th, 2020

The average age of individuals who get braces is between nine and 14, although it is appropriate for younger children to visit Rad Orthodontics for a consultation with Dr. Mehdy Rad and Dr. David Rad. While parents may be concerned about the efficacy of early orthodontics, research suggests that early...

USING ORTHODONTICS TO GUIDE JAW GROWTH IN CHILDREN Mar 26th, 2020

At Rad Orthodontics, we pride ourselves in providing the best possible care to all our patients of all ages. For children, we can often spot pretty early on when their jaw is too short or too narrow, or not growing straight.  When this happens, we like to use dentofacial orthopedics...

Choosing an Orthodontist vs a Dentist for Orthodontics Feb 3rd, 2020

If you’re one of the millions considering orthodontics to help straighten your teeth or a loved one’s smile, you may wonder why your dentist can’t fix the problem for you. Technically, a general dentist who has received some training in orthodontics can help. But would you expect a general practitioner...

WHAT IS A PALATAL EXPANDER? Apr 23rd, 2019

Orthodontists like Dr. Mehdy Rad and Dr. David Rad recommend a first orthodontic visit and evaluation for your child around the age of seven. We will evaluate your child’s jaw and facial development and make sure that there is enough room in the mouth for the permanent teeth when they...

NOT-SO-SWEET SWEETS Apr 20th, 2019

Birthdays. Valentine’s Day. Halloween. A trip to the movies. There are just some occasions where a sweet treat is on the menu. Now that you are getting braces, does that mean you have to give up desserts completely? Not at all! The trick to finding the right treat is to...

SAFETY OF DENTAL X-RAY RADIATION Mar 16th, 2019

We all want to live our healthiest lives. We know that part of keeping ourselves healthy is regular visits to our Bethesda, College Park, Potomac, or Gaithersbury MD office for checkups and necessary dental work. And that dental work might require an X-ray. Should the amount of radiation in an...

WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT SELF-LIGATING Feb 20th, 2019

Self-ligating braces have actually been around since the 1930’s, but recent improvements in technology have made them more popular than ever before. What makes them different? Let’s compare with traditional braces. Technology Traditional braces make use of bands around the brackets to hold the adjusting wire in place. “Self-ligating” means...

Ceramic Braces Feb 20th, 2019

Congratulations! You have made the decision to get orthodontic treatment at our Bethesda, College Park, Potomac, or Gaithersbury MD office. Now it’s time to choose among your various appliance options. Traditional metal brackets and wires, lingual braces, a series of aligners—they all have positives to recommend them. And for some...

Wax Facts Jan 19th, 2019

In the long run, wearing braces is so worth it. Whether you’re working toward straight teeth, an improved bite, or both, you’ll end up with a beautiful smile! But sometimes, in the short run, they can be really annoying. Braces can irritate your lips, tongue, and cheeks while you are...

HOW LONG DO I NEED TO WEAR RETAINERS? Oct 18th, 2018

Once you get your braces off, you want to make sure your smile remains straight! This is where retainers come in. Once your braces come off, you’ll be fitted for a retainer provided by Dr. Mehdy Rad and Dr. David Rad to keep those teeth in place. A retainer is...

TRAVELING WITH ALIGNERS AND RETAINERS Jun 27th, 2018

Whether your child is going to camp or you’re going on a family vacation, it is very important they continue to wear their aligners and retainers over the summer. After all, the fastest way to effective results is consistency. We’ve found that the two most commonly lost dental devices are...

WHITENING TEETH WITH BRACES Jun 16th, 2018

Now that you are working hard to improve your dental health and appearance with your braces, it might seem like a logical time to whiten your teeth as well. But should you go ahead with home kits or a professional whitening? The answer might be yes, but not quite yet!...

Benefits of orthodontic treatment at a young age Apr 27th, 2018

Contrary to popular belief, orthodontic treatment is not just for older children and teens who have alignment and spacing issues. At our Bethesda, College Park, Potomac, or Gaithersbury MD office, orthodontic treatment offers many benefits for children at a young age. Dr. Mehdy Rad and Dr. David Rad can identify...

SHOULD I GET BRACES? Apr 21st, 2018

If you’re thinking about investing in braces, there are a few things you should take into consideration. It’s normal for adult teeth to come in crooked, which is why braces are a common solution for teens and adults who desire a beautiful smile. Your dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment if...

CONSIDERATIONS WHEN PICKING THE RIGHT MOUTHWASH Oct 17th, 2017

A solid oral health routine begins with daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Without a consistent oral health regimen, you may begin to experience tooth decay and bacterial infections. Few patients ask Dr. Mehdy Rad and Dr. David Rad about different mouthwash options, so we’ve put together a list of the...