Braces Specialist

Rad Orthodontics

Orthodontics located in Bethesda, MD, College Park, MD, Potomac, MD & Rockville, MD

Braces are an excellent way to create a healthier, more attractive smile. They can also be a rite of passage for the teens in College Park, Potomac, and Bethesda, Maryland who come to Rad Orthodontics for braces. If you’d like more information about how braces can work to improve your teen’s smile, call the office today to book a visit. Online scheduling is also available and takes just moments to complete.

Braces Q & A

What are braces?

Braces are one of the tools used in orthodontics to change the look and function of your teeth. There are many different types of braces, but most rely on small devices called brackets that are temporarily cemented to the surface of your teeth. 

A treatment wire runs through these brackets, which places gentle pressure on your teeth to slowly shift them into better alignment. Some braces use tiny elastic bands to secure the wire to the brackets, while other styles (called self-ligating braces) use a system of clips to hold the wire in place. 

There are even options like InvisalignⓇ that use clear plastic aligner trays that fit directly over the surface of your teeth. While not braces in the traditional sense, alignment tray systems can achieve many of the same results as metal or ceramic braces. 

Is InvisalignⓇ right for my teenager?

One benefit of the Invisalign system is the ability to remove your aligners while you eat, drink, or brush and floss your teeth. That said, to reap the full rewards of Invisalign you have to wear your aligners around the clock except for those brief windows of time. 

This can be challenging for teens. It can be hard to remember to put your aligners back in after meals, and your trays can get lost during the rush of the school cafeteria or a meal out with friends. 

Just like with all forms of braces, your teeth might feel a bit sore when you change to a new set of aligners. Unlike metal braces, your teenager can reduce these sensations by “taking breaks” from their aligners. 

Invisalign addresses these issues in a couple of ways. To begin, they provide extra replacement aligners in case a set is accidentally lost or damaged. They also incorporate a little blue dot on the back portion of the aligner trays that slowly fades away as your teen moves through treatment. A quick glance at their aligner trays and you know whether they are adhering to the treatment schedule. 

What’s the right age for braces?

There is no single “right” age for beginning orthodontic care. Some kids need a two-phase approach that helps guide their oral growth as well as straightens teeth. Others can wait until their teenage years to begin orthodontic treatment. 

It’s a good idea to bring your child in to meet the Rad Orthodontic team around the age of seven. This allows a specialist the chance to assess your child’s bone and teeth development to determine if early treatment is needed. 

The information gleaned during an early visit to Rad Orthodontics also gives parents a chance to budget for their child’s orthodontic treatment. Book your visit today online or over the phone.