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Orthodontic FAQs in Charles County and St. Mary’s County, MD

If you live in Charles County and St. Mary’s County, Maryland and want to learn more about orthodontic treatment, Sequence Orthodontics, conveniently located in Waldorf and Leonardtown, offers advanced comprehensive orthodontic care. Below is a list of frequently asked questions. Feel free to contact us for more information.

What is an Orthodontist?

Orthodontists diagnose, prevent and treat malocclusion, which refers to the improper positioning of the teeth and bite. Orthodontists are specialists trained in tooth movement and jaw function. An orthodontist specializes in the alignment of the teeth and jaws using such tools as braces and other orthodontic devices. One of the most important things that orthodontists evaluate and correct is a patient’s "bite," which refers to how the top and bottom teeth meet when the mouth is closed.

What is the Function of Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontic treatments may include a combination of braces, aligners, retainers and other devices to improve both function and appearance of the teeth and jaw. The function of orthodontic treatment is to realign teeth to their optimal position for improved health.

Who is a Good Candidate for Orthodontic Treatment?

Most people over the age of seven are good candidates for braces or other orthodontic treatment, although the recommended treatment will vary according to such factors as age, severity of the condition, budget, and lifestyle. Typically, braces are suitable for adults, teens, and children, while aligners, such as Invisalign®, are recommended for use by adults and teens.

When Should I See an Orthodontist Instead of a Dentist?

Your primary dental care provider will normally be a dentist who will provide and manage your overall oral health care, including routine dental checkups, cleaning, and X-rays. Your dentist may also remove or repair problem teeth, fill cavities and prescribe dentures. Dental treatments typically include gum care, root canals, fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges, and teeth whitening. In some cases, patients requiring treatments or procedures outside of the dentist’s scope of expertise will be referred to another type of specialist, such as an oral surgeon or an orthodontist. People whose teeth require realignment or other orthodontic treatment will typically be referred to an orthodontist for specialized care.

How Do I Know Which Orthodontic Treatment is Best for Me?

Although many patients inquire about clear plastic aligners, not all patients are suited for them. In some cases, patients may require a more thorough treatment that can only be achieved with braces, and in rare cases, surgery may be indicated. A consultation with our team of experts at Sequence Orthodontics can help you determine which treatment option is ideal for you.

How Much Does Orthodontic Treatment Cost?

Treatment normally varies from patient to patient. Sequence Orthodontics provides flexible financing options and accepts most forms of dental insurance.

What Should I do Next?

If you live in Charles County or St. Mary’s County, Maryland and want to learn more about orthodontic treatment and care, contact our Waldorf or Leonardtown office to schedule an appointment at Sequence Orthodontics, where our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.