Marv Thomas, DDS

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By The Dental Spa
June 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   orthodontics  

Throughout the years, braces have come to be known as a rite of passage for middle and high schoolers. However, orthodontic care can bracesbenefit individuals of all ages, including both teens and adults. But how can you tell if you need braces? While the answer can be hard to find, your dentist can help you determine if orthodontic care is the best treatment for you. Learn more about orthodontics with Dr. Marv Thomas at The Dental Spa of Virginia with two locations: Lake Ridge and Woodbridge, VA.

What is an orthodontist? 
An orthodontist is a dentist who has undergone extended training and education in the field of orthodontics. Orthodontics include treating issues related to irregularities of the teeth and jaw. Orthodontists hold a doctorate degree in dentistry and have completed three to five-year internships or fellowships. After becoming licensed as a dentist, orthodontists must undergo additional licensing examinations to hold the title of an orthodontist.

How can orthodontic care help me? 
Orthodontic care includes straightening the teeth and correcting issues with the bite to provide a beautiful, functional smile. Some of the most common reasons dentists recommend braces include:

  • misaligned or “crooked” teeth
  • overcrowding (overlapping teeth)
  • under crowding (gapped teeth)
  • overbite
  • underbite
  • crossbite
  • open bite

Do I need braces? 
While your orthodontist is your best source of information as far as determining whether or not you require orthodontic care, you can often tell if you need braces on your own. If you want a straighter smile, have gaps, have overlapping teeth, or if your teeth do not line up correctly, you can benefit from orthodontic care. Malocclusion, often referred to as a “bad bite”, is another reason dentists recommend braces. When you close your mouth, your upper jaw should fit over your upper jaw. If the jaw is misaligned and too far forward or backward or if the upper jaw sits to one side of the lower jaw, you may have malocclusion and need braces.

Braces in Lake Ridge and Woodbridge, VA 
If you think you could benefit from orthodontic care, ask your dentist about braces at your next dental examination and cleaning. For more information on braces or orthodontics, please contact Dr. Thomas at The Dental Spa of Virginia with two locations in Lake Ridge and Woodbridge, VA. Call (703) 580-1443 to schedule your appointment at Woodbridge, VA, and (703) 580-8288 to schedule your appointment at Lake Ridge, VA, today!

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