Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Early Intervention: Braces for Children

Did you know that early orthodontic intervention can greatly reduce the need for future oral surgery? 

Orthodontists today have started treating patients as young as 8 years old to redirect skeletal growth. The removable appliances we use in our office have the ability properly guide jaw growth to correct malocclusion, or a bad bite. This guidance helps to inhibit adverse skeletal growth, leaving plenty of space for each adult tooth to erupt.

It's important that our teeth have enough room in our mouths if we ever wish to have a healthy smile. So without early treatment, many patients must undergo teeth extraction to create such space.

If you think your child may benefit from early orthodontic treatment, call us today! We offer FREE consultations! 703-938-1900

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Crossbite: Before & After

Ryan first came to our office in 2008 with an anterior crossbite so severe, his upper central front teeth were in a dangerous position. Had he fallen, this could have resulted in serious damage to other neighboring teeth and gum tissue. Today he has a great reason to smile!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Problems to Watch for in Young Children

By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, Dr. McGrath can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Adult Treatment

Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups – including adults. Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve the health of your teeth and gums which is just as important as the appearance of your smile. During the initial examination, we will be able to determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs. Come in for a complimentary consultation.  A new smile can begin today!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Introducing: AcceleDent Aura

Introducing AcceleDent Aura, a new device offered in our office to speed up your orthodontic treatment time! It really is possible with just 20 minutes of daily use. Call us at 703-938-1900 to learn more.

Friday, November 13, 2015

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but this examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. Call the office to schedule your complimentary consultation!

Fun Fact!

Did you know that Dr. McGrath was a dentist before continuing his education for an additional 2 years to become an orthodontist?