Orthodontics Treatment Ellicott City, MD


Ellicott City Dentistry - Orthodontics, Braces

What Is Orthodontics?

Orthodontic treatment is the dental specialty that deals with fixing the alignment of the teeth and jaws. The alignment is usually adjusted using braces or orthodontia to correct or guide the growth patterns to reach the alignment desired. Recently, there have been developments in the use of the plastic mouthpieces that will re-align teeth for simple orthodontic corrections.

How Do I Know If I Need Braces?

When you have an exam by a general dentist in Ellicott City, you will be informed of the need for braces to correct any misalignments you may have. At that time, you will need to make the decision to go forward with the referral for an Orthodontic Consultation. Your dental records will be forwarded to the orthodontic office and they will contact you.

How Long Will I Have Braces On?

After your Orthodontic Consultation, you will be having some further diagnostic procedures done. First, they will take some impressions of your teeth and use those models to see how the teeth and jaws line up. The Orthodontic team will get together to determine the best treatment plan for you. Then a full face Xray will be taken to see how the top and bottom jaw fit together. At this point you will be given the diagnosis and what type of orthodontic treatment you will have. You may be given the option for Invisalign trays or full brackets and bands. Every patient is different and requires different treatments. All restorative and oral hygiene issues must be resolved before the start of any orthodontic procedure is done. Typically, the average child with simple realignment issues will need braces for about 2 years. Some cases will be more complicated and take more time.

What Kind of Financing Is Available?

Braces are not usually covered by dental insurance companies unless the need for braces is a medical reason. In some cases, the teeth do not fit well together and make it harder to chew properly thus causing digestive issues and other medical conditions due to improper chewing patterns. Other issues can be muscle and jaw deterioration due to misalignments. If these medical conditions are put into the insurance company as an issue other than appearance they may cover the fees associated with orthodontics. There are several options open to you for payment plans and care credits.


Orthodontics in Ellicott City is ready to evaluate and start an orthodontic consultation for you. Call one of our front office dental professionals to get started. No matter what your age is, it is time to have the smile and healthy habits you deserve and need. Whether it is with Invisalign or traditional brackets and bands, we are here to get you on your way to orthodontic treatment.

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