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Braces for Children in Washington, DC

At University Centre Dental Associates, Dr. Elizabeth Haynes offers braces for children as part of her top-notch orthodontic services for local residents in and around Washington, DC, including, residents in Greenbelt, MD, and Bowie, MD, as well as Prince George’s County, Montgomery County and Anne Arundel County.

For children with crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, braces are generally the answer to a straighter, healthier smile. Braces have been around for a number of years and have helped thousands of kids improve their oral health.

How Do Braces for Children Work?

Braces work by applying continuous pressure over a length of time to slowly move the teeth toward a specific direction. As the teeth move and as pressure is applied, the bone changes shape.

What Are the Types of Braces for Children?

  • Traditional metal – Typically used for severely crooked teeth.
  • Clear or Ceramic braces – Ceramic braces are made of a clear material and are much less obvious than traditional metal braces. Brackets may also be attached to the back of the teeth, holding wires that will pull the teeth into a new position.

How Long Will the Child Have to Wear Braces?

The time required for braces varies from child to child depending on the severity of the problem they are being used to treat, the distance the teeth must travel, the amount of room available in the mouth, and the overall health of their gums, teeth, and bone. It also depends on how closely they can follow instructions on how to care for their teeth and braces. On average, however, braces are usually in place for a period of one to three years. Once they are removed, most patients will need to wear a retainer all of the time for about six months and then only during sleep for many years.

How Often Will the Child Have to See the Orthodontist?

At University Centre Dental Associates, Dr. Elizabeth Haynes will want to see the child about every month to make sure the braces are exerting steady pressure on the teeth. In order to obtain optimal toh movement, they will make adjustments on the wires, springs, or rubber bands that are in place with the braces.

Will Braces Be Painful?

Some of the adjustments that may be made can make the mouth feel sore or uncomfortable, but it’s nothing that cannot be relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever. If the patient experiences a lot of pain all of the time, they can talk with Dr. Haynes about how to make adjustments.

Why Choose Dr. Elizabeth Haynes of University Centre Dental Associates?

Dr. Elizabeth Haynes is well known for her skill, experience, and caring. She is an accredited orthodontist with the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontics, the Maryland State Society of Orthodontics, and the District of Columbia Dental Society.

How Much Do Braces Cost in Greenbelt, MD?

The cost for braces varies. Please schedule a consultation with University Centre Dental Associates to discuss your particular case.

Your dental insurance may cover the cost of braces. Because every policy is different, the staff at University Centre Dental Associates will review your information and help determine the status of your braces coverage.

We provide financing through CareCredit® as an option for any out-of-pocket braces costs you may have. University Centre Dental Associates also offers a variety of payment methods to help make the process easier for our braces patients.

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How Do I Schedule a Consultation?

Please call 301-302-8395 today to schedule your free initial consultation! The general dental and orthodontic services we offer at University Centre Dental Associates have improved the lives of people from in and around Washington, DC, including residents in Greenbelt, MD, and Bowie, MD, as well as Prince George’s County, Montgomery County, and Anne Arundel County. Whether you are an adult, a child, or a teenager, our knowledgeable staff is committed to helping you achieve the smile you deserve.

Written by University Centre Dental Associates March 19, 2014