Orthodontic Treatment in Baltimore, Parkville, and Pikesville, MD
At Markovitz Orthodontics, we are experts in creating beautiful and healthy smiles. We take the time to understand your needs and consider all types of orthodontic treatment based on variables like your age, jaw structure, the size of your teeth, and your personal preferences and lifestyle. Dr. Stanley Markovitz and our highly specialized staff will work with you to choose the right treatment, and ensure you get the smile you’ve always wanted.
What Is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics addresses the diagnosis, prevention, interception, guidance, and correction of dental malocclusions, using appliances like Invisalign and braces. An orthodontist is the specialist you consult for your treatment.
You may think that straightening your teeth only has aesthetic benefits, but straight teeth reduce your risk for many oral health issues. The way your teeth fit together has a significant impact on your oral health: crooked teeth can be hard to clean, which can lead to cavities, tooth decay, periodontal disease, gum disease, and excessive wear. Additionally, misaligned teeth can make it harder to chew, leading to headaches, shoulder or back pain, and even temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Orthodontic treatment is often associated with children and teens, but orthodontists can help people of all ages! At Markovitz Orthodontics, we provide orthodontics for the whole family, so you can achieve a healthy and beautiful smile no matter your age!
How Does Orthodontics Work?
Orthodontic treatment uses devices or appliances, like braces and aligners, to guide teeth to their ideal positions over a period of time. Tooth movement happens by applying gentle pressure and strategically moving the tooth into the desired position. The bone then regenerates in the previous position of the tooth, and your jaw muscles are retrained into the right place.
An evaluation for orthodontic treatment is recommended by the age of 7, to be able to understand and address issues as they arise. Orthodontic treatments can involve fixed or removable appliances, and depending on your specific needs and circumstances, your orthodontist will advise you on which approach is the right one for you. At the end of “active” treatment (when teeth are being moved), patients will wear retainers to ensure their teeth stay in their new positions.
Types of Orthodontic Treatment
There are several kinds of orthodontic treatments to meet the unique orthodontic and lifestyle needs of each patient. Depending on your goals, the severity of your case, your personal preferences, and other factors, our team of orthodontic specialists can develop a customized treatment plan just for you. Read on to learn more about the different types of orthodontic services we offer and how they can benefit you.
Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten your teeth in a way that is both efficient and discreet. Patients wear each virtually invisible, customized aligner set for 1-2 weeks, for at least 22 hours per day, removing it for meals, brushing, and flossing.
Today, Invisalign aligners are able to fix nearly all mild to moderately complex teeth straightening and bite issues, including: overcrowding, crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, overbites, underbites, open bites, cross bites, and more. They are also a great choice for people who have had orthodontic treatment in the past but had their teeth start to move back to their original position.
If you want to make a change and are worried about how you will look throughout treatment, Invisalign may be right for you!
When to Seek Orthodontic Treatment
Many people can benefit from orthodontic care. There is no ideal age for treatment; teeth alignment can be improved at any age, as long as you have healthy gums and bone structure. Some of the issues that can be solved with orthodontic treatment include:
Many of these issues can put strain on your jaw muscle, make it hard to clean your teeth, and make your teeth more likely to be damaged. Our orthodontist in Baltimore, Parkville, and Pikesville can correctly determine which orthodontic treatment is right for you.
Transform Your Smile: Expert Orthodontic Treatment Available Now
At Markovitz Orthodontics, we specialize in helping our patients achieve the smiles they have always wanted. We offer a wide range of treatments to address various orthodontic issues, from minor misalignments to complex cases, and ensure you walk out with a healthy, confident smile.
With offices in Baltimore, Parkville, and Pikesville, we are dedicated to providing you and your family with the personalized care you deserve. Dr. Markovitz and our amazing staff will work with you to determine a customized treatment plan that aligns with your needs, lifestyle, and preferences. Call us or schedule a consultation online to start your journey today!