Teeth Alignment

Teeth Alignment Specialist
If you or your child have teeth that are poorly aligned, Dr. Anishka Frankenberry of Stone Ridge Orthodontics can help. She is well-trained in realignment orthodontics to improve your smile. Visit her office in Stone Ridge, Virginia, whether you live in the Washington, DC metropolitan area or outlying areas such as Herndon or Reston.

Teeth Alignment Q & A

by Anishka Frankenberry, DDS

When should my child visit the orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists says children as young as 7 years old may be screened for orthodontic-related treatment. By this age, your child should have several permanent teeth, and Dr. Frankenberry can check to be sure they are coming in correctly.

What exactly is tooth alignment and why is it important?

Tooth alignment refers to the way your teeth are positioned. Whether they’re crooked or poorly spaced, Dr. Frankenberry will address your concerns and recommend a treatment plan to prevent the need for more serious orthodontic work down the line. The proper attention to tooth alignment when your child is young can also eliminate the need for braces, which can save you money and time. Remember, your child’s teeth won’t automatically align themselves once they’ve grown in, so getting them checked early is wise.

What does malocclusion mean?

Malocclusion means that your bite isn’t quite right because the upper and lower teeth don’t fit together the way they should. When properly aligned, your upper front teeth should be slightly over the lower teeth, and the upper and lower molars should fit together. Malocclusion is usually hereditary, but it can also be caused by thumb sucking, having too many or too few teeth, or wearing an improperly fitted orthodontic appliance, such as a retainer or braces.

What can I do to prevent poorly-aligned teeth?

Dr. Anishka Frankenberry treats patients of all ages, including adults. She can recommend a treatment plan to realign your teeth, whether it’s braces, Invisalign or an appliance like headgear that can correct an overbite. Alignment of your teeth is critical, so the sooner you obtain orthodontic attention, the better. If you suspect your teeth require realignment, call or schedule an appointment online with Dr. Frankenberry at Stone Ridge Orthodontics.

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