Adult Treatment

Braces & Invisalign for Adults in North Potomac, MD

At the office of Dr. Charles C. Harrington, we strive to provide expert orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages throughout the North Potomac, MD area. Dr. Harrington and our highly trained team of orthodontic specialists work with our patients individually, designing personalized treatment plans that perfectly suit each patient's unique orthodontic needs and lifestyle. While you may think of braces as something that's "just for kids," the truth is we can improve a smile at any age – even when you're an adult!

Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

Adult Orthodontic Treatment

More and more adults are discovering the magic of orthodontic treatment, and the truth is, it's little wonder why. Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your best asset – your smile – and you'll get to reap the rewards for years to come. A new smile imparts a boost of confidence, happiness, and self-esteem that radiates through every area of your personal and professional life, making everything from first dates to big presentations at work easier. Plus, thanks to advancements in modern orthodontic technology, getting a new smile has never been easier!

We can move healthy teeth at any age, but before starting orthodontic treatment, there are a few things you'll want to know. For one, while we can straighten your teeth and improve your smile, we can't make changes to the underlying bone structure of your jaws and mouth in the same way we can with children. Secondly, gum disease is a greater risk in adults and can easily derail your treatment, so before we begin, we'll need to thoroughly treat any signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease. Aside from that, however, the orthodontic treatment process is largely the same. In fact, because many adults have previously had orthodontic treatment and need only minor touch ups, your treatment time may be far shorter than most of our teenage patients!

Orthodontic Treatment Options

When you think of braces, you probably picture big, clunky strips of metal that are unsightly and uncomfortable to wear – but it turns out that those are long gone. Modern braces are thin, light, and aesthetically appealing, and treatment alternatives like Invisalign mean no one even has to know you're straightening your smile. We offer a wide variety of orthodontic treatments at our office, including:

  • Damon Braces: This is a revolutionary version of what comes to mind when most people picture braces. Made from high grade stainless steel, Damon braces use special “sliding-door” brackets (also called “self-ligating” brackets) that slide along an archwire during treatment. They apply more precise force to the teeth, move the teeth into the desired place more quickly, and provide a more comfortable, efficient treatment experience to the patient. 
  • Damon Clear Braces: These work much the same way as regular Damon braces, with one key difference: instead of stainless steel, the brackets are made from a high-grade clear material that blends in with the teeth. This makes them far less visible than metal braces while still being a powerful treatment method. 
  • Invisalign: Invisalign does away with brackets and wires entirely, instead relying on a series of clear, removable plastic trays – called aligners – to straighten teeth. The aligners are virtually invisible when worn and easy to take our for eating or oral hygiene, which means almost no one will notice you're straightening your teeth, you can still enjoy your favorite foods, and maintaining oral hygiene is a breeze. Because of this convenience, Invisalign is one of our most popular treatments for adult patients. 

Post-Treatment Care

Once we take your braces off, we know you'll be excited – but you're not quite out of the woods yet. You'll need to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from moving back to their old positions. When we take your braces off, we'll fit you for a retainer, and we'll provide comprehensive instructions for wearing and caring for your retainer once we give it to you. With diligent use, your new smile will last a lifetime!

Contact Your North Potomac, MD Orthodontist

Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your best asset, and it's one you'll enjoy for the rest of your life. If you're ready to start down the path towards a smile you truly feel proud of, we would love to help you get there. Feel free to call us today at 301-977-1441, reach out to us at our contact page, or schedule your consultation using our easy online form. We can't wait to hear from you. 

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