Braces Specialist

Virginia Dental Group PLLC

Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists located in Fairfax, VA

If you have crowded teeth, an overbite or underbite, or gaps in your teeth, you might think that a straight smile is out of reach. But, with braces from Virginia Dental Group PLLC in Fairfax, Virginia, you could be proudly showing off a picture-perfect smile in two years or less. The friendly and enthusiastic dental care team of Lida M. Vargas, DDS, and is here to help with your teeth straightening needs, so book your appointment online or by phone to learn more about how braces can benefit you.

Braces Q & A

What are traditional braces?

Traditional braces are a teeth straightening system consisting of metal brackets, thin metal wires, and elastic bands. Each tooth has one small bracket. The wires connect the brackets while the rubber bands help maintain position.

What kind of teeth problems can braces correct?

Traditional metal braces are a highly effective way to solve many teeth problems, including:

  • Crowded mouth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite

One of the biggest advantages of traditional metal braces versus other teeth straightening options is that braces can take on nearly any kind of teeth alignment issues, even serious ones.

How do braces straighten my teeth?

Braces work by placing gentle but steady pressure on your teeth, gradually shifting them. The brackets are a type of anchor that the arch wires use to create the necessary movements. Each time that Dr. Vargas adjusts your braces, your teeth shift closer to the optimal position.

How often do I need to get my braces adjusted?

It depends on your specific needs. On average, most patients get quick braces adjustments at Virginia Dental Group every 4-6 weeks. The adjustments take just a few minutes in most cases.

Can I get braces as an adult?

Absolutely! In fact, about 25% of braces patients today are adults. If you had braces as a kid, you might be thinking of braces in the wrong way now; they’ve changed dramatically over the last few decades.

The metal brackets are now smaller, lighter, and thinner. The wires are more high-tech, as well. With the help of today's advanced computer technology, Dr. Vargas can map out a braces plan with optimal efficiency.

How long will I wear braces?

It depends on your needs and situation. Most patients wear braces for around two years, but you may only need them for a year or less. In more complex cases, you may need to wear braces longer.

Should I get braces or Invisalign®?

It’s all up to you! Traditional braces may be the best choice if you want reliable teeth straightening on a budget. Braces are usually better for severe teeth alignment problems, as well.

If you want a reliable and discreet teeth-straightening option, then Invisalign might be something to consider. You really can’t lose either way, because both braces and Invisalign can straighten your smile beautifully.

Want to learn more about straightening your teeth with traditional braces? Use online scheduling or call Virginia Dental Group to get started now.