Expert Orthodontics in Silver Springs

orthodontist adjusting braces arch wiresIdentifying and treating alignment issues can provide significant benefits for your comfort, confidence, and long-term dental health. At City Place Dental, we specialize in this kind of treatment. Our board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Francoise E. Engel, provides exceptional orthodontic options to address a wide variety of needs.

Our specialist in orthodontics Maryland, works closely with Dr. Kingsley Achikeh to offer a comprehensive list of services that combine reliable techniques, innovative technology, and extensive skill. We provide solutions designed for all ages. Our available services range from Invisalign® and ClearCorrect® to Phase I & II orthodontics, traditional braces, retainers, and much more.

Whether you wish to improve your appearance or get your child started towards lasting dental health, we have all the orthodontic treatments you need right here at our office! Our team enjoys helping individuals and families achieve their best smiles in Silver Spring, Northwest Washington DC, Wheaton, and Montgomery County. Contact City Place Dental to schedule a consultation with our orthodontist today!


Treatments Provided by Our Orthodontist in Silver Spring

Orthodontics is a specialty branch of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing and treating various alignment concerns involving the teeth and jaws. Common issues our services can correct include overbites, underbites, gaps, crossbites, and much more. Our orthodontist and dentist work together to create a treatment plan for resolving such problems, no matter how complex.

We proudly offer the following orthodontic solutions at City Place Dental:

Our team uses consultations to achieve an accurate diagnosis and plan treatment accordingly. We do this by discussing your needs, goals, and current dental health. Dr. Achikeh and Dr. Engel take time to gain a full understanding of your situation. We use advanced technology and take dental x-rays to identify concerns and assess all information to recommend the solutions that best align with your needs.

Getting Started with Orthodontic Treatment Phases

happy group of children playing outdoorsTreating misalignment issues in children and teens calls for proactive care. Our team provides Phase I & II orthodontics. These treatment phases are designed to treat moderate to severe malocclusion and other orthodontic concerns. We use comprehensive techniques, appliances, and precise planning to help prevent serious problems from developing.

With phrasal methods, our Silver Spring orthodontist can guide teeth and jaws into proper alignment and make space for adult teeth to emerge. The treatment can take between six months to several years to complete, depending on your child’s situation.

Phase I: Early Interceptive Treatment

The first phase of orthodontics, or early interceptive treatment, is also known as the “planning” phase. It involves time and interceptive treatment needs will vary. We strongly encourage parents or guardians to bring in their child for an orthodontic evaluation no later than age seven.

Our team uses all the information gathered from their thorough consultation and exam to diagnose your child’s situation and create a plan designed to promote long-lasting results.

Phase II: The Active Phase

young girl holding invisalign clear bracesThe second phase is also known as the “active” stage. Phase II typically begins by age eleven. However, our orthodontist can recommend and tailor treatment for anyone who has all their adult teeth. We can use one or several custom appliances to straighten your teeth and align your bite during this phase.

Our available options include everything from Invisalign, ClearCorrect, and clear braces to metal braces, spacers, headgear, expanders, and retainers. We work closely with you to choose the right solutions for your needs.

Our Clear Orthodontic Options

At City Place Dental, we know the importance of a straighter, healthier smile. Our team also understands when you want to align your teeth but do not want to use metal brackets and wires.

Fortunately, we carry various options designed to address misalignment and other concerns without getting in the way of your smile’s appeal.

Our specialist designs each appliance based on your preferences using advanced technology and materials. They include:

Invisalign - Invisalign is an orthodontic system involving a series of virtually invisible plastic aligners that are effective at treating mild to moderate misalignment concerns. Each tray is designed exclusively for your smile, encouraging treatment precision and a comfortable fit. Invisalign trays are removable, making care and hygiene easy. To ensure successful results and avoid orthodontic relapse, each aligner must be worn for 22 hours a day.

ClearCorrect – Like Invisalign, ClearCorrect also uses a series of custom, clear plastic aligners to straighten your teeth and treat mild to moderate issues. We use modern technology and take digital impressions to capture images of your smile. Our team sends them off to a trusted ClearCorrect lab that crafts your aligners with precision and skill. Your trays are also removable, allowing you to eat what you wish and live your life comfortably.

Clear Braces – Our clear braces option involves braces containing ceramic or tooth-colored brackets and wires. They are like traditional metal options but with an aesthetic twist. These appliances are ideal for treating moderate to severe malocclusion concerns using discreet materials.

Traditional Metal Braces

woman with metal braces smilingTraditional metal braces remain one of the most popular and trusted appliances to straighten teeth and align your bite. They can correct a wide variety of orthodontic issues and can be an ideal option for any age. These braces are recommended for treating mild to severe orthodontic concerns.

Conventional braces contain metal brackets and wires and sometimes rubber bands. They work by putting constant pressure on your teeth and jaws, slowly guiding them to move into correct positions. Metal braces typically require routine adjustments and tightening as your smile becomes more aligned.

Contact Us for Comprehensive Orthodontics in Silver Spring

At City Place Dental, we enjoy helping children, teens, and adults achieve aligned smiles and optimal dental health through versatile orthodontic treatments. Our specialist, Dr. Francoise E. Engel, offers many ways to correct misalignment concerns involving your teeth and bite.

We proudly serve Silver Spring and the surrounding Northwest Washington DC, Wheaton, and Montgomery County communities. Contact us to schedule your orthodontic consultation at our office today!


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