Orthodontist located in Fairfax, VA

Braces services offered in Fairfax, VA

If there are things about your smile you’d like to change, braces offer a solution. Residents in and around Fairfax, Virginia, rely on Kristin Nelson, DDS, MDS, of Metropolitan Orthodontics for outstanding orthodontic care, including top quality braces options. Booking a visit takes just moments online, or feel free to call the office to check appointment availability.   

Braces Q&A

What are braces?

Braces are a type of orthodontic appliance that are affixed directly to your teeth. They slowly shift your teeth into optimal positioning. 

When most people think about braces, it’s the aesthetics benefits they consider. Braces can correct many alignment issues to give you a more visually appealing smile. However, there are also serious dental health reasons to consider getting braces for yourself or your child. 

Misaligned teeth are more challenging to keep clean, especially in the areas where they meet or where one tooth is partially behind or in front of another. When the chewing surfaces of your upper teeth don’t meet your bottom teeth, your bite becomes unstable. That places pressure on some teeth, causing wear and increasing your risk of tooth loss. 

How do braces work?

Braces work by placing gentle pressure on your teeth. That prompts the periodontal membrane, a ligament surrounding your tooth root, to compress on one side as it stretches on the other. The bone tissue breaks down in the path of the tooth and remodels in the wake. 

Great orthodontia relies as much on the planning stage as it does on the implementation. Dr. Nelson understands the specific forces needed to move your teeth into the optimal positioning. 

With traditional metal braces, small brackets are affixed to the front surface of each tooth and tied together with a treatment wire to provide the force needed to slowly move teeth into improved positioning. Periodic office visits give the team the chance to change the treatment wire and make other adjustments as needed.

Metropolitan Orthodontics offers several braces options, including self-ligating braces, CLARITY™ Ceramic clear braces, DAMON™ Smile braces, and even clear aligners that don’t require any metal components.  

What is it like to wear braces?

Today’s braces are smaller and more streamlined than the options available in decades past. 

When you arrive for your office visits, a degree of soreness is normal after having a new wire placed. That means your treatment is working, and any soreness will fade within a couple of days. 

Getting used to caring for your braces also takes a little time. Your dental hygiene routines will take a bit longer simply because you have to brush and floss carefully to remove all traces of food particles, plaque, and bacteria from the brackets. 

When you’re ready to learn more, call or click to book your visit at Metropolitan Orthodontics.