Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities. At NVO, that means transforming and inspiring confident smiles that will last a lifetime.
An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience. He or she is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile. At NVO, he or she is your smile expert, your doctor, and your friend.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven; however, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to just children and teens.
Braces are made of stainless steel or titanium. They are made up of brackets, an arch wire, and elastics. Braces are used by an orthodontist to help you transform your smile.
The amount of time you will spend in braces will vary due to customized treatment plans for each individual. Treatment times can range from 6 months to 30 months, but standard treatment is about 22 months.
Your appliance is working hard to transform your new smile. You may be sore or tender for just a few days until your mouth gets used to your new appliance.
Yes, healthy smiles are important! You should brush your teeth 3 times a day, and also after you eat. Don’t’ forget to floss daily. NVO’s clinical care specialists can show you how to brush and floss properly once your braces are placed.
It’s important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly to have a healthy smile. Your dentist will work closely with our doctors to make sure your teeth stay clean and healthy while in treatment. We want your smile to shine.
Call us! Our patient care coordinators are happy to help reserve a convenient time for you on the schedule. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, we can’t wait for you to enjoy the NVO experience.
Due to inclement weather, NVO’s Brambleton office will be closed on Monday, January 17. NVO’s Reston office will be open from 12-5 PM. Team members will be contacting patients with appointments that need to be rescheduled. If you need to contact our office before 10 AM, please follow the link below to submit an online request. Thank you!CONTACT NVO