Preventative Braces

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Winning Smiles Orthodontics offers preventative braces to the residents in and around Washington, DC; Bowie, MD; Hyattsville, MD; Prince George’s County; Montgomery County; and Anne Arundel County.

What Are Preventative Braces?

Regardless of the medical condition, early detection can be vital to the success of treatment. The same is true for dental issues. Preventative braces are a proactive tool used by dentists, most often on children ages 7 to 9 years old, to help ensure proper dental health going forward into adulthood.

With preventative braces for your child’s teeth, including their baby or primary teeth, you can correct the early onset of conditions such as an overbite, crowded teeth, or jaw abnormalities. By undergoing these adjustments at a younger age, your child can avoid more serious and costlier issues involving their adult teeth.

At Winning Smiles Orthodontics, Dr. Frey gives residents access to a variety of preventative orthodontics. He and his staff take pride in offering preventative braces to children in Bowie, MD; Hyattsville, MD; Prince George’s County; Montgomery County; and Anne Arundel County. Our preventative braces options include the following:

  • Space Maintainers
  • Tongue Cribs

What Are Space Maintainers?

The spacing of teeth is one of the most common reasons residents undergo braces treatment at Winning Smiles Orthodontics. As a type of preventative braces, space maintainers help keep a child’s teeth aligned if he or she has lost a primary or baby tooth.

Although baby teeth are supposed to fall out to make way for adult or permanent teeth, the premature removal of a baby tooth can lead to serious problems. This is because primary teeth actually act as a guide for the permanent teeth that are supposed to follow. When a baby tooth leaves, the adult teeth can lose their way, drifting or surfacing at the wrong place. There is also the possibility that neighboring teeth will shift into the open space.

At Winning Smiles Orthodontics, Dr. Frey has helped various young patients safeguard their dental future with space maintainers. His work has improved the lives of children from across the region, including Bowie, MD; Hyattsville, MD; Prince George’s County; Montgomery County; and Anne Arundel County. We typically recommends space maintainers to patients who are missing baby teeth due to the following reasons:

  • A fall or other accident
  • Extraction because of tooth decay
  • Missing teeth at birth
  • Disease or other medical condition

Our space maintainers are made of metal or plastic and can either be fixed or removable. You can determine the best option for you when you meet with us for an initial consultation.

What Are Tongue Cribs?

Many children are prone to thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and other actions that wreak havoc on the alignment of their teeth. A tongue crib is an apparatus that is placed in your child’s mouth to curb these habits and prevent dental issues, such as a serious overbite and other orthodontic concerns.

A tongue crib acts as a kind of “cage” for the mouth. The apparatus features rings that are placed on two back teeth. A wire is then run from the front of the mouth to the back, anchoring the tongue crib in place. This prevents the tongue from moving forward into the space between the top and bottom of the teeth.

For children who excessively suck their thumbs or continually thrust their tongues against their front teeth, a tongue crib at Winning Smiles Orthodontics may be the answer. Dr. Frey has worked with various parents in Bowie, MD; Hyattsville, MD; Prince George’s County; Montgomery County; Anne Arundel County; and other Washington, DC locales. Please schedule a consultation with him today so you can learn more about tongue cribs. Dr. Frey understands that breaking this habit in children can be an important step in their dental health.

How Much Do Preventative Braces Cost?

Your preventative braces services will be just as individualized as you are. Prices will vary depending on the kind of preventative braces treatment you receive at Winning Smiles Orthodontics.

To learn more about preventative braces costs, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Frey today. By thoroughly examining your situation, he can answer all of your questions about preventative braces prices, including payment and financing options. His courteous and helpful staff will also help determine if your dental insurance covers the cost of preventative braces. Our goal is to provide high-quality care at an affordable price that meets the needs of all our patients.

If you are considering preventative braces, then please look at our preventative braces before and after pictures in our Smile Gallery. With these images, you can get a better idea of the benefits of the orthodontics treatments offered.

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At Winning Smiles Orthodontics, “A Winning Smile Is Always in Style!” Our team recognizes that each patient has unique requirements and desires. Our services have improved the lives of people from in and around Washington, DC, including residents of Bowie, MD; Hyattsville, MD; Prince George’s County; Montgomery County; and Anne Arundel County. Whether you are an adult, a child, or a teenager, our knowledgeable staff is committed to helping you achieve the smile you deserve. Please call 301-249-4123 today to schedule your free initial consultation!