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Misaligned teeth can cause your teenager to feel self-conscious about their smile’s appearance. Without effective correction even seemingly minor deviations in their bite pattern could also leave your child susceptible to further dental problems later in life.

The first step in providing them with a more attractive smile, and a better functioning mouth is to set up an appointment with our doctor. After a basic examination there are a few different options that Dr. Niles or Dr. Niles-Smith might recommend.

If your teenager has significantly misaligned teeth, an overbite or a pronounced overcrowding issue, they might recommend installing traditional braces into their mouth.

The wires, brackets and other essential components of this orthodontic system are designed to receive progressive tension capable of slowly altering the alignment of your teenager’s teeth.

At first many people with traditional braces struggle to effectively brush and floss around the components, which could leave your son or daughter at increased risk of suffering from cavities and gum disease.

Providing them with a special Interdental cleaner might help your child to remove food material trapped in hard to reach places. An interproximal brush has a small brush head with a gentle taper in the bristles. It can help augment their twice-daily tooth brushing.

If their traditional braces include various spacers and bands the interproximal brush might also help release trapped food particles. Afterward a vigorous rinse with antiseptic mouthwash can further help eliminate oral bacteria while helping to release loosened food particles.

If you child was provided with traditional braces at Niles Dental in Woodbridge, Virginia, and they are struggling to maintain good oral hygiene habits, you can call 703.494.4101 to speak to a member of our staff.