Braces Specialist

Embassy Row Orthodontics

Wayne Hickory, DMD, MDS, MS

Orthodontics located in Washington, DC

Braces are an orthodontic treatment option used to treat the widest range of orthodontic issues. At Embassy Row Orthodontics in DuPont Circle in Washington DC, Wayne Hickory, DMD, MDS, MS, places and adjusts conventional braces, clear braces, Damon™ braces, and lingual braces. To explore your options for braces with Dr. Hickory’s help, call Embassy Row Orthodontics or schedule your consultation online today.

Braces Q&A

What are braces?

Braces are a popular and effective way to straighten your teeth. Using a system of wires, bands, and brackets affixed to your teeth, braces gradually force your teeth into better alignment. 

The treatment can take a few months to up to two and a half years depending on your degree of malocclusion.

During treatment with braces, you’ll visit Embassy Row Orthodontics for regular tightening and adjustment appointments. 

When they’re first placed, and after each tightening, you might feel some slight discomfort. However, you’ll adjust to them quickly and soon braces will feel natural in your mouth. 

Which issues can braces fix?

At Embassy Row Orthodontics, Dr. Hickory uses braces to treat various forms of misalignment. He might encourage you to consider braces if you have:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Wide spaces between teeth
  • Overjet

You might choose to get braces if you’re unhappy with the way your teeth look, or Dr. Hickory might recommend them to you to improve your oral health. 

Teeth that are misaligned aren’t just a cosmetic issue. Crooked teeth are more difficult to clean and therefore prone to complications like cavities. If you have teeth that are too crowded or misaligned, it can also lead to wear-and-tear or temporomandibular joint complications.

Which types of braces are available?

During a free consultation, Dr. Hickory helps you decide which type of braces are ideal for your situation. He explains each type and helps you weigh the pros and cons. Depending on your preferences, Dr. Hickory might recommend:

Metal braces

Metal braces are usually what comes to mind first when you think of orthodontic care. The brackets and wires are made of metal, and they include clear or colored bands to keep the archwire in place. 

Damon™ braces

Damon braces are a lot like traditional metal braces but with self-ligating brackets and no need for elastic bands. Many people find that it’s easier to keep Damon braces clean because of the lack of elastic bands. 

Clear braces

Clear braces work in the same way as metal braces, but the brackets are transparent. This makes them harder to see when you smile. 

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are different because they attach to the back of your teeth instead of the front. When you smile, people can’t see them. However, they temporarily affect your speech since they’re closer to your tongue. 

Braces and other orthodontic treatments offer a healthier and more attractive smile. Schedule your braces consultation by phone or online at Embassy Row Orthodontics today.