Traditional Orthodontics – Herndon, VA

Tried and Trued Traditional Braces

The alignment of your teeth plays an important role in your confidence, as well as your oral health and quality of life. When they are not in their ideal positions, it can cause you to feel insecure about your appearance while you have an increased risk for oral health complications, like tooth decay and gum disease. To invest in your self-esteem and dental health, braces offer the perfect solution to move your teeth. As your dentist in Herndon, Dr. Nazila Ganji offers the affordable and effective option you need with traditional braces.


Why Choose Cosmetic & Orthodontic Family Dentistry for Traditional Orthodontics?

  • Dentist with 20+ Years of Experience
  • The Latest Dental Technology
  • Large, Welcoming Dental Practice


Invest in Your Oral Health

Often, it is believed that braces are only used for cosmetic reasons; however, this could not be further from the truth. When you live with alignment issues, the teeth are more difficult to clean, increasing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. By aligning your teeth, you help to improve your oral health. Not to mention, you decrease your risk for dental emergencies by moving protruding or rotated teeth into their proper positions. You can even treat or prevent issues with the temporomandibular joint by correcting your bite position.


Get a Straight Smile

For well over 100 years, traditional braces have been used to move the teeth because they are effective for correcting even the most complex alignment and bite issues. Brackets are attached to the front surfaces to hold a wire in place. Elastics are then placed on the brackets to hold the wire.

Over the course of your treatment, adjustments are made to the wire to gradually move your teeth into their proper positions. On average, it will take one to three years to get the smile of your dreams.

Now, advancements in dentistry have made several improvements when choosing traditional braces. You have a few different options available:

  • Low-Profile Bracket System: A low profile bracket system makes them less visible and also helps to reduce any irritation to the soft tissues. We also use smaller brackets and wires for a less noticeable treatment, so you can feel confident when you smile.
  • Tooth-Colored Brackets and Wires: If you prefer, there are also clear and tooth-colored wires and brackets that can be used. As a result, they will blend in with your enamel to provide you with a discreet treatment.
  • Lingual Braces: Many have come to prefer lingual braces, which involves attaching the wires and brackets to the back surfaces of the teeth. They will be moved into their proper positions without the unsightly appearance of the more traditional option.


Start Your Journey to a Straight Smile

If you have always wanted a straight smile, you can make an investment in your confidence and oral health with your orthodontist in Herndon. Dr. Ganji will perform a comprehensive consultation to create a customized treatment plan to begin aligning your teeth. He will help you find the right solution to meet your needs and your lifestyle.

Benefit from an affordable and convenient solution to get straight, healthy teeth. Contact Cosmetic & Orthodontic Family Dentistry today to start your journey to a straight smile.


Traditional Braces FAQs 

Closeup of girl smiling with tooth-colored brackets

Whether you’re interested in learning more about lingual braces or have a question about our low-profile bracket system, please know that our team is here to help you however we can. If you’re not quite ready to schedule an appointment with us, but you still want to learn more about traditional orthodontics, don’t worry – here are the answers to FAQs.

Am I Too Old to Get Braces?

Outside of infants, toddlers, and extremely young children, there technically isn’t an age limit for braces. Furthermore, adults often make the best patients because they are investing their own money and they know first-hand the toll misaligned teeth can have on their confidence.

If it’s been years since you’ve considered orthodontic treatment, you may be surprised just how many options are available to you as well. In addition to offering lingual braces (which attach the brackets to the back of your teeth instead of the front), we have tooth-colored braces and low-profile bracket systems that make traditional orthodontics more discreet than ever before.

What Happens After You Get Your Braces Off?

Regardless of the orthodontic treatment you choose, you’ll need a retainer at the end of your treatment. This device may be small, but it’s one of the best ways to keep your teeth in their perfectly aligned positions. If you don’t wear it, a phenomenon called “orthodontic relapse” can occur, which means your valuable time and money have been wasted. The good news is that each retainer is custom-made to ensure it’s effective and comfortable, making it easier to commit to wearing it each night.

Do Traditional Braces Hurt?

It’s not uncommon for patients to experience soreness throughout their orthodontic treatment due to the pressure of their teeth moving. The silver lining is that this is a sign of your braces working! Plus, there are several ways you can easily alleviate the discomfort, like taking OTC pain medication, avoiding crunchy foods, and sipping on cold water. Of course, if the irritation you’re experiencing is the result of a sharp bracket or wire, then simply use a small piece of orthodontic wax to cover it – you’ll feel better in no time!

What Can You Not Eat with Traditional Braces?

Basically, you need to steer clear of hard, crunchy, chewy, and sticky foods. Some prime examples include tortilla chips, raw nuts, caramel candies, popcorn, and whole apples. Remember, these dietary restrictions are in place to help protect you from an orthodontic emergency, like a broken bracket. So, do your best to abide by your dentist’s instructions.

Can You Drink Coffee with Traditional Braces?

Yes, you can! As with any dark-colored beverage, however, it’s important to keep in mind that coffee can stain your teeth. That means that patients with braces can end up with uneven coloring on their teeth at the end of their treatment. The best way to prevent this from happening is by taking proactive measures to prevent discoloration, like using a straw and drinking plenty of water.