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5 Encouraging Facts About Jaw Surgery May 5th, 2021

Whether you need jaw surgery to correct a teeth-alignment issue, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, an asymmetrical appearance, or another problem, it can feel daunting to know that you’re heading into surgery.  Here at Georgetown Orthodontics in Washington, DC, Dr. Maya Oliver and our team want to help you feel comfortable...

From Homeroom to the Board Room, Invisalign Can Help At Any Age Apr 1st, 2021

The visibility of braces has kept too many people living with teeth they don’t love. Kids avoid braces because of the embarrassment of metal mouth — but so do adults.  Fortunately, there’s a new way to straighten your teeth that doesn’t come with the months of metal brackets on your teeth....

5 Benefits of Retainers Mar 7th, 2021

If getting straight teeth was a process for you, you want to do everything you can to keep your smile in line. When you first get your braces off or finish your Invisalign® treatment, you’re probably plenty motivated to wear your retainer to protect your newly aligned smile. But as...

What Constitutes a Receding or Protruding Jawline Feb 15th, 2021

Most people don’t think much about their jawbone. As long as it enables their talking and eating, they don’t worry about this bone.  But if you have a misaligned jaw — like a receding or protruding jawline — you probably think about your jaw quite a bit. The good news: You’re...

Four Common Braces Problems and What You Should Do Jan 12th, 2021

Right now, more than 4 million Americans are living with braces. They’ve chosen this orthodontic treatment to get a straight, even smile, knowing that the temporary hassle of braces will be well worth the results. That said, sometimes braces can create problems for your oral health or your overall comfort....

How Invisalign Can Correct Your Teen’s Teeth Issues Dec 10th, 2020

If you’ve thought that correcting your teen’s teeth meant sentencing them to months — and maybe even years — of a metal-filled mouth, you’ll be relieved to know that you have another option. With Invisalign®, your teen gets straighter teeth with virtually invisible plastic aligners. Dr. Maya Oliver knows that many...

Adjusting to Life With Braces Nov 9th, 2020

Getting braces means investing in yourself. You’ll spend a short window of time with metal in your mouth in order to enjoy a lifetime of beautifully straight teeth.  But getting braces doesn’t just affect the way you look. It also means changes to the way you eat and clean your...

Everything You Should Know About Accelerated Orthodontics Oct 2nd, 2020

No one wants to spend more time in braces than they have to. And even with InvisalignⓇ, a much more discreet way to straighten your teeth, you still want to reach your perfect smile as quickly as possible. Fortunately, Dr. Maya Oliver offers specialized treatment to deliver faster-than-expected results. At...

How Bite and Alignment Problems Are Health Hazards Sep 16th, 2020

If you think it doesn’t really matter how your teeth meet when your bite is closed, think again. Malocclusion — which is misalignment of your bite or your teeth when your mouth is shut — creates issues well beyond aesthetic ones.  That’s why Dr. Maya Oliver and our team at...

Understanding Expanders Aug 17th, 2020

Problems with their palate don’t have to plague your son or daughter for life. With a specialized device called an expander, there’s a way to create the space the mouth needs. These expanders are most effective when applied during an individual’s childhood or teenage years, before their jaw finishes growing. ...

How Long Do I Need to Wear Braces? Jul 23rd, 2020

Braces give you a way to transform your smile, getting the straight teeth you’ve always wanted. But they do mean committing to metal in your mouth for a set period of time. Whenever we recommend braces, we’re almost always asked, “How long will I have to wear them?” The answer...

Which Type of Retainer Is Right for You? Jun 24th, 2020

If it only took you months of wearing braces or clear aligners to straighten your teeth, consider yourself lucky. Most people devote a year or more to orthodontic treatment in order to get a straight, even set of pearly whites. Because you dedicated so much time to getting your smile...

Orthodontics and COVID-19: What You Should Know May 8th, 2020

It’s hard to believe it’s been just months since COVID-19 started to reshape all of our lives. For many of us, it feels like we’ve been dealing with this pandemic and its widespread effects for ages. As we all work to keep ourselves and others safe, many facets of our...

How to Floss and Brush with Braces Apr 20th, 2020

You choose braces because you want a smile makeover. That makes it a particular shame that so many people get their braces off only to discover improper oral care has created problems in their mouths. While you have braces, proper dental hygiene matters. Without it, you can face demineralization (which...

How to Correct an Overbite Mar 12th, 2020

There are a whole bunch of problems that can affect your smile. Your teeth might be crowded together or have a gap between them. Your lower jaw could extend in front of your upper jaw, creating an underbite. Or, your teeth might not close together when you bite down, meaning...

How to Correct an Underbite Feb 12th, 2020

Most people will deal with smile problems at some point during their lives. Still, though, it can feel unfair that some people just get cavities if your specific dental issue is an underbite. While some people might be able to hide their smile issues, yours is apparent. What’s more, it...

7 Benefits of Straight Teeth Jan 1st, 2020

For some, straight teeth sound like a meaningless luxury. For others, straight teeth are a new lease on life. There is nothing actually wrong with having imperfect teeth, but straightening your teeth can help you in ways that you may not have considered.  Straight teeth have the power to change...

DIY braces? Think Twice Before Straightening Your Teeth Without the Help of an Orthodontist Dec 11th, 2019

If you’ve seen a lot of information lately about do-it-yourself teeth straightening in the comforts of your own home, you’re not alone. On top of mail-order options that deliver aligners straight to your doorstep, the Internet is ripe with “tutorials” for fixing dental issues, such as using elastic hairbands to...

5 Tips to Speed Your Recovery After Jaw Surgery Nov 1st, 2019

Any surgical procedure benefits from a little foreplanning to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible, and this is certainly true of jaw surgery. Knowing what to expect can help you prepare in advance, making sure you have everything you need for a speedy and smooth recovery. At Georgetown...

What to Expect with Your Child's Orthodontic Expander Oct 1st, 2019

Could your child benefit from an orthodontic expander? If your dentist or orthodontist suggested one, you’re probably wondering what to expect. Maybe you’re wondering what exactly one is? An orthodontic expander, also called a jaw expander or palate expander is a device placed in your child’s upper or lower jaw...

What Is the Best Age to Start Orthodontic Treatment? Sep 1st, 2019

Do you think your child is headed for a mouth full of braces? Your child might if you notice they have difficulty chewing or crowded teeth or are mouth breathers or thumb suckers. It’s best to start thinking about it earlier, while your child’s head and mouth are still growing,...

Is Your Snoring Annoying Others? Learn How Our Herbst Appliance Can Help Aug 1st, 2019

You snore like a saw cutting big, heavy logs. Or so you’ve been told — more than once — by your sleepy companions who can’t catch a wink, thanks to your Zzzs. Until you heard their complaints, you thought you slept snore-free. But if you wake up during the night...

The Importance of Wearing Your Retainer Jul 21st, 2019

Your teeth have been beautifully straightened, and your smile is perfect. So what comes next? It’s time to talk about how to maintain that even smile — and keep your teeth from drifting back into an unattractive and non-functional position.  At Georgetown Orthodontics in Washington, D.C., Dr. Maya V. Oliver...

What is Accelerated Orthodontics and Who is a Candidate? Jun 13th, 2019

They say patience is a virtue, but it’s hard to wait for the perfect smile. Now you don’t have to. In the past, it could take years to improve your smile with traditional braces or removable aligners. But, thanks to accelerated orthodontic technologies, such as the Alveocentesis™ technique by Propel®,...

8 Awesome Things About Invisalign That You Didn't Know May 7th, 2019

You know Invisalign® clear aligners offer many advantages over braces, including their removability for hygiene and eating, as well as a nearly invisible look. But the positive attributes of Invisalign extend beyond these obvious superior features. At Georgetown Orthodontics, Dr. Maya V. Oliver and the team put together a list...