Orthodontics

Orthodontists are dentists who go through 2-3 additional years of residency after their dental education. All orthodontists are dentists but their additional specialization training means they only focus on the alignment of teeth and bite, growth and development of the jaws, and how both influence the appearance of the face.

Braces

Virtual Visits

Zoom

Retainers

Your path to an OX smile

At OX Orthodontix, we offer a variety of orthodontic services to suit your needs and treatment objectives. We provide these services at both of our locations serving patients in Clarksville, Ellicott City, and Columbia, MD. Following your initial consultation, our orthodontic specialists will be able to recommend the best treatment for you.

Types of Braces

As a leader in cutting-edge orthodontics in the Ellicott City and Clarksville, MD areas, OX Orthodontix offers many different types of braces to straighten your teeth and enhance your smile. Every treatment plan is completely customized to a patient’s goals, objectives and lifestyle. Following an initial consultation, our treatment specialists will be able to recommend the best options for your orthodontic care.

Metal Braces

Metal braces (brackets) are smaller and more comfortable than ever. They have an open face to allow the wire to engage the bracket and then your orthodontic technician will use small colored (or clear) elastics to engage the wire to the bracket slot. This junction is what helps the wire move the teeth, little by little, until your smile and bite are corrected.

LightForce Braces

Comfort and precision is our top priority for reducing the number of appointments you need and for getting you your new smile faster.

We use LightForce braces which is the first and the only custom-made braces system in the world. The braces are tooth-colored, providing you a discreet treatment that is custom fit for you.

Damon Metal Braces

The Damon braces system is not just a revolutionary combination of braces and wires; it’s a whole new way of treating our orthodontic patients!

More Than a Smile

Metal braces are the most common type of braces and we use the smallest metal bracket that is made from high-grade stainless steel. The Damon braces and wires are low-profile, comfortable, and easy for you to clean.

Damon Ceramic Braces

Damon ceramic braces use a slide mechanism to hold the archwire, reducing the amount of pressure exerted on the teeth and allowing the teeth to move more freely, quickly, and comfortably. Thanks to these innovative braces, achieving your perfect smile can be faster and easier than you ever thought possible!

Virtual Visits

Dental Monitoring. The Future of Beautiful Smiles.

You need clinical expertise and oversight for your orthodontic treatment and you want to stop missing school and take less time off of  work! Now you can connect with your Orthodontic specialist just by using your cellphone. You can now see your orthodontist, get a check on status of your treatment and keep on your way to your healthy and beautiful smile without leaving the house or office.

Stay Connected

Choose your most convenient day and time for your orthodontist to check your smile from home, work, or school, while traveling or on vacation.

You have peace of mind your braces or Invisalign are working properly when you digitally connect to our Ellicott City or River Hill offices your orthodontist is checking your smile by reviewing your photos and our sophisticated and private Dental Monitoring software is providing a digital second-look to make sure everything is tracking in your braces or Invisalign.

This means the convenience of fewer visits to the office but the comfort of knowing we are monitoring your treatment every week!

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Office Visits

Though you won’t need to come in as often (we miss you!) we will be seeing you throughout your treatment with your Dental Monitoring check-ins. When you do need to see us we have two convenient locations in Howard County, easily accessible from Columbia, Ellicott City, and River Hill areas; with early morning, evening, Friday, and Saturday appointments. Even if you don’t have to, pop in, grab a coffee, tea, hot chocolate anytime.

Treatment Time

Convenience of remote visits with Dental Monitoring also gives you a shorter treatment time.

How?

Your Orthodontist will monitor your encrypted photos weekly using dental monitoring and catch corrections sooner, therefore you move you through your braces or Invisalign treatment more efficiently and quickly.

Choose your most convenient date and time for an online consultation with your Howard county Orthodontist. It’s time you love your smile.

Zoom Whitening

The team at OX Orthodontix understands how proud you are of your smile after you finish orthodontic treatment. But even after the best results are achieved through Invisalign or braces, our patients often want to put a finishing touch to leave their smiles brighter. That’s where Zoom Professional Teeth Whitening comes in, allowing our orthodontists to whiten your teeth up to eight shades!

How does Zoom Teeth Whitening work?

Our orthodontists use Philips Zoom Whitespeed as our in-office teeth whitening treatment of choice. This product is the #1 most requested professional whitening product and is safe for your teeth and comfortable for you. Here’s how it works.

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Orthodontists assess the current shade of your teeth and determine the optimal shade of white for your best smile.

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We schedule four 15-minute bleaching sessions for you in which the Zoom whitening gel will be applied to your teeth. An LED-powered light activates the gel to break down stains on your teeth, accelerating the process.

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After your treatment sessions are done, we’ll provide you with a custom kit to maintain your newly brightened smile at home.

Retainers

Although retention technology has been around for some time, OX Orthodontix is ahead of the curve in implementing new methods at our clinics in Ellicott City and Clarksville, MD. Similar to our Dental Monitoring offering, we are now able to make the retention phase more convenient to our patients through remote monitoring. Using this technology, we can remotely monitor tooth movement to maintain the tooth alignment we have all worked so hard to achieve.

Retention Phase

Once your braces are removed or Invisalign treatment is done, you’ll move into the retention stage of your treatment.

Maintaining the results you’ve achieved during the treatment phase is key to the success of the entire orthodontic process. During the retention stage, you’ll be provided with a retainer to ensure your teeth don’t continue to move from where they’ve been placed with treatment. Your final orthodontic result depends on wearing your retainers, so be sure to follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far.

This is different than the retainers that are provided after interceptive treatments while waiting for comprehensive (final) orthodontics. Those retainers are designed to hold space for the final eruption of the adult teeth, not keep everything in place- which wouldn’t let the baby teeth exfoliate like they should!

Icon Resin Infiltration (ICON)

Resin Infiltration of White-spot Lesions

Resin infiltration is a minimally invasive restorative treatment for post-ortho white-spot lesions (WSLs) and certain congenital hypocalcified enamel lesions (“hypo” spots).

WSLs are associated with subsurface enamel porosities caused by a demineralization of enamel. These spots are most often resulting from poor hygiene and associated plaque, bacteria and acids.

With time, remineralization at the outer surface of the tooth decreases the access of calcium and other ions to deeper portions of the enamel, eventually stopping the progression of the white spot.

The lesions look white because there is a scattering of light because the demineralized enamel isn’t as reflective as healthy enamel.

What is ICON Treatment?

  • Low viscosity, unfilled resin
  • Penetrates demineralized enamel and fades the appearance white spots
  • Optical properties similar to those of natural enamel, so it matches the natural shade of the tooth

The Procedure

  • one visit
  • no “shots” or numbing
  • no drilling
  • plain pumice is used to clean the teeth
  • lesions etched 3×2 minutes – this removes the outer remineralized layer of enamel that had previously been blocking calcium and other ions from entering the tooth
  • finishing bur on any surfaces that do not indicate an improved appearance
  • application of drying agent (ethanol)
  • application of the resin infiltrant
  • material soaks in for 3 minutes (allowing for capillary action)
  • remove excess material with cotton rolls, micro-brushes & floss
  • light cure the material
  • material added again for 1 minute, excess removed, and cured
  • finish with polishing discs or burs
  • temporary blanching of gums can occur in lesions close to the gumline
  • * total process takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour *

The Benefits

  • much less invasive and less expensive than the alternatives of fillings or veneers
  • can be done sooner than other cosmetic options like veneers (where you have to wait until growth is complete)
  • Untreated hypo spots often look worse after bleaching. Hypo spots treated with Icon will whiten similarly to the natural tooth enamel

Does it Work? Does it Last?

Unlike whitening products, Icon resin infiltration is considering to be a long term treatment solution. Research shows stability for at least 2 years.   That being said, we have many patients with stable results for 6+ years.

This is a treatment we offer to help fade the appearance of white spots that result from poor oral care or were congenitally formed .

We can not guarantee the spot will disappear completely, but in most cases it provides a significant cosmetic improvement in one simple, painless visit.

Get the OX Orthodontix experience

Our specialist orthodontists here at OX have the expertise and training to provide Invisalign and Damon braces to our patients in Ellicott City and Clarksville, MD. To find out more, schedule an orthodontic consultation and visit one of our convenient clinic locations.

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