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Children’s Dental Care – Gaithersburg, Maryland
Orthodontics

Dr. James Tong is an experienced and gentle orthodontist for patients of all ages. Dr. Tong is Invisalign® certified.

Father reading book with daughter

Children’s Dental Care – Gaithersburg, Maryland
Orthodontics

Dr. James Tong is an experienced and gentle orthodontist for patients of all ages. Dr. Tong is Invisalign® certified.

New Patients Call

(888) 615-0491

Existing Patients

(301) 216-1781

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Traditional Orthodontic Treatment with Dr. Tong

The benefits of orthodontic treatment often go beyond the obvious physical changes of an improved bite and straighter teeth; it’s also a great way to improve a person’s overall self-image. While having beautiful straight teeth is important, even more, important is the need to alleviate any potential health problems associated with the teeth or jaw. Crooked teeth or jaw problems may contribute to improper cleaning of teeth, leading to tooth decay and, possibly, gum disease or total tooth loss. Orthodontic problems that go untreated can lead to chewing and digestion difficulties, speech impairments, and abnormal wear of tooth surfaces. Over time, excessive strain on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth can affect the jaw joints leading to problems such as headaches or face and neck pain.

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children get an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7. Though orthodontic treatment can be done at any age, timely treatment ensures maximum dental health.

Traditional braces are comprised of brackets that are affixed to teeth and wires that are threaded through slots in the brackets. Some patients may also have metal bands encircling back teeth. Wires are held to brackets by tiny circular rubber bands. Brackets are generally made of stainless steel. Wires are made of metal alloys and deliver a constant, gentle force to move teeth.

If this type of treatment is necessary, we will thoroughly discuss which treatment option is best suited for you!

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Reasons For Orthodontic Treatment with Dr. Tong

Various reasons may lead to orthodontic treatment for all demographics which include:

Breathing or swallowing problems – Mouth breathing can lead to snoring and sleep apnea.


Crossbite – One or more upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth (towards the tongue).


Crowding – Involving extra teeth or malpositioned teeth.


Deep Overbite – The lower front teeth bite into the upper tissue of the upper teeth.
Disfiguring of the face & mouth – Affects the
development of the jaw and position of the teeth.


Jaw & jaw joint pain


Missing or extra teeth – Due to tooth decay, injuries, or inherited problems.


Overjet (protruding upper teeth) – Upper teeth that protrude beyond normal and are usually associated with a short lower jaw.


Overjet (protruding upper teeth) – Upper teeth that protrude beyond normal and are usually associated with a short lower jaw.


Spacing between teeth – Teeth are missing or may be too small or too
large.


Speech, chewing, or biting problems

Underbite (lower jaw protrusion) – Lower jaw is longer than the upper jaw.

Finger or thumb sucking (specific to children) – These habits can cause protrusion of the upper incisor teeth, and mouth breathing.

Teeth erupting out of position (specific to children) – Can be guided to proper alignment.

Dental Emergency


There’s little that’s as painful as a tooth or jaw ache, so call us any time to schedule an emergency appointment. Our doctors and team love our patients and want what’s best for you, so call us today for an emergency appointment!

New Patients Call

(888) 615-0491

Existing Patients

(301) 216-1781

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Phone number (888) 615-0491

803 Russell Avenue #2A
Gaithersburg, MD 20879

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