Purpose of a smile

Top 5 problems caused by crooked teeth

It’s not just about looks! Crooked teeth can affect more than just your looks…

1. Poor oral hygiene

Those with crowded teeth know, it can be a pain to brush and floss around them properly or even at all. The plaque and bacteria that subsequently build up can cause gum disease or even cavities.

2. Tooth wear

If a tooth is crooked, it can be worn down by the bite over time, leading to oddly shaped teeth that don’t function as well. It could also lead to trauma that affects the stability of the tooth itself.

3. Jaw and muscle [...] Read More

Retainer Crew 4 Life


Let’s get this STRAIGHT.  After working so hard to get those teeth perfect, we want to make sure that they stay that way. That is why we always give retainers at the end of orthodontic treatment. Tooth position ages just like the rest of the body, we call this “relapse”.  Retainers are a way to prevent your teeth from aging.  The clear plastic retainers we use are called Essix retainers and with proper care, can last 3-5 years on average.  Sometimes they can even last 20 years if well maintained! Here is a breakdown of the recommended way to [...] Read More

Why your 7 year old should see an orthodontist at Yu Orthodontics in Gaithersburg, MD

Why 7 Years Old is the Age Your Child Should See the Orthodontist

Most kids get braces right before they become a teenager, so why should they go see the orthodontist even earlier than then for an evaluation? The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children start seeing the Orthodontist at 7 years old. Some orthodontic problems can be addressed at this age in a non-invasive manner while the jaws and teeth are still developing. The key is growth. For certain issues, early orthodontic treatment can prevent future stress and damage to the teeth by harnessing this growth. This early treatment is called Phase I, which is often followed by a second stage [...] Read More

Yu Orthodontics in Gaithersburg, MD

Invisalign Attachments

You came into the orthodontist’s office excited to try in your new Invisalign trays to get that straight smile you have wanted since you were in middle school. Soon the snaggle tooth struggle will be no more, and the doctor said braces weren’t even needed! How sweet is that?!

The doctor shows you a digital model of your teeth and you see tooth-colored blocks resting on top! What are those? Isn’t Invisalign supposed to be invisible?

Well, those white blocks are what we call “attachments” and yes, they are necessary to properly move teeth into alignment. During every Invisalign [...] Read More