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Rockville, MD 20850

Orthodontic Assistance

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Orthodontics works to help align the teeth using braces and retainers. While periodontists work to remove infections and install implants into the mouth; both these professions have the same goals in mind but approach it differently. In many cases, periodontists need to work with orthodontists to help patients receive healthy, beautiful smiles. At Perio & Implant at Washington Metro, Dr. Jean Li can work cooperatively with your orthodontist to provide all-encompassing treatment that manages infections, alignments, and reconstructive dental treatments for healthy teeth.

How Periodontics and Orthodontics Work Together

While your general dentists are responsible for determining your overall optimal health with your teeth, both orthodontists and periodontists work to treat different aspects of your oral health. Orthodontists work to improve your teeth and jawbone alignment by using appliances such as braces, retainers, expanders, and headgear to work on treating malocclusion. Malocclusion, including overbites, underbites, crooked teeth, and absent palettes, can create infections if not treated. These devices that help fix these issues require healthy teeth, gums, and jawbones to function properly, and when infections are present, your orthodontist may send you to a periodontist to seek treatment.


Periodontists in this role have a specific job in mind when providing orthodontic assistance. Their job is to remove infections and help prepare the mouth for orthodontic treatment using implants and surgery. Conditions such as gum disease and chronic sinusitis can significantly affect your ability to receive advanced orthodontic treatment. For patients needing braces, any signs of periodontal disease will need to be treated beforehand to prevent the mouth from becoming even more infected during your time wearing braces.

How Dr. Jean Li Can Help You

That’s where Dr. Jean Li comes in. Dr. Li can work cooperatively with orthodontists in providing the best form of treatment for your teeth and help assist in gaining the orthodontic work you need. For cases involving gum disease, tooth decay, and other severe infections, Dr. Li can perform numerous procedures to remove the infections and restore the mouth for orthodontic treatment, including:

  • Professional cleanings
  • Gum disease treatment
  • Sinus augmentation
  • Ridge augmentation
  • Bone grafting
  • All-on-4 Implants

Dr. Jean Li can also provide preparation treatment for orthodontists by installing implant anchors, gum grafts, and surgical assistance for erupted teeth to help maintain the tooth’s supporting bone and gum tissue. All of these options will be determined by Dr. Li when you arrive for your first appointment, either recommended to you by your orthodontist or general dentist. During your initial consultation, Dr. Li will inform you of your current oral health, what procedures will work best for you, and how she can help you gain the orthodontic treatment you need through cooperation and quality dental care.


For more information about receiving periodontal treatment, contact Perio & Implant at Washington Metro to schedule an appointment today. Dr. Jean Li and her team will answer any questions regarding your orthodontist’s recommendation, the procedures she provides, and your prospects for regaining back a healthy smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you feel that you are experiencing a minor emergency related to your orthodontic appliance, contact your orthodontist’s office to find out when you can schedule an emergency visit. While you wait, your orthodontist may recommend temporary solutions to your emergency, such as placing wax on the end of a broken wire that is poking your gums or cheeks.
During your visit, your orthodontist will repair or replace broken appliances. Keep in mind that broken appliances can prolong your orthodontic treatment, so speak with your orthodontist about how your emergency may affect your treatment.
Be sure to follow the instructions provided to you for caring for your orthodontic appliance. This may include avoiding hard or chewy foods like ice and caramel candies, and being sure to wear mouth guards to protect fixed appliances during high-impact activity. You should also avoid ‘playing’ with or picking at your appliances, as this can cause damage. And as always, you should continue to see your family dentist for routine cleanings and periodic check-ups throughout your course of orthodontic treatment.

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