Gaithersburg, Maryland Orthodontics practice, braces and orthodontic services. Offering treatment plans for traditional metal braces, and clear braces, specializing
in adults and children,
serving Montgomery County area.


Everyone wants a beautiful, healthy smile. We can help you achieve your goal. We offer orthodontic care to fit your specific needs using the most advanced techniques available in a caring, comfortable environment. We offer treatment plans for traditional metal braces, clear braces, and more. Call us to schedule your initial consultation: 301-740-3660, or visit our website now to set up an appointment.


  • Correction of mal-aligned (crooked) teeth in children and adults
  • Establishing proper occlusion or bite
  • Orthopedic or jaw growth correction in growing patients
  • Interceptive orthodontics-preventing potentially more serious problems
  • Space maintenance needed in the event of early tooth loss
  • Orthodontic preparation for orthographic (jaw) surgery for people with an imbalance between the upper and lower jaws
  • Movement of teeth in preparation for prosthetics (tooth replacement) or other dental treatment

Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This can result in tooth decay, worsen gum disease and lead to tooth loss.

Other malocclusion problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints. These can lead to chronic headaches and face or neck pain.

Treatment by an orthodontist can be the most cost effective and conservative of all dental treatments in improving your smile. Visit Embrace Orthodontics website to get more information about braces and treatments.


Frequently Asked Questions from patients

How do I know if my child is in need of orthodontic treatment?

A. It is usually difficult for you to determine if treatment is necessary because there are many problems that can occur even though the front teeth look straight. Also, there are some problems that look intimidating and complex which will resolve on their own. Asking your general dentist is good reference, but we are your best resource since orthodontics is all we do. Our initial exam is complimentary and we would be more than happy to see your child and make any recommendations necessary.

What are the early symptoms of orthodontic problems?

A. Although determining if treatment is necessary is difficult for you to assess, the following symptoms may help in prompting you to seek our orthodontic advice.

Ask your child to open their mouth, and let you look at their teeth. If you see any signs of crooked teeth, gaps between your child's teeth or overlapping teeth, your child may need orthodontic treatment.

Ask your child to bite all the way down, but keeping their lips open so you can see their teeth. Do the front top teeth line up with the bottom? Do the top teeth protrude out away from the bottom teeth? Do the top front teeth cover more than 50% of the bottom teeth? Are the top teeth behind the bottom teeth? All these are indicators for potential orthodontic treatment.

Look at the alignment of your child's jaw. Does the jaw shift off center when your child bites down? If you see any misalignment or shifting of the jaw, your child may have a skeletal problem, which requires early orthodontic intervention.

These are only some of the obvious symptoms of orthodontic problems.

What age should my child be seen by an orthodontist?

A. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child be evaluated by age 7. Early detection of some orthodontic problems is important in order to take early corrective action and avoid more difficult treatment later.

Can you be too old for braces?

A. No, age is not a factor, only the health of your gums and bone which support your teeth. About 25% of our orthodontic patients are adults and that number is still growing!

Will it hurt?

A. Orthodontic treatment has improved dramatically. As a rule, braces make your teeth sore for a few days, but it is not painful. This annoyance can be relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever. Today's braces are smaller, more comfortable and use technology that reduces the discomfort. We use the latest in miniature braces and the highest quality of orthodontic materials in order to reduce discomfort and treatment time.

Can I still have braces if I have missing teeth ?

A. Yes. When teeth are missing, adjacent teeth will drift into the empty space. This will cause a functional, esthetic or periodontal problem. Orthodontic treatment will correct and prevent these problems and will also provide proper alignment for your dentist to replace the missing teeth.

Embrace Orthodonics is conveniently located on 355 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Get more information about our location and directions to our office at our web site.

Invisalign--invisable braces
Dr. Lam provides free consultations for prospective Invisalign patients. Based on an initial examination, he can provide you with the various treatment options, and estimates of cost and length of treatment. Learn more about Invisalign at our web site.


Embrace Orthodontics, LLC
501 N. Frederick Avenue
Suite 102
Gaithersburg, MD. 20877
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