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By Padonia Dental Associates
June 16, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: invisalign  

You now have various options to choose from when it comes to correcting dental misalignment problems. Invisalign clear aligners are one of them. However, if you are more familiar with traditional braces, it's normal to wonder how and if they truly get the job done. Your Cockeysville, MD, dentists at Padonia Dental Associates will tell you everything you need to know about Invisalign.

What is Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear trays to slowly shift your teeth and correct your tooth alignment issues. The growing popularity of Invisalign treatment is because it offers the most discrete way to straighten your teeth.

Conditions That Invisalign Treatment Can Correct

Minor and moderate cases of dental or jaw misalignment can benefit from Invisalign treatment. More severe dental abnormalities might require oral surgery or treatment with braces before Invisalign treatment can be effective.

Your Cockeysville, MD, dental team at Padonia Dental Associates will begin your Invisalign treatment with a thorough assessment of your oral health and function. If you're deemed an excellent candidate for Invisalign, your dentist will send you home with your clear aligners to correct the following conditions:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth

How Invisalign Works

The clear aligners for your Invisalign treatment put pressure on your teeth, causing them to shift and straighten over time. To ensure you get the best results, you'll need to wear them for as long as possible daily, only taking them off when you need to eat or clean your teeth.

Your Invisalign clear aligners are made just for you. Your Cockeysville, MD, dentists will take impressions and images of your teeth that guide them in making your custom clear aligners.

Your Invisalign treatment could last between 9 - 15 months with routine checkups every 6 weeks at Padonia Dental Associates to monitor your progress. You could use between 18 - 30 sets of Invisalign clear aligners during your treatment and each set could last about two weeks before you move to the next.

A visit to your Cockeysville, MD, dentists at Padonia Dental Associates will let you know if Invisalign is right for you. Call (410) 560-1400 to schedule your appointment and learn more about Invisalign.


When you’ve got a great smile, you don’t want to keep it to yourself. So spread the word!

For each new patient you refer to our office, you will receive a $5 Target Gift Card and be entered into our quarterly drawing for a $250 gift card to Target, Amazon or anywhere you'd like!

How does it work? It’s simple!

  1. Spread the word about Padonia Dental Associates! You can also pick up our Sharing Smiles Referral Cards at the office and pass them along to people you know—friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and anyone else! 

  2. Tell your friends and family to give your name when scheduling their first visit or have them bring in our Sharing Smiles Referral Card with your name on it. 

  3. When a person you sent comes in for their first appointment, you receive a gift card and are entered in the quarterly drawing for a $250 gift card of your choice! 

The referral of your friends and family is the greatest compliment we can receive. We are truly thankful for the continued trust you place in our office. 

*Gift cards and entries into quarterly drawing are limited to 2 members of the same immediate family. Referral patient (new patient) must provide referring patient name when scheduling first appointment to receive a Referral Reward. Rewards will be given out after new patient’s first appointment. This promotion is available to existing patients only (existing patients are those whom have been seen by our practice within the last 36 months). Rewards are non-transferrable. Family members of employees are not eligible. Must be 18 years or older to receive Rewards. This program is subject to change and can be discontinued at any time.


By Padonia Dental Associates
March 22, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics  

Whether you're unhappy with your crooked teeth or a have bite problem that makes chewing difficult, orthodontics can improve your smile. Your Cockeysville, MD, dentists, Dr. Rodrigo Vallar, Dr. Richa Dutta, and Dr. Youngsook Chae of Padonia Dental Associates can help you choose the best orthodontic treatment option for you.

How orthodontic treatment options work

All types of orthodontic treatment use constant pressure to slowly change the alignment of your teeth. Metal and ceramic braces use a system of wires and brackets to exert pressure on the teeth, while the Invisalign system relies on a series of removable aligner trays worn over the teeth.

Metal braces are a good choice if you have mild to severe orthodontic problems. If you're looking for a more discreet treatment method and have a mild to moderate issue, ceramic braces or Invisalign may be the better choice. Ceramic braces consist of tooth-colored brackets and tooth-colored or clear wires. Since Invisalign aligner trays are clear, they blend in with your teeth and are barely noticeable.

Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be a child or teenager to reap the benefits of orthodontics. If you're an adult and your teeth have shifted or you've never been happy with your smile, braces or Invisalign can transform your smile.

The length of your treatment will vary depending on your age and your orthodontic options. Some adults using Invisalign may only need to wear their aligner trays for six to 12 months. If you're a teen, your treatment may take longer, whether you opt for traditional braces or Invisalign.

During your visit to the Cockeysville, MD, dental office, your dentist may recommend orthodontics if you have any of these issues:

  • Crooked Teeth: When you're teeth are crooked, it may not seem like you have much to smile about. Fortunately, orthodontic treatment can straighten your teeth and completely change your smile.
  • Spacing Issues: Whether the problem is crowded teeth or gaps between teeth, orthodontics offers an effective way to address spacing issues.
  • Bite Problems: Overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites can detract from your appearance and make chewing and speaking difficult. Orthodontic treatment corrects common bite problems, improving the function and appearance of your teeth.

Straighten your smile with orthodontic treatment! Call your dentists in Cockeysville, MD, Dr. Vallar, Dr. Dutta, and Dr. Chae of Padonia Dental Associates, at (410) 560-1400 to schedule your appointment.

By Padonia Dental Associates
January 14, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Everyone should see a dentist regularly for optimal oral health. Choosing a family dentist can offer many benefits if you have a family. Since family dentists offer a wide range of services and treat patients of all ages, everyone can in your household can be seen at the same location. There is no need to spend additional time traveling to different dental offices. We offer family dentistry at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD so your entire family can receive the right dental care for their individual needs.

Family Dentistry Services

We provide a full range of general, cosmetic, restorative, and orthodontic services at our family dentistry practice in Cockeysville. From filling cavities to straightening smiles, our skilled dentists can meet the oral health needs of everyone in your family. Examples of some of our family dentistry services include:

  • Oral exams and cleanings
  • Sealants and fillings
  • Crowns and veneers
  • Root canal therapy
  • Bridgework and dentures
  • Dental implants
  • Teeth whitening
  • Tooth extractions
  • Braces and Invisalign

Our experienced family dentists can also treat many different conditions, such as gum disease, sleep apnea, or TMJ. Whatever the oral care needs of your family, we are here to help.

Benefits of a Family Dentist

Your family can benefit from having a family dentist in several ways. You can schedule appointments for multiple family members all on the same day when everyone sees the same dentist, which can save you time and reduce travel. Not having to drive to different dental practices on separate days can also cut down on the amount of time away from important activities and obligations, such as school or work.

Another benefit of family dentistry is that a wide range of dental services and treatments are available all in one office. You and the members of your family can receive the individualized dental care you each need without going elsewhere for different specialized services. Additionally, everyone’s dental history will be available in one place, making it easier to request records when needed for school or otherwise.

Having a family dentist can be especially beneficial to children. Since family dentistry serves patients of all ages kids won’t need to choose a new dentist when they reach adulthood as they would if they saw a pediatric dentist. They can continue seeing the same family dentist. Being able to visit the same dental office throughout childhood can also help kids feel more comfortable and reduce potential anxiety about dental checkups and procedures.

There are several benefits to selecting a family dentist, including the convenience of being able to have everyone in the family treated at a single location. To schedule your family’s next dental checkups, call Padonia Dental Associates, our family dentist practice in Cockeysville, MD at (410) 560-1400.

By Padonia Dental Associates
November 25, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crowns  

There’s a multitude of reasons why your dentist in Cockeysville, MD, Dr. Rodrigo Vallar, Dr. Ranju Bhasin, Dr. Richa Dutta, or Dr. Youngsook Chae, might recommend dental crowns. This typically includes stabilizing, restoring, or safeguarding a severely worn down or damaged tooth. Our dentists here at Padonia Dental Associates may likewise suggest a crown for enhancing your smile by modifying a tooth’s shape or size or topping an implant as part of a tooth restoration treatment.

Dental Crowns for Protection and Restoration

Crowns can bring back the functionality and look of a tooth that’s been significantly damaged by tooth decay, worn down, or has broken. They can also hold a broken tooth together to prevent it from breaking completely and safeguard it against further damage.

Additionally, they can be utilized for repairing teeth following a root canal treatment or endodontic therapy. This treatment, while vital to saving a tooth, commonly makes the tooth significantly weaker, structurally, and hence, more vulnerable to breaking. Placing a crown over the treated tooth may suffice to keep the tooth from further breakage.

Dental Crowns for Cosmetic Purposes

A dental crown provides a cap for encasing a significantly stained or otherwise damaged tooth. It can likewise be utilized for supporting and covering a tooth with a huge dental filling when just a portion of its natural structure is left intact. Crowns are also commonly used for enhancing the look of a tooth with an obvious dental filling and making it look more natural.

They’re also frequently used for covering dental implants, restoring the appearance of your smile and the function of your teeth. Dental crowns likewise aid in supporting and stabilizing other dental appliances like dentures and bridges.

Dental Crowns for Children

Your dentist in Cockeysville, MD, may likewise use a crown for your child’s primary in the following situations:

  • Saving an extremely decayed tooth that can’t support a dental filling
  • Reducing the frequency of anesthesia for a dental procedure
  • Protecting a tooth with an increased risk of developing cavities

In cases like these, dentists typically use stainless steel dental crowns since they’re more economical for temporary use.

For More Information or Questions About Dental Crowns, Contact Us

Arrange a consultation here at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD, with your dentist, Dr. Rodrigo Vallar, Dr. Ranju Bhasin, Dr. Richa Dutta, or Dr. Youngsook Chae, by dialing (410) 560-1400.

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