Adults Get Braces too!

I know you’re probably thinking, “Hmm, I am way too old for braces!” Or you might ask, “Why now?” Well, let’s look at some benefits of getting braces as an adult.

Your Health

Do you suffer from headaches, earaches, or any gastrointestinal problems? These symptoms can caused from not chewing properly due to malocclusion. Malocclusion is dental terminology for “incorrect bite”. When you have misaligned teeth, you have an increased chance of plaque and food buildup between your teeth. This means you have the potential to get periodontal disease or gum disease. You can also possibly avoid tooth decay, bone loss, and TMJ/TMD pain.

Affordable

Good news! Here at Case Orthodontics, we offer all in house financing so there are never any interest charges! We also offer flexible payment plans and accept almost all insurances. Most dental insurance plans cover part of the cost of treatment.

They’re Clear

Maybe you work in a field that requires you to talk often or constantly meet new people so you don’t feel comfortable wearing braces. Well, fortunately, braces have come a long way; in fact they are nearly invisible. Another great development for teeth that is popular with adults is Invisalign. These clear, removable, plastic aligners are worn over the teeth and do not require any metal or wires. You are custom fitted for clear trays that will leave you with no food restrictions, and you’ll be able to brush and floss like you normally would.

Tips for brushing with braces

The best way to ensure a clean and healthy smile is brushing and flossing. Food particles can accumulate on teeth and in braces, and over time, turn into plaque. The bacteria that results from this accumulation can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even loss of teeth. To avoid these problems while you are in orthodontic treatment, take special care of your braces, teeth and gums to ensure you will have the best possible result.

You want to make sure that when you have braces you use a tooth brush with soft bristles and toothpaste with fluoride. When you brush, you will move the toothbrush in small, circular motions to reach food particles that may be under the gum line as well as on the surface of your teeth. Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth, between braces and the surface of each tooth. It is important that you brush with soft bristle tooth brush because if using bristles that are too rough on your gums can cause damage to your gum line resulting in gum recession. Brushing your teeth should take at least 2-3 minutes.

If you currently have braces you should be brushing your teeth at least three times a day:

  1. In the morning after breakfast
  2. After lunch or right after school
  3. Before you go to bed

It’s no secret that having good hygiene with braces can be time consuming, so it is important that you allow yourself enough time each day to complete the proper hygiene steps to ensure a clean and healthy smile!

How long do I Have to Wear Retainers?

DO I REALLY HAVE TO WEAR THEM FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE?

Glad you asked!

This question is asked quite frequently, so we thought we would answer.

Here at Case Orthodontics, when you are issued your initial set of retainers we advise all patients to wear their retainer’s full time. Full time means at least 20 hours a day for three months. After your teeth have had time to stabilize, we advise to wear your retainers at night. We suggest at least a year of continuous retainer wear after that, wearing the retainer 3-5 times a week for life.

No matter what treatment option you choose to go with, you will always need retainers.

It is important to wear your retainer because as your body grows, your teeth do some shifting. The purpose of the retainer is to control the shifting which occurs naturally. Without consistent wear for the rest of your life, you risk the chance of your teeth returning to their pre-orthodontic position. Teeth are not static. They are active, always moving, and they will continue to move and shift even though you’ve had braces or invisalign. If your teeth ever hurt when putting your retainers in or at any time when you are wearing them, that is your first caution sign that your teeth are trying to move and you should wear them more frequently. Adult patients usually sleep with their retainers on for the rest of their lives, if they want their teeth in perfect alignment.

Your initial retainers can last anywhere from 2-10 years depending on how well you take care of them. If your retainer has been broken or lost make sure to contact your orthodontist as soon as possible to replace!

Always remember, going a period of time without wearing your retainers can result in teeth shifting. Retainers may not seem like fun, but hey! It’s better than braces, right?

Invisalign® vs. Traditional Braces

Many people have this question come to mind after they make the step to pursue orthodontic treatment:

“Do I choose Invisalign or traditional braces”? HELP!

First, let’s start by understanding exactly what the differences between the two are.

When someone mentions braces, a lot of people refer back to when they were younger and remember the “train track” and painful experience. It’s important to recognize that today’s braces are less noticeable, have the option of being clear, and are more comfortable; just to name a few!

Having braces on your teeth means that you have a bracket attached to each tooth, along with one arch wire that extends through each tooth.

Choosing Invisalign allows you to straighten teeth without wires and brackets that are associated with traditional braces, making it a more “clearer” option.

Invisalign® uses removable, clear aligners to correct your misaligned teeth.

Each set of aligners gently guides the teeth into place and is worn for approximately two weeks before moving on to the next in the series. You can remove your aligners for eating and when you brush and floss your teeth. The removable design enables you to eliminate harmful bacteria from your teeth and gums. This reduces your risk of tooth decay and other potentially harmful dental issues.

Both treatment options Invisalign® and Traditional braces have their pros and cons.

Invisalign is not for everyone. It requires you wearing the aligners for 22 hours a day, which is the reason it is recommended for teens and adults. Also, there are a few corrections that are not available with invisalign. Dr. Case will be sure to advise the patient whether he or she is a candidate for Invisalign treatment.

Always seek the advice of an Orthodontist before choosing. Whichever treatment option you choose, the result will almost always be the same. It will provide you with straight aligned teeth that can transform your appearance and over all oral heath!

How long should orthodontic treatment take?

“My coworker only had braces for 6 months…” “My son had to have them for 2 years…” It’s important to understand that treatment time varies on a case-by-case basis. People pursue orthodontics for several reasons that you may not be aware of, hence one reason for the different treatment times. Anytime you see advertisements for “6 month braces” let that be a warning sign. Short treatment like this typically only allows for minimal changes and is not a long-term solution. Six months is not enough time to move the teeth along with their roots into the right place. There are procedures for moving teeth faster; however you will want to get all the information you can about what exactly that will involve. Twenty-four months can seem like a long time, but rather than the newer “fast” approaches, this is commonly safer and more accurate.

Another thing to take into consideration is that there can always be different phases of treatment. Simple straightening of the teeth at a young age can be completed in a shorter amount of time. It is more than likely not a long term solution and is for minimal changes such as to boost self-confidence or for several different reasons.

The average treatment time for a teen or adult is 24 months. Actual treatment time is affected by development and severity of the correction necessary and most importantly patient compliance. Keeping your regular scheduled appointments is imperative to staying on track with your treatment time. You want to also keep up good oral hygiene and follow closely to any instructions that are given by your Orthodontist.

As always, consult with your orthodontic specialist to get your answers based on his or her evaluation of your specific needs.

Contact your Charlotte orthodontist about saving time during your orthodontic treatment. Ask about AcceleDent to improve the pace and effectiveness of your orthodontics.

Dentist vs Orthodontist

Dentist vs Orthodontist: Why you should choose an Orthodontist for orthodontic treatment

The American Association of Orthodontist recommends that all children have an orthodontic consultation by the age of 7 to evaluate their growth, and look for potential issues and etc. First and foremost you want to make sure that the orthodontist you choose is American Board Certified.

What does that mean? A board certified orthodontist is an orthodontist who has voluntarily gone through hundreds of additional hours of preparation to prove their judgment, skills and knowledge required for providing the highest level of patient care.

It is important to understand that choosing an orthodontist should be a process and not a rushed decision. Understand that treatment time is usually between 1-2 years, meaning this is a commitment. You want to try and find what you feel is the best fit and where you will receive the highest quality care so here are a few tips to keep in mind: Always ask around to your family and friends for recommendations. If you hear an orthodontists name more than once take note.

Consult your trusted dentist for referral as well. Your dentist may suggest that he or she can do your braces or orthodontic treatment for a cheaper price and less time. Although a dentist is a highly qualified professional at providing your dental health needs, dentists do not receive significant training in orthodontics. For orthodontic care, the ASO does not recommend that you risk seeing someone who is not an orthodontic specialist.  An orthodontist is a specialist who has three years of additional education from a University and is an expert in straightening teeth. There are many general dentists offering what initially appears to be “cheap” treatment; six month braces; one-size-fits-all solutions; treatments to supposedly avoid braces; or offering quick, rapid or fast treatments. Majority of the courses that general dentists attend to learn more about orthodontics is only for a day or two.

It is important to understand that yes, some dentists have taken a few course hours to learn how to do Invisalign or other types of treatment, but that does not make them a specialist nor an orthodontist. Would you get heart surgery from a doctor who only operated on hearts once or twice a year? Of course not! Orthodontists first go to dental school and become dentists. After, they attend an Orthodontic program for several more years to learn specifically about tooth movement, jaw function, and facial aesthetics. If your treatment is complicated and is not done properly, you could possibly end up needing to go to an orthodontist to finish your treatment, which will cost you a lot more money in the long run.
Remember, it is always safer to go with the specialist for your needs. You’ll be glad you did!

A Solution That Can Speed Up Your Orthodontic Treatment

Faster results! Who doesn’t want that?

You finally made a practical, emotional, and financial commitment to orthodontic treatment. You weighed your options and selected the treatment that you agreed was best for you and your lifestyle.

Now…

You’re waiting to see results. It’s easy to understand how the “new” can quickly evaporate and your left wondering if you made the right choice.

Every glance in the mirror has you checking to see if you can notice the difference.

Not so fastor maybe so!

AcceleDent is a supportive treatment for your orthodontic procedure that can actually speed up your tooth movement. That translates to less time in braces or aligners and in many instances a more comfortable treatment overall.

AcceleDent uses a patented SoftPulse Technology®️. The soft vibrations or micro-pulses actually work in tandem with your chosen orthodontic treatment to move your teeth into proper position faster.

Your 20-minute solution

AcceleDent is a mouthpiece that’s form-fitted for use around you orthodontics. Activate the mouthpiece for 20 minutes per day at a convenient time in your schedule.

The pulsing effect will gently and comfortably improve your orthodontic treatment. It’s 20 minutes a day that can save you weeks and perhaps months of time in braces or aligners.

There’s no need to add time. The 20 minute time frame is proven to be adequate of it’s impact on the duration of your orthodontic treatment

Easy to use

Your AcceleDent mouthpiece is uniquely fitted to you and your orthodontics. This provides the convenience of using the device hands-free.

The mouthpiece technology is also designed remember the amount of time you’ve used it during a particular setting. For example, if you’re interrupted for a period of five minutes or less, the device will remember and resume your 20 minute daily session.

AcceleDent is battery powered. It will require charging every three days.

It’s also easy to clean. And you can pack it in a provided Travel Case for use when you’re away from home.

Contact your Charlotte orthodontist about saving time during your orthodontic treatment. Ask about AcceleDent to improve the pace and effectiveness of your orthodontics.

A Common Imperfection and the Perfect Invisalign® Solution

“But wait…there’s more…!” That’s often heard at the false-close of a TV infomercial.

Numbing effect aside, it works as an attention getting technique. Let’s apply it to orthodontic dentistry and more specifically, to Invisalign®.

There’s “more” to Invisalign® than cosmetic appeal. That’s a start and one of the primary reasons you would choose the treatment.

We also talk about convenience (aligners are removable), appearance (aligners are clear with no metal or wires), and efficient (less in-office adjustments). All are strong benefits of orthodontic treatment with Invisalign®.

The “more”…

Orthodontic dentistry is a corrective treatment. The primary focus is correcting your bite.

The technical term for an improper bite is known as malocclusion. Dental braces have been the go-to solution for years.

Your teeth can become misaligned. This leads to the most common and visible results referred to as an overbite or an underbite – malocclusion.

An aligned bite causes your teeth to fit together properly. This is referred to as occlusion.

It’s uncommon for you, or anyone, to have a perfect bite. Malocclusion is more common and natural in some form.

There are reasons for this. Genetics, tooth crowding, missing teeth that aren’t replaced, dental trauma, or childhood habits such as thumb sucking can cause malocclusion.

The “more” you know…

There are three phases or forms of malocclusion. The good news is that each is treatable (more on that in a moment).

Phase 1 malocclusion – your bite is normal but your teeth are crooked or crowded together. This makes brushing and flossing a challenge. And without proper or consistent oral hygiene you can develop other dental problems.

Phase 2 malocclusion – your upper/top teeth extend beyond or over your lower/bottom teeth. This creates an overbite.

Phase 3 malocclusion – your lower/bottom teeth extend outward and overlap your upper/top teeth. This causes an underbite.

The “more” you know…the better

Invisalign® can correct your malocclusion. Oral surgery is only necessary for extreme circumstances of overbite, underbite, and crowded or misaligned teeth.

It’s important to treat malocclusion early. For example, your child’s tooth and jaw development makes it easier to treat when they’re young.

You can certainly benefit as an adult too.  Invisalign® is effective for treating you and your child’s tooth misalignment and the problems associated with malocclusion.

Contact your Charlotte orthodontist about your tooth alignment and bite issues. Schedule a consultation to discuss Invisalign® orthodontic treatment to correct these problems and improve your dental health.

The Crossover Appeal of Invisalign® That You Might Not Be Aware Of

Crossover appeal. Consider it the “cherry on top” of whatever you already know has value.

You’re aware that orthodontic treatment straightens your teeth. That alone is typically enough to persuade you to make the investment.

Straight, aligned teeth can transform your appearance. Sure, looks aren’t everything but they sure do provide a boost to your confidence.

Invisalign® delivers an appealing smile. And yet there’s a crossover benefit that you may not be aware of.

The American Dental Association (ADA) confirms what treatments like Invisalign® provide. They have determined that overall you will experience improved dental health following orthodontic treatment.

Straight teeth are only the beginning of what Invisalign® helps you achieve.

There’s more…

1-Experience less impact on your lifestyle than with standard orthodontic treatment.

You’re not alone if you have postponed orthodontic treatment because of the hassle. It’s much easier to avoid traditional braces due to the impact they have on your lifestyle.

Traditional braces use brackets and wires to bring your teeth into alignment. It’s easier for food to be caught and your risk of plaque build-up increases since basic dental hygiene is a bit more difficult.

Invisalign® uses removable, clear aligners to correct your misaligned teeth. You can remove your aligners for eating and when you brush and floss your teeth.

The removable design enables you to eliminate harmful bacteria from your teeth and gums.  This reduces your risk of tooth decay and other potentially harmful dental issues.

2-Improve the health of your teeth and gums

Poor tooth alignment puts your teeth and gums at risk. More so, you might not be aware of what you cannot see happening.

Gum disease and tooth decay can have a silent impact on your health. Many symptoms are not noticeable until damage has occurred.

Crooked teeth are as vulnerable as your otherwise straight teeth. This makes it vital that you schedule consistent dental check-ups and teeth cleanings.

The symptoms of gum disease can be diagnosed and treated before they get worse. Your misaligned teeth are an effective reminder to have a thorough check-up.

Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign® will restore your teeth to their proper alignment. At the same time the procedure can help reduce your risk of damage to your teeth and gums.

3-Establish lifelong healthy habits.

There’s a proven connection between good oral health and your physical health. Straight, aligned teeth can increase your desire to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Health problems arise when you give poor attention to your dental care. Gum disease, tooth decay, bleeding gums, bad breath, and occasionally tooth loss can result from inconsistent or neglected dental hygiene.

Invisalign® improves your appearance and how you feel about it. Straight teeth are healthier teeth and they’re a good sign you’re prioritizing your health.

When you look good you feel good and you take steps to assure that continues. How’s that for crossover appeal?

How to Get a Higher Return on Your Orthodontic Treatment Investment

At any time of the year it’s important to maintain good habits and routines. This is especially true of your dental health and the investment you make in it.

If you’ve invested in orthodontic treatment your routine is already a bit different. It’s essential to stay aware of those changes and maintain consistency.

Simple awareness – less worry

Orthodontic treatment has some impact on your lifestyle. The greater your awareness about your eating habits, dental hygiene, and caring for your braces or oral appliance the less anxiety you will experience.

How to Get the Most from Your Orthodontic Treatment Investment

1-Prevent cavities

Remember that your braces and aligners can catch the food you eat. Keep your orthodontic appliances clean to prevent tooth decay, cavities, and other dental issues from developing.

2-Brush your teeth routinely

Work or school hours during the week can create challenges for your dental health routines. During your orthodontic treatment it’s essential to maintain good oral health habits.

Have a toothbrush and toothpaste available at work or (if applicable) in your student’s backpack at school. Maintaining the habit of brushing after a meal will keep your/your student’s teeth and ortho appliances clean.

3-Enjoy foods and snacks that are “ortho-friendly”

Some foods are risky for your braces. Chewy, sticky foods or snacks can damage or impact the effectiveness of your orthodontic appliance.

If you use aligners (eg. Invisalign®) remember to remove them before meals or snacks. And be sure to wear them again after brushing your teeth following your meal or snack.

4-Stay hydrated

Drinking water is beneficial to your overall health and your teeth. Water also provides a handy and effective rinse to remove food particles from your braces following a meal.

5-Be prepared for an emergency

Emergencies happen. You could lose your aligner or have your braces break.

Contact our Charlotte orthodontics office as soon as possible. A quick appointment can adjust your braces or, if necessary, provide you a replacement aligner.

Good dental habits transfer to caring for your orthodontic braces or aligners. Attention to detail can help assure that your treatment effectively straightens your teeth and improves your health.

Contact your Charlotte orthodontist about braces treatment, Invisalign®, or other questions about orthodontic dentistry.

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