Metal braces are a combination of silver-colored brackets and wires that work together to straighten your teeth and improve your bite. You may also have elastics and other appliances that go along with your braces if determined by the doctor.
So why do you even need braces? Besides the obvious BLING these will add to your life, here are just some of the benefits.
So how do all those strange little pieces work to straighten your teeth? Metal braces are a bit of science and art. Your orthodontist understands what parts to use in what manner to move your teeth and correct your jaw.
They went to school for MANY years for this! The key is the archwires attached to the brackets. These wires are increased in size slightly throughout your treatment. The resulting force slowly moves your teeth.
The teeth are moved by placing gentle, controlled forces on them to guide them to their ideal positions over a period of time.
At Lineberger Orthodontics, we’ve got your back. We use only the latest braces options so you get that selfie-worthy smile in no time!
The Damon System of Braces are self-ligating (which is a strange word to explain that instead of having your brackets and wires tightened throughout treatment, they use a sliding mechanism that attaches the wires to the brackets so your teeth move more naturally).
This produces less force than traditional braces, which also often require tooth extractions and expanders or headgear. NOT HERE!
AND PSSSST. Guess what? You can get braces in Charlotte the SAME DAY as your consultation. Come in with no bling. Leave WITH bling. It’s brilliant!
It will take a few days to get used to having your braces. After that, you will have some new brushing and flossing techniques to learn. You will also need to avoid certain foods while wearing braces. We will review all of the specifics of how to take care of your braces properly at your appointment.
Thank goodness for dental insurance. Many dental insurance plans include a lifetime benefit for orthodontic treatment. If you provide us your dental coverage information, we will be happy to verify orthodontics benefits for you prior to your first appointment.
Lineberger Orthodontics offers metal braces for the residents of Charlotte, Huntersville, Mooresville (Coming Summer 2019) and surrounding communities in North Carolina. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation.
Think you’re too old to get treatment because you’re an adult? THINK AGAIN SILLY! Adult treatment is one of the fastest growing areas of orthodontics. At Lineberger Orthodontics, Dr. Matt Lineberger, Dr. Megan Lineberger, and Dr. Claire Fedore offer adult orthodontics in Charlotte, Huntersville, Mooresville and surrounding communities in North Carolina. We are also available for Virtual Consultations.
Shy half-smiles are adorable when you’re younger, but that same little grin doesn’t play out so well as an adult. In social and professional settings, you need to exude confidence, including the way you show those pearly whites.
You already know the time has come to address the problems with your teeth that keep you from beaming every time you walk into a room. Either your dentist has explained it to you, or your friends have ever so gently recommended you look into orthodontic treatment.
Yes, we know. You would rather listen to fingernails on a chalkboard than have orthodontic treatment at this point in your life, but before you run off, take a few minutes to learn how Lineberger Orthodontics has redefined adult orthodontic treatment.
No one likes to feel self-conscious, so if you are feeling down and blue about your smile, orthodontic adult treatment is right for you. Your dentist can certainly provide some guidance on the matter, or you can schedule an appointment at one of our orthodontic offices in Charlotte, Huntersville, Mooresville to find out more.
First and foremost, we tailor your treatment plan to more than just your teeth. We consider budget, lifestyle, and any other concerns you may have. You may walk in the door thinking only about the downsides, but we promise by the end of your appointment, you will see adult orthodontic treatment as a fun and exciting journey.
Adult orthodontic treatment is not cheap, but we do everything we can to make it affordable for every patient. This includes maximizing the benefits under your dental and medical plan.
In most cases, yes. Once we know what direction you want to go to enhance your smile, we review your insurance policy to see where we can use your benefits and best manage your out-of-pocket expenses. If the total cost to you is still a bit of a stretch, we offer in-house financing.
You are never too old for a great smile! Lineberger Orthodontics offers orthodontic adult orthodontics in Charlotte, Huntersville, Mooresville and surrounding communities in North Carolina. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
Being a teen is hard. Like really hard. And we don’t want to cramp your style. At Lineberger Orthodontics, we know the value of a beautiful smile. We see it every day in our patients. They leave our office with beaming, confident smiles to take on the world. That’s what makes our job worthwhile!
One of the most popular options for teens is our self-ligating braces that come in both traditional and clear! With this revolutionary self-ligating technology, the metal wire is held into place by a moveable component instead of elastic ties. This allows your teeth to move more freely to provide a more comfortable orthodontic experience.
Another great option for our teen patients is Invisalign Teen®, which uses a series of clear, removable trays to straighten teeth.
We are a certified provider of Invisalign Teen®. This allows you to straighten your smile without anyone even knowing!
Lineberger Orthodontics offers orthodontics for teens in Charlotte, Huntersville, Mooresville, and surrounding areas of North Carolina. To find out which option would best fit your needs, request a FREE consultation!
There are certain conditions that may qualify a child for early orthodontic treatment. These might include things like crossbites, crowded teeth or narrow arches. If crowded teeth are fixed at an earlier age, they allow more room for adult teeth to come in and may in turn reduce the need for teeth pulling later in life.
Early prevention starts at age seven, which is when The American Association of Orthodontists recommends parents bring their children to an orthodontist. Don’t freak out, mom and dad. This does NOT mean that your 7 year old needs braces. I repeat this does NOT mean your 7 year old needs braces.
At this age, permanent teeth have begun to create a bite pattern and can be examined for irregularities. Starting treatment early may be more beneficial to the patient. An example of this is for treatment of narrow arches. With palate expanders, the arch can be widened so that the top and bottom teeth fit together better, and other issues can be addressed in the second phase of treatment.
Phase one treatment, early treatment between the ages of seven and nine, can also take advantage of bones that are still growing and better address problems before they develop fully.
Typically, children who need orthodontics at an early age will need another round of treatment once all of the permanent teeth are present. This is referred to as two phase treatment. By dividing the treatment into two different parts, it allows the orthodontist to correct all problems that contribute to overall function of the mouth and teeth.
Typically, between the phase one and phase two treatment, there is a rest period.
The second phase of treatment is used to tweak and correct any problems that could not be addressed or fixed by the first phase of treatment. It usually occurs after all permanent teeth have developed and acquired a place within the mouth.
Braces can be worn for varying amounts of time, but are usually kept on for 18-24 months. Once removed, a retainer is made to keep the teeth where they are supposed to be.
If you have questions about early age orthodontic treatment, please do not hesitate to contact any of our offices in Charlotte, Huntersville, or Mooresville. We are also available for virtual consultations.