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About Invisalign

What is Invisalign®?

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Are you ready to love the idea of having orthodontic treatment and us? You may have seen commercials on TV or YouTube about Invisalign® aligners, but is this really the magical solution people dream about for their orthodontic treatments? YUP.

Invisalign® may not be for everyone, but these clear plastic aligners certainly get the job done for many of our patients.

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign® does not rely on brackets, wires and other types of industrial strength materials to straighten your charming smirk. Instead, Invisalign® uses a series of clear aligners that fit over your teeth. You wear each aligner for about one week, and then you move up to the next aligner in the series until you complete treatment. EASY BREEZY!

Seriously, it’s that easy.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CLEAR ALIGNERS?

No wires and brackets. Need we say more? But Invisalign® does offer other benefits for our patients.

  • Invisalign costs the same as traditional braces
  • Custom fit for comfort
  • Removable for brushing and flossing
  • No food restrictions — just take them out and enjoy that caramel popcorn
  • Helps with common orthodontic issues

Why should you choose L.O. for your Invisalign® treatments when everyone and their cousins are offering the aligners?

We are a VIP Diamond Plus Invisalign® Provider (ahem, we’ll have you know this is the highest rank a provider can attain). We have also consistently ranked in the Top 3 Invisalign® providers in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Unlike other providers, we literally offer the treatment to every patient who walks through our door, and we use our own creativity to find ways for clear aligners to work, even for patients who have been told by other providers they are not good candidates. In fact, we now train other providers in our techniques.

WITH EVERYONE OUT THERE AT LEAST DABBLING IN AND OFFERING INVISALIGN®, WHY WOULD YOU CHOOSE US?

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Well aside from the above, we are fully committed to making orthodontics a fun and personalized experience for all our patients of all ages. Very early on, we realized that braces are not for everyone; and it made us insanely sad to think that these people would never realize their smile potential.

So basically, starting day one, we learned all we could about what was possible and got super creative and innovative in our treatment planning. We changed our way of thinking about traditional orthodontics and made ourselves into plastic professionals, aligner all-stars, and elite Invisalign engineers.

Fast-forward to today: We are VIP Diamond Plus Invisalign Provider who has been consistently selected as one of the top three providers in both North Carolina and South Carolina.

We offer Invisalign as a choice to every patient who walks in the door as we have become comfortable treating almost any grill out there. We even train general dentists and assist them with cases. Why do we care like that? Because regardless of who treats the patients, we want everyone in the Queen City and surrounding communities to have a smile they LOVE.

When you choose Lineberger Orthodontics for your Invisalign, you are choosing experts in aligner-therapy who have creatively found solutions over and over again for cases others would not even think of taking on. You are choosing experience. You are choosing innovation.  You are choosing creativity. You are choosing customization.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY INVISALIGN® TREATMENTS?

You should expect to feel comfortable and confident with your cheesy grin, even though you are straightening your teeth. No need to worry about having food stuck in brackets or trying to find new ways to prevent rubbing on your cheeks. You need not relearn how to chew. Just use the aligners as directed. It really is that simple.

AM I AN INVISALIGN® CANDIDATE?

Yes. Is it keraaaaayzay expensive? Nope. We charge the same for Invisalign as we do for braces. We have a tiered approach as far as how much treatment costs based on case difficulty and patient goals. We require a low down payment; and we offer interest-free financing and the ability for you to customize your payment plans.

DOES INVISALIGN® WORK AS WELL AS BRACES?

Yes, and at times, better and more efficiently with less appointments, short appointments, less oral hygiene problems, less life interruptions. Sounds too good to be true, right? But it’s not!

HOW OFTEN DO YOU WEAR THE ALIGNERS?

The ultimate goal would be 22 hours a day – we ask you to wear your Invisalign at all times, except when you’re eating or brushing your teeth. Sounds like a lot but it’s really easy. We promise.

Will I have attachments placed on my teeth? You most likely will. These ingenious, little bumps will be placed on strategic places on certain teeth and give that extra umph to move the tooth into the perfect place.

We do honor requests, at times, to keep them off of certain teeth on a case-by-case basis. However, they are virtually invisible and will not be noticed, unless an orthodontist is staring at you from four feet or less.

CAN I DRINK WITH MY ALIGNERS?

Water, 100% yes. We vow to never, ever, ever take away your coffee or wine, but it is best to take Invisalign out for these. Unfortunately, they can stain the aligners. Since you are changing your aligners frequently, it may be okay to have some non-dark non-water drinks as long as you rinse the aligner vigorously afterwards.

 

Invisalign® is a great alternative to traditional braces for many of our patients. Lineberger Orthodontics offers Invisalign® for kids, teens and adults in Charlotte, Huntersville, Mooresville, and surrounding communities in North Carolina. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.


Adult Orthodontics

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.

WHAT IS ORTHODONTIC ADULT TREATMENT?

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.

HOW IS ADULT ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT DIFFERENT?

  • Special consideration for your social and professional life
  • Not your parents’ orthodontic experiences
  • Range of orthodontic appliances for every personality
  • Invisalign® clear aligners almost every case
  • Similar cost for traditional braces and Invisalign®

IS ADULT ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT RIGHT FOR ME?

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.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM ADULT ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?

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.

HOW MUCH DOES ADULT ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT COST?

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.

DOES INSURANCE COVER ADULT ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT?

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.


Teen Orthodontics

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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!

THERE ARE SEVERAL TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR TEENS JUST LIKE YOU!

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!


Early Orthodontics

Braces at 7? Seriously? Just keep reading…

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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.

Two Phase treatment may include the use of expanders and other appliances, metal braces or even Invisalign!

You might consider taking your child to an orthodontist for early prevention if:

  • They have trouble breaking a thumb-sucking habit
  • A speech impediment exists
  • Your child’s jaw comes together in an abnormal way when they bite
  • Your child’s teeth do not come together, or do so in an irregular manner
  • There is an issue with breathing
  • Teeth protrude from the upper or lower jaw
  • Your child has problems with chewing and biting
  • Your child loses their baby teeth too early or too late (they should start losing teeth at age 5 and have their adult teeth by 13)

TWO PHASE TREATMENT

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.

Phase Two:

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.

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