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Your treatment plan may include one or more types of appliances. At Lineberger Orthodontics, Dr. Matt Lineberger, Dr. Megan Lineberger, Dr. Claire Fedore and Dr. Bhaven Sayania, offer orthodontic treatments for the residents of Charlotte, Elizabeth, Huntersville and surrounding communities in North Carolina.

Bite Plate

If you have a deep bite, we may recommend a bite plate before you get your braces. The appliance prevents your back teeth from coming together when you chew. This forces you to use your front teeth when you chew, and this helps to reposition upper front teeth that overlap the bottom teeth too much. Bite plates do take some getting used to, and you will need to keep the appliance in place around the clock.

Types of Appliances in Charlotte and Huntersville, NC


A combination of bands, brackets, archwires, tubes, elastics and hooks used to apply pressure on the teeth with a specific amount of force and in a specific direction.

Carriere Appliance

If your permanent teeth have grown in abnormally, we may recommend a Class 2 Carriere appliance. This avoids the need to extract teeth before getting braces. It’s used on the upper teeth to make small changes to the position of the permanent teeth.

Distal Jet Appliance

A distal jet appliance focuses on the position of the upper six molars in your mouth. The purpose of the appliance is to make room for new teeth to erupt. A distal jet appliance may simplify orthodontic treatment with braces and other appliances.


Invisalign® is an alternative to traditional braces that uses clear aligners to straighten your teeth. L.O. is a Top 1% Double Diamond Elite Invisalign® Provider, and we use creativity and innovation to manage even the most difficult cases.

Rapid Palatal Expander

A rapid palatal expander is a device used to widen the upper jaw. It places pressure on the molars to put space between the front teeth.


You may need a temporary or lifetime retainer after your braces are removed. The appliance helps to keep the teeth in their new positions and may prevent the need for orthodontic treatments in the future.

Twin Block Appliance

An overbite indicates the lower jaw is too far back, and a twin block appliance changes the jaw position to correct the bite. You wear the appliance 24 hours per day, and we make periodic adjustments to gradually change the jaw position.

Williams Appliance

As part of early treatment for children, we use the Williams appliance to make the lower arch wider. The appliance is used before your child loses the baby teeth.

Combining different types of appliances is the art behind orthodontic treatments. Lineberger Orthodontics offers orthodontic treatments for the residents of Charlotte, Elizabeth, Huntersville and surrounding communities in North Carolina. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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