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Good orthodontic care can really transform your smile and bite. Youths and adults of all ages correct their smiles with the help of orthodontics at Carolina Dental Arts. These highly sought-after treatments combine the latest dental methods with advancements in orthodontia. Options provided from our three central North Carolina locations in Raleigh and Goldsboro include Invisalign and Six Month Smiles, as alternatives to metal braces.

About Orthodontics Procedures For Teeth Straightening at Carolina Dental Arts

At Carolina Dental Arts on Glenwood Avenue and New Bern Avenue in Raleigh and Graves Drive in Goldsboro, you can achieve the straight smile and properly aligned bite of your dreams. Options for smile straightening include wire braces, clear aligner trays and Six Month Smiles.

Invisalign

Invisalign, also called invisible braces or clear aligner trays, help patients comfortably and discreetly straighten their teeth. As part of this method of straightening, you receive custom-made, smooth plastic aligner trays that you wear throughout each day. You only take them out for eating and your twice-daily oral hygiene. Benefits of clear aligner trays include greater comfort, invisibility of the trays and an easy-to-follow schedule for straightening your teeth at any age. Our highly skilled orthodontics can assist you through this process.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles are clear braces custom fitted using tooth-colored wires and tiny brackets. These braces improve your smile in six months or less. They also work well for patients of all ages.

Braces do more than just straighten your smile. They also correct problems with your bite. These corrections can actually improve your overall health. In fact, braces improve your breathing, reduce risk of dental decay, improve risk for TMJ disorder and its side effects, and help you enjoy a more satisfying and healthier diet.

While children and teens adapt more readily to having braces, many adults feel uncomfortable about visible wires and brackets. This is why so many adults choose clear aligner trays and alternatives to the traditional “metal mouth.” No matter which method you choose for straightening your teeth, you can achieve lasting results with the improved bite and beautiful smile you have always wanted.

Do I Need Orthodontic Care?

Good candidates for orthodontics include those who want a more attractive smile and to improve their self-confidence based on the appearance of their teeth. If you experience problems because of your crooked or misaligned teeth, braces can also help you. Problems treated through orthodontia include:

  • Difficulty biting or chewing
  • Mouth breathing
  • Thumb-sucking or other bad oral habits
  • Teeth crowding or misplaced teeth
  • Protruding, shifting, clicking or recessed jaws
  • Speech problems
  • Cheek biting or biting into the roof of the mouth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Abnormal mouth closure
  • Asymmetry or imbalance in the face
  • Teeth clenching or grinding

Spacing Problems

All of these problems relate to misalignment, or malocclusion, from any of a number of different conditions. Some of these conditions inherited from your parents include jaw growth issues, teeth missing at birth, or teeth that are crowded, protruding or redundant. Spacing problems also come from genetics. Non-genetic problems treated by orthodontics include early loss of baby teeth, baby teeth retention, thumb-sucking, finger-sucking, dental trauma and various types of dental disease.

If your child needs early intervention to improve dental problems, there are benefits to going through this treatment in youth. Those benefits include the continued growth of the jaw and dental arches. When these parts of the mouth are not in the right position, appliances can bring great improvement. Having braces early in life also reduces treatment time if they need more correction at a later age.

Today’s young people have more options for smile and bite correction than children of the past. Technological advances have reduced treatment time and made wearing braces more comfortable and discreet.

Is There Such A Thing As “Medically Necessary” Reasons To Seek Orthodontics Procedures?

Teeth straightening is not purely cosmetic. For many people, it is medically necessary for good health and oral hygiene. Malocclusions cause many problems, including those listed above. They also strain your gums and surrounding bone, while wearing away the enamel you need for healthy and attractive teeth. Crooked and overlapping teeth are difficult to clean, putting you at high risk for gum disease and tooth decay.

Taking Care of Your Teeth While Wearing Braces

Regardless of the type of orthodontia used, it is critical that you take good care of your teeth throughout the course of treatment. Food debris and plaque build-up around braces. Any orthodontics will tell you this.  At the same time, brushing and flossing are more difficult because of the wires, brackets and small spaces left to maneuver toothbrush bristles.

To maintain your best oral health while wearing braces, follow these guidelines:

  • After every meal or snack, brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste
  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste before bedtime
  • Floss at least once daily
  • Follow your dentist’s guidelines for flossing around your braces
  • Continue seeing the dentist for regular cleanings and checkups
  • Use a prescription mouth rinse to prevent decalcification

Start Your Care Today in Goldsboro or Raleigh

Carolina Dental Arts understands your busy lifestyle and how that affects your ability to visit the dentist as often as you should. So when you have a growing family, busy lifestyle or need the extra care of orthodontics for straight teeth, you also need a dentist with an office convenient to you.

Carolina Dental Arts has three locations serving our patients. These include a Raleigh office on Glenwood Avenue, a second Raleigh office on New Bern Avenue and a Goldsboro location on Graves Drive. Lastly, schedule your first visit or teeth straightening consultation with Carolina Dental Arts today.