We Offer Invisalign®
A clear alternative to braces
At Dental Center for the Carolinas, some of our general dentists use clear Invisalign aligners to gently move your teeth into place. Invisalign aligners are smooth, custom-made plastic trays that you wear over your teeth. You can pop them out at mealtime and keep enjoying all your favorite foods. Then, every two weeks or so, you’ll get another set of aligners until your treatment plan is complete. Best of all, no one will know you’re wearing orthodontics until they notice the difference in your smile.
Call one of our offices to learn more about Invisalign aligners.
We Offer ClearCorrect®
ClearCorrect are clear aligners that straighten teeth invisibly, without metal braces.
The aligners are also easy to remove so you can eat whatever you like. There are no wires to trap food or get in the way when you floss.
Call one of our offices to learn more about ClearCorrect aligners.
Why you might need orthodontic treatment
Orthodontic treatments can straighten your smile and correct your jaw structure to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. There are certain signs that may indicate that you need orthodontic treatment. If you find that your bite does not close naturally, or that it is closing incorrectly, an orthodontist may be able to correct it. Here are some signs that you may need to see your dentist in Winston-Salem, NC:
● Spacing - teeth move apart sometimes in different directions
● Crowding - teeth start to overlap
● Crossbite - misalignment of dental arches, adjacent teeth are not corresponding
● Underbite - lower teeth close over the upper teeth
● Overbite - upper teeth close too far forward
● Open bite - the rear teeth meet when closed but the front teeth do not touch
● Misplaced midline - upper front teeth do not line up with the center of the lower teeth
There are several treatment options available to help treat these issues. The most common form of treatment would be traditional metal braces. Braces will use metal wires, brackets, and rubber bands to adjust the alignment of your bite. Using the tension from the wires, your teeth will gradually move into a more comfortable position. Braces are sometimes necessary not only for cosmetic purposes, but also to address health concerns. Having an improper bite can lead to serious health problems down the line. If not addressed early on, an improper bite can lead to broken teeth or chewing problems. Teeth deterioration can happen over the years that braces could have prevented.
We also offer an alternative treatment to traditional braces. Both ClearCorrect and Invisalign can gradually straighten teeth without the hassle of metal braces. Using clear plastic, custom-made trays will slowly move your smile into the desired position. Patients will come in every few weeks to get a new set of trays that will move along the alignment process. Your dentist in Winston-Salem, NC will help you determine if these alternative treatments would be the right treatment for you!
If you have any questions about the orthodontic services available at your dentist in Winston-Salem, NC, call our office today at 336-765-8940. The team at Carolina Cosmetic Dental Care look forward to seeing your beautiful smile!
An orthodontic appliance is prescribed based on a patient’s age and his or her teeth and jaw alignment needs. There is a wide range of available orthodontic appliances. Each appliance has several techniques for treatment use. While dental braces are the most universally known, only an Orthodontist can prescribe the appliance and restorative technique that is right for you.
Types of Braces
The most commonly known orthodontic treatment is braces: an orthodontic appliance used to straighten teeth and correct bad bites. Braces can be prescribed for teens, adults, and children who have permanent teeth. They may be used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances prescribed to widen the palate or jaws or to shape the teeth and jaws. The average treatment time for braces is just over two years, but treatment time varies by the individual patient.
There are two major types of braces: fixed and removable. If you are a candidate for braces, our Orthodontist will recommend the type best suited for you.
After reviewing your dental x-rays and performing a thorough exam of your teeth, gums, supporting bone structure, and any pre-existing dental work, our Orthodontist will recommend a treatment plan and answer your questions. If your agreed-upon treatment plan is for traditional braces:
• You and our Orthodontist will decide upon conventional or self-ligating braces
• Each tooth that will receive the brace has its front surface prepared so it can receive a bracket
• Bonding and composite material are used to hold the small metal bracket to the tooth
• A special light is projected onto the bracketed teeth to harden the composite material.
• Metal bands are placed on your first molar and archwires are threaded through the brackets
• If you receive conventional braces, either elastic or metal ligatures will be added. If you receive self-ligating braces, no ligatures are used.
During the first week after being fitted with braces, or after having your braces adjusted by the Orthodontist, your teeth may hurt.
This generally subsides within a week. Typically, discomfort can be managed with the use of an over-the-counter analgesic used according to the package label.
After the recommended treatment period, our Orthodontist will remove the braces and give you a retainer to wear for a prescribed time. The retainer helps keep your teeth from moving back to their original position.