Orthodontic Treatments in the Triad of North Carolina
We offer many affordable orthodontic options to our patients ranging from movement of just a few teeth to complete orthodontic treatment for children and adults. Many adults need just a few teeth moved back into position because teeth have shifted as they have aged even though they had braces as a child. In those cases, the patient may be a candidate for the RWB system, Simpli5, Invisalign, or Six Month Smile. An exam is required by the dentist to determine which system will work best for you. Read below to learn more about the orthodontic services our office offers.
Red, White And Blue Aligners
This is a set of 3 aligners (clear retainers) that will straighten minor crowding or overlapping of teeth in approximately 3 months. This is a cost-effective solution for those who want to straighten their front teeth without wearing braces. The retainers are made of a clear, lightweight plastic that shift the teeth in small incremental movements into the desired final position. The Red, White and Blue aligners (RWB) are great for correcting minor rotations, tip, and spacing problems and tooth movement needed before cosmetic makeovers or other dental procedures.
Simpli5 involves a series of 5 clear aligners to move and tip teeth into position which are more crowded than those cases where the Red, White and Blue aligners are an option. This is for intermediate crowding or spacing and the treatment time is anywhere from 3 to 5 months. The aligners are worn all the time except for when you eat and brush your teeth.
Invisalign is the market leader when it comes to clear aligner tooth movement. Dentists must receive special training through Invisalign to be able to offer this service to patients and Dr. Whaley is a certified Invisalign provider. It is similar to the Simpli5 discussed above but is also used for comprehensive treatment involving most or all of the teeth. We will take pictures, x-rays and impressions of your teeth and then Invisalign sends us a 3d image of your teeth showing the starting and ending points of treatment. Following our approval, your custom clear trays are fabricated and sent to our office. The treatment time ranges anywhere from 6 months to 2 years depending on the case.
One of the toughest selling points for braces is the metallic appearance that’s hard to ignore. Six month smile is a system that involves clear brackets that are much less noticeable than the standard metal bracket. This new, award-winning system also involves archwires specifically engineered for each patient that can bring a patient’s case to completion in as little as 6 months. The low force and short overall treatment time can improve patient comfort, safety and hygiene. For more information, please visit http://www.6monthsmiles.com/
For tooth movement cases that require a long-term plan of 1-2 years and we do not feel we can achieve the best result with Invisalign, we also provide traditional braces in our office. This is the treatment that is indicated for most children since the treatment must incorporate the growth that is occurring at the time of treatment. Dr. Whaley has completed advanced training at the Las Vegas Institute in Neuromuscular Orthodontics and is qualified to treat many cases in our office, including children. Typically these are cases involving braces on all teeth and it costs about the same as the Invisalign treatment. Clear brackets are an option for the front teeth.
In cases that require a specialist or orthodontic solutions that our office doesn’t provide we will refer you to a board-certified orthodontist. Sometimes your case needs the attention of a specialist for certain surgical procedures or treatments. We work with well-qualified orthodontists in our area and will refer when necessary for your health and treatment success.
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