in Archdale, NC
in Your Smile
If you struggle with the appearance of your smile due to overcrowded, gapped, or misaligned teeth, our team of Archdale dental professionals offers orthodontic services to help you feel confident in your smile. Orthodontics is a dental specialty that addresses the diagnosis, prevention, guidance, and correction of bad bites and dental abnormalities.
Our experienced team works to ensure that you receive a treatment that meets all your dental needs. With orthodontic care, we’ll give you a smile you’ll proudly show off. Discover our orthodontic solutions and see how we can help you achieve all your smile goals.
We provide affordable, comprehensive orthodontic services for children, teens, and adults! Our Archdale dentists will find the solution that works best for you, whether you need an adjustment of a few teeth or a more extensive orthodontic treatment.
We recommend orthodontic services for patients who suffer from various dental issues. This includes:
- Overbite or Underbite
- Crossbite or Open Bite
- Misplaced Midline
Your journey to a new smile begins when you visit our Archdale office where one of our dentists will examine your entire smile using advanced imaging equipment. Then we’ll ask you some questions about your treatment goals to provide you with the perfect solution. We feature three orthodontic options: traditional metal braces, clear Invisalign aligners, and Six Month Smiles.
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are an effective treatment for patients with several types of orthodontic issues. Braces use a set of bonded metal brackets, archwires, and elastic bands that work together to gradually shift your teeth into proper alignment. While traditional braces have an undesirable reputation, over the years they’ve become streamlined and have a much more attractive appearance than in the past.
Metal braces allow children, teens, and adults to safely straighten your smile over several years. Dr. Whaley has completed advanced training at the Las Vegas Institute in Neuromuscular Orthodontics. She’s qualified to treat orthodontic issues using braces.
Six Month Smiles
We know that not everyone finds metal braces to be their ideal form of orthodontic treatment, which is why we offer Six Month Smiles. This treatment straightens your smile using inconspicuous clear brackets rather than the standard metal ones. Six Month Smiles is a new, award-winning treatment option designed to correct several cosmetic imperfections. It can perfect your smile in as little as six months, hence its name.
Six Month Smiles uses archwires specifically designed for each patient to ensure optimal comfort. Many of our patients enjoy the quickness of this orthodontic treatment. For more information, you can visit Six Month Smiles.
Invisalign® is a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces. The clear aligners are comfortable, removable, and allow for a quick treatment time varying between six and 24 months. Dr. Whaley is a certified Invisalign provider who will start your treatment with an initial consultation.
Your first Invisalign consultation consists of a full mouth examination as well as Dr. Whaley taking 3D images of your teeth to create your customized trays. Once your clear aligners are created, they’ll be shipped to our office. Then your journey to a straighter, more beautiful smile can begin.
Facial Growth Development Orthodontics
In many cases, there’s not enough space available in a patient’s mouth to straighten all the teeth with conventional techniques using braces alone. Traditionally, two teeth per dental arch would be extracted to be able to straighten the teeth.
As the field of orthodontics has progressed and thanks to the work of Steve Gallela, dentists practicing orthodontics can stimulate more bone development and increase the jaw size to be able to align all the teeth. The technique created by Dr. Gallela involves using a removable or fixed anterior growth guidance appliance (RAGGA or AGGA) followed by the Controlled Arch Braces technique.
This technique can be used in children and even adults. The goal of facial growth orthodontics goes beyond just straight teeth. The technique helps jaws develop to their potential which improves the appearance and contributes to improved TMJ health and airway. Patients have been seeking out this treatment to eliminate their painful TMJ clicking, popping, and/or locking, and also to decrease snoring and sleep apnea events.
This procedure is also indicated for patients that have an existing crossbite or underbite and have been told that surgery is the only option to correct their bad bite. This is a non-surgical treatment with fewer risks and costs. Dr. Whaley will perform a complete orthodontic evaluation and determine if you are a candidate for this kind of therapy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is orthodontics important?
Orthodontics is important for both the appearance and function of your smile. If you’ve been living with misaligned teeth, you may not realize how they can impact your eating and speaking ability. Braces or other orthodontic alternatives can fix these issues and improve your day-to-day activities as well as your oral health.
When should you start orthodontic treatment?
You can begin an orthodontic treatment during any stage of life, but it’s quicker and easier before the teeth’ positions are firmer. That’s why we typically recommend orthodontic treatment starts during the teenage years. However, with additional treatments such as Invisalign, it’s becoming more normal for adults to also undergo orthodontic treatment.
If your child needs orthodontic treatment, we recommend bringing them to our Archdale office for an evaluation before all their permanent teeth have erupted. This typically happens between the ages of seven and 10. At this appointment, we’ll be able to tell if your child needs braces to fix any possible oral problems.
What causes orthodontic problems?
In most cases, orthodontic problems are genetic, meaning you inherit them from your parents. The following malocclusions are determined by your genetic makeup:
- Crowded teeth
- Spacing issues
- Extra Teeth
- Jaw growth and formation problems
- Misalignment issues
Sometimes, certain behaviors can also cause orthodontic problems too, such as thumb sucking. You may develop jaw issues from injuries, accidents, or other trauma to your mouth or jaw.
Achieve Your Dream Smile at Triad Cosmetic Dentistry
You don’t need to live with a crooked smile that not only impacts your self-esteem but can cause further issues with your oral health. At Triad Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer a variety of different orthodontic services that work to give you your dream smile. To learn more about our orthodontic care, schedule a consultation with Dr. Whaley by calling our Archdale office at (336) 434-3186. You can also get in touch by filling out our online contact form and one of our team members will get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to meeting you!