Orthodontics at Midtown General & Cosmetic Dentistry
All About Orthodontics at Midtown General & Cosmetic Dentistry in Charlotte
Dr. Saint Jean’s first priority is to provide the highest quality orthodontic treatment in Charlotte as well as the surrounding areas. Using proven state-of-the-art technology, Midtown General & Cosmetic Dentistry is able to complete orthodontic treatment in the most comfortable and efficient way possible. We are able to ensure that each patient receives a healthy and happy smile that will last a lifetime.
The Biology of Shifting Dental Alignment
So what’s actually happening on the cellular level during orthodontic treatment? Specialized cells called osteoclasts and osteoblasts respond to the pressure around the periodontal membrane (the pocket of gum tissue connecting the tooth’s root to the jaw bone).
Osteoclasts break down the bone tissue so that the tooth can move, while osteoblasts gradually form new bone tissue behind it. So it’s not just your teeth moving into position; your jawbones are reshaping themselves too!
Orthodontic Treatment Offered at Midtown General & Cosmetic Dentistry
Here at Midtown General & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are pleased to offer orthodontic services, including:
Using gradual force, clear aligners gently move teeth into alignment without the use of metal wires or brackets. Clear aligners are made with very strong plastic material that is fabricated specifically to fit the patient’s teeth. As treatment progresses, the patient switches through a series of aligners, each one bringing the teeth closer to their correct alignment. It is recommended that the patient wear the aligners for twenty hours each day. New aligners are switched out approximately every two weeks.
For those patients that do not want traditional braces, Dr. Saint Jean recommends Invisalign. Invisalign is a modern approach to teeth straightening without many of the drawbacks of braces. The clear plastic aligners are nearly invisible, allowing you to confidently show off your smile while straightening your teeth.
If you’re out of your teens, you might think you missed your chance for straight teeth, but that’s not true! Modern orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign, is for adults as well as teens. And even if you had braces before, your teeth might still shift over time, which is another reason to consider treatment as an adult. There’s no age limit on getting the straight smile you deserve.
Invisalign for Teens
Does your teenager need orthodontic treatment but dread spending their high school years as a “brace face”? They already have enough on their plate without having to feel anxiety over their smiles, which is why Invisalign is the perfect solution. With Invisalign, they can get the beautiful, healthy aligned smile they deserve without any brackets and wires.
The day the braces come off is an amazing day for any orthodontic patient, but don’t get ahead of yourself, because now that you have the smile you’ve always wanted, you have to keep it. That means wearing your retainers as instructed by Dr. Saint Jean. The reason we need retainers in order to keep our teeth in their post-braces position is that it takes time for our teeth, gums, and jawbones to get used to this new arrangement. So don’t slack off on wearing your retainers!
How Dr. Saint Jean Can Help
If you want to feel great about your smile and would like a consultation, please give us a quick call at (704) 334-2538 or send us a email. We would love to listen to your concerns and find a treatment plan that is perfect for you at our dental office in Charlotte, NC. You can learn more about us by checking out our business page, and make sure to get directions before you head our way.