Types of Braces
We offer in Charlotte
At Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics, we understand the positive, long-term impact that braces can
have on a child’s confidence and well-being. That’s why we offer the latest in leading edge orthodontic care and techniques to help kids of all ages achieve their very best smiles. Crossbite, overbite, underbite and irregular spacing are all common problems
that can be corrected with orthodontic braces.
Left untreated, however, these problems can lead to jaw pain, wear and tear on tooth enamel, increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease, speech difficulties, and poor self-esteem. Therefore, when you choose braces for your child, you are not only enhancing the appearance of his/her smile, but also improving an important aspect of his/her overall health.
We offer a variety of braces to straighten your child’s teeth and align his/her bite. Once it is determined that your child or teenager is ready for braces, we’ll work with you to customize a teeth-straightening program for his/her unique dental needs and lifestyle. To better understand your options
, keep reading to learn more about the types of braces we offer.
One increasingly popular teeth-straightening method is ceramic braces, which essentially works the same as traditional metal braces. The brackets are bonded to the patient’s teeth and connected by an arch wire that applies gentle pressure on the teeth, guiding them toward proper alignment. Unlike metal braces, however, ceramic braces are made of translucent, composite materials that blend with the tooth’s natural color. Ceramic braces
are a great alternative for patients seeking more aesthetically pleasing options other than traditional metal braces, but require the same amount of changes to their teeth.
Patients who choose ceramic braces should keep in mind that ceramic material is more fragile and susceptible to chipping or breaking than metal braces. Also, while the ceramic brackets do not stain the teeth, the clear elastics securing the brackets to the teeth can stain, especially if the patient consumes a lot of dark drinks and foods. All of this can be easily prevented with proper care and prevention.
Invisalign provides a new and invisible way for teens to achieve a straighter smile — without brackets, wires and elastics. The new system corrects misaligned teeth through a series of clear, removable aligners that fit closely over the teeth to move them into their correct position. Many teens prefer Invisalign due to its comfort and ease of use. With removable aligners, patients can eat and brush normally. The clear aligners are also virtually invisible compared to traditional metal braces, so no one has to know that you are receiving treatment.
While Invisalign in Charlotte, NC
is a great option for adults and older teens, children and young teenagers are typically not good candidates because their teeth and mouth are still growing. Invisalign can treat a broad range of orthodontic issues, but severe cases of malocclusion may be better treated with alternative options.
are a type of short-term orthodontics that allows adults and older teens to correct their
smiles in as little as six months. This revolutionary system uses clear, tooth colored brackets and ultra-thin wires to move teeth gently, safely and quickly into their optimal position. The key component of the fast-acting treatment is the use of special nickel titanium wires that apply a continuous, low-force pressure to move the teeth over a short span of time.
This teeth-straightening method is recommended for patients who desire very quick cosmetic dental alignment. Good candidates have mild cases of crooked, overlapping or unevenly spaced teeth. Patients who require extensive changes to their teeth or bite are usually not good candidates for these braces and should consider other options.
Understanding your options for braces in Charlotte is the first step to helping your child achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. Burrow & Welchel also provides service to Matthews, Concord, Cornelius, Huntersville, and surrounding Charlotte suburbs. To help our patients determine the best treatment for their specific needs, Burrow & Welchel Orthodontics provides free orthodontic assessments and treatment plans. Contact our office today to set up a complimentary consultation and exam
with one of our doctors. We look forward to helping your child create a smile that lasts a lifetime.
Areas We Service In The Charlotte Area
- South End
- Myers Park
- Plaza Midwood
- Fort Mill & Rock Hill, SC