Top Quality Orthodontic Treatments for Adults in Raleigh

If your teeth are noticeably misaligned or crooked, they might attract people’s attention away from your other flattering features. This might also make you feel less confident in both professional and personal settings. That is why we fully support adults taking a step towards enhancing their oral health and appearance. At Dream Smiles, we provide the treatments you need to realign your smile and regain your self-esteem. We also offer cosmetic orthodontic choices to make your treatment as unnoticeable as possible. Dr. Tony Khara and his team are here to help you have a confident, appealing smile that allows you to look your best. To know more about all the options we have available for you, contact us today and book your appointment.

How to Tell if You Need Orthodontic Treatment

  • Regardless of your age, there are plenty of reasons to choose braces as an adult. You might think that your smile’s appearance is the only thing that determines the need for orthodontic care, but this is not true. There are many other hidden reasons that an orthodontist can discover during an evaluation. Here are some symptoms that indicate you might need orthodontic treatment:
    • Difficulty chewing food
    • Mouth breathing
    • Underbite or overbite
    • Disproportionate jaws and teeth compared to the rest of the face
    • Jaw that shifts, makes sounds, protrudes, or is recessed

    Options Available for Adults to Get Straight Teeth

    There are a variety of options that Dr. Khara will take you through doing your consultation. However, the options available to you depend on your specific condition.
Traditional Braces: This type of brace wear is made of metal. They are most effective if the misalignment is severe. To guide teeth into proper position, metal brackets are attached to each tooth’s surface with a wire between them to provide tension.
Lingual braces: Usually used to straighten lower front teeth, these braces are attached to the back of the teeth, offering a great cosmetic alternative for those who want straight teeth without anyone noticing the process.
Clear Aligners: We offer ClearCorrect™, which is an invisible orthodontic option made of clear plastic aligners that can be taken off and put back on, allowing you to eat or brush your teeth freely. Clear aligners are very convenient as they don’t require any major lifestyle changes.

How Long Would It Take to Have My Teeth Straightened?

Orthodontic treatments are specific to individual needs. They are not one-size-fits-all. It can take anywhere from a few months up to several years, depending on age, treatment method, and how severe your condition is. Dr. Khara will give you an estimate to set your expectations before you start your treatment.

Can My Teeth Shift Back to Their Old Position After Treatment?

It is possible for teeth to move after treatment. That’s why Dr. Khara always tells patients that taking off the braces is not the final step. You need to wear removable retainers and commit to the time he asks you to have them on each day. This way, your teeth won’t shift back.

In case you lose or forget to wear your retainer and feel your teeth are starting to move back, contact our practice as soon as possible. We will schedule an evaluation to help get your smile back on track. Based on the amount of movement your teeth have made, you might need to continue using the retainer or switch to a different option, such as using a fixed bonded retainer.

You Are Never Too Old to Get an Appealing Smile!

Nowadays, more adults are opting for orthodontic treatment and coming away with excellent results, especially with the latest types of braces becoming more comfortable and less obtrusive than those of the past. Dr. Khara offers you several options to suit your individual needs and budget. If you reside near Downtown Raleigh, Garner, Knightdale, and the surrounding area, and are looking to get your smile fixed, speak to one of our welcoming staff today to book your appointment!