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Innovative Orthodontic Treatment to Enhance Your Smile

When you choose an orthodontist, you want to know that they have the skill, experience, and options to help you reach your very best smile. Dr. Khara provides high-quality orthodontic procedures to patients across Holly Springs. From metal braces to Invisalign® clear aligners, you’ll find the right treatment to suit your unique smile and deliver the best results!

Ready to find out how orthodontics can help your smile? Schedule your consultation to see how we can help!

CALL US: (919) 577-9009 REQUEST APPOINTMENT

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Orthodontic Options We Provide

Dr. Khara and his team are committed to helping patients overcome even the most complex orthodontic trouble. That’s why we offer a broad range of options to meet the needs of everyone who steps through our door.

Our services include:

  • Traditional Braces – Standard metal braces composed of brackets attached to teeth and a metal wire, sometimes using rubber bands as well.
  • Ceramic Braces – These are like traditional braces in their design, except that its features are colored like tooth enamel, making them a more discreet alternative.
  • Lingual Braces – These braces are attached to the back of teeth rather than the front surface, hiding them from view except when brushing. They are typically used for the front teeth on the bottom jaw.
  • Invisalign® Clear Aligners – An alternative to metal braces, these clear aligners are custom-shaped to your teeth, designed to apply gentle pressure to specific teeth to guide them into the ideal alignment. A full series of aligners are used, with each one moving the teeth slightly further than before.

We also carry several innovative orthodontic systems designed to improve your experience and shorten your treatment time, including top brands like:

  • SureSmile®
  • Damon® Braces
  • 6 Month Smiles®
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Who Should Get Braces?

Braces are an effective tool for anyone dealing with misaligned teeth or an uneven bite. While not every minor misalignment demands correcting, the benefits for those who need it are much more than cosmetic. Straighter teeth are generally healthier, easier to clean, and look more appealing.

If you or your child haven’t been assessed by an orthodontist, we invite you to visit our practice for an expert evaluation. Dr. Khara provides a thorough exam using innovative modern technology to determine the state of your oral situation. He’ll talk with you openly and in detail about what orthodontics could do for your smile, how extensive treatment would be, and how long it would take so that you can make an informed decision.

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7 Common Reasons You Might Need Braces

People get braces for many reasons, but if you find yourself on this list, it’s time to consider an orthodontic evaluation. Here are seven signs you might need braces:

  1. Crooked Teeth – Teeth turning away from their natural placement are less effective in biting and chewing, and can impact speech. They may also wear down more quickly depending on how your teeth meet.
  2. Crowding – When teeth overlap, they can push each other out of alignment. The tight spaces between them are more likely to trap food and plaque and are also harder to clean, raising the risk of cavities.
  3. Overbite and Underbite – When the lower jaw is too far forward or back, it severely impacts the bite, speech, and facial features. Orthodontics can help move the lower jaw to a healthier position.
  4. Open Bite – Behaviors like tongue thrusting or prolonged thumb sucking and pacifier use can cause the front teeth to jut out and not meet the lower teeth, affecting speech and bite.
  5. Gaps and Spacing – Many things cause gaps, from genetics to extracted teeth. Depending on their size, they can be a simple cosmetic issue or a serious health issue. If the gap is wide, nearby teeth can shift, damaging your entire alignment.
  6. Crossbite – This happens when the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth, the opposite of where they should be. Poor chewing, uneven wear, jaw pain, and headaches are common side effects.
  7. Misplaced Adult Teeth – Sometimes, adult teeth don’t come in where they should, due to biology or because the primary (baby) teeth didn’t fall out in time or at all. Braces can help move these teeth into their correct alignment.
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How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?

Treatment time varies from case to case, due to several factors. Minor cases tend to take longer than complex cases, and children may take less time than adults. For mild to moderate correction, treatment typically takes somewhere between 18-24 months. Dr. Khara will give you an estimated length for treatment during the evaluation and planning stages.

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Orthodontics for Kids

Children can benefit greatly from orthodontic treatment as their teeth and jaws are still developing. Dr. Khara offers a wide variety of braces for kids and can help your child develop a healthy, confident smile.

We recommend that kids be evaluated by an orthodontist around age 7, once their first adult teeth have come in. This gives the orthodontist a chance to see how their adult smile will develop and spot both current and potential challenges.

Does Your Child Need Braces?

While your child’s teeth are growing in, you may feel unsure of what may be an oral health issue and what’s part of healthy dental development. While it’s best to have an orthodontist evaluate them to be certain there isn’t a hidden problem, here are some things you can look for that may indicate your child needs orthodontic care.

  • Baby teeth falling out too soon or too late
  • Difficulty with biting or chewing
  • Thumb sucking, finger sucking, or pacifier use past the age of three
  • Speech impediments
  • Frequent or constant mouth breathing
  • Front teeth protruding outward
  • Teeth that don’t meet normally or at all
  • Jaw movement to one side when biting
  • Crowded teeth around age seven or eight
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Indirect Bonding for Easy Application

Our office provides indirect bonding, a special process that makes braces more comfortable and effective for your child. Rather than attaching brackets directly to their teeth, they’re placed onto a model of your child’s teeth first. The brackets are then attached together on an appliance similar to a retainer and transferred to your child’s teeth.

This not only makes applying the braces faster and easier for your child, but it can potentially shorten their treatment time as well. The brackets are more precisely placed, making them more effective overall.

Early Treatment

In some cases, waiting until a child is older for treatment can lead to complex problems that are uncomfortable for the child and require complicated treatment. Fortunately, early treatment can help to minimize some of these issues and make treatment easier for kids overall.

Early treatment, also called two-stage treatment, involves orthodontic care on a younger child to correct certain issues now, followed by more treatment once they have all their adult teeth. This process helps to address immediate health concerns and can make orthodontic treatment easier and quicker once they’re older.

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Orthodontics for Teens

In many ways, your teen can benefit the most from orthodontics. With all of their adult teeth in, it’s easier to see and address all of their alignment issues at once. Plus, since their jaws are still developing, there is less resistance to tooth movement. Teens also have a broader range of options for treatment, including Invisalign, because they have a more established dental structure and the discipline to maintain their treatment.

Orthodontics for Adults

You may assume that braces are only for children, but in fact, one of every five orthodontic patients is an adult! With adult braces, anyone can straighten their teeth and enjoy a healthier, aesthetically-pleasing smile.

Dr. Khara has decades of experience helping patients of all ages, including adults. With his myriad orthodontic options, you can find the type of braces that best suits your needs and experience the stellar results.

Am I Too Old for Braces?

Not at all! While it’s true that a child’s teeth move more easily thanks to their developing jaw, with modern dentistry, it’s possible to achieve a healthy alignment regardless of age. Dr. Khara uses state-of-the-art technology to evaluate your smile and can provide you with various options and estimates for how long your treatment may take depending on your unique smile alignment.

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Traditional Braces or Clear Braces – Which Should I Get?

There are benefits to either type of braces, so it’s most important to consider the advantages of each type to choose the one that best meets your needs.

Traditional Braces

  • Consists of metal brackets and wires
  • Uses tension to move teeth into optimal placement
  • Can address all levels of misalignment

Clear Braces

  • Made of plastic trays custom-fitted to teeth
  • Uses targeted pressure to move teeth
  • Nearly invisible to others
  • Removable for brushing and eating
  • Typically does not affect speech
  • Ideal for mild to moderate misalignment
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Life with Braces

It can take some time to get used to wearing your braces, but as long as you’re diligent in taking care of yourself and your braces, your treatment can be both effective and rewarding. Here are a few things to keep in mind in order to have a simple, successful treatment.

How to Keep Your Teeth Clean with Braces

When wearing braces, your at-home hygiene routine becomes more important than ever. Brushing and flossing regularly helps to eliminate food particles stuck between braces and teeth, reducing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Brush your teeth after every meal (and snacks, if you can). Floss at least once a day, including under your braces so that nothing is left along the gum line. You can use a floss threader to help you get around the braces.

An antibacterial mouthwash is also extremely beneficial for reducing any excess bacteria. Take half a capful and swish it around for a minute to help keep your mouth healthy and clean.

What Can I Eat with Braces?

Believe it or not, most foods are fine to eat when wearing braces. The most important thing is to look out for foods that are extremely hard, likely to get stuck in the brackets, or high in sugar. Some examples include:

  • Sticky foods – Gum, licorice, taffy, caramel, candy chews
  • Hard foods – Ice, nuts, hard candy
  • Crunchy foods – Chips, pretzels, popcorn
  • Chewy foods – Bread rolls, bagels, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • Tricky foods – Corn on the cob, whole apples and carrots (fine if sliced or cut)
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Help! My Braces/Retainer Broke!

When something happens to your braces or your child’s braces, the first step is to make sure you or they are safe. Look for any signs of injury, including sores, cuts, or bleeding, and deal with these first.

If a bracket is broken, cover it with dental wax to keep it from injuring the soft tissue. Trim any loose or poking wires as close to the tooth as possible using nail clippers, then cover the end with dental wax as well. This will protect your mouth until you can come into our office.

If it is simply a matter of a loose bracket, this is usually okay to wait until your next appointment, when Dr. Khara will cement it back in place.

As for broken retainers, how urgent it is will depend on how recently you switched from braces to the retainer – the more recent the shift, the more quickly a new retainer is needed.

If you are unsure whether your situation counts as an orthodontic emergency, contact our office. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you through it so you can continue to safely get the most out of your treatment.

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Top-Tier Orthodontics is Here for Your Smile!

At Khara Orthodontics, helping our patients enjoy healthy smiles is what we love most. We are thankful for every patient who puts their trust in us, and we always strive to provide effective, innovative, and customized treatment to help you achieve your smile goals.

Take the next steps toward your healthiest smile yet! Contact our office to make an appointment today!

CALL US: (919) 577-9009 REQUEST APPOINTMENT

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