Coastal Carolina Orthodontics Blog

On behalf of Coastal Carolina Orthodontics, we would like to welcome you to our practice’s official blog!

From traditional orthodontic treatments like metal braces and clear braces to more modern appliances like Invisalign, Damon Braces, and the SPEED System, our skilled doctors and team of orthodontic professionals offer exceptional, compassionate care to children, teens, and adults at every turn.

With three convenient locations in Morehead City, Havelock, and Jacksonville, NC, our practice is proud to be the trusted local orthodontist of many different communities across North Carolina. No matter where you’re from, our orthodontic office can provide you with the right treatment to reach the beautiful, more confident smile you’ve always wanted.

Learn more about our adolescent treatment and adult treatment options, Invisalign, and other oral and dental topics by checking out our latest blog posts. Or, contact Coastal Carolina Orthodontics today. We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have about getting started with one of our orthodontists!

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Thumb Sucking & Tongue Thrusting

by smilemakersnc on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 8:42 AM

Thumb and finger sucking habits are a perfectly natural way for babies and toddlers to soothe themselves. However, as a child grows there comes a point when this comforting habit can cause more harm than good.

While it is completely natural for children to engage in thumb sucking during the first few years of life, prolonging the habit could cause social awkwardness and damage to the jaw’s growth pattern.

Early Orthodontic Treatment

by smilemakersnc on Friday, November 17, 2017 8:57 AM

It’s never too late to begin orthodontic treatment. But when it comes to your child’s teeth, earlier is better than later. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an initial screening at age 7 to determine if early orthodontic treatment is right for your child. In most cases, if orthodontic work is needed, one of our orthodontists will simply monitor your child’s growth patterns until the best time for treatment is determined.

Coastal Carolina Orthodontics can get your child started on the path to oral and dental health from the very first visit. At this early age we can answer any questions you may have and begin evaluating your child’s tooth and jaw development. Each child’s speed and process of development is different, but early orthodontic treatment can be hugely beneficial for their futures.

All About Toothpaste

by smilemakersnc on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 1:07 PM

Toothpaste: it's something most people use every day, but rarely give much thought to—except, perhaps, when choosing from the brands that line the drugstore shelf.

Pregnancy & Your Child’s Developing Teeth

by smilemakersnc on Friday, September 1, 2017 1:06 PM

At Coastal Carolina Orthodontics, it’s our mission to offer efficient and effective services that help our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles.

As part of this commitment, we’re always happy to share information on how you and your family can maintain great dental and oral health. For example, for all those soon-to-be parents out there, did you know that there are steps you can take during pregnancy to ensure your child develops healthy teeth?

Many people don’t realize that even though a newborn’s teeth aren’t visible, they still exist beneath the gums. Children’s primary (baby) teeth actually start forming during the sixth week of pregnancy and mineralize during the third or fourth month of pregnancy. As such, proper dental care should start even before a baby is born.

Invisalign – A New Way to Straighten Your Smile

by smilemakersnc on Friday, August 25, 2017 3:35 PM

At Coastal Carolina Orthodontics, we are passionate about helping our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. As part of this commitment, we're constantly working to make orthodontic treatment more convenient and more effective for our patients.

While traditional metal braces are still the most popular form of treatment we offer at our Jacksonville, Morehead City, and Havelock offices, there's a revolutionary alternative that's helping people achieve a beautiful smile without the need for metalwork: Invisalign!

Jaw Surgery

by smilemakersnc on Thursday, July 6, 2017 12:06 PM

The dedicated orthodontists of Coastal Carolina Orthodontics provide a wide range of high quality orthodontic services to patients of all ages in our friendly and comfortable Jacksonville, Morehead City, and Havelock office environments.

Corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, is one of the many services we offer. During this procedure, the jaws are moved into more optimal positions for function, resulting in a healthier bite and more attractive smile. Because moving the jaws also moves the teeth, this surgery is usually performed in conjunction with orthodontic treatment to ensure the teeth are properly positioned after surgery.

People who’ve undergone jaw surgery enjoy many benefits, including an improved ability to chew, speak, and breathe. This surgery can also dramatically enhance your facial appearance.


by smilemakersnc on Thursday, June 1, 2017 11:13 PM

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Orthodontists and dentists alike stress the importance of protecting teeth from the internal harm of decay and disease. However, it is just as important to protect your teeth from external force and trauma - everything from teeth grinding to obtaining an injury during a sporting event.

For best protective measures in these types of situations, your trusted Jacksonville, Morehead City, and Havelock orthodontists recommend the use of mouthguards.

Tooth Sensitivity

by smilemakersnc on Sunday, May 7, 2017 11:01 AM

We all want a healthy, beautiful smile, but dental care goes beyond just helping teeth look good.

At Coastal Carolina Orthodontics, we're proud to provide expert, high-quality orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages throughout the Jacksonville, Morehead City, and Havelock, NC areas. We believe everyone deserves a smile they feel proud of, and our trusted orthodontists and their highly trained staff work with you to customize a comprehensive treatment plan that meets the needs of your lifestyle.

Aside from orthodontic treatment, there are many other aspects

of dental care that we want to keep you aware of. One issue that is very common, for example, is tooth sensitivity.

Early Dental Care

by smilemakersnc on Monday, April 17, 2017 3:22 AM

Just because your child won't keep his or her first set of teeth forever, doesn't mean those tiny pearly whites don't need conscientious care. Primary teeth (baby teeth) serve some extremely important functions. As your local Jacksonville, Morehead City, and Havelock orthodontics team, we believe maintaining your child's dental health from an early age will lead to health benefits that last throughout adulthood.

The Importance of Baby Teeth

Primary teeth act as guides for the eruption of permanent teeth (adult teeth). They hold the space where new teeth will erupt as the crowns (tops) of permanent teeth push against the roots of baby teeth, causing them to resorb or melt away. As a result, the adult teeth are able to take their proper place.

Good Foods for Your Teeth

by smilemakersnc on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 3:38 AM

We all know that a healthy, balanced diet is critical to overall health; but did you know that diet has a huge impact on teeth? You may not realize it, but certain foods can contribute to developing tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease, while others can reinforce the integrity of your teeth and help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.

To help guide your daily nutrition decisions, here is little info about a few foods that are good for your teeth and why.