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Meet Dr. Chip Case!

Meet Dr. Chip Case!

Just like Dr. Lindsey Koerich, Dr. Chip Case is proud to be in his hometown of Charlotte, where he has been practicing since 1983, providing the best orthodontic care at Case Orthodontics. His greatest joy in the orthodontic practice is the relationships he gets to build with patients and seeing the growth they undergo in their smile and self confidence. In order for you to get to know your Charlotte orthodontist a little better, we sat down to ask him a few questions about himself.

Dr. Chip Case Headshot

Dr. Case completed his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and then stayed at UNC-CH to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree with Honors. He then received a Master of Science degree in Orthodontics while winning a prestigious research award. Because of his care for patients, Dr. Case dedicates much of his time to learning about the latest Orthodontic advancements, leading him to be the first orthodontist in North Carolina to be certified by Invisalign®. Dr. Case has also held roles in several dental associations including a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) and a case review consultant in orthodontics with the North Carolina Board of Examiners. He was tested and awarded Board Certification by the ABO – a level of certification attained by only a select number of orthodontists. In addition to these organizations, he is a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, Southern Association of Orthodontists, World Federation of Orthodontists, North Carolina Dental Society, and Charlotte Dental Society.

 

Dr. Case loves being a part of the Charlotte community and giving back locally while not in the office.  He sings in his local church choir and participates in charitable dental organizations. Additionally, he devotes his time globally by participating in mission trips. His hobbies include watching college football and nascar races, traveling and creating videos for his friends and family. He is married to Lori Wilson Case and has two daughters.

 

Check out our interview with Dr. Case!

Q: What drew you to orthodontics, and what is the most rewarding part of your job? How did you decide on becoming an orthodontist?
A: “Developing relationships with the patients I treat, and individually helping them develop better smiles and self images.”

 

Q: What do you like most about working with Dr. Lindsey?
A: “Dr. Lindsey is very smart, kind, and brings a newer perspective to orthodontic practice.”

 

Q: What do you want to be remembered for?
A: “I want to hear Jesus say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’”

 

Q: If you weren’t an orthodontist, what career path would you have chosen?
A: “OBGYN”

 

Q: How do you spend your time outside the office?
A: “Church, ministry, travel, golf, amateur videographer.”

 

Q: What’s your best piece of advice for patients?
A: “Trust your orthodontist.”

 

Dr. Case loves treating and getting to know his patients, and he’d love to meet you! Case Orthodontics offers a wide variety of orthodontic treatments such as affordable braces and Invisalign®. We love being a part of the Charlotte orthodontics community, and we’d love for you to join our family at Case Orthodontics! Learn more about the services we offer to see which one fits your needs best. You can start your treatment by scheduling an appointment online, or giving us a call!

Meet Dr. Lindsey!

For Dr. Lindsey, Charlotte, NC, is more than just where her job is, it’s home. Dr. Lindsey loves getting to meet all of the patients that come to Case Orthodontics to get their braces and Invisalign for the first time. Many patients that come into the office don’t get the chance to ask Dr. Lindsey about herself. One of her favorite parts of working with patients is getting to hear about their lives and seeing them as they progress through their treatment. Now, it’s your turn to get the inside scoop on Dr. Lindsey’s background! We sat down with Dr. Lindsey to let you get to know her a little better — both inside and outside of the office. Dr. Lindsey Koerich Headshot

Dr. Lindsey grew up in the Granite Falls/Hickory area of North Carolina and went to college, dental school, and did her orthodontic residency at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she graduated with honors and distinction. She also completed a residency program in general dentistry at Columbia University. Dr. Lindsey worked for several years in Charlotte, NC, before temporarily relocating to Richmond, Virginia, for her husband’s dental education. She then came back to the Charlotte orthodontic community to practice with Dr. Chip Case.

Q: What drew you to orthodontics? How did you decide on becoming an orthodontist?
There is both a great deal of art and engineering involved with Orthodontics. I have always loved to work with my hands, from doing little crafts as a child to painting and other work as an adult. The sciences have always been my favorite subject in school, so the fact that Orthodontics allows both to be combined made it a perfect choice for me. It was an easy decision after I got a chance to do a braces treatment for a patient while still in dental school and got to see the smile that we created for her! She was so happy. Seeing someone smile on the first day that they get to see the smile that always wanted never, ever gets old. Best job ever!

Q: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Hands down getting the chance to be a part of our patients’ lives. It is so fun to hear from them on a regular basis while they are in their treatment, and celebrate victories big and small in their lives.

Q: What do you like most about working with Dr. Case?
Dr. Case is an easy going guy whose morals always lead him to put our patients’ best interests as our #1 priority. Don’t let his friendly, laid back personality fool you though; he is very smart, talented, and a hard worker, too!

Q: What do you want to be remembered for?
As the doctor in you or your child’s life who takes the time to listen to your concerns and answer your questions (and provide a beautiful smile for you!). I hope I come across as friendly, supportive, and on your team.

Q: If you weren’t an orthodontist, what career path would you have chosen?
I love architecture and interior design; something in a creative field.

Q: How do you spend your time outside of the office?
My husband and I have two little children, and we love to spend time with them at any of the fun places that Charlotte has to offer. When we have a little extra time, I love to travel (favorite past trips would be the south of France and Brazil, where my husband is from.)

Q: What’s your best piece of advice for patients?
Wear your rubber bands and you’ll always get finished with your braces earlier than if you don’t! And, you will be amazed at what you can achieve in life if you believe in yourself!

Dr. Lindsey loves treating and getting to know her patients, and she’d loved to meet you! Case Orthodontics offers a wide variety of orthodontic treatments, such as affordable braces and Invisalign. You can start your treatment by scheduling an appointment online, or by calling us.

Adults Get Braces Too!

Adults Get Braces Too!

I know you’re probably thinking, “Hmm, I am way too old for braces!” Or you might ask, “Why now?” Well, let’s look at some benefits of getting braces as an adult.

Your Health

Do you suffer from headaches, earaches or any gastrointestinal problems? These symptoms can be caused from not chewing properly due to malocclusion. Malocclusion is dental terminology for “incorrect bite”. When you have misaligned teeth, you have an increased chance of plaque and food buildup between your teeth. This means you have the potential to get periodontal disease or gum disease. You can also possibly avoid tooth decay, bone loss and TMJ/TMD pain.

Affordable

Good news! Here at Case Orthodontics, we offer all in house financing so there are never any interest charges! We also offer flexible payment plans and accept almost all insurances. Most dental insurance plans cover part of the cost of treatment.

They’re Clear

Maybe you work in a field that requires you to talk often or constantly meet new people so you don’t feel comfortable wearing braces. Well, fortunately, braces have come a long way; in fact they are nearly invisible. Another great development for teeth that is popular with adults is Invisalign. These clear, removable, plastic aligners are worn over the teeth and do not require any metal or wires. You are custom fitted for clear trays that will leave you with no food restrictions, and you’ll be able to brush and floss like you normally would.

Adults Get Braces Too!

Tips For Brushing With Braces

The best way to ensure a clean and healthy smile is brushing and flossing. Food particles can accumulate on teeth and in braces, and over time, turn into plaque. The bacteria that results from this accumulation can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even loss of teeth. To avoid these problems while you are in orthodontic treatment, take special care of your braces, teeth and gums to ensure you will have the best possible result.

You want to make sure that when you have braces you use a tooth brush with soft bristles and toothpaste with fluoride. When you brush, you will move the toothbrush in small, circular motions to reach food particles that may be under the gum line as well as on the surface of your teeth. Hold the toothbrush at an angle and brush slowly and carefully, covering all areas between teeth, between braces and the surface of each tooth. It is important that you brush with a soft bristle tooth brush because if using bristles that are too rough on your gums, this can cause damage to your gum line resulting in gum recession. Brushing your teeth should take at least two to three minutes.

If you currently have braces, you should be brushing your teeth at least three times a day:

  1. In the morning after breakfast
  2. After lunch or right after school
  3. Before you go to bed

It’s no secret that having good hygiene with braces can be time consuming, so it is important that you allow yourself enough time each day to complete the proper hygiene steps to ensure a clean and healthy smile!

Adults Get Braces Too!

How Long Do I Have to Wear Retainers?

DO I REALLY HAVE TO WEAR THEM FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE?

Glad you asked!

This question is asked quite frequently, so we thought we would answer.

Here at Case Orthodontics, when you are issued your initial set of retainers we advise all patients to wear their retainer’s full time. Full time means at least 20 hours a day for three months. After your teeth have had time to stabilize, we advise to wear your retainers at night. We suggest at least a year of continuous retainer wear after that, wearing the retainer three to five times a week for life.

No matter what treatment option you choose to go with, you will always need retainers.

It is important to wear your retainer because as your body grows, your teeth do some shifting. The purpose of the retainer is to control the shifting which occurs naturally. Without consistent wear for the rest of your life, you risk the chance of your teeth returning to their pre-orthodontic position. Teeth are not static. They are active, always moving and they will continue to move and shift even though you’ve had braces or Invisalign. If your teeth ever hurt when putting your retainers in or at any time when you are wearing them, that is your first caution sign that your teeth are trying to move and you should wear them more frequently. Adult patients usually sleep with their retainers on for the rest of their lives, if they want their teeth in perfect alignment.

Your initial retainers can last anywhere from two to ten years, depending on how well you take care of them. If your retainer has been broken or lost make sure to contact your orthodontist as soon as possible to replace!

Always remember, going a period of time without wearing your retainers can result in teeth shifting. Retainers may not seem like fun, but hey! It’s better than braces, right?

Adults Get Braces Too!

Invisalign® vs. Traditional Braces

Many people have this question come to mind after they make the step to pursue orthodontic treatment:

“Do I choose Invisalign or traditional braces”? HELP!

First, let’s start by understanding exactly what the differences between the two are.

When someone mentions braces, a lot of people refer back to when they were younger and remember the “train track” and painful experience. It’s important to recognize that today’s braces are less noticeable, have the option of being clear and are more comfortable; just to name a few!

Having braces on your teeth means that you have a bracket attached to each tooth, along with one arch wire that extends through each tooth.

Choosing Invisalign allows you to straighten teeth without wires and brackets that are associated with traditional braces, making it a more “clearer” option.

Invisalign® uses removable, clear aligners to correct your misaligned teeth.

Each set of aligners gently guides the teeth into place and is worn for approximately two weeks before moving on to the next in the series. You can remove your aligners for eating and when you brush and floss your teeth. The removable design enables you to eliminate harmful bacteria from your teeth and gums. This reduces your risk of tooth decay and other potentially harmful dental issues.

Both treatment options Invisalign® and Traditional braces have their pros and cons.

Invisalign is not for everyone. It requires you wearing the aligners for 22 hours a day, which is the reason it is recommended for teens and adults. Also, there are a few corrections that are not available with Invisalign. Dr. Case will be sure to advise the patient whether he or she is a candidate for Invisalign treatment.

Always seek the advice of an Orthodontist before choosing. Whichever treatment option you choose, the result will almost always be the same. It will provide you with straight aligned teeth that can transform your appearance and over all oral heath!