Harrisburg Location
Harrisburg Town Center

4200 Main St., Ste. 107
Harrisburg, NC 28075
Blakeney Location
8840 Blakeney Professional Dr.
Ste. 202

Charlotte, NC 28277

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Do you want to speed up your treatment?

March 3rd, 2014

Have you ever wished to speed up your orthodontic treatment? Perhaps you are getting married, are getting ready for a pageant or simply just want to achieve your dream smile as soon as possible. If you would like to cut your treatment time in half then we encourage you to read on!

AcceleDent is a simple to use, hands-free FDA approved device designed for faster orthodontic treatment in only 20 minutes of daily use.

How does AcceleDent work?

The patented technology gently vibrates the teeth and surrounding bone, allowing teeth to move more freely. The best part of the AcceleDent System is that it's completely safe! You may experience a slight tingling sensation, much like that of the vibration of an electric toothbrush, but it should diminish after you become accustomed to using the appliance. Acceledent is clinically proven to move teeth 50% faster.


The benefits of AcceleDent will make you smile!

  • You'll accelerate your orthodontic experience without sacrificing aesthetics
  • AcceleDent can be used for adolescents, teens, and adults, and it is completely safe for patients of all ages.
  • The AcceleDent appliance is lightweight and comfortable. You may even forget you're using it!
  • The hands-free design allows you to achieve a beautiful, straight smile faster than you ever thought possible – even while reading, watching television, listening to music, or doing school work.

Acceledent is suitable for patients that are in braces or Invisalign! If you would like to know more about Acceledent and how it can help you, call our office and we will be happy to answer all your questions!

Harrisburg office - 704-454-5500 ~ Blakeney office - 704-688-0070

Why brush twice a day?

January 21st, 2014

Some wonder why brushing your teeth twice a day is really necessary. Do you really need to brush your teeth after a good night sleep even though you haven't eaten anything? The answer is YES!

The best times to brush your teeth are right before bedtime and in the morning after you wake up. While asleep your saliva production reduces dramatically and it allows bacteria to grow.

Saliva does an amazing job of keeping plaque off while you are on go throughout the day. But at night however, your mouth tends to dry out and therefore looses the protective layer that saliva provides.  It is advisable to brush your teeth right after you wake up to get rid of those bacteria that have accumulated over night. Also,  brushing our teeth at night will reduce the bacteria that can form while your are getting your beauty sleep.

Last but not least, we got to mention that the infamous morning breath is a by product of those bacteria that have accumulated at night. Showing off your minty fresh smile is contagious and causes others to smile along with you!

To find out more about office or orthodontics, please feel free to call us at either one of our convenient greater charlotte offices.  If you have any questions, please leave us a comment on our facebook wall.

Chad Johnson Orthodontics - 4200 Main Street, Ste 107, Harrisburg, NC 28075 -


Damon® Smile Braces

December 30th, 2013

Until recently, the only option for people who need braces was the traditional type in which a wire threads through a bracket that attaches to each tooth. Both the wires and the brackets extend across the breadth of the mouth. Pressure from the wires moves the teeth into the proper position.

For most patients, traditional braces are far from ideal. They are often very uncomfortable for the patient because the ties that connect wires to the teeth prevent them from moving. Ties are used to create heavy force, but the force cuts off the blood supply between the root of the tooth and the bone surrounding it. Teeth can’t move until the blood flow is restored.

Damon Smile aims to guide teeth gently and continuously, and reduce the use of force. Patients have reported that the entire experience of wearing braces is a lot more comfortable. Proud to offer Damon Smile to patients, Dr. Johnson can help you better understand if it’s right for you.

How Damon Smile Works

Unlike traditional treatment with braces, Damon Smile doesn't require the removal of teeth or the use of palatal expanders. The system uses unique self-ligating braces, in which a specialized clip with a “door” replaces elastics or other ties. The “door” guides the archwire, and allows the teeth to move gently into the proper position. Because of the increased flexibility of the self-ligating brace, it exerts less pressure on individual teeth, and this means you won’t have to get adjustments as frequently.

Another advantage is the fact that the gentler, low-friction force means you won’t experience the long-term discomfort from intense pressure on your teeth, or the tight wires that are so common with traditional braces. Because there are no ties, Damon braces are also much easier to clean.

Three Components of Damon Smile

There are three components of Damon Smile that create faster results, require fewer appointments, and cause less discomfort for patients.

  1. Because Damon Smile doesn't use metal or plastic ties, there is no need to tighten the wire on the braces.
  2. Lightweight shape-memory wires allow teeth the freedom to move faster, without the need for as many adjustments as occur with traditional braces.
  3. Damon Smile realigns teeth and enhances facial appearance without extracting teeth or using rapid palatal expanders. The slide mechanism of Damon braces facilitates faster, more comfortable repositioning of your teeth.

Damon Smile technology can offer you the option of braces that require fewer adjustments, with less pressure on the teeth and the entire mouth. A discussion with Dr. Johnson will help you determine whether Damon Smile is the best option for you or your child.

What’s the advantage to Invisalign®?

December 19th, 2013

Invisalign, which we happily provide at Chad Johnson Orthodontics, is a great alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment if you've been apprehensive about the thought of metal braces. During your initial visit, the first thing we do is take an impression of your teeth as they are now and digitize it. Using special software, we look at the current positioning of your teeth and compare it to the way your teeth should look.

Invisalign treatment, which consists of a series of aligners that you switch out approximately every couple of weeks, can help patients with crowded teeth, crossbites, overbites, underbites and more. Invisalign gradually shifts your teeth into place, creating the dazzling smile you’ve always wanted. During treatment with Dr. Johnson, patients wear the aligners all day and night, except for during meals and when they’re brushing and flossing; cleaning your teeth and eating are a snap since you can easily remove your aligners! And because they’re clear, no one will know that your teeth are steadily straightening!

To find out if you are the right candidate for Invisalign treatment, we invite you to give us a call at our convenient Harrisburg or Ballantyne, NC office and schedule a consultation.

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