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About Braces

Braces are the best treatment option for teens and adults dealing with misalignment. At MyOrthodontist, the team uses braces to give you straight teeth, a good bite, and a beautiful smile. MyOrthodontist is the largest network of family orthodontic practices in North Carolina and has 13 locations, including offices in Burgaw, Cary, Chapel Hill, Concord, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Mount Airy, Raleigh, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Sanford, and Wake Forest. Call today or book online for your free consultation.

Braces Q & A

What are traditional metal braces?

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces. And with advances in dental technology, metal braces are more comfortable than ever. Made from high-grade stainless steel, metal braces are durable and effective.

Braces can correct crooked and crowded teeth, misaligned bite, and jaw problems. Braces also eliminate problems you may have with eating, speaking properly, or keeping your teeth clean. With advancements in dental technology, traditional braces are now sleeker, smaller, and more comfortable. 

Traditional braces consist of standard metal brackets that are placed on your teeth with an adhesive and connected by wire. They require periodic tightening every 4-6 weeks so steady pressure can gradually straighten your teeth and align your jaw. 

Are braces necessary or cosmetic?

Both. Braces do straighten your teeth and improve your smile, but more importantly, they correct the placement of teeth so that you can chew properly and avoid damage or decay due to misalignment of teeth or bite. The beautiful smile you’ll have at the end is a bonus.

How long do you need to wear braces?

The average length of time in braces is anywhere from 1 to 3 years, depending on how extensive the adjustment to the teeth will need to be. Your orthodontist will probably be able to predict how long your treatment may take, but not precisely.

What’s the best age to get braces?

There’s not a definite best age for braces. Children, teens, and adults can all benefit from braces. Early intervention orthodontics can start as early as 7 years old, but actual braces are not usually recommended until after the age of 10.

Are there less visible options for braces?

Clear ceramic braces are a possible option for those who are concerned about their appearance, but who still want the benefits of traditional braces over plastic aligners.

MyOrthodontist is now offering a patent-pending Clear Aligner solution called MyClearALIGN! which, when paired with a Dental Monitoring Scan Box, allows you to be treated almost entirely remotely under the direct care of one of our licensed orthodontists. The most advanced care managed conveniently to your busy schedule.


Your 5-star rated providers at MyOrthodontist are ready to answer all your questions. Call the office nearest you or request an appointment online now.  



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