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What if I have a problem and you are not open?

In case of an EXTREME EMERGENCY, such as a trauma or injury, please call our office for instructions. We always have an assistant that is on call. Remember, true emergencies are rare. Problem: Wire PokeSolution: Apply wax over the brace or wire that is poking you....

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How about chewing gum with braces?

Gum usually is not recommended. It can get caught on braces and pull them off. In addition, the sugar in the gum can get around and behind the braces and cause cavities. In some cases, it may be possible for you to chew a sugar free, non stick gum such as Freedent® or...

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Will I still be able to play sports?

Yes, it is advised that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouth guard when participating in any sports activity. We recommend that patients get their mouth guards from any local sports store. Guards that you can boil and bite seem to work best so they can be...

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Does it hurt to get braces on?

No, they are attached to the surface of your teeth. (No shots or drilling!) Orthodontic therapy uses appliances to move the teeth with gentle pressure. When braces are applied or adjusted, your teeth and gums may be tender for a day or two. The amount of discomfort...

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How long do braces have to be worn?

At Carolina Braces, we don’t just align teeth; we create beautiful smiles. Our treatment decisions are based on your individual smile, profile and other factors that will impact what you will look like in your 40s, 50s and beyond. However, the average total treatment...

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When should my child be seen by an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that your child should be seen by an orthodontist by the age of 7. Some children will need to be seen at an earlier age and usually your dentist or family physician will guide you. Early detection does not always...

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