Who We Are

We love our patients!

At Carolina Braces, Dr. Kent, Dr. Zermeño and our team are passionate that improving your smile has the power to transform your life. We measure our success by the way our patients love their confident new smiles. Our doctors and staff are involved in continuing education so that the treatments we provide will be the most current, and the technologies we use to provide them will be the most cutting edge. We believe that a visit with our team is the best way to find out how orthodontics can improve your health and self-confidence and we hope that from your first visit to the day you walk out with your new smile, you’ll love going to the orthodontist.

Dr. Robert Kent

Dr. Kent specializes in orthodontic care for children, teenagers and adults. He received two undergraduate degrees and his Doctorate in Dentistry class from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill finishing in the top 5% of his class. He received his Masters in Orthodontics from Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri and is proud to have finished first in his class.

Aside from his private practices, Dr. Kent is a member of many professional organizations including the North Carolina Association of Orthodontists, the Southern Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists.

In his free time, Dr. Kent enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Donna, their children and dogs. In addition, he enjoys keeping active with tennis, golf, snowboarding, working out and spending time at the beach.

Dr. John Zermeño

Born and raised in sunny Southern California, Dr. Zermeno (we like to call him Dr. Z) moved to Boston to complete his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and his dental degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After working for three years as a general dentist in San Diego, Dr. Z returned to North Carolina to obtain a Masters in Orthodontics at UNC. Dr. Z has an extensive background in three-dimensional (3D) imaging.

His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Orthodontics, the Journal of Human Evolution, and multiple other scientific journals. His unique background ensures comfort to create beautiful smiles. Outside the office, Dr. Z enjoys time with his friends and family. Most weekends you can find him outside hiking, running, or cycling around beautiful North Carolina.

Our Team

At Carolina Braces, you can expect a professional and kind orthodontic team that will listen to your questions and concerns. Our staff loves what they do and getting to know each and every patient that walks through our doors, and it shows in their quality of care and attention to detail. Each team member participates in continuing education and training in the latest orthodontic techniques to best serve patients in, and around, Raleigh, NC.

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