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Braces Procedure Asheville

Understanding Dental Braces

The prospect of having to wear braces can be daunting, but so too can having to live with crooked, impacted teeth or a misaligned jaw. At our orthodontics practice, Dr. Jim MacAlpine and our staff understand the apprehension and anxiety that some of our patients feel, which is why we strive not only to serve our patients’ dental needs, but to educate as well. Dr. MacAlpine and our team will ensure that you fully understand the braces procedure at our Asheville, North Carolina practice during your personal consultation. However, we believe it is never too soon to begin the education process, so we have provided you with some basic information about the braces procedure below.

How Braces Work

The only way to move teeth is through pressure and force. At our practice, the steady, gentle pressure used to move teeth during the braces procedure is created using a form of archwire. The archwire pushes the teeth in the particular direction Dr. MacAlpine intends in order to restore your bite and improve your smile. Typically, a tooth moves about one millimeter a month during treatment with braces. However, the rate at which teeth move varies from individual to individual, which is why the exact length of treatment is often difficult to predict.

The Procedure

The braces procedure at our Asheville practice is nothing to fear. For each new patient, Dr. MacAlpine begins with an initial consultation, visually inspecting and analyzing the patient’s teeth. After the initial consultation, Dr. MacAlpine then schedules a records appointment for X-rays, impressions, and molds to be made. Once the records appointment is completed, Dr. MacAlpine analyzes the results and determines the proper course and length of treatment. Treatment time varies from patient to patient, usually lasting anywhere from six months to two-and-a-half years.

If braces are deemed appropriate for the patient, then the application process of the braces procedure at our Asheville practice can begin. The braces are attached to the teeth, or molds are made for the patient to wear. In either case, adjustments will be made to the braces periodically to coax the teeth into their ideal, proper position. We are pleased to offer traditional orthodontic braces, clear braces, and Invisalign® invisible braces.

Post Procedure

Once the orthodontic treatment with braces has been completed, it is imperative that patients follow Dr. MacAlpine’s instructions very carefully. Each patient will be prescribed a retainer that must be worn in order to prevent the teeth from returning to their original misaligned position. While this retainer may be removed for eating, brushing, and certain other activities, it is an essential part of the braces procedure that should not be taken lightly.

Contact Us to Learn More about the Braces Procedure

We strive to provide our clients with the orthodontic results they desire; our goal is for all of our patients to achieve a straighter, more uniform smile. So if you live in the Asheville area and are considering the braces procedure, then look no further than Dr. MacAlpine. Please contact Dr. MacAlpine today to schedule your personal consultation concerning the braces procedure at our Asheville practice.

To learn more about your orthodontic options, including Invisalign® invisible braces, contact our practice in Asheville, also serving surrounding areas, including Greenville, Tennessee.






James E. MacAlpine, D.D.S., M.S.
1061 Haywood Rd.
Asheville, North Carolina 28806

P. 828 253 2498
F. 828 667 9199