Enjoy Free Ice Cream All Summer Long!

Welcome to summer, everyone!  The Raleigh Orthodontics team invites all patients, parents, and friends to indulge in their ice cream celebration after office visits.  Dr. Bert will supply ice cream sandwiches and nutty-buddies with one request: plan a fun and safe summer for yourselves!


WildSmile Braces at Raleigh Orthodontics!


Make your braces your braces! Show your personality with WildSmiles, the only braces that turn correction into Expression! WildSmiles Braces are designed to make your orthodontic experience fun.

Take your orthodontic braces from mild to wild with WildSmiles Braces! WildSmiles are specially designed brackets that come in a variety of fun shapes including: Stars, Hearts, Soccer balls, Footballs, Flowers, and Super-Diamonds.

Personalize your orthodontic experience

With WildSmiles, you can choose your favorite shape and mix the brackets with colored elastics for added individuality and a completely custom experience.

How do WildSmiles braces work?

WildSmiles are low profile stainless steel braces that work just like traditional braces. They offer a more comfortable feel than other aesthetic braces like clear ceramic brackets. Patients and doctors want an excellent outcome to orthodontic treatment, WildSmiles provides the same quality smile after treatment but make the journey to a perfect smile more fun.

Embrace Your Expression

It is simple to create your own personalized smile. You get to decide what your smile looks like during your treatment, so choose your favorite shape for a look that is all you!

Visit Dr. Bert Kelling for a braces consultation. WildSmiles are available at Raleigh Orthodontics. During your consultation, we can answer any questions that you may have. Call us, at 919-847-6364 or visit us online at

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Take a Good Look–  First see exactly what’s going on.  Place your child laying on a sofa with his/her head drooped back over the arm, mouth facing up, with a floor lamp over their wide-open mouth.  Take a good look at the broken braces for the loose or sticking part.  Compare the offending side with the opposite side to see what it’s supposed to look like.

Pencil Eraser Sometimes a very short wire end will get out of adjustment.  It may be a short, twisted wire called a pigtail.  You can use the eraser end of a pencil to direct the sticking braces wire or pigtail back toward the tooth and away from the cheek or lip.

Wax and Gum  Your orthodontist gave you some wax to place over rough parts of braces so consider using this.  If you don’t have any wax or it’s not staying where you want it, get some sugar-less gum, chew up a small piece just enough to soften it, and smush it over the pokey part.

Tweezers or Pliers These are handy if a wire gets out of place and can be replaced or fully removed.  Use these if you need to remove a loose piece of wire after cutting it.

Finger Nail Clippers Sometimes a loose braces wire can’t be placed back where it should go and needs clipping.  Finger nail clippers are handy for this.  Cut the loose part of the wire closest to where it’s attached to the rest of the braces and be careful to remove the cut-off part.  Place wax or gum over the new end if it’s rough.

Always feel free to call your orthodontist for help! 

Where to Go For Your Family’s Orthodontic Care


The members of American Association of Orthodontists want everyone who needs orthodontic care to get the right care that is timed and delivered properly to get the most beautiful result.  To help with this, the AAO has written extensive practice guidelines, and only accepts members with full orthodontic specialty training.  For folks to determine if they are finding a fully trained orthodontic professional, the AAO provides a few questions to ask.


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  1. Do you only do orthodontic treatment? Or, do you also offer other services like filling cavities, pulling teeth, doing root canals or treating gum disease?
  2. If you provide a variety of services, can you refer me to an orthodontic specialist?
  3. How do you remain current in the diagnosis and treatment of orthodontic problems?
  4. Will my treatment be managed and monitored by an orthodontic specialist?
  5. What treatment options are available to me?  How do you determine what type of treatment options would work for me?


Having the working knowledge and skills to provide the best care for a given patient requires an in-depth understanding of the wide variety of orthodontic appliances and how to use them. This involves more than just braces.

It also requires extensive training and experience with facial and dental growth and development, to determine the best timing of braces, what to expect from the growing patient’s facial and jaw growth and the proper way to maintain the final correction.

Orthodontists use their expertise to provide the quality of care necessary to consider how treatment will affect the face, lips and smile as well as the teeth and bite.  Even more, how the bite is arranged can affect the way the jaw joints and chewing muscles work.  Without the full knowledge of orthodontics, coordinating all these areas can be compromised.

An Orthodontist works full time in orthodontics and has knowledge of the wide variety of traditional orthodontic treatment varieties, facial growth and jaw functioning as well as expert understanding of the orthodontic scientific literature to carefully bring advances to patient care and to provide the expert care you deserve.

Only an Orthodontist has the education, skills, and experience to be an expert.

You have only one chance to correct an orthodontic problem during a child’s adolescent growth.  If it isn’t done the best way, you can’t go back and try another way because the growth phase of the patient is over.  You have to get it right the first time.  Knowing this is why early orthodontic professionals began the orthodontic specialty over 100 years ago, the first specialty in dentistry.  The very best care is critically important.

While it may be fairly easy to line-up front teeth, that is far different from guiding a patient’s dental and facial development to help create a healthy, beautiful smile and bite to last a lifetime.

Why not trust your orthodontic care to an expert who does it all day, every day and who can determine the very best treatment for you?

Visit us online, at or call us to set up a consultation, at 919-847-6364.