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Small & Piers Orthodontics

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About Small & Piers Orthodontics

Dr. Small and Dr. Piers, have over 30 years of combined experience providing orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages. Located in Morganton North Carolina, the dentist's top priority is to provide the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly and comfortable environment. While braces are the most common appliance used by orthodontists, they utilize the newest techniques and appliances in the industry, allowing them to get the best results in the shortest treatment times. If you or your dentist feels that you could benefit from orthodontic care we hope you will consider joining our family of patients. It's never too late or too early to consider braces to help you achieve the gift of a lifetime: a beautiful smile!

Dr. Small and Dr. Piers recognize that every patient has different needs, and pride themselves in the courteous service they deliver to each person who walks through their doors. Whether an adult, adolescent or child, our knowledgeable doctors and staff are committed to helping you achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve.

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Our office accepts payments by cash, checks or Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards. If you have any questions about financing or payment, just ask us!  We will thoroughly explain your choices and work hard to accommodate your needs.


If your insurance covers orthodontic treatment, you will receive the benefit of reduced personal cost.  Many insurance policies have a lifetime orthodontic benefit that is distinct from regular dental insurance. Insurance policies vary, so we will review  your insurance to determine the appropriate course of action.  Once treatment has started we will file your claims.


How is CareCredit different from my other credit cards?

With CareCredit, you can get a No Interest if paid in full within the promotional period* payment plan every time you use it † on purchases made with your CareCredit credit card. Not all promotional plans are available at all Participating Professionals. Interest will be charged to your account from the purchase date if the promotional purchase is not paid in full within the promotional period or if you make a late payment. Minimum Monthly Payments Required and may pay off purchase before end of promo period.

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How long do I have to pay off my treatment fees?

The length of time you have to pay depends on the promotional payment plan that you choose when you use the card. Not all CareCredit providers offer all promotional plans, so ask your provider for details.

How do I qualify for CareCredit?

Approval is based on information from your credit application and past credit history. This includes information from the primary applicant as well as any co-applicant.

Why do doctors offer CareCredit?

Many patients put off treatments and procedures because they cannot afford to pay. Doctors offer CareCredit payment plans as a convenient option to consumer credit cards, cash or checks. CareCredit allows you to pay over time often without incurring interest charges instead of a lump sum prior to treatment. Offering CareCredit removes the accounts receivable responsibilities from the doctor and allows them to focus on recommending and providing the best care to their patients.

Orthodontic Braces

Smaller brackets, tooth-colored options and even plastic aligners have largely replaced traditional metal braces.

With new technologies available, plus an acknowledgment that braces are a necessity for people of various ages and not just children, patients of all ages are choosing orthodontic procedures to give themselves healthy smiles.

Braces have evolved considerably over the years. With new technologies available, plus an acknowledgment that braces are a necessity for people of various ages and not just children, patients of all ages are choosing orthodontic procedures to give themselves healthy smiles.

Early braces

Orthodontic treatment in some shape or form has been around since 1000 BC. Studies of exhumed Egyptian mummies found that some Egyptians were buried with crude metal bands around their teeth, and archaeologists believe a material may have been tied to these bands to provide pressure to move the teeth. Ancient Romans and Greeks wrote about bringing newly emerging teeth into proper position by pushing them with fingers.

Pierre Fauchard is considered the father of dentistry and a pioneer in the field of orthodontics. Fauchard invented the bandeau, which was a horseshoe-shaped strip of metal with regularly spaced holes to fit around teeth and correct their alignment, states Colgate Oral Care Center.

Nowadays, braces have evolved even further, with millions of people choosing from the various types of braces to correct dental problems. The American Association of Orthodontics notes that one out of five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21 - proving it's never too late to straighten one's teeth.

Why braces?

Braces were once considered a cosmetic procedure only. Dentists today recognize that correcting misaligned teeth can prevent periodontal problems, tooth wear, dental caries, infected gums, and various forms of dental disease.

Engineering feat

Braces work by applying pressure to the teeth to gradually shift them and the jaw. Traditional braces consist of small brackets adhered to the teeth that are connected by a wire. Pressure is achieved by periodically using tight, thick wires. As pressure is applied to the periodontal ligament, which holds the teeth in place, the body will naturally create new room and adjust. If too much pressure is applied too soon, tooth loss may occur.

New technology

Braces no longer resemble the railroad style metal braces that wrapped around teeth in the early 1970s. Brackets are small and may be the color of metal or enamel. Brackets may be affixed to the front of the teeth or the back. Some people opt for clear plastic aligners, which can be very successful in the hands of trained orthodontists.

Many orthodontists use heat-activated nickel-titanium alloy wires that apply constant pressure and do not need to be tightened as frequently. Also, advanced photography and x-rays enable orthodontists to plan treatment plans more effectively.

Orthodontists spend two to three years learning how to properly align teeth and jaws, says the American Association of Orthodontists. Braces treatment lasts an average of about two years, with patients visiting the orthodontist every four to six weeks for adjustments.

Braces have come a long way. In a short time, anyone can have a beautiful smile to show off.

What is Invisalign?

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The Invisalign treatment contains multiple clear aligners, which are to be switched about every two weeks. Each set of Invisalign® aligners are specifically designed for YOUR teeth only, and they will gradually bring your teeth into the correct positioning. With your orthodontist, you can devise a plan so that you are sure to end up with a smile that fits you.

Beware of Imitators!

We use the patented proprietary system called Invisalign®, which uses advanced technology to give you a removable and clear alternative to braces. Not only can Invisalign do this, it can also treat multiple orthodontic problems, such as:



●Spacing Issues

●Crowding Issues

●A More Open Bite than Average

●A Deeper Bite than Average

Why Choose Invisalign®?

Among the many reasons, the simple fact that Invisalign is clear and also removable makes Invisalign much more appealing than traditional brackets and wires. Although there are other companies that offer a similar alternative to braces, none of the others are as advanced as Invisalign®, nor do they have the amount of product experience Invisalign offers.

If you want a beautiful smile, without having to deal with embarrassing brackets and wires, Invisalign® is the way for you to go!

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