By Waters Orthodontics
April 14, 2022
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Braces  

When patients ask Dr. David Waters who benefits from Invisalign clear aligners, the simple answer is this: almost everyone. Unlike conventional braces, they are removable, which makes eating and cleaning your teeth much easier. That’s why Water Orthodontics in Easley, SC, recommends Invisalign. 

They are molded to fit each patient’s mouth and are practically invisible. Because aligners apply less force in straightening teeth than metal braces, the risk of harm to your teeth is reduced.  

Benefits to adults 

Traditional braces are associated with children and teenagers. Many adults want to have their teeth straightened but hesitate to wear metal braces. They also worry about having to change their diet and not being able to eat the foods they normally enjoy. 

If you are an adult who’s considering braces, our team will tell you Invisalign aligners are a great option for discreet teeth straightening. Your teeth will be straightened with virtually invisible braces. 

The aligners are easily removable when you eat, so you can enjoy any food you normally would consume. You simply clean your teeth normally after eating and you won’t have to worry about getting food stuck in your braces. 

If there is a special occasion during which you do not want to have any braces in your mouth at all, you can remove the aligners for up to four hours without causing any damage. 

Benefits to teenagers 

Our team knows that teenagers are often involved in sports and other after-school activities, and generally lead pretty busy lives. If your teen plays a musical instrument, you may be concerned that having metal in his or her mouth will interfere with the ability to play. Invisalign aligners avoid the damage that can happen with traditional metal braces. 

For sports that require players to wear mouthguards, the expense of specially constructed mouthguards to fit over braces is also eliminated. The aligners can be removed during sports activities and teens can easily wear a mouthguard. Teenagers who play musical instruments simply remove the aligners while practicing or playing in the band or orchestra. 

Teenagers routinely have trouble flossing teeth between the wires and brackets of traditional braces, but Invisalign allows for easy dental cleaning. Since Invisalign aligners are removable, brushing and flossing are simpler and more likely to be performed. 

For more information about Invisalign or Invisalign Teen® treatment, or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. David Waters, please give us a call at Water Orthodontics in Easley, SC! Call 864-855-6360. 

By Waters Orthodontics
March 08, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   orthodontics  

Braces. They conjure up images of unsightly headgear, hours and hours at the bathroom sink, and cumbersome retainers. However, today's orthodontic treatment from Dr. David Waters at Waters Orthodontics in Easley, SC, is more comfortable and efficient than ever before. Learn here about the importance of orthodontics.

What is orthodontia?

It's the dental specialty that corrects a variety of cosmetic and functional smile issues stemming from:

  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Bite problems (malocclusion)
  • Crooked teeth
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Missing teeth
  • Oral injury
  • Differences in tooth size and jaw size

Besides correcting aesthetic issues, the orthodontic treatment creates smiles that are easier to keep clean, thus avoiding the perils of tooth decay and gum disease. Also, correctly aligned teeth and jaws are far less prone to jaw joint pain and headache caused by Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, or TMJ/TMD.

Should you get braces?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children receive an orthodontic examination by age seven to make treatment, if necessary, easier. Most young people who do need braces begin wearing them before the age of 14. However, the Association also says that about 20 percent of current orthodontic patients are adults. 

To settle the question of getting or not getting orthodontic treatment, we perform a complete dental examination, noting tooth number, size, shape, and position. We take digital X-rays to look at roots and bone structure and evaluate the size and shape of your upper and lower jaws. We also note how upper and lower mandibles close together. Oral impressions allow us to create a study model to determine the best course of treatment for you as needed.

Life with Braces

Your dentist will determine what kind of braces are best for your particular needs. Appliances may include:

  • Traditional metal or ceramic braces
  • Lingual, or tongue-side, braces
  • Clear aligners from Invisalign
  • Palatal expanders which widen the jaw
  • Space maintainers to leave room for erupting adult teeth

While conventional braces often impose dietary restrictions and oral hygiene routines which can be complex, clear aligners are removable and easy to clean. Treatment times, of course, vary case to case, but generally, clear aligners straighten smiles more quickly than other kinds of braces.

Your smile goals

Orthodontic treatment could be the path to your aesthetic smile goals and your best oral health. Why not contact Dr. David Waters at Waters Orthodontics in Easley, SC? Call us at 864-855-6360.

By Waters Orthodontics
November 03, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Orthodontists  

Orthodontic professionals have many duties that make them essential for taking care of a broad array of different health issues. At Waters Orthodontics, Dr. David Waters, orthodontist, provides orthodontics in Easley, SC, to help manage these problems. Understanding the most common reasons for this type of care will help to ensure that you choose an appropriate care option to suit your oral health needs. Here's what you need to know about this situation.

Crooked Teeth – A Common Problem 

Most people get this type of care to handle crooked teeth during their teen years. Crooked teeth require braces, surgery, and other types of treatment to repair correctly. However, even adults may need this treatment if they don't get care when they are younger. In this way, they can minimize the crookedness of their smile and ensure that their oral health is as strong as possible for this problematic situation and its potential health complications.

Bite Problems – Both Underbites and Overbites 

Not everybody has perfectly aligned bites. Some people have an overbite (which occurs when their upper teeth hang over the lower) or, the opposite, an underbite. Many people can go through life without getting this treatment and experience minimal issues. However, treatment can provide them with a stronger bite and minimize wear and tear issues, including excessive strain in the mouth. 

Crowded or Separated Teeth – May Cause Decay 

Do you have too many teeth in your mouth? Or are they spread far apart? These issues can cause tooth decay and cavities and may require treatment to manage correctly. Thankfully, an orthodontist can provide orthodontics in Easley, SC, to address this problem. They start by carefully repositioning the teeth with braces and, only if necessary, surgically moving the teeth in the mouth. 

Poor Jaw Alignment – Could Worsen With Time 

Your jaw alignment needs to be carefully managed to avoid problematic issues. For example, a poorly aligned jaw bone could lead to strain, TMJ pain, and much more. You could even lose more teeth or experience other concerns as a result. Thankfully, an orthodontic professional can provide in-depth care to help. They'll assess why your jaw is out of alignment and take steps to ensure that it is properly aligned to meet your needs.

Get Help Today 

At Waters Orthodontics, Dr. Waters, orthodontist, provides orthodontics in Easley, SC, for many patient types. He has worked on many different problems for many people over the years and is willing to do what it takes to help manage this issue. Call (864) 855-6360 to learn more about his treatment or to make an appointment for inspection and care. It's a step that may improve your life.

By Waters Orthodontics
October 05, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Clear Braces  

Do you have crooked teeth? If you are put off by the idea of having to wear the traditional metal braces you'll be glad to learn about clear ceramic braces. We'll explore some of the most common questions regarding the treatment below. To learn more, reach out to your orthodontist, Dr. David Waters of Waters Orthodontics.

Aren’t Clear Aligners and Clear Ceramic Braces in Easley, SC, the Same Thing?

It's easy to understand the confusion between the two, even among online search results the answers may not be clear. So let's make this simple, a clear aligner is a plastic tray that you wear as you would a mouthguard, They straighten your teeth gradually and are removable. Clear ceramic braces are closer to traditional braces, but they are made to not be as noticeable in your smile.

Are There Benefits to Using Clear Ceramic Braces Over Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners can correct a variety of dental conditions, but they are limited in what they can accomplish. For certain severe problems related to your bite, your orthodontist will typically prescribe braces instead. Clear ceramic braces can correct the majority of these and do so discreetly. Aligners also require a great deal of personal responsibility, making clear ceramic braces a good choice for teens and for anyone worried about risking their entire orthodontic treatment over being forgetful.

Are There Benefits to Using Traditional Metal Braces Over Clear Ceramic Braces?

Both of these apply the same method toward correcting your smile, the only big difference is what they are constructed with. Metal braces use stainless steel for most of their parts and clear ceramic braces use a transparent ceramic material for the brackets, which makes them a lot less visible, even on close inspection. Come into the office to see what they look like in person.

Clear Braces in Easley, SC

If you are ready to improve the way you look and to do so discreetly, then dial (864) 855-6360 to schedule a consultation for clear braces in Easley, SC, with Dr. Waters of Waters Orthodontics.

By Waters Orthodontics
April 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Braces   Orthodontist  

Find out when your child could benefit from visiting an orthodontist in Easley, SC.

When it comes to dental misalignments, the sooner we can fix the problem the better. While braces certainly can correct crooked and misaligned teeth, this isn’t the only benefit to your child’s smile. Straight teeth are also much easier to brush and floss properly, which also means that it will be easier for your little one to maintain a healthy smile that’s free from decay and other problems.

Our Easley, SC, orthodontist Dr. David Waters may recommend that your child get braces early on in life, which may seem surprising to hear. This is why bringing your child in for an orthodontic evaluation around the age of 7 is a great option. Our main goal is to stop problems before they turn into more severe ones down the road. Therefore, to prepare yourself for your child’s orthodontic treatment, here are the main things you need to know.

Types of Braces

Technology has made it possible to provide our patients with a variety of orthodontic options to fit their lifestyle. While traditional metal braces will always be an option, braces are also made from more discreet materials like ceramic and clear plastic. This is a great option for older children looking to straighten their smiles without their braces being obvious to the rest of the world.

Talk to our Easley, SC, orthodontist about which braces will work best and offer the best results for your child’s smile. An orthodontic consultation is the first thing that will occur before your child can get braces, as this will help us create an effective treatment plan beforehand.

Wearing Braces

The second visit will be to fit your child with his or her new braces. There is always an adjustment period when first wearing braces, and how long it takes them to adjust will depend on the type of braces they opt for. Children who experience any discomfort during this transitional process can use over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen to help ease these symptoms.

Also, depending on the type of braces your child gets, he or she may have some food restrictions. Dr. Waters will provide a detailed list of the foods that are safe and unsafe for your child’s braces.

Length of Treatment

How long your child wears their braces will depend on the severity of their problems. Most children wear braces for about 18 months, but it can take up to three years. During this treatment, your child will see our orthodontic team about every four to six weeks to ensure that everything is going according to their treatment plan.

If it’s time to schedule your child’s evaluation with Dr. Waters your Easley, SC, orthodontist, call Waters Orthodontics at (864) 855-6360 so we can put your child on the books. The sooner you and your child opt for orthodontic treatment the better your child’s oral health will be for the future.

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