By Waters Orthodontics
May 08, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Do you currently have braces? Here’s how to maintain good oral hygiene.

Getting an orthodontic treatment can provide a wide range of benefits to both children and adults. Getting braces doesn’t just give you a straighter smile, it can make speaking and chewing easier and also protect your smile from wear and tear and possible damage. Our Easley, SC, orthodontist Dr. David Waters offers a variety of ways to straighten teeth, from traditional metal braces to Invisalign. Once you get braces, it’s important to understand how to properly care for your smile throughout your treatment.

Your Oral Care Routine

If you have traditional braces, then you will probably need to spend a little more time brushing and flossing your teeth. You should brush your teeth after every meal or snack. By brushing and rinsing regularly throughout the day you reduce plaque buildup and prevent food from getting trapped in your braces. Here are some other oral care tips to follow with braces,

  • Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste (fluoride can keep tooth enamel strong and may even reverse early signs of decay)
  • You should brush your teeth for several minutes each time you brush. Be gentle, especially around braces. You can still get a thorough clean without using a heavy hand.
  • You absolutely must floss in order to get trapped food and plaque out from between teeth. Once our Easley, SC, orthodontist has placed your braces, our team may recommend using floss threader, which is easier to guide between teeth with braces than traditional floss.
  • Always rinse your mouth out with a fluoride mouthwash. You should also do this throughout the day.
  • Bring a travel-size oral care kit with you to work or school. It’s important that you are brushing your teeth after lunch and snacks. At the very least, make sure to rinse your mouth out with water or an antimicrobial mouthwash and then brush as soon as possible.

Your Diet

What you can and can’t eat will also change once you get braces. After all, there are certain foods that are too sticky, crunchy, and hard for braces, and could damage them. Your orthodontist will provide you with a list of foods such as caramel, corn on the cob, hard breads, and pretzels, which will be off-limits while you wear braces. You will also need to avoid chewing gum, which can stick to brackets and wires.

If you have Invisalign, you won’t have to change your diet but you will need to remove your aligners prior to eating or drinking. It’s important to remove them beforehand, as certain hot foods and drinks could warp or damage your aligners.

While our office is currently closed due to Covid-19, the team at Waters Orthodontics in Easley, SC, is still providing urgent and emergency dental care. If you are dealing with a toothache, bleeding, broken braces, or damaged tooth please call us right away at (864) 855-6360.

By Waters Orthodontics
March 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: orthodontics  

It's never too late to improve your smile with orthodontics. If you've been thinking about straightening your teeth, your Easley, SC, orthodontist, Dr. David Waters of Water Orthodontics, can help you consider your options.

Can braces help me?

Orthodontic treatment isn't just for children and teenagers. Straightening your teeth offers important benefits for adults too. If your teeth have shifted with age, or you weren't able to get braces when you were a child, orthodontic treatment can correct alignment issues that affect the appearance and function of your teeth.

Braces can even help you avoid tooth loss as you grow older, particularly if you have a bite problem. The problem occurs when your upper and lower teeth don't fit together as they should. Over time, excessive wear due to a bite problem can damage teeth and lead to tooth loss.

Fortunately, orthodontic treatment offers a simple way to protect your smile. Straightening your teeth also makes it easier to remove cavity-causing plaque from tooth surfaces, reducing your cavity risk.

Is orthodontic treatment an option if I have a crown or bridge?

Crowns, bridges and dental implants are not barriers to orthodontic treatment. Accommodating the restorations may require a little creativity, but they won't prevent you from improving your smile.

What kinds of problems can be treated with orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics can straighten crooked teeth, close gaps between teeth, and eliminate crowding. The treatment is also used to treat bite problems, including overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites.

What orthodontic options are available in Easley?

The best orthodontic option for you will depend on your straightening goals and your orthodontic issues. Metal braces are an option for just about everyone and can improve mild-to-severe orthodontic problems. In this treatment option, adjusting the tension of metal wires threaded through brackets attached to your teeth gradually re-positions your smile.

Ceramic braces use the same approach as metal braces but are a little less noticeable. Clear or tooth-colored wires are passed through tooth-colored brackets when you wear ceramic braces.

Interested? Give us a call

Transform your smile with orthodontics! Call Waters Orthodontics in Easley, SC, today by dialing (864) 855-6360.

By Waters Orthodontics
December 18, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: orthodontics  

Does your child need braces? Need an orthodontist in Easley, SC? Orthodontic treatment can correct misaligned teeth or gaps that your child has been self-conscious about for years. It can give your child the confidence and pride that come with a great smile. Led by Dr. David Waters, Waters Orthodontics in Easley, SC, offers orthodontic treatment to people of all ages. Here are 5 signs that your child could benefit from orthodontic work.

1. Your child has crooked teeth. Crooked teeth is the most common reasons to get dental braces. Dental braces are devices that apply gentle, controlled forces to the teeth to move them into better alignment. Many people associate straight teeth with beauty and health, and there's nothing wrong with wanting a straight smile for your child.

2. Your child has crowded teeth. A crowded mouth is the most common issue addressed by braces. Crowded teeth can have numerous causes. For some people, their bones are simply too small to contain all their teeth properly, which causes their teeth to shift and crowd together. Crowded teeth can also run in the family.

3. Your child has gapped teeth. Spacing is one of the more common issues addressed by orthodontic treatment. Large gaps between the teeth could impair the functioning of your child's bite and jaw. Braces have brackets and archwires that put pressure on teeth and slowly move them together, which closes gaps between teeth.

4. Your child has an improper bite. In orthodontics, “bite” refers to the way the lower and upper teeth come together. When your child bites down, their teeth should fit together. If your child's upper or lower teeth protrude significantly past the others, he or she may have a bite problem that need to be corrected with braces.

5. Your child has jaw pain. If your child's jaw is misaligned, it may put extra stress on their temporomandibular joints (TMJ), the hinges that attach the jaw to the head. Children who experience pain or soreness in this area may need dental braces to align their jaw and correct their bite.

Give your little one the gift of a beautiful, healthy smile. Call Waters Orthodontics at (864) 855-6360 right now to schedule a dental consultation with our orthodontist in Easley, SC. Creating beautiful, healthy smiles for our patients is what we do best!

By Waters Orthodontics
August 15, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Clear Braces  

Clear braces let people straighten their teeth without sacrificing their beautiful smiles. Clear braces are extremely popular, and our patients usually have questions about them— what they can eat and can't eat with them, whether they can even get them, what they cost, and more. We put together a list of frequently asked questions that should help you decide whether or not clear braces from your dentist in Easley, SC, are right for you!

What are ceramic braces?

Clear braces are just another type of ceramic braces. Ceramic braces are made of clear brackets that adhere to the front of your teeth. The type of bracket that's used has a high level of translucency, as opposed to a whitish, tooth-colored shade. They look like metal dental braces, except they’re clear and the brackets are smaller than metal brackets.

Can anyone get ceramic braces?

Ceramic braces are best for adults and older teenagers who can watch what they drink and eat. Most adults who come in to straighten their smile opt for clear braces. Kids generally have a hard time keeping the braces clear, so metal brackets are best for them. Your orthodontist will let you know what they recommend and if ceramic braces are an option for you.

How long does treatment take?

They don’t take longer than traditional braces! Ceramic braces are just as strong as metal braces, so your dental provider in Easley can put as much pressure on your clear braces as they would on metal braces. Most patients wear dental braces for 1–3 years, whether they’re silver, white, or clear.

Will I need a retainer after treatment?

Wearing a retainer after orthodontic treatment is an important step, because it keeps your teeth stable in their new positions. If you want your teeth to remain in their new positions, it's best to wear a retainer as directed by your dental provider. Removable retainers easily slide out of your mouth when you brush your teeth or eat. These retainers should be worn full-time for at least one year after your dental braces are removed.

Do ceramic braces cost more?

They cost slightly more than metal dental braces. The materials are more expensive, so the initial cost of ceramic dental braces is higher. Metal dental braces generally cost between $3,000 and $7,000, and clear braces usually cost between $4,000 and $8,000. Talk to your dental provider, though, as costs vary by orthodontist and location. If you don’t like the look of traditional braces, then the slightly more expensive clear, ceramic braces are worth it.

Take the first step towards a straight smile today. Call Waters Orthodontics at (864) 855-6360 right now to schedule a dental consultation in Easley, SC, and get the smile you deserve. A beautiful smile and a happier you are well on their way!

By Waters Orthodontics
April 19, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Braces  

Orthodontic appliances, or what we usually call braces, correct problems with jaw development, tooth alignment, and dental bite. At WatersBraces Orthodontics in Easley, SC, your orthodontist, Dr. David Waters, diagnoses and treats smile alignment issues in children, teens, and adults. Whatever the age of the patient, the aims are the same: improved oral health and better personal appearance.


Why wear braces?

The American Dental Association (ADA) says that orthodontists treat facial and dental imbalances, which is a somewhat technical way of saying your Easley orthodontist straightens crooked teeth, balances facial symmetry, and ensures that the top and bottom jaws come together correctly.

Some examples of the problems Dr. Waters sees are:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Openbite
  • Crossbite
  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Overjet (upper front teeth are too far forward when compared to the bottom front teeth)
  • Tooth rotation
  • Tooth tipping

Interestingly, most orthodontic patients are middle-school aged: 11 to 14 years old. However, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) reports that these days, adults comprise 20 percent of patients who wear traditional metal braces, ceramic braces (tooth-colored), lingual braces (tongue-side) or clear aligners such as Invisalign. There is no real age limit on orthodontic care!


The benefits to your health

The AAO also says straight teeth are healthier teeth because they are easier to brush and floss. Ease of oral hygiene translates to fewer cavities and less risk of developing periodontal disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in the US.

Plus, when an individual has well-balanced and functional jaw alignment, they are a plethora of functionality benefits, including

  • Clearer speech
  • More efficient biting and chewing
  • Lessened dental or facial pain
  • Fewer earaches
  • Fewer instances of TMJ/TMD

Finally, dentists and patients agree. When you have a wonderful smile, you feel confident, and those around you notice that. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) says that people react to a beautiful smile before they notice any other physical feature.


Considering braces?

Whether you need orthodontic correction or you are thinking about it for a child or teen in your life, please allow Waters Orthodontics to evaluate the case. Dr. David Waters and his team will give you the details you need to make the best decision possible for the healthiest of smiles. Call today: (864) 855-6360.

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