Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry

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!