Posts for category: Oral Health

By Waters Orthodontics
September 21, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Braces   Clear Braces  

How clear braces from your orthodontist in Easley, South Carolina can straighten your teeth discreetly.

You want a straight smile, and now there is a new way to achieve it. It’s clear braces, the modern take on orthodontic treatment. In fact, when you wear clear braces, they will be virtually undetectable to people around you. All your friends and family will see is your beautiful, straight smile.

Dr. David Waters at Waters Orthodontics in Easley, South Carolina offers a wide selection of orthodontic options, including clear braces.

There is a lot to like about clear braces, and that’s why they have become so popular. When you choose clear braces to straighten your smile, you will enjoy these fantastic benefits:

  • Discreet treatment, because clear braces are virtually undetectable to people around you
  • Comfortable treatment, because clear braces are made of smooth plastic, with no sharp parts
  • Convenient treatment, because you can remove the clear braces when you eat, to better enjoy the foods you love
  • Healthy treatment, because you can remove the clear braces to brush and floss normally

Clear braces are revolutionary plastic appliances, known as aligners. You receive your first set of aligners, which you wear for two weeks, and then you move on to a new set of aligners, which you also wear for two weeks.

You move on to a new set of aligners every two weeks and visit your dentist every few weeks to monitor your progress. Treatment with clear braces is complete in an average of nine to fifteen months.

So, are clear braces right for you? The truth is, clear braces are an excellent choice for most people, especially if you have an underbite, overbite, crossbite, or open bite. Clear braces can also close up gaps between your teeth, and realign rotated, crowded teeth. Dr. Waters will do a comprehensive examination, including imaging, to determine whether clear braces are the right choice for you and your smile.

You deserve a beautiful, straight smile, and clear braces can help you achieve it. To find out more about clear braces and other orthodontic services, call Dr. David Waters of Waters Orthodontics in Easley, South Carolina at (864) 855-6360. Call today.

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
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.

By Waters Orthodontics
February 14, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: orthodontics  

Bite and alignment problems (known as malocclusions) are fairly common and range in severity from mild enough that they don't Orthodonticsnecessarily require correction, to significant enough to require orthodontic treatment with braces. Although most orthodontic treatment tends to occur in childhood, it is never too late to invest in orthodontic treatment, with many adults getting braces for the first time in their 20s, 30s, and beyond. Like all dental technology, braces have progressed a long way in the last few decades and now come in a variety of styles. Dr. David Waters, an orthodontist in Easley, SC, offers several treatment options for pediatric and adult patients looking for a straighter, healthier smile.

 

Orthodontic Treatment in Easley, SC

One of the most common orthodontic issues is an overbite, where the top teeth do not align and protrude over the lower teeth. Mild overbites usually don't require orthodontic treatment, but you can't tell if you will need braces just by looking at your teeth. A dental exam and evaluation by an orthodontist are necessary to determine the extent of any bite issues and the best way to treat them.

Other bite problems that may require orthodontic treatment include:

  • Crowding
  • Excessive spacing
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Mismatched midlines
  • Underbite

 

Types of Braces

Traditional metallic braces are still the most common, but there are several additional options depending on the type and severity of the malocclusion, as well as on the patient. In addition to the metallic variety, ceramic braces are another popular option, especially for adults looking for a more discreet method to correct their bite. Like metallic braces, they consist of brackets and wires, but the ceramic makes the brackets clear and much less noticeable on the teeth.

 

Find an Orthodontist in Easley, SC

For more information about the different types of braces and orthodontic appliances available, contact Waters Orthodontics by calling (864) 855-6360 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Waters today.