Posts for tag: Braces

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
November 06, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Braces   Metal Braces  

Find out whether or not tooth-colored braces are the best orthodontic treatment for you.

Metal BracesAre you dealing with a crooked, misaligned smile? If so, then you may feel rather embarrassed or uncomfortable to smile in public. In some cases, this misalignment may even affect how your teeth function. Luckily, orthodontic treatment can help improve not just the appearance but also the health of your smile. Orthodontic treatment has come a long way over the years, and now our Easley, SC, orthodontist, Dr. David Waters, offers more discreet treatment options from which to choose.

What are ceramic braces?

Okay, so when you think of braces you most likely think of traditional metal braces, right? That’s pretty understandable, they’ve been around forever! However, imagine if the same bracket-and-wire design existed, but now instead of metal, the brackets were made from a transparent material. In some cases, the wires may also be transparent, too. This is what ceramic braces look like!

Ceramic braces take on the exact approach and function as traditional braces, the only difference being the material used. After all, traditional braces are able to fix a variety of dental issues, including more complicated movements and even the shifting of jaws. Despite these benefits, our Easley, SC, orthodontic dentist understands that many teens and adults don’t want their braces to be obvious to the whole world. In this case, ceramic braces can still give you the results you want in a more discreet way.

How to Care for Your Ceramic Braces

This is one thing you’ll really have to consider before deciding whether ceramic braces are for you. Caring for your braces doesn’t have to be difficult, but it will take some getting used to—you’ll have to learn to brush and floss around brackets and wires in order to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.

Of course, since your ceramic braces are transparent, it’s now more important than ever to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent your braces from becoming stained. While it can be a major benefit to wear braces that blend in with your teeth, if you don’t properly clean and care for your braces, discolorations can set in.

Furthermore, there are certain foods and drinks that you’ll want to avoid if you want to keep your braces free from stains. Any foods or drinks that can produce stains, such as tomato sauce, coffee, tea, or red wine should largely be avoided if you want to keep your braces looking their very best.

Call Today!

Are you interested in finding out more about ceramic braces or any other options we offer in Easley, SC? If so, don’t hesitate to call Waters Orthodontics today at (864) 855-6360 to schedule your free consultation. A straighter smile is just a phone call away!

By Waters Orthodontics
July 11, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Braces  

Braces careWearing braces is a great way to not only enhance your appearance but also improve your oral health by eliminating the crevices and spaces that crowded or gapped teeth have. Unfortunately, your extra "hardware" can trap food around it. It's important to understand the best way to keep your teeth clean while wearing braces, and your orthodontist in Easley, SC, Dr. David Waters, has provided a few tips here.

Brushing

Just as you would without braces, you should aim for brushing at least twice a day for two minutes at a time with a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild toothpaste or gel. Your Easley orthodontist suggests brushing with short, circular strokes to make sure you're getting in between the brackets and wires. There are also special devices you can use to make sure you're effectively cleaning your teeth while wearing braces; one is an interdental brush, which looks similar to a small pipe cleaner with a handle. These handy tools easily fit under the wires so you can make sure no food particles are left behind.

Flossing

Flossing can be difficult enough without braces; when you're trying to thread a string through the maze of metal without getting it snagged, it can seem almost impossible! A floss threader can make this easier for you; it's a thin piece of plastic that guides the floss between your teeth. An oral irrigator, also known as a water flosser, can also be a great way to make sure you're removing plaque from hard-to-reach areas while you're wearing braces.

Regular checkups

It's important to stay current on your checkups with your general dentist while you have braces. Most dentists have special tools that do an excellent job of working around the wires and brackets so your teeth and gums can stay healthy while you're straightening your smile. Your Easley orthodontist can make some suggestions for local dentists if you need them.

If you or your child is in need of braces, or you need more information about keeping your teeth clean while wearing braces, contact Waters Orthodontics in Easley, SC, today!

By Waters Orthodontics
May 02, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Braces   orthodontics  

Do you need an Orthodontist in Easley, SC?braces

Braces fix bad bites and malocclusions, crooked or crowded teeth, by applying pressure on each tooth to put them into their proper position.

Earlier Treatment:

Dental issues mentioned above usually begin at 6 and 12 years of age, but orthodontic treatment usually begins around 8 to 14 years of age, because children's bone structure is still developing.

The exact duration of treatment varies from one person to another but may last up to 3 years. The braces move your child's teeth into their proper positions and, after your child no longer needs to wear braces, they will need to wear a retainer so their teeth don't shift back into their previous positions.

Adult Treatment:

Your Easley orthodontist can treat adults as well. No one is too old for braces. They work the same as for children. Braces add light pressure to teeth to move them into their proper position. There is a bigger risk of gum disease in adults though, so visit your dentist on a regular basis.

Caring for Teeth:

During Treatment:

  • Make sure to wear a mouth guard if you're playing a sport.
  • Don't skip your orthodontist's appointment to ensure braces are adjusted properly and that there's no hardened plaque on teeth and/or around gums.
  • Avoid eating certain foods, such as popcorn, corn, or sticky foods.
  • Floss and brush your teeth after every meal, and make sure you change your toothbrush every 3 months or when bristles are frayed.

After Treatment:

  • Wearing a retainer will help maintain the position of your teeth.
  • Continue brushing and flossing, and consider fluoride-containing products.
  • Visit your doctor for professional cleanings.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding child or adult orthodontic treatment, then call your Easley, SC, orthodontist Dr. David Waters.

By Waters Orthodontics
April 10, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Did you know that even traditional braces can be more discreet?clear braces

If you are dealing with severe misalignments or crookedness then our Easley, SC, orthodontist Dr. David Waters might decide that the best option is traditional braces. Of course, if you are a teen or adult who is just now fixing these issues the idea of wearing these regular braces might make you feel a bit self-conscious. Fortunately, we have another way to make your traditional braces a bit subtler.

While ceramic braces are the same style and size of metal braces, the main difference is that they are made from clear brackets, so that when they are bonded to the front of your teeth most people won’t immediately notice them. This is a major advantage over having obvious metal brackets on your teeth that are easily visible every time you smile. You can even talk to our Easley, SC, braces specialist about whether it’s possible to also get tooth-colored wires to make your entire orthodontic system less visible.

Of course, some people may wonder why they can’t just get Invisalign, a system that straightens their smile using completely clear custom-made aligners that fit over teeth similarly to mouthguards. While Invisalign might be right for some, it isn’t the best option for more complicated tooth movements or to fix more severe bite problems, and it isn’t great for those who might be tempted to not wear their aligners more often than not. In both of these cases, ceramic braces are a better option. After all, while Invisalign might offer a more discreet appearance than any other orthodontic system it isn’t often as efficient as regular braces for realigning teeth and closing up gaps.

While ceramic braces could certainly be a great option for you, it’s important that you properly care for your braces throughout the course of your treatment. Since ceramic is clear, it can still stain. Stains will make your braces far more noticeable to those around you, not to mention a bit unpleasant to look at. To prevent stains you want to make sure you are brushing and flossing properly. Our orthodontist will also provide you with a list of foods that you can and cannot eat throughout the course of your treatment.

Do you need to schedule your orthodontic consultation? Want to find out if ceramic braces might be the best option for straightening your smile? Then call Water Orthodontics in Easley, SC, today to book your visit with us.