By Waters Orthodontics
July 03, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: orthodontics  

Do you know all you should about orthodontic care? Dr. David Waters delivers precise orthodontics in Easley, SC, giving patients their best orthodonticsoral health, function and aesthetics. That's the heart of treatment with braces. If you want to know more about the orthodontic process, read these frequently asked questions about braces. You'll get a fuller understanding of this important dental specialty.

What is the purpose of braces?

Basically, braces straighten crooked smiles so teeth are easier to brush and floss, better looking and well functioning. When your teeth bite together correctly, you speak properly, eat your food efficiently and avoid premature enamel deterioration. Orthodontic treatment often helps people who suffer from headaches, ear pain and jaw joint problems (TMJ), too.

Who can be treated with braces?

Most orthodontic patients begin treatment between the ages of ten and fourteen because a young jaw is most receptive to correction. However, older teenagers and adults with healthy teeth and gums may receive orthodontic care, too. There really is no age limit.

When should a child be evaluated by your Easley orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists (Dr. Waters is a member) recommends children be evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7 to facilitate treatment planning and take advantage of their young bone structure. This concept is called interceptive care.

What kinds of braces does Dr. Waters offer?

He offers conventional metal and ceramic braces.

How long does treatment take?

Typical treatment time for conventional ceramic or metal braces is two and a half years.

Is oral hygiene with braces difficult?

Metal, ceramic and lingual (tongue-side) braces present unique challenges. Flossing with a WaterPik or with special orthodontic floss, floss threaders and tiny interdental brushes is the rule so patients do not develop tooth decay or gum disease during treatment.

What happens when the dentist removes a patient's braces?

To avoid the movement of teeth back into their former positions, Dr. Waters recommends wearing a retainer. Other choices include the Hawley retainer, made of acrylic and wire, and the fixed retainer which is bonded to the back of the patient's teeth.

Bring your other questions

Dr. Waters will be happy to answer them during a consultation in his Easley, SC, office. For an appointment, please call Waters Orthodontics at (864) 855-6360.