Posts for tag: orthodontics

By Waters Orthodontics
March 08, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   orthodontics  

Braces. They conjure up images of unsightly headgear, hours and hours at the bathroom sink, and cumbersome retainers. However, today's orthodontic treatment from Dr. David Waters at Waters Orthodontics in Easley, SC, is more comfortable and efficient than ever before. Learn here about the importance of orthodontics.

What is orthodontia?

It's the dental specialty that corrects a variety of cosmetic and functional smile issues stemming from:

  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Bite problems (malocclusion)
  • Crooked teeth
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Missing teeth
  • Oral injury
  • Differences in tooth size and jaw size

Besides correcting aesthetic issues, the orthodontic treatment creates smiles that are easier to keep clean, thus avoiding the perils of tooth decay and gum disease. Also, correctly aligned teeth and jaws are far less prone to jaw joint pain and headache caused by Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, or TMJ/TMD.

Should you get braces?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children receive an orthodontic examination by age seven to make treatment, if necessary, easier. Most young people who do need braces begin wearing them before the age of 14. However, the Association also says that about 20 percent of current orthodontic patients are adults. 

To settle the question of getting or not getting orthodontic treatment, we perform a complete dental examination, noting tooth number, size, shape, and position. We take digital X-rays to look at roots and bone structure and evaluate the size and shape of your upper and lower jaws. We also note how upper and lower mandibles close together. Oral impressions allow us to create a study model to determine the best course of treatment for you as needed.

Life with Braces

Your dentist will determine what kind of braces are best for your particular needs. Appliances may include:

  • Traditional metal or ceramic braces
  • Lingual, or tongue-side, braces
  • Clear aligners from Invisalign
  • Palatal expanders which widen the jaw
  • Space maintainers to leave room for erupting adult teeth

 
While conventional braces often impose dietary restrictions and oral hygiene routines which can be complex, clear aligners are removable and easy to clean. Treatment times, of course, vary case to case, but generally, clear aligners straighten smiles more quickly than other kinds of braces.

Your smile goals

Orthodontic treatment could be the path to your aesthetic smile goals and your best oral health. Why not contact Dr. David Waters at Waters Orthodontics in Easley, SC? Call us 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
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.

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.