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!

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.

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!

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