Why We Love Teachers At Reagin Orthodontics

Teachers are important members of our community. They help build the future by shaping the minds of kids, by educating and guiding the people who are going to make up the next generation. Teachers make a huge difference in our world by inspiring students and by bringing the light of knowledge into their lives. 

Think of a favorite teacher of your own—chances are it has been many years since you’ve been in their class, but you still vividly remember the lessons you learned or the ways in which your thinking was impacted by them. All too often, teachers are underappreciated and undervalued. As a token of appreciation, we’d like to reflect for a moment on the ways that teachers make a difference in our world and why we think they’re so important.

Teachers Inspire

It may not happen in every single class, but when you are inspired by a teacher, it’s like someone’s lit a fire within you. Teachers provide the spark that develops into a passion, whether it’s for science or the written word or something else entirely. School is where many people are first exposed to their true potential, and teachers facilitate that.

Teachers are also inspiring because of what they do. They devote so much time and energy into their students, and it’s often with little recognition. But if you talk to any teacher, they’ll tell you recognition isn’t what they are looking for anyways, and that kind of selfless dedication is inherently inspiring. 

Teachers Encourage

When a kid says “I can’t,” teachers are there to tell them “yes you can.” Encouragement is important, especially for kids who are younger or more timid. It can take time and effort, but a bit of patient encouragement can make all the difference. 

Teachers Motivate

stack of books with apple on topEncouragement goes hand in hand with motivation. Teachers strive to nurture their students and foster growth, which requires a good deal of effort in some cases and different things for different students. Motivation is an important factor in learning—it’s difficult to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Teachers are there to see the potential in their students and motivate them to achieve and work towards that potential.  

Teachers Act as Role Models 

Not every child has an adult at home that acts as a positive role model. They might not be conscious of it, but the teachers they see every day at school influence the adults they will become by modeling positive behavior and good decisions.

Teachers Are Leaders

In addition to being strong role models, teachers act as leaders. They model characteristics of what a good person should be. They support, encourage, and lift others up. In many ways, the lessons taught in a classroom involve much more than curriculum. Many of the lessons are inherent or less prominent, whether the teacher is correcting behavior or modeling it,

As student advocates, teachers also play a crucial leadership role both in their schools and in the greater community. Nobody knows the needs of students better than the teachers who spend so much time building them up, and teachers lead the way in creating the ideal environments for their students.

Teachers Help Students Realize Potential

Some students take to school like a duck to water and seem to know what to do and how to excel naturally. Others need a little help or need someone who has vision, who can believe in them. Sometimes a student can’t see his or her own potential, but a teacher can, and a teacher can then provide the support needed to help develop that potential.

Teachers Provide Safe Havens

We all wish that the world were safer for our kids. Unfortunately, the harsh reality is that domestic violence, bullying, peer pressure, sexual harassment, discrimination, and poverty are all things that children might have to weather daily. A good teacher can be a hero for these children by lending a sympathetic ear and helping children find safe and supportive ways to solve their problems.

Teachers Help Fight Poverty

Poverty is not a simple issue with a simple solution, but education is one of the most vital tools for fighting poverty. While an education will not guarantee a ticket out of poverty, literacy skills and a basic education help make it possible for families to overcome social and economic barriers. Education can give people not just knowledge, but a skill set for navigating and understanding the world and improving their lives.  

Teachers Help Build Community

A good school forms the center of a community, where students and their families come together to learn, share resources, and invest in their children. Teachers are the backbone of this community, creating the classroom and extracurricular experiences around which everything revolves.

When teachers inspire, motivate, encourage, act as role models and leaders, build community, help show students their potential and help students when they are coming from conditions that are less than ideal, they’re helping to shape the world. 

It’s important to invest just as much into our teachers as they invest in their students—after all, it’s an investment in the future. But it’s also a way to show gratitude for the teachers who shaped you and helped influence the person you are today.  

We want to thank and help give back to our teachers. That’s why we are running a Teachers Wishlist Challenge from August 1st – September 30th.  Our Teacher Wishlist Contest is our way of helping teachers offset the cost of their classroom supplies.

Vote for your favorite teacher before then! We will be giving $250 to four different area teachers as a way to offset the costs of buying items on their wishlist. 

If you are a teacher, we also offer discounts on our services for you and your family. It’s another way for us to thank you for the difference you make in our community.

Do You Have a Normal Bite?

Have you ever wondered if your bite is normal? What even is a normal bite?

The History of the Normal Bite

As early as the 1800s, dentists saw a need to classify what a normal bite might look like.  The need for this classification arose as dentists made false or prosthetic type teeth to replace missing ones.   

If you are missing one or two teeth, it is likely obvious where the teeth go. However, imagine replacing an entire upper arch of teeth—dentists need to know where to put them!  Edward Angle, a young prosthodontist (basically, a dentist the specializes in prosthetics), was one of the first to recognize this and work to put together a classification system or guide for replacing teeth.

graphic showing the three classes as developed by angle
Source: Quizlet

Angle’s Classification System

Edward Angle was a prosthodontist as well as the father of modern orthodontics. He gave us the first useful classification of bites in 1890, Angle’s Classification System. With this system, he provided a relatively simple definition of normal as well as abnormal bites.  

Angle’s classification was based on the relationship or articulation of the upper first molar to the lower first molar. Generally, he classified molars as being Class I, Class II and Class III depending on their sagittal position. Class I is a normal molar relationship, Class II is similar to buck teeth or “overbite,” and Class III is similar to an underbite.  

Larrys Andrews’ Six Keys

Larry Andrews expanded on Angle’s work. Andrews recognized that even when Angle’s classification was achieved, some bites still did not look or fit well. During the 1960s, he found 120 people with what was deemed a normal bite, according to Angle and according to professional judgment.   

These models met Angle’s criteria but further than that he could find no flaws in the way the teeth were arranged nor how they appeared to function.  He was the next big player in developing a system that went further to describe a normal bite. From these 120 models, he developed six keys to normal bite.  

child smilingThose 6 keys are: 

  1.  The posterior teeth should be positioned normally according to Angle’s classification.  
  2. The angulation (or tip) of each tooth. He stated that the gingival portion of the long axis of each tooth should be more distal to the incisal portion the same tooth. 
  3. Inclination or torque.  The front teeth should be angled so that they do not over-erupt into a severe overbite. 
  4. No rotated teeth 
  5. No spaces between the teeth.  
  6. The plane of the bite in the lateral view should be flat and not excessively curved.

Angle and Andrews are a great place to start when looking at a normal bite.  Once we have established a baseline of where teeth should be, we can then diagnose how much they deviate from that baseline.  

We consider these factors when looking at bites and building treatment plans for our patients:

  1. The Face. Esthetics place a huge role in orthodontic diagnosing and treatment plans.
  2. The upper and lower jaws and how they relate to each other.
  3. Andrews’ 6 keys to occlusion (or 6 keys to a good bite)
  4. Angle’s classification system

If you would like to schedule a complimentary bite or smile analysis to see if your bite is normal, don’t hesitate to give us a call today at 843-871-4411!

Considering Direct Smile Aligners? READ this first!

Don’t let your DIY orthodontics become a Pinterest Fail

You see them everywhere these days…those ads from mail-order aligner companies promising to give you perfect teeth, with little hassle, all without ever making you leave your house.

Of course, that sounds like a great idea. It’s convenient, yes. And while we have super comfortable chairs and a really welcoming office, the idea of putting on aligners on your own couch while watching Netflix is appealing. You could even post about your newly straightened teeth on Pinterest!

The problem with these companies, though, is the lack of hands-on, personal oversight. Without an orthodontist, you could suffer serious, irreversible damage to your teeth. You might save a little gas money, but your teeth could ultimately pay the price if you use one of these companies–and that would make for one massive Pinterest fail.

Still on the fence? Here are several reasons why mail-order aligners are a bad idea:

1) You don’t have regular checkups.

With traditional treatment, you’ll visit the orthodontist for x-rays, initial photos and a diagnostic plan (the most important part). After your initial smile analysis, you’ll revisit in 8-12 week intervals to see if you need new aligners, your bands need to be tightened, and for your overall dental health. From start to finish, treatment can take as little as 6 months.

With mail-order, you don’t have regular checkups. They send you a kit to help you take impressions of your teeth, you send it back, and your new aligners are mailed to you with instructions. Convenient, yes, but not the best way to treat your teeth.

The companies claim your treatment will be done in three to six months, and you’ll never likely see a licensed professional before or after that.

Who is checking the diagnostic plan? 90% of the time it’s not an orthodontist (a dentist with 2-3 years extra training in tooth movement). Instead it’s anyone with a dental license regardless of their education and training in tooth movement. The huge problem here is dental school doesn’t teach you about tooth movement. You need further education to become an orthodontist to understand how to do that.

Who is evaluating the final bite to see if your “new bite” will cause you harm in the future? No one.

What about the overall health of the bones and gums as the teeth move…who is monitoring that? No one.

2) You’ll receive substandard care.

Aligning your bite and straightening your teeth isn’t a quick fix. It’s a slow process that’s all about shifting ligaments and bones around your teeth. If this isn’t done the right way, and if it’s not closely monitored, you can do serious, even irreparable damage to your pearly whites.

The American Association of Orthodontics (they’re really smart people) even issued a warning about this. “The risks associated with ‘do it yourself’ orthodontics can, and should be, avoided,” they said.

We agree.

3) The mail-order company doesn’t know what it doesn’t know.

In other words, you can’t begin orthodontic treatment until your teeth and gums are cleared by a dentist. And, in many cases, you need a dental specialist, periodontist, to further evaluate your bone health prior to starting orthodontic treatment.

If you have problems like gingivitis, periodontitis, chipped teeth or cavities, an orthodontist is going to send you back to a dentist to get these taken care of first.

You’re not going to get that type of treatment and interaction from a mail-order company.

4) Your insurance probably won’t pay.

The mail-order companies advertise that their treatment is often covered. But self-treatment, without the right supervision, likely wouldn’t be a covered expense in most insurance plans.

Insurance companies aren’t going to pay for something that doesn’t meet their quality standards–because when the treatment fails, more expenses are headed their way.

5) Cost.

Most of these companies charge around $2,200 for alignment and retainers. This fee is for very limited simple fixes. But guess what? MOST orthodontists can give you a better, faster result for simple fixes at or near the same fee.

Our advice to you: Stay away from do-it-yourself orthodontic care. If not, you’re taking a big risk and only asking for trouble.

Schedule an appointment with a licensed orthodontist, like Reagin Orthodontics, to learn more about your options when it comes to making your teeth pretty enough for the perfect Pinterest post!

Invisalign Or Braces?

What is the difference? (Hint:not cost)

Considering braces or Invisalign to straighten your teeth? Many patients have questions regarding these different treatment options. What is more affordable? Will Invisalign be as effective as braces? What is the best treatment choice for my teeth? At Reagin Orthodontics, we want all of our patients to have an incredible experience and finish their orthodontic treatment with the best result possible.

Braces
Traditional braces have come a long way over the years. They are sleeker, smaller and more comfortable. At Reagin Orthodontics we use high quality American made brackets and that is certainly something to smile about! Traditional braces consist of small brackets bonded directly to the teeth with adhesive and a wire that connects them all together. They require periodic adjustments approximately every 6-8 weeks throughout the course of treatment to align the teeth. We offer metal brackets with a wide array of colored elastics and clear ceramic brackets for those looking for something more discrete!

Invisalign®
Clear aligner therapy, such as Invisalign, is an alternative to traditional metal braces. The clear aligner system is a series of customized, virtually invisible aligners that are designed to gradually move teeth over time. You may be surprised to learn the cost of Invisalign® treatment is comparable to braces! Dr. Reagin has spent extensive time learning how to use clear aligners to achieve the same results as braces and nearly 80% of our patients are able to select Invisalign as a treatment method. These aligners are removable which means there are no dietary restrictions, you can brush and floss normally, and there are virtually no emergency appointments needed! There are also fewer appointments required which mean less time away from work and school! You might be surprised to learn that the cost of Invisalign treatment is comparable braces.

If you are considering orthodontic care, call and schedule a complimentary consultation to find out what the best treatment options are for you and your family!  843-871-4411

Goop Be Gone!

Impressions are so last century!

When you ask someone what they liked least about their orthodontic experience, almost everyone can agree: the goop from impressions!  Well, goop be gone! Summerville’s Reagin Orthodontics is nearly impression free. We have the latest technology on standby to help us provide our patients with the most enjoyable orthodontic experience.

The 3D scanning technology enhances the experience that patients have at Reagin Orthodontics by eliminating one of the aspects of treatment that people dislike most!

At Reagin Orthodontics, we have integrated intraoral scanners into models, banded expanders, space maintainers, Invisalign, and retainers.  With this awesome tool, there is rarely a need for our patients to experience those goopy impressions! This is just one more way we are helping our patients smile with confidence!

The First Visit :)

Are you considering orthodontic treatment for you or your child???

Have you recently wondered, but for whatever reason delayed making your first appointment? Here at Reagin Orthodontics, we want to take the “?” out of “what happens at my first visit?”

After arriving at Reagin Orthodontics, our talented team will welcome you and immediately have you tour the office. We want you to be familiar with every nook and cranny that you will be calling your orthodontic home for the next few months.

Marie, our treatment coordinator will meet with you to take initial records. This basically means x-rays and photos. So smile big for the camera!  After the records are taken, Dr. Reagin will perform a full oral exam and identify any orthodontic concerns.

Marie and Dr. Reagin will discuss the appliances with you and the schedule of treatment. Some of our most common appliances include: Invisalign, metal braces, elastics (rubber bands), Herbst appliance, separators, expander, positioner, retainers, separators, and the twin block appliance.

Finally, we discuss your investment in a confident smile! What size investment it will take to have your smile as bright as you are so you can smile with confidence. We offer flexible payment options so that everyone can enjoy a beautiful, confident smile.

ICE, ICE BABY

To Chew or Not to Chew

Have you ever finished your sweet tea or soda just to chew on a few remaining ice cubes on a hot summer day? For some, it’s the chew, for others it’s the temperature, whatever the reason should be – STOP! 

Chewing on ice can be a really addictive habit that is hard to break and is detrimental to your teeth. Now that we are in the middle of our hottest season, ice chewing can be at an all time high! Reagin Orthodontics and dentist offices in the greater Summerville area can be crowded by broken or cracked teeth, gum injuries, and damaged appliances from chewing on ice. Not to mention, your jaw muscles can become sore and sensitive, causing crowns to become damaged, and enamel be worn away.

According to the Mayo Clinic, Craving and chewing ice (pagophagia) is often associated with iron deficiency anemia, although the reason is unclear. At least one study indicates that ice chewing might increase alertness in people with iron deficiency anemia. Less commonly, other nutritional problems may cause you to crave and chew ice.

It’s hot. We get it! We also get that you deserve a smile as bright as you and want you to be able to smile with confidence for years to come. Just a helpful hint from your friends at Reagin Orthodontics!

Join Our Team!

Are you our next Orthodontic Assistant?

Our progressive and highly respected orthodontic team in Summerville is looking for a full time Orthodontic Assistant.  We offer paid time off, paid holidays and bonuses. To the right person we offer a fun and challenging career. Orthodontic experience is preferred.

Most of all, we are looking for someone with excellent people skills and an enthusiasm to grow, change and learn with us.

Please submit a cover letter as to why you would be a good candidate and also your resume to summervillebraces@gmail.com with Asst. as the subject.

Reagin Orthodontics

401 W. 4th North St.

Summerville, SC 29483

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Do I Need A Referral?

Have you seen your dentist lately? Did you talk about orthodontics?

Most people don’t while having their regular checkup. There is great news though! You don’t need a referral at Reagin Orthodontics.

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While we do welcome our patients with referrals, we encourage anyone to call us. If you are curious or concerned about your oral health it’s important to set up an orthodontics consultation directly by calling Reagin Orthodontics (843-471-4411) today.

Are you concerned about the price of orthodontic treatment? Don’t be! We offer many flexible payment options. Our in house financing options available and in all cases we will offer up the initial consultation for orthodontic treatment completely free of charge.

This means that you can have all of your questions answered by Dr. Reagin at no risk to you and completely free of charge. To book a free consultation contact Reagin Orthodontics today.

WE’RE IN THE FINAL ROUND! THANK YOU!!!

Thank you for your continued support! Reagin Orthodontics is proud to announce that we are defending our 2016 title as the Orthodontist selected by the Post & Courier’s Charleston Choice Awards!  It’s because of your support we made it to the final round! Please help us defend our title and vote for Reagin Orthodontics today by clicking here (or on the image below)!! 

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