16 November 2018
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.
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.
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!
8 August 2017
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.
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 less discrete!
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! 843-871-44111
31 July 2017
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!
27 July 2017
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.
26 July 2017
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!
23 July 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with Asst. as the subject.
401 W. 4th North St.
Summerville, SC 29483
20 July 2017
Do I Need A Peferral?
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.
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.
5 July 2017
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)!!
15 June 2017
Have You Heard???
Straight from Jessica Chander of Kickin’ 92.5…
“I am officially finished with Invisalign and I am so glad I chose Reagin Orthodontist to fix my smile! The amazing staff and facility made getting my smile so much more special! Every step of the process was easy and I would do it all over again!” – Jessica Chandler, Kickin’ 92.5
Listen to our new radio spot featuring Jessica Chandler from Kickin’ 92.5 and Campbell!
5 June 2017
Win A Pair Of Snap Spectacles!
| Win a pair of SNAP SPECTACLES! |
What: Post a photo of you wearing our sunglasses & use #ILUVRO on Instagram or Facebook.
When: One winner will be announced each month: June, July and August.