Braces Aren’t Just For Kids

Thirty years ago, it’s seemed like braces were primarily for kids. 

In the last decade or so, we’ve seen a new, encouraging trend: More and more adults are hopping on the braces train. It’s true! Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. 

Today, a lot of our adult customers are simply looking for a boost in self-esteem and the confidence to smile without reservation on their professional headshots or family Christmas pictures–or even on job interviews and a first date!

In fact, 40% of our patients are adults who’ve decided that they’re ready for an orthodontic correction. So it’s not some kind of weird thing to be a 40-year-old with braces or aligners. It’s actually pretty normal these days. 

But too many adults still aren’t’ comfortable with the idea of braces. They’ve gotten used to tight-lipped, half-hearted smiles. Maybe their parents just weren’t able to take care of their orthodontic issues, and they’ve come to believe that crooked teeth and mouth pain are just a way of life. But it doesn’t have to be this way. 

We have adults come in for orthodontic treatment that might include Invisalign, clear braces or other limited treatment options that make getting a confident smile easy and convenient. 

They also realize that choosing braces will save their teeth by improving long-term oral health that they might not have had in the past. Adults have the amazing ability to adapt to oral issues and might be maybe overcompensating by chewing or smiling in a certain way. 

But what seems like a small issue now will become a bigger issue the older you get. Your teeth shift as you get older. So dealing with these issues now can save you a lot of discomfort later. 

The good news is that we’re here to help. 

Reagin Orthodontics specializes in the unique needs and desires of adult patients. And once we’ve got your teeth lined up in perfect rows, we’re happy to help you with teeth whitening options to brighten your new smile. Let us know what we can do for you. 

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

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.

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!

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What is a Water Flosser?

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At Reagin Orthodontics we are all about good oral health! Daily brushing and flossing of your teeth as well as maintaining your 6 month visits to your dentist is the cornerstone of good oral health.

One of the most important areas of your mouth to clean is in-between your teeth and around the tooth/gum junction. These are the first places bacterial plaque will form, and it is also the hardest to keep clean.  Water flossers, like Waterpik™, are a good tool to clean between the teeth and around orthodontic appliances.

At Reagin Orthodontics we really like the use of water flossers. Here is what we have found:

Waterpik™ makes several types of water flossers including some just for kids. Personally, we like the countertop Waterpik™ Ultra Water Flosser, since it holds a good amount of liquid and patients find they have more control over the water pressure than the cordless Waterpik™. The Ultra Water Flosser runs about $60, but if you live by a Costco you can get both the Ultra Water Flosser and the Cordless Plus Water Flosser for only $79.

Water flossers typically come with several attachments and you can try them all out if you like, but the Classic Jet Tip works best. If you have braces the Plaque Seeker and Orthodontic Tips can help you clean around the brackets.

 

What to expect at your Initial Orthodontic Consultation

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When you meet an orthodontist for an initial consultation, we strongly recommend consideration of the following:

– What is the practices philosophy? Make sure it lines up with what you are looking for.

– What is the orthodontist’s level of experience and how long have they been practicing?

– Does the practice have multiple offices forcing you to go to different office locations for your appointments?

– Is the orthodontic practice conveniently located close to your home, office or child’s school?

– Ask to see before-and-after photos of previous patients. Are the results to your liking?

– How varied and advanced are the treatments offered? Revolutionary new technologies such as temporary mini-screws, translucent aligner scanning (such as Invisalign and Invisalign Teen) and self-ligating brackets.

– Is the orthodontist familiar with the different cutting edge accelerated treatment options such as AcceleDent, Propel, and Wilckodontics?

– What is the orthodontist’s diagnosis and plan of action for your teeth and how clearly has it been explained to you? Did the orthodontist provide information about alternatives? How practical is the treatment plan in light of your personal, business and social needs?

– What is the office ambiance like? Specifically, are you (or your child) comfortable with the orthodontist’s chair-side manner? Is the staff friendly, welcoming and quick to address your concerns? Since orthodontic treatment takes an average of two years, with appointments typically every six to eight weeks, it is important to establish a rapport with all of those who will be providing services.

– Emergencies are unlikely, but just in case, what is the office protocol?

– What are the financing options? Are their multifamily discounts? Paid in full discounts?

– Does the fee for treatment include retainers and is there a “Lifetime Guarantee” offered? Make sure to ask.

– Does the practice focus on educating you (and/or your child) on the care of their braces and/or appliances?

At Reagin Orthodontics we believe that finding an orthodontist you trust is like forming any important relationship in your life. Do some research, get to know them, ask your friends and trust your instincts!

Do I need to floss my teeth with braces?

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Absolutely! At Reagin Orthodontics we are committed to good oral hygiene and flossing is essential to the health of your teeth and gums when you’re wearing braces. Because braces may hold food, sugars and liquids upon eating, it is very important to keep on top of your brushing and flossing, as well as visiting our office for regular adjustments.

While we know it’s tough enough to get kids to floss daily but remember that by not flossing, you will become more prone to cavities and gum disease. When flossing, remember to gently massage your gums in between the teeth. You will find that flossing with braces takes extra time, as you will have to weave the floss through each bracket. When flossing, there should be no signs of blood. If you see blood, you are not flossing enough or properly.

Using an electric toothbrush is also a good idea to massage your gums before or after flossing as electric toothbrushes can help remove any harmful bacteria that are lingering in your mouth. And don’t forget to add a mouthwash to your routine to break up any bacteria that has formed. A good mouthwash will help keep your teeth and gums in good shape during your treatment.

Dr. Reagin and our team at Reagin Orthodontics will tell you it is just as important to develop a regular hygiene routine while you’re wearing braces. If you have any questions about flossing or your orthodontic treatment at Reagin Orthodontics please don’t hesitate to give us a call or during your next adjustment appointment!

Caring for your Invisalign Trays

Cleaning Trays

How do I clean my Invisalign aligners?

Proper upkeep and good oral hygiene are essential in keeping your Invisalign aligners clean, invisible, and odor free. Although the Invisalign allows for aligners to be easily removed for eating and drinking, failing to properly clean your trays afterwards can result in discoloration and a buildup of bacteria.

Here’s a list of do’s and don’ts that will help you keep your aligners clean and crystal clear:

DO:

— Rinse your aligners when you remove them: Dry saliva and plaque create a perfect breeding ground for foul smelling bacteria.

— Brush and floss your teeth before reinserting your aligners: Proper oral hygiene is key in maintaining healthy teeth and avoiding cavities and decay. Since Invisalign is form fitted, failing to brush and floss properly can trap harmful particles between your teeth and aligner, increasing your risk for dental issues in the future.

— Clean your aligners with a clear anti-bacterial soft soap: A clear anti-bacterial soap is an excellent and inexpensive way to keep your aligners clear, fresh, and free from harmful bacteria.

— Soak your aligners once a week: Denture cleaner, Retainer Brite, and the official Invisalign cleaning crystals are all excellent options in keeping your trays clear and sanitized.

TIP: Brush your aligners gently: Vigorous brushing can scratch your aligners and leave visible etchings. Brush carefully!

DON’T:

— Eat or drink (anything but water) while wearing Invisalign: Many foods and drinks can stain or discolor your aligners and cause them to stink.

— Use toothpaste to clean your aligners: Many types of toothpaste (especially those with whitening agents) are abrasive and can dull your aligners or create small traps for bacteria to dwell.

— Use colored soaps: Although anti-bacterial soap is a great way to clean your Invisalign braces, using anything but clear soap can cause your aligners to take on alternative hues and shades.

— Leave your aligners exposed or unprotected while eating: Aside from an increased risk of misplacing them, leaving your aligners in the open exposes them to harmful germs and bacteria. Rinse them, soak them, and then rinse them again before returning them to your mouth.

Show your style with Braces Colors at Reagin Orthodontics

An Array of colors to choose from at Reagin Orthodontics

COLORFUL BRACES MAKE MORE THAN FASHION STATEMENT

At Reagin orthodontics patients can choose from a splashy array of colors to make fashion statements with their braces. Some patients will coordinate pastels with a wardrobe, or choose signature hues for celebrating holidays while others like to support a cause or express school spirit.

Whatever your motive, the fun braces colors serve a serious purpose. “When patients are involved in their treatment, they may take better care of their braces. That helps the patient and the doctor to reach treatment goals and produces a healthy, beautiful smile on time” emphasizes Dr. Reagin

While many patients enjoy picking their colors other patients prefer to be less obvious about their orthodontic treatment. We have a variety of options including tooth-colored brackets; self-ligating brackets, which do not require ties to join the wire to the bracket; or invisalign. Dr Reagin is the only premier invisalign provider in Summerville, and that means at Reagin Orthodontics you are getting the BEST! Call today for your complimentary consulation. You Deserve the Best!