Happy New Year

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Is there a healthy habit you want to add to your life? Is there a bad habit you want to break? Maybe you’ve always wanted your best possible smile? It is never too late to do something for you! Call Reagin Orthodontics to make an appointment for your free consultation. Let Dr. Reagin help make this your best year yet!

New Year's Resolution

The Holiday Season Has Begun

Reagin Orthodontics Staff

We know most of you are off for a few days enjoying time with family and friends. Maybe some of you are even braving the traffic and the people to do a little shopping today! Thanksgiving is the kickoff to the holiday season for most of us and everyone at Reagin Orthodontics wants to wish you well as we enter into this time of year. It is a busy time, but don’t forget to slow down and take time for all those special people in your life!

Happy and Safe Holidays.

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween Reagin Orthodontics

Trick or treating and fun with friends is on everyone’s mind this week and especially today! It has been a week filled with Character Parades and Trunk or Treats at area schools. Summerville’s annual Scarecrows on the Square decorate our downtown and kids are grinning from ear-to-ear as they count down the minutes until they can go trick or treating and indulge in more goodies in one night than many kids usually have in a whole week!

Remember to be safe tonight and keep in mind these treat suggestions if you have braces, a retainer, a palate expander or any other orthodontic appliance.  If you are doing some last minute shopping for a party or a quick bite before heading out for the night our post last week had some braces friendly food ideas.

If you don’t follow us on Facebook, now is the time to start! It was a GROOVY day for the staff at Reagin Orthodontics yesterday! Click here to see the fun!

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

National Tooth Fairy Day

Summerville's Tooth Fairy

Today is National Tooth Fairy Day and we cannot think of a better time to tell you about Reagin Orthodontics’ very own Tooth Fairy! We love when she flies in to our office bringing her own special magic everywhere she goes.

Did you know she can even come visit your school? Educating Summerville’s children about the proper way to care for their teeth is an important lesson that is taught in Kindergarten and First grade classes each year. When the Tooth Fairy teaches part of that lesson, children really listen!

Our Tooth Fairy makes the lesson more fun and of course more magical! She comes to your school in her sparkly gown and glittery wings with her wand in hand. Once in your classroom she talks with the children about the best way to care for their teeth and gives each student a chart so can they can keep track of when they lose each of their baby teeth.

The children can asks questions about dental care, as well as questions about her. One of our favorite questions that always gets asked is where does she get all the cash she leaves each night!

If you would like the Tooth Fairy to visit your child’s school during the 2014-2015 academic school year ask your teachers and administrators to contact Reagin Orthodontics at 871-4411 or  greer@drorthodontics.com to arrange a visit.

If you child has lost a tooth recently, visit www.drorthontics.com, for a special message from her!

The Connection between Bullying and Teeth Appearance

bullying and teeth appearance

Definition   Bullying is the aggressive behavior or deliberate harm repeatedly towards another person or group. Bullying can be physical, verbal or indirect by the manipulation of social relationships with gossip, rumors or exclusion. We are all aware that bullying is a national problem and unfortunately most people have probably experienced some form of bullying at one time or another in their lives. Unfortunately bullying can have a negative effect on one’s self-esteem and outlook. Statistics from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services and the UCLA Psychology Department have published these statistics for 2014:

  • 20% of U.S. students in grades 9-12 reportedly have experienced bullying
  • 28% of students in grades 6-12 report the same. Experts agree that most incidences of bullying occur during middle school.

Most of the students report name calling as the most prevalent type of bullying.

  • 44.2% of bullying is teasing which is playing jokes and calling a child names
  • 43.3% of children have rumors and lies spread about them verbally or online
  • 36.3 % of children experience pushing and shoving in lines or class
  • 32.4% report hitting, shoving, and kicking by peers
  • 29.2% have been left out or ignored by classmates

The American Academy of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics conducted a study among sixth graders which revealed the number one physical feature that leads to bullying was the appearance of a child’s teeth. Features such as missing teeth, odd spacing between teeth, shape or color of teeth and prominent upper front teeth were all things children were commonly teased about.

The good news is that often something can be done to improve the appearance of teeth. At Reagin Orthodontics we recommend the best treatment plan for your child that not only corrects teeth for improved alignment and bite, but hopefully will help your child feel better about how their teeth looks.  We all want children to feel confident.

If your child has expressed concern about their teeth or you feel they may be teased about the appearance of their teeth, summer is a great time to be proactive and have a free consultation by Dr. Reagin to determine a treatment plan. Even if treatment is not recommended at the current point in time, your child will feel better knowing that a plan is in place for the future. This can help them face the new school year confidently.

You may think your child is too young for an orthodontic evaluation, but that is probably not the case! Once your child turns seven a consultation is recommended so early intervention can take place if necessary. Call us and set up your appointment today and get a jump start on the school year and take a proactive approach in preventing bullying due to the appearance of teeth!
Resources: http://nobullying.com/bullying-statistics-2014/

http://www.mylifemysmile.org/sites/default/files/Bullying%20Press%20Release.pdf

Reagin Orthodontics – American Made

4th of July banner

Happy Fourth of July! We love celebrating this wonderful country we are all fortunate enough to live in! We truly are blessed to call the U.S.A. and Summervile our home! It is one of the many reasons Dr. Reagin and his family believe in supporting American made products and businesses whenever possible. It is important to do everything we can to keep our country’s people and economy strong!

Reagin Orthodontics believes in living, shopping and giving locally. In doing so everyone benefits with high quality, dependable results and trust in our community and its members. Locally doesn’t always mean just in your city – it can mean buying American made. This is an important part of our business, which is why we buy the majority of the products we use from the company, American Orthodontics in Wisconsin.

American Orthodontics considers themselves a global company with a local heart. They have been in the same Wisconsin town since 1968 and manufacture 95% of their products in that location! They are a high quality dependable company and we love doing business with them!

According to ABC News, if consumers spent 1% more on American made products, it would create 200,000 additional jobs. What would happen if we really made an effort and spent more than 1% on American products? Can you imagine our impact? The jobs created and the positive effect on individuals and communities would be amazing! As a small business we certainly want to do our part whenever possible to be a part of that change! 

Summerville Fourth of July

Reagin Orthodontics Monthly T-Shirt Contest

Did you know that each month we have an in office t-shirt contest  Each of our patients that wears a Reagin Orthodontics t-shirt to their office visit is entered into a drawing to win a $25 cash! It’s that easy!

Have you seen our t-shirts? If not here are a couple of our favorites!

Reagin Smiles t-shirt

Reagin Smiles t shirt

Make sure you wear yours to your next visit!

Reagin Orthodontics and Smiles Change Lives

R with Smile Face

Dr. Reagin is proud to be a supporter of the organization Smiles Change Lives, a non-profit that donates orthodontic services to families that cannot afford the full cost of braces. The organization desires to provide these children a chance at a different future. Since 1997 more than 5,000 children have been given new smiles through the foundation.

“There have been people in my life who have helped me along the way. There is no doubt that I am who I am today in part due to the unselfishness of others. By partnering with SCL, I can ‘pay it forward’ and help to improve the lives of children in my community,” shares Dr. Reagin.

Dr. Reagin was more than honored to be a provider and work with Bri’Auna Boyd. Bri’Auna is a delightful young lady and seeing her smile change was a joy to everyone on our staff. It really is true that it can be better to give than receive. She brought us just as much joy and we brought her!

Smiles Change Lives

Bri’Auna before and after

The generosity of doctors like Dr. Reagin and hundreds of others who have joined SCL is what makes the program available to working families struggling. A family’s financial situation changes throughout the years. A child’s oral health and social development shouldn’t be compromised due to hardships.

The generosity of doctors like Dr. Reagin and hundreds of others who have joined SCL is what makes the program available to working families struggling. A family’s financial situation changes throughout the years. A child’s oral health and social development shouldn’t be compromised due to hardships.

Dentists, clinics, families, teachers, nurses and all who work with low-income children are encouraged to nominate a child for this program. A full list of guidelines and applications can be downloaded at www.smileschangelives.org or by calling 888-900-3554.

Everyone Loves A Visit From The Tooth Fairy

Dr. Britt Reagin is in the smile business, but even an orthodontist can be upstaged during February’s Dental Health Month. Dr. Reagin is not too upset about it, though. After all, who could be mad at the Tooth Fairy?

During the month of February, the Tooth Fairy fluttered around Summerville elementary schools, visiting K4 and K5 classes to teach students about dental hygiene. Educating Summerville’s children about the proper way to care for their teeth is an important lesson that is taught in Kindergarten and First grade classes each year. A visit from the Tooth Fairy during this time makes it even more memorable!

Tooth Fairy

Who wouldn’t enjoy a visit from a real tooth fairy?

Her sparkly gown and wings made a big impact on the children, and they were very eager to ask questions! Of course, the obvious questions were: what does she do with all the teeth she collects, could they see her pretty shoes, and do the wings make her fly? The most important question though – where does she get her stash of cash that makes the kids so happy?

Summerville’s Tooth Fairy just happens to be Greer Reagin, Dr. Reagin’s wife. Her infectious smile and genuine love for children brightened many Summerville students’ days while providing them with important dental hygiene lessons and a Tooth Fairy progress report, where they can keep track of when they lose each tooth.

the tooth fairy

Nothing but smiles here!

Ask Mrs. Reagin and she says the children give her joy not the other way around. “I absolutely ADORE dressing up as the Tooth Fairy and making these kindergarteners smile. If my wings were real, I would literally be on cloud nine. That’s how much joy these kids bring to me!”

The Tooth Fairy will visit schools throughout the remainder of the 2013-2014 academic year, as well as during the 2014-2015 academic year. If you would like her to visit your child’s school ask your teachers and administrators to contact Reagin Orthodontics at 871-4411 or  greer@drorthodontics.com to arrange a visit.