Categories: Braces, Caring for Your Braces, Early Treatment, Meet Reagin Ortho, Orthodontic Knowledge, Self Esteem, Teeth, Your Health
What is a Water Flosser?
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.
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What is Invisalign Teen and how does it work?
Invisalign takes a different approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of clear aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every 10-14 days, until your treatment is complete.
Developed in collaboration with leading orthodontists who understand the physiology of tooth movement as well as the treatment demands of teenagers, Invisalign Teen combines the benefits of the Invisalign system with new teen specific features. These features include: ABlue Dot Wear Indicator that fades when the aligner becomes worn and is ready to be changed; Eruption Tabs to accommodate the growth of second molars; and other features to address clinical needs common to teens.
Dr Reagin has vast experience with Invisalign as a tool to move teeth, and once he determines that you are a good Invisalign candidate your teeth are scanned with our state of the art Itero scanner. Itero 3D technology is used to create a digital model of your teeth and with this technology the old yucky impressions become completely obsolete. Once the digital model is uploaded Dr Reagin uses his orthodontic knowledge to create a custom tooth movement plan to give you the best and most efficient treatment result. Then the aligners are fabricated to mimic the movement Dr Reagin has designed and shipped to our office. After initial placement and fit of the aligners you will visit our office approximately every 10 weeks. Don’t worry we can and often do work your appointment intervals around college schedules, work trips and vacations! Dr Reagin’s knowledge, combined with invisalign as a tool to move your teeth, allows you to achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life.
Additional benefits of Invisalign: office visits every 10 weeks so you miss less work and school, no emergency broken brackets or poking wires, the ability to floss and brush without braces, and the ability to eat what you want, barely noticeable, great treatment results when used by a well educated clinician such as Dr Reagin.
Dr. Reagin is the only Premier provider of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen in Summerville and he can determine if Invisalign Teen is the right orthodontic treatment for you or your child. To schedule your complimentary consultation call our office at 843-871-4411.
Categories: Caring for Your Braces, Orthodontic Knowledge, Self Esteem, Summerville SC, Your Health
What are Sugar Bugs?
What are “SugarBugs” and How Do I Get Them To Go Away?
At Reagin Orthodontics we are committed to good oral hygiene and that means you need to make sure you are getting the sugar bugs off of your teeth. Sugar Bugs or plaque, is a combination of the food you eat with bacteria already found in your mouth.
Plaque is a thin, sticky, colorless deposit of bacteria that constantly forms on everyone’s teeth. As plaque increases, it becomes gooey white stuff – you can see it and sometimes feel it on your teeth (they feel kind of “fuzzy”). Bacteria (“Sugar Bugs & Starch Slugs”) live in the plaque. Whenever you eat, the sugars and starches in your food cause the bacteria to produce damaging acids that attack your tooth enamel and gums. With time and repeated acid attacks the tooth enamel breaks down, causing cavities, permanent marks and stains on teeth.
Crowded teeth provide these sugar bugs more places to hide and allow them to do more damage to your overall oral health. Braces or Invisalign can be used to eliminate the crowding and make your teeth easier to clean. The win-win is straight teeth and good hygiene.
To make sure none of these things happen to your smile, make a habit of brushing and flossing after you eat anything, and keep in mind that straight teeth are the easiest to keep clean!
For a complimentary consultation call 871-4411. No referral necessary.
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Show your style with Braces Colors 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!
Categories: Braces, Community Interest, Early Treatment, Jaw Growth, Orthodontic Knowledge, Self Esteem, Summerville SC, Teeth, Your Health
Orthodontic Checkup–WHY age 7??
Many parents assume they must wait until their child has all of his or her permanent teeth in the mouth to have their first orthodontic check-up. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that every child get a check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7. “I would like to emphasize how important it is that parents understand the value of an orthodontic check- up,” says Dr. Reagin. “By age 7, enough permanent teeth have erupted for an orthodontist to evaluate relationships between the teeth, face, and bite”.
At your 1st appointment, the initial orthodontic exam, Dr. Reagin may find that your child’s bite is fine; however Dr. Reagin may identify a developing problem and recommend monitoring the child’s growth and development at a consistent interval. In other cases Dr. Reagin may find a problem that would benefit from early treatment. Evidence shows that approximately 25% of children seen at an initial orthodontic exam can benefit from early orthodontic intervention.
Early treatment benefits include:
- Guide jaw growth
- Lower the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
- Correct harmful oral habits
- Create space for erupting teeth
- Improve appearance and self esteem
- Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
When indicated, early treatment may often prevent more serious problems from developing and make treatment at a later stage shorter and less complicated. In some cases Dr. Reagin will be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaw have finished growing.
“A visit to the orthodontist can ease a parent’s mind, too,” notes Dr. Reagin. Through an early orthodontic evaluation, you’ll be giving your child the very best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile.
Keep in mind that if your child is older than 7, it’s certainly not too late for a check-up at Reagin Orthodontics. Dr. Reagin’s goal is to provide each patient with the appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time.
To schedule a complimentary consult with Dr. Reagin call our office at 843-871-4411. Note that a dental referral is not necessary.