How to Find an Orthodontist Near You

Many adults and children will need orthodontic treatment at some point in their lives. However, the busier our lives get – the less we are willing to add another thing to our plates. Like visits to the orthodontist. Therefore, having an orthodontist that is near you is helpful. 


If you are searching for an orthodontist in the Summerville area, then you have found the right page! Finding an orthodontist near you is an important part of getting orthodontic treatment. Especially in this busy world! 

What is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a specialist in straightening teeth, correcting bites, and treating occlusions in the mouth. Orthodontists go through the same schooling as a dentist plus special orthodontics education. Orthodontics is a competitive field that includes lots of training, so you can feel safe with orthodontists that are certified like Dr. Reagin here at Reagin Orthodontics


Dr. Reagin graduated at the top of his dental school class at the Medical University of South Carolina. After dental school, he attended the University of Alabama where he got his Orthodontics certificate and master’s degree. 


As one of the most well-known orthodontists in the Summerville area, Dr. Reagin is dedicated and educated in his practice. He continues to learn and grow in the field of orthodontia.Showing his knowledge and expertise in his everyday practice, as well as through multiple publications and academic journals that he has contributed to. 

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist? 

If you think you may need to see an orthodontist, it can help to understand the difference between a dentist and an orthodontist. Moreover, why a specialist like an orthodontist may be necessary. 


Dentistry is a general practice while orthodontics is a specialty. Training-wise, dentists complete a four-year undergraduate program followed by four years in dental school. Here is a look at what a dentist does:

  • Routine dental care
  • Filling cavities
  • Performing root canals
  • Extracting teeth
  • Cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening


Orthodontists must complete general dentistry training before diving into their specialty. After eight years of initial schooling, orthodontists complete additional training for 2-3 years. Here are treatments that orthodontists do that dentists don’t:

  • Braces
  • Aligners
  • Treating overbites and underbites
  • Widening the jaw


This general overview of the differences between dentists and orthodontists can help you see why it is essential to see an orthodontist for treatment beyond basic oral health. 

What does an orthodontist do? 

While we have shared a quick overview of some treatments provided by orthodontists, there are a lot of terms that you may be familiar with. Therefore, let’s take a closer look at some specific things orthodontists do to help straighten teeth, correct bites, and fix occlusions.


Orthodontists straighten teeth through two methods: braces and clear aligners. Braces are the traditional method that most people are familiar with. While a newer method, many people are also familiar with clear aligners. Most likely, Invisalign. Invisalign has gained popularity in recent years due to its low-profile look and has become a favorite for both adults and teens. 


While most people are familiar with the role of an orthodontist in straightening teeth, you may not be as familiar with how they help correct bites. Orthodontists use bite splint therapy to stabilize the jaw to correct overbites, underbites, open bites, and crossbites. The process of correcting bites is a little more complicated than straightening teeth. Therefore, it is important to find an orthodontist near you that can help explain this process to you. 


Finally, let’s talk about occlusions. Occlusions refer to how your upper and lower teeth make contact with each other. If your teeth don’t sit on top of each other, an orthodontist may encourage you to get braces or a splint to decrease pain from occlusions. This is another possible reason you may need to see an orthodontist near you.

Why Do I need to see an orthodontist? 

As an adult, seeing an orthodontist in order to get an evaluation is recommended if you experience any pain in your jaw or teeth. It is also recommended if you clench your jaw, grind your teeth, have protruding teeth, or have difficulty biting or chewing. 


You can even see an orthodontist if you simply don’t like your smile! We love when adults come in to see us and get a consultation for braces or aligners


In addition to orthodontic treatment for adults, children also need orthodontic treatment. For children, The American Association of Orthodontics suggests that children should see an orthodontist by the age of 7. This is recommended because at this age children have a mix of baby teeth and permanent teeth, and that affects the development of their teeth and jaws. Children younger than the age of 7 are highly suggested to see an orthodontist as soon as possible if they have any breathing issues or jaw pain. 


Whether looking at treatment for yourself or your child, having an orthodontist near you will make taking care of your oral health much easier! If you or your child experience any of the above, we recommend finding an orthodontist nearby. Those looking for an orthodontist in the Summerville area, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation!

What should I look for when finding an orthodontist?

Finding an orthodontist is important to ensure the quality of your teeth and jaw health, but how do you know what to look for? 


You can ask for recommendations from family and friends. What better way to find a trustworthy practitioner than through someone you trust? Don’t stop there though! Be sure to do your own research by looking at the orthodontist’s website and social media. 


Here is a list of what to look for when researching an orthodontist on the internet:

  • What do the reviews say? See what other people in the area think about the orthodontist. You can even Google “reviews orthodontists near me” to see a comparison of orthodontists in the area.
  • How often do they post? If they post on their website and social media frequently, there’s a good chance that they keep up with new technology. If your orthodontist keeps up with new technology in these areas, that means they probably also keep up with technology in their practice. Therefore, you can be confident that they are practicing the safest and most efficient methods to support your oral health.
  • How recent are their posts? Recent posts on social media and on their website (such as a blog) indicate that they are up to date on the most accurate and relevant information in orthodontic care. Moreover, having accurate and relevant posts indicate that the orthodontist is committed to giving correct information and keeping their patients informed. This is another indication that the orthodontist is reliable and trustworthy. 


Another option is to ask your dentist for recommendations for orthodontists. They have a wide variety of patients, so they will have a good idea of the suitable orthodontic offices near you.


We also recommended having a thorough consultation with an orthodontist before committing to them. If the orthodontist gives you a complimentary exam to determine your dental needs, that is a good sign.


 The following are questions you can ask at your consultation:

  • What treatments are available to me?
  • How often are appointments?
  • How long are appointments?
  • How many appointments will I need?
  • Who can I contact outside of office hours if an issue arises?


In addition, feel free to ask any other questions you may have! 


If you live in the Summerville area, we would love to invite you to Reagin Orthodontics for a complimentary consultation to see if we are a good fit for your orthodontic needs.

Why is it important to find an orthodontist near you?

Finding an orthodontist near you is important for your own convenience. Life is much easier when your appointment locations are close to your home!  


If you have found this post, then Dr. Reagin is most likely an orthodontist near you! With office locations in Summerville and Cane Bay, Reagin Orthodontics is the perfect spot for future patients in the southern South Carolina area! Come visit our offices in person, or you can tour them online


In addition to making it easy and convenient for appointments, having an orthodontist nearby is also helpful in case of an emergency. While emergencies are rare during the course of treatment, they can happen. Therefore, having your orthodontist nearby makes it easy to get treatment quickly. 

Do I need a referral for an orthodontist?

When looking for an orthodontist you may wonder if you need a referral. While some specialists require a referral, you do not need a referral for an orthodontist! In fact, at Reagin Orthodontics, you can simply give us a call (843-471-4411) or visit us online to schedule a free consultation. 


Even though you don’t need a referral, many dentists do refer patients for orthodontic treatment. Therefore, while a referral is not necessary to see an orthodontist, we happily take referrals here when we get them!

How much is the orthodontist? 

The cost of orthodontic treatment is a common question. It is a difficult answer to provide in a single blog post because the cost of service depends on the patient’s needs. We understand that this is a big investment though! Therefore, we always take time to discuss different payment and financing options during your consultation.


However, if you have questions about financing before we meet, feel free to contact us ahead of time. For your convenience, Reagin Orthodontics also offers a financing and payment calculator on our website, and we also have an excellent team that can discuss payment plans with you. If you have insurance, we can go over the coverage you have available.


While we hope that Reagin Orthodontics is an orthodontist close to your home, we hope that wherever you are this information will help you find an orthodontist that is best for you! 


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What to expect at your Initial Orthodontic Consultation


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!

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.

Reagin Orthodontics sponsors toothbrush giveaway


Dr. Britt Reagin has an offer to which you can’t, or at least shouldn’t, say no. As part of a buildup to “National Gum Care Month” in September, the Summerville orthodontist wants to give you a free Oral-B toothbrush. No strings attached, no pledges to brush and floss at least twice per day, just an opportunity for Dr. Reagin to “put his toothbrushes where his mouth is.”

In considering how to promote “National Gum Care Month” in September, four glaring statements came to mind and suddenly the “toothbrush exchange” struck him as a worthwhile investment.

• The ADA recommends that people brush at least twice daily and change toothbrushes every three to four months.

• Studies show that only 1 in 6 people change their toothbrushes as frequently as once per year.

• Research shows that crowded teeth contribute to gum disease. Gum disease nearly doubles the risk of heart disease.

• Proper oral hygiene habits, once established, become permanent. Get your kids started now!

Aug. 10-13, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., simply visit Reagin Orthodontics at 401 W. 4th North Street to pick up a new Oral-B toothbrush. If you need more than one, such as for your spouse and/or children, bring the old toothbrushes and Dr. Reagin will swap them, too.

“It may get expensive if this campaign gets traction and all of Summerville shows up,” said Dr. Reagin, “but that’s an investment I’d be very proud to make for the community.”

As part of the “toothbrush exchange campaign” Dr. Reagin is also going to award two Oral-B Pro 5000 electric toothbrushes, valued at $179 each. To enter to win one of these two toothbrushes, simply visit the practice’s page on Facebook at, like the “toothbrush exchange” post, and share it with your friends and family. The winners will be selected from all people that have liked and shared the post in a random drawing on Aug. 14, and announced on the Facebook page that same day.

Every toothbrush that Dr. Reagin gives away represents, for him, the positive impact that one person can make to the cause of community 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.


Show your style with Braces Colors at Reagin Orthodontics

An Array of colors to choose from at Reagin Orthodontics


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!

Orthodontic Checkup–WHY age 7??

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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.