Braces are used in conjunction with jaw surgery to correct bite issues

Why You Might Need Braces and Jaw Surgery

By CHS Ortho | October 19, 2017

Sometimes when teeth don’t meet up right, it’s not because the teeth are crooked, it’s because the upper and lower jaw are misaligned. This misalignment can result in a person having an underbite, overbite or crossbite. All three of these conditions can cause someone to be self-conscious about the way they look or even cause…

How Can Aligning Your Bite Keep Your Teeth Stronger?

By CHS Ortho | October 18, 2017

What Is Your Bite? Dentists and orthodontists refer to your “bite” as occlusion. You might hear them say that to you in the office from time to time. Occlusion is the term used for the way in which your upper and lower teeth come together in your mouth. Orthodontists are concerned with correcting your bite…

If you need your teeth straightened, go see an orthodontist, not your dentist.

Why Go to an Orthodontist When You Already Have a Dentist?

By CHS Ortho | October 13, 2017

There are many similarities between dentists and orthodontists, so it’s not surprising that many people think they do the same thing. They both have degrees in dentistry, have offices with chairs that tip back, and work on your teeth. However, there are differences as well, which is why it is important to your smile to…

What Are Invisalign Lite and Invisalign Express?

By CHS Ortho | October 12, 2017

If you’re told you need braces but don’t have extremely misaligned teeth or any issues with your bite, Invisalign might have an easier and quicker solution for you! Invisalign Lite and Invisalign Express are two great options for those who don’t have major orthodontic issues. These options are a lot quicker and provide less strain…

How Do You Whiten Your Teeth With Braces?

By CHS Ortho | October 6, 2017

It’s not uncommon for those going through orthodontic treatment to want a whiter and brighter smile when they get their braces off. You want people to see your brand-new smile but you don’t want to show off yellow or dull teeth. Should You Whiten Your Teeth While You Have Braces? It is strongly recommended that…

Adults with veneers or implants can get braces

Can I Get Braces If I Have Implants, Veneers or Crowns?

By CHS Ortho | October 4, 2017

With more and more adults wanting braces, orthodontists are seeing an increase in potential patients with advanced dental work including crowns, implants and veneers. Fortunately, teeth can still be straightened with these additional treatments already in place. Braces and Crowns Dental crowns are often used to cover teeth that have decayed and can’t be filled,…

Don't put off getting braces just because you're an adult

Adults, Stop Making Up Reasons Not to Get Braces

By CHS Ortho | September 29, 2017

When it comes to taking care of their children’s teeth, parents don’t hesitate. But, they often justify neglecting their own smiles for one reason or another. At Charleston Orthodontic Specialists, we know for every reason adults have for not getting braces, there are two reasons why they should. Reason #1 Not to Get Braces My…

Invisalign for Adults

By CHS Ortho | September 28, 2017

While you may think braces are only for kids, many adults who weren’t able to have them as children get them to improve their smile. But for some adults, braces may seem bulky and distracting. Don’t worry though, because Invisalign takes care of all those concerns. Invisalign is made to straighten your teeth just like…

Two phase orthodontics can prepare young children for braces later

What Is Two Phase Orthodontic Treatment?

By CHS Ortho | September 21, 2017

Parents are often surprised when their child’s pediatric dentist recommends a visit to the orthodontist around age 7 because the child most likely hasn’t lost even half of their baby teeth. Why would you try and straighten teeth that are just going to fall out in a year or two? Is it a ploy to…

Foods to Avoid Eating With Braces

By CHS Ortho | September 20, 2017

One of the biggest questions everyone has about braces is “What can I eat with braces?” It’s a big deal, especially for kids who can have a difficult time changing their diet. While it may seem daunting and frustrating that you have to watch what you eat, the restrictions are not as bad as they…

How to Take Care of Your Teeth With Braces

By CHS Ortho | September 14, 2017

While it’s always important to brush your teeth and keep up your dental hygiene, it’s even more so when you have braces. What you eat and how you clean your teeth will not be the same with braces, but don’t worry – it’s not scary or difficult to adjust to life with braces. Plaque You…

What to Expect With Braces

What to Expect With Braces

By CHS Ortho | September 12, 2017

You have decided it’s time for you or your child to get braces. While the thought of having braces can be scary at any age, knowing what to expect ahead of time can make it easier. Don’t expect it to hurt when they are being put on. Having braces put on your teeth is essentially…


10 Fun Facts About Ashton

By CHS Ortho | September 7, 2017

Ashton is one of our new clinical assistants here at Charleston Orthodontic Specialists and she loves helping care for our patients. She’ll be there to help you through your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Savastano. Learn more about her on our staff page and below: 1. If you could have one superpower, what would it be…

Playing an instrument with braces

Can You Play an Instrument With Braces?

By CHS Ortho | September 6, 2017

With football season in full swing, the marching band is practicing daily and entertaining spectators during the halftime show every weekend. For the proud members of these groups, braces may seem like nothing short of a death sentence. But rest assured, with today’s orthodontic technology, musicians can continue to make beautiful music, even with braces.…


10 Fun Facts About Nichole

By CHS Ortho | August 31, 2017

At Charleston Orthodontic Specialists, our whole team is like a family and Nichole is one of our best members. As an orthodontic assistant, she’s with you from first point of contact over the phone to schedule an appointment to when you finally walk out of our offices with straight teeth. She’s always excited to see…

How Do Braces Behind the Teeth Work?

By CHS Ortho | August 30, 2017

Last week we explained what functional appliances and space age wire are and how they work. Another unfamiliar term you may have heard at the orthodontist is “lingual braces.” These braces get their name from their location in your mouth. The lingual area is where your tongue goes, so lingual braces are attached to the…

What Is Space Age Wire?

By CHS Ortho | August 25, 2017

Did you know that orthodontics and NASA have something huge in common? No, it’s not space exploration, but that has surprisingly helped advance braces to where they are today. NASA was key to the development of what is known as space age wire. These wires are made of a nickle-titanium alloy that was originally engineered…

What Is a Functional Appliance? Does My Child Need One?

By CHS Ortho | August 22, 2017

The field of orthodontics is full of confusing, unfamiliar terminology. In an effort to help our patients understand their diagnosis and treatment options, we’re discussing some of the more commonly used terms in several of our posts. Today we are talking about functional appliances. One might think any appliance used in orthodontics would be functional,…

5 Tips for Going Back to School with Braces

By CHS Ortho | August 17, 2017

It’s that time of year again. Summer’s over and school is back in session. But what if new classes, new teachers and new friends aren’t the only things that are different at school this year? What if your child got braces over the summer and has to go back to school with them still on?…

Charleston Orthodontic Specialists makes braces affordable.

Braces Are More Affordable Than You Think

By CHS Ortho | August 16, 2017

At Charleston Orthodontic Specialists, we believe everyone deserves to have the perfect smile, so we do everything we can to make braces affordable. Our first step toward making braces affordable is offering a low down payment and subsequent low monthly payments. All of our patients can start braces for as little as $250 down. Payments…

How to Personalize Your Braces

By CHS Ortho | August 11, 2017

As we’ve said before, orthodontics has changed a lot in the past 20 years, and one of the greatest benefits of these adaptations is the ability to personalize braces. They don’t have to be just bland, metallic squares in your mouth anymore. It’s like the shift from black-and-white film to color. The change in braces now…

Did you know your insurance may help you pay for braces?

How Does Orthodontic Insurance Work?

By CHS Ortho | August 9, 2017

Many people don’t even consider getting braces for their kids or themselves because they assume it will be too expensive. But the truth is, there are many ways orthodontists are making braces, Invisalign and other orthodontic treatments more affordable, and one of them is accepting health and dental insurance. The first place to look for…

10 Fun Facts About Chelsea

By CHS Ortho | August 4, 2017

If you’re scared to be examined and get braces, Chelsea is just the person you’d want to have as your assistant. She’s always really sweet, caring, and smart. She has plenty experience as an orthodontist and dental assistant, so she knows how to make sure you’re comfortable and ready to get your new, bright smile.…

Summer is the perfect time for kids to get braces

Why Summer Is the Best Time for Kids to Get Braces

By CHS Ortho | August 3, 2017

Can you believe it’s August already? Before we know it, the kids will be back in school, counting down the days until their fall or winter break. But if you were thinking about getting braces for your kids this summer, it’s not too late. In fact, we recommend doing it before summer ends for several…

10 Fun Facts About Ashleigh

By CHS Ortho | July 28, 2017

Every business needs a good accountant and at our new office in Summerville, Ashleigh is our expert. She isn’t your typical bookkeeper – she loves laughing, making others laugh, and having fun. She has years of bookkeeping experience under her belt and has one of the best attitudes in town. Read more about her on our…

Taking care of your braces is important, even on summer vacation.

Braces and Summer Vacation

By CHS Ortho | July 25, 2017

Summer vacation. The time of year when everyone’s schedule becomes a little lighter and you take time to relax and do the fun things you don’t have time for the rest of the year, like going to amusement parks and taking family vacations.  But just because you don’t have to go to school doesn’t mean…

10 Fun Facts About Penny

By CHS Ortho | July 21, 2017

When getting braces, you want to go to someone with plenty of experience – and that’s what you’ll find in Orthodontic Assistant Penny. She’s been in orthodontics for decades and utilizes that expertise at our new Summerville office. Read more about her on our staff page and find out some fun facts about her here! 1.…

Choosing the right orthodontist for your family

7 Things to Look for in an Orthodontist

By CHS Ortho | July 18, 2017

With at least 40 orthodontists just in the Charleston, South Carolina area, how do you know which one is the right place to get your braces? These seven questions will help you make an informed decision. 1. Do They Specialize in Orthodontics? Many dentists offer orthodontics as part of their services, especially Invisalign products, but…

10 Fun Facts About Amber

By CHS Ortho | July 14, 2017

Amber is one of the first people you’ll meet at the front desk when you come into our new Summerville office. She’s super sweet and always welcoming. Check out her bio on our staff page and get to know her even better here. She just might surprise you. Here are some fun facts about Amber:…

What Makes Invisalign Better Than Regular Braces?

By CHS Ortho | July 12, 2017

Compared to the traditional silver braces that have been around for decades, Invisalign is a relative newcomer to the orthodontic scene, receiving FDA approval in 1998. But don’t let its shorter history fool you, this alternative to metal braces are a better choice for the majority of patients. The Benefits of Invisalign Invisibility – Being…

Kids from America with braces

Why Our Braces Are Made in America

By CHS Ortho | July 3, 2017

During the week of July 4th, patriotism is on everyone’s mind as we celebrate the birth of our nation and our independence. We wear red, white and blue, put out our flags and attend parades and fireworks. It is definitely a good week to be an American. At Charleston Orthodontic Specialists, we are proud to…

10 Fun Facts About Emily

By CHS Ortho | June 29, 2017

At Charleston Orthodontic Specialists, we care about more than just smiles. We enjoy getting to know our patients and their families and we want them to get to know us too. Over the next few weeks we’ll be introducing ourselves, so when you call or come in for an appointment we won’t be strangers. If…

3 Ways Orthodontics Has Changed for the Better

By CHS Ortho | June 23, 2017

With the speed at which technology progresses nowadays, it should come as no surprise that the field of orthodontics is much different than it was 20 years ago. The days of one-size-fits-all braces, frequent office visits and painful adjustments are thankfully long behind us. More Customized Twenty years ago, you either had braces or you…

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What Is an Expander and Does My Child Need One?

By CHS Ortho | June 22, 2017

Your child will experience some changes in their orthodontic health as they continue to get older. Losing baby teeth while gaining new adult ones along with growth and development of the jaws are just two stages that occur between the ages of 6 and 13. Losing baby teeth is an exciting time for a child,…

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Where to Find an Invisalign Provider in Charleston

By CHS Ortho | June 12, 2017

If you’re interested in straightening your teeth, your first step is to schedule an appointment at Charleston Orthodontic Specialists. During an examination, our orthodontist can suggest the treatment option that will be the most effective for your individual case. Although it’s beneficial to consult with your orthodontist about the treatment options available to you, you…

If you need your teeth straightened, go see an orthodontist, not your dentist.

How Expensive Are Braces?

By CHS Ortho | June 7, 2017

If your orthodontist has informed you that you or your child need braces, your first thought may be about how much you can expect to pay. It’s no secret that orthodontic care is essential for the health of your teeth and body, but it can be intimidating to think about how much they cost. At…

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Everything You Need to Know About Our Exclusive Mascot Braces

By CHS Ortho | June 4, 2017

If you’ve just found out that you need braces, you may not be too thrilled. Sure, you’ll eventually gain a healthy and straight smile, but for the time being, the thought of silver braces might not excite you. With Mascot Braces, it’s possible for you to be creative and express who you are! What Are…

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When Should Your Child See An Orthodontist?

By CHS Ortho | May 4, 2017

It’s not unusual to associate orthodontics with adolescence or older children. Plenty of teens wear braces and visit their orthodontist regularly. An orthodontist, however, should be a part of your child’s oral health from a young age, even before adult teeth begin to erupt. By seeing an orthodontist early, you are potentially eliminating any risk…

Starting this Summer, our office will be providing new solutions that are easier on the patients, their lifestyles and their budgets.

By CHS Ortho | January 5, 2017

Want that perfect smile but think you can’t afford braces? Not to worry. We’ve found a solution. We will be offering payment plans that start at only $250 down with payments as low as $145 per month for braces. We’ll be accepting all PPO and HMO insurance plans. Also, if you have no dental coverage,…