How to Find the Best Orthodontist in Charleston
When it comes to you or your child’s teeth, you want nothing short of the best. So what should you consider when trying to find the best orthodontist in Charleston?
Orthodontists are not just dentists who have decided to offer braces or Invisalign. After graduating from dental school, orthodontists take additional courses and complete a residency before being able to offer their services as a licensed orthodontist. A licensed orthodontist will most likely have their diploma or license or both displayed in their office. If you don’t see them, just ask.
Continuing education is also important, because the field of orthodontics is constantly changing. You will want to work with someone who is keeping up with new technology and techniques and uses the most effective equipment and products.
Dr. Savastano of Charleston Orthodontic Specialists received his undergraduate degree from Winthrop University, his dental degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry, where he graduated third in his class, and completed his orthodontic coursework and residency at Ohio State University. He stays up-to-date through continuing education and memberships in several dental and orthodontic organizations.
Because an orthodontist has to complete a residency before going out on their own or joining an established practice, all of them start their careers with at least some experience. And a new orthodontist can be just as effective as someone who has been practicing for years.
When it comes to experience, you want the best orthodontist who has experience in the type of treatment you want. For example, if you are looking for treatment for yourself as an adult, you don’t want to see a children’s orthodontist who specializes in early orthodontics, you’ll want to find someone with experience in correcting adult alignment issues.
If you are looking for Invisalign treatment, you should find someone who has experience in Invisalign. You can tell how much experience an orthodontist has with this type of treatment by what level of provider they are. Platinum providers, like Dr. Savastano, are the highest ranked Invisalign providers, which means they have a lot of experience in using this treatment for their patients.
Office and Staff
The orthodontist is just one part of your experience when you get braces or Invisalign. The office and staff are also important.
An orthodontist’s office should feel comfortable, inviting, and clean. It should be a place that you or your child don’t mind visiting for appointments and it should be convenient. We currently offer four locations in the Charleston area and will be adding two more in the upcoming months, so you should have a Charleston Orthodontic Specialists office near you.
All of our offices have a similar layout, which makes them feel familiar even if you go to a different location, and they all offer state-of-the-art equipment, including digital scanners that make images of your teeth instead of using old-school impressions.
Orthodontic patients spend just as much time, if not more, with the staff as they do the orthodontist. As a result, a friendly competent staff is a necessity. You should feel comfortable asking the staff questions about your treatment, and you should get knowledgeable responses. We may be a little biased, but we think our staff is the best in Charleston, and we love working with our patients and each other.
Unlike 30 years ago, when silver braces were the only treatment available for children or adults, there are several options available today. A good orthodontist will offer most if not all of them so their patients can get the treatment that is best for them.
Metallic braces: Silver braces with rectangular brackets are still the most popular orthodontic treatment, especially for tweens and teens. They are one of the most effective ways to correct more serious issues.
If you want a color other than silver, many orthodontists offer gold braces, and a select few are now offering champagne braces - a stunning combination of silver and gold. Silver braces can also be converted into colored braces with the use of colored bands.
Clear braces: Clear braces offer the same tough treatment as metal braces, but are less noticeable because the ceramic brackets are either clear or a color that is similar to the enamel on your teeth. Generally clear braces are placed on the upper teeth where they are most visible, and metallic brackets are used on the bottom.
Mascot Braces: Mascot Braces are a great option for sports fans. They provide the same treatment as traditional braces, but the brackets are shaped to support a college team. Charleston Orthodontic Specialists is the exclusive provider of Clemson Tiger braces and USC Gamecock braces in the area, making them the best orthodontist in Charleston for fans of these teams.
Invisalign: Invisalign is a unique, almost invisible way to straighten your teeth. Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses sets of removable clear plastic aligners to gradually move teeth. Invisalign offers different levels of treatment, including Full, Lite, Express, and Teen.
Affordable Payment Options
Orthodontic treatment is useless if you can’t afford it. And while there is definitely a cost involved, orthodontists should be doing what they can to make treatment affordable for everyone who needs it.
Patients at Charleston Orthodontic Specialists can start their treatment for as little as $250 down and can make interest-free payments as low as $145 a month for as long as 36 months. We also accept all major dental insurance and will check to see if your policy includes any type of orthodontic treatment coverage.
Discounts can make braces or Invisalign even more affordable, and we offer the most discounts in the area - from discounts for having more than one family member in treatment to discounts for those who serve our country, community, and children.
At the end of the day, the only reason you are considering orthodontic treatment for you or your child is the end result, a healthy, spectacular smile.
To see some of our patients’ spectacular smiles, check out our gallery of images.
Are We the Best Orthodontist in Charleston for You?
While we’d like to think we’re the right choice for everyone, the truth is only you can decide what makes the most sense when it comes to orthodontic treatment for you and your family.
We would encourage you to call our office and schedule a free appointment at one of our convenient locations so you can meet the team, learn what type of treatment you or your child needs, and find out if we’re the best orthodontist in Charleston for you.