wisdom teeth and braces

Braces and Wisdom Teeth

By CHS Ortho | May 17, 2018

After you lose your baby teeth and your adult teeth start coming in, around age 12 your second molars or “12-year molars” will erupt. Even later, you still have one more set of teeth to gain. Wisdom teeth are your third molars – one of each grows in the four back corners of your mouth,…

How Too Much or Too Little Space Can Affect Your Teeth

By CHS Ortho | May 16, 2018

As a child, you probably heard the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. In the story, a small girl tries chairs that are too big and too small, porridge that is too hot and too cold, and beds that are too hard and too soft before finding a chair, porridge, and bed that are…

10 Fun Facts About Emilie

By CHS Ortho | May 11, 2018

Hey everyone, meet Emilie! She’s a new assistant here at Charleston Orthodontic Specialists, and we thought we’d share a few fun facts about her. 1. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? Time travel! So I could spend more time on things that matter and less time on things that…

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What to Expect During an Orthodontic Adjustment

By CHS Ortho | May 9, 2018

After you get braces, you’ll have a series of check-up appointments with your orthodontist to make sure everything is going well and your braces are doing what they are supposed to. You shouldn’t be afraid of the orthodontist or these check-ups. They are made to help you and make sure all your efforts to get…

Don't forget to take care of your braces when you move.

How to Handle Moving with a Family Member in Braces

By CHS Ortho | May 3, 2018

Moving to a new city or state can be exciting, but it can also be stressful. Just getting ready to move can be overwhelming with selling your home and packing up your belongings. On the other end, you must find a new place to live, get the kids enrolled in new schools, meet new people…


Fun Facts About Fianna

By CHS Ortho | May 3, 2018

Fianna is a new front desk coordinator at Charleston Orthodontic Specialists, and here are some fun facts about her: 1. What one accomplishment are you most proud of? Ummm…I bought a bamboo plant a few weeks ago and it’s still alive! 2. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life,…

Traveling for the holidays with braces? No problem!

What Makes Invisalign for Teens Different?

By CHS Ortho | April 26, 2018

If you’ve been thinking about getting orthodontic treatment for your teen, you’ve probably considered both braces and Invisalign and compared the two. But what you may not realize is Invisalign has a product designed specifically for teens, and it differs from adult Invisalign in a few important ways. Free Replacement Aligner Trays One of the…

Clues to Your Health Can Be Found in Your Mouth

By CHS Ortho | April 24, 2018

Taking care of your dental and oral health is extremely important, but did you know that your oral hygiene can have a huge impact on your body’s overall health? There are many different diseases and infections that can get into your body through your mouth. Not only do you want to prevent tooth decay, bad…

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How to Care for Your Invisalign Aligner Trays

By CHS Ortho | April 18, 2018

Invisalign allows for more freedom in your daily life than traditional metal braces do. But you still need to be responsible with how you treat your teeth and your Invisalign trays during your orthodontic treatment. Keeping your aligner trays clean is one of the most important parts of your Invisalign treatment to straighten your teeth perfectly…

10 Signs You May Need Braces

By CHS Ortho | April 16, 2018

There are many reasons people get braces, some are obvious and others aren’t as obvious. If you have any of the following issues, it may be time to see an orthodontist and find out if you need braces. Top teeth overlap bottom teeth – We should all have a little bit of an overbite where…

Wearing a retainer as instructed by your orthodontist is very important after you get your braces off.

7 Tips for Taking Care of Your Retainer

By CHS Ortho | April 6, 2018

Even when you get your braces off, your orthodontic treatment is not completely finished. Your retainer will keep your teeth straight for the rest of your life as long as you wear it consistently. Caring for your retainer correctly is essential to your dental health. You should do your best to follow the following tips…

Impacted teeth and your orthodontist

How Your Orthodontist Can Fix Impacted Teeth

By CHS Ortho | April 3, 2018

When most people hear the words “impacted teeth,” they think of wisdom teeth. But in reality, any permanent tooth can be impacted, and an orthodontist can fix it with the help of an oral surgeon. Impaction refers to a tooth not erupting through the gums due to a variety of issues. Some causes of tooth…

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Why Do You Need Elastics with Braces?

By CHS Ortho | March 29, 2018

When you get braces, your orthodontist may recommend you use elastics as part of your orthodontic treatment. This is an indication that you need a little extra help from these tiny rubber bands to move your teeth into place. Different Kinds of Elastics There are actually a couple different types of elastics. Everyone with traditional…

Enjoying Easter With Braces

By CHS Ortho | March 28, 2018

If the Easter Bunny is headed to your house and your child has braces, you don’t have to turn him away. Just make sure he leaves treats that can be enjoyed without damaging brackets or wires. What to Leave out of the Basket The best type of Easter for braces is one without any sugary…

Playing Sports with Braces

By CHS Ortho | March 20, 2018

Being active is very important to many teenagers and adults, and getting braces shouldn’t get in the way of that. You don’t have to worry if you play a sport and have braces. An orthodontic mouthguard can be used to ensure your teeth and braces stay safe and protected. What Is an Orthodontic Mouthguard? An…

8 Things to Know Before Getting Invisalign

By CHS Ortho | March 19, 2018

Invisalign is one of the most popular options for orthodontic treatment today. Its custom-made personalization paired with barely noticeable aligner trays makes it a great option for those who want to get a straighter smile without the traditional metal braces. Because it is so different, there is plenty you should know before you consider getting…

Does Invisalign Use Attachments?

By CHS Ortho | March 15, 2018

Invisalign is becoming as well-known as braces for straightening teeth, but there are still questions that arise. One question we received recently was if we use attachments with Invisalign. The answer is yes and no. Invisalign is marketed as orthodontic treatment that doesn’t require the use of brackets or wires, making them more convenient and…

Different Types of Mouthwash and What They Do

By CHS Ortho | March 12, 2018

Mouthwash is a great way to help take care of your oral health, whether you have braces or not. It adds extra cleansing and protection power to your teeth after brushing and flossing. You still need to brush and floss if you use mouthwash. It’s not a replacement for those essential dental hygiene treatments, but…

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

Do You Need Braces Again?

By CHS Ortho | March 8, 2018

When you got your braces off, your orthodontist gave you a retainer and told you how often to wear it and for how long. If you didn’t follow the instructions because you got tired of wearing a retainer, you lost it, or it broke and you never replaced it, chances are your teeth are not…

Drinking Soda with Braces

By CHS Ortho | February 27, 2018

Watching what you eat and how you take care of your teeth is extremely important when you have braces. But it’s also just as important to watch what you drink. Sodas and soft drinks are not good for you even when you don’t have braces, but they’re especially bad if you do. Their ingredients can…

What to Do If Your Child Knocks Out a Tooth

By CHS Ortho | February 27, 2018

Accidents happen, especially with active kids. According to the American Association of Endodontics, over 5 million teeth are knocked out in kids and adults every year. Whether they fall while running on the playground or get hit with a bat or ball during little league practice, trauma to the mouth can cause your child’s tooth…

Straight Teeth Don’t Mean You Don’t Need an Orthodontist

By CHS Ortho | February 21, 2018

When we first shared a photo of our January free braces winner, Ashten Lawrence, on social media, several people commented that her teeth were so straight she and she didn’t need braces. While her teeth do look really straight, she actually does need the help of an orthodontist, but for an issue that is not…

10 Fun Facts About Elizabeth

By CHS Ortho | February 20, 2018

Elizabeth recently joined Charleston Orthodontic Specialists as a front desk coordinator. Here are 10 fun facts about her: 1. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? Definitely to fly! I am always late to everything and I hate traffic, so this would solve both problems. 2. If we opened your…

Are Pacifiers and Thumb-Sucking Bad for Your Child?

By CHS Ortho | February 14, 2018

Helping your child give up their pacifier or stop sucking their thumb can be a frustrating undertaking.  Most kids are encouraged to do this before they start preschool and while many do, there are some who can be a little more stubborn when it comes to quitting. There’s now even more reason to keep your…

Myth Busting in Orthodontics: Myths 11-15

By CHS Ortho | February 8, 2018

It’s amazing how many myths there are about orthodontics and having braces. Here are five more: 11. Braces are only for people with crooked teeth. Just because a person’s teeth look straight doesn’t mean they don’t need braces or other orthodontic treatment. Crowded or crooked teeth toward the back of the mouth, overbites, and underbites…

Types of Braces: WildSmiles and Mascot Braces

By CHS Ortho | February 7, 2018

In the final post of our series describing the different types of braces available, we’re going over some of the newest designs in braces development. Using the same technology as traditional silver braces, WildSmiles is anything but traditional. It allows you to personalize your brackets and bring a unique look to your orthodontic treatment. What…

Are Lingual Braces Out of Style?

By CHS Ortho | February 2, 2018

We’ve talked about Invisalign and ceramic braces over the last few weeks, but there is another option for invisible, non-traditional braces. Lingual braces are a type of orthodontic treatment that puts traditional brackets and wires on the back of your teeth, so they are hidden from view. While this has been around for about 40…

10 Fun Facts About Laura

By CHS Ortho | January 29, 2018

Laura is the new scheduling coordinator for Charleston Orthodontic Specialists. Here are 10 fun facts about her: 1 What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Rocky Road 2. What lesson from Mom do you still live by today? “It doesn’t hurt to ask!” 3. If you could spend a week anywhere in the world,…

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Types of Braces: Invisalign

By CHS Ortho | January 25, 2018

Continuing our series on different types of braces, this week we’re talking about Invisalign. This is one of the newest types of orthodontic treatment and is one of the most convenient to use. Created by a College Student In the late 1990s, a young Stanford student named Zia Chishti was going through orthodontic treatment to…

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Myth Busting in Orthodontics: Myths 6-10

By CHS Ortho | January 23, 2018

In our second installment of orthodontic myth busting, we’re going to tackle five more untruths about having braces. If you missed the first five, you can find them here. Braces only make your smile look better. Many people believe straightening your teeth is strictly cosmetic, but it isn’t. Having teeth or jaws that don’t align…

Types of Braces: Ceramic Braces

By CHS Ortho | January 19, 2018

Continuing our series about different types of braces and orthodontic treatment to help straighten your smile, today we are discussing ceramic braces. These are similar to silver and gold braces, but they are made of a ceramic material that is translucent compared to the classic metallic braces. Ceramic vs Metal Braces Ceramic braces were first…

Mythbusting in Orthodontics: Myths 1-5

By CHS Ortho | January 18, 2018

Most people know what happens when you go to the dentist and how often you should go. But unless you’ve had braces or know someone who has, you may have no idea what exactly goes on at the orthodontist’s office or what to expect if you get braces. As a result, there are many common…

How to Avoid or Deal with Common Issues with Braces

By CHS Ortho | January 12, 2018

Now that you have braces, or will be getting them soon, you have joined an elite group who are working toward their spectacular smile and often share common issues. You can reduce the odds of having to deal with some of these situations, but others just come with having braces. Luckily, there are ways to…

Types of Braces: Silver and Gold

By CHS Ortho | January 10, 2018

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be discussing the different types of braces you can choose to get your spectacular smile. This week, it’s all about silver and gold. While there are many new types of orthodontic treatment, classic silver braces are used by orthodontists in the majority of their cases. Braces and orthodontic treatment…

4 Reasons to See an Orthodontist in the New Year

By CHS Ortho | January 5, 2018

Happy New Year from Charleston Orthodontic Specialists! The beginning of January is prime time for setting goals and resolutions for the upcoming year. While many people focus on eating right and working out more, there’s more to your health that you can work towards improving. Dental health might not be at the top of your…

6 Questions to Ask Your Orthodontist

By CHS Ortho | December 22, 2017

Going to the orthodontist can be daunting and you may have a lot of questions. After scheduling an initial exam, you’ll be able to get one-on-one time with the orthodontist and their team. Below are some important questions you should ask them so you understand the process, ensure the orthodontist is qualified and that you can…

Can you get your perfect smile without an orthodontist?

Can You Straighten Your Teeth Without an Orthodontist?

By CHS Ortho | December 21, 2017

It seems like you can do everything online nowadays. When was the last time you went to the bank to transfer money or sent a bill payment through the mail? The internet has made our lives more convenient in so many ways, but we believe there are still certain things that are best done in…

Are Electric Toothbrushes Better Than Manual Toothbrushes?

By CHS Ortho | December 19, 2017

The rise of electric toothbrushes has taken the world by storm in the past few years. You see them everywhere – ads, television, stores – and they keep spreading. What are the benefits of this new type of oral technology? Are they really any better than old-school, manual toothbrushes? Electric Toothbrushes Invented in the 1950s…

When you have braces, it's even more important to floss!

Floss Every Day to Prevent Tooth Decay!

By CHS Ortho | December 14, 2017

Once you get braces, you are well on your way to having that perfect smile you’ve always wanted. But you don’t want to get your braces off in a few months to find your teeth covered in plaque and starting to decay! The key to keeping your teeth healthy while you receive orthodontic treatment is…


Say Hi to Cheri!

By CHS Ortho | December 12, 2017

Cheri is a clinical assistant at Charleston Orthodontic Specialists. Here are 10 things we bet you don’t know about her: 1. Who is your favorite cartoon character and why? I have two favorite cartoon characters. Mulan is one. She is expected to be good marriage material  and to bring honour to her family. She proves…

Many people have a crossbite, underbite, or overbite.

Crossbites and Underbites and Overbites, Oh My!

By CHS Ortho | December 8, 2017

Has your dentist or orthodontist ever said you have a crossbite, underbite or overbite? If so, did you wonder what they were talking about? Also known as malocclusions, these types of bites aren’t as scary as they sound and can be fixed with the proper treatment. Crossbite What it means: A crossbite is when an…

Are your braces ready for the holidays?

Get Your Braces Ready for the Holidays!

By CHS Ortho | December 4, 2017

The holidays are fast approaching, and with them come festive decorations, traveling and good food. This time of year is a favorite for many, and being able to express yourself with your braces can be a fun part of getting into the holiday spirit. Braces have changed for the better in recent years and are…

Alex Shadrix is a new team member at Charleston Orthodontic Specialists

10 Fun Facts about Alex

By CHS Ortho | November 30, 2017

We’d like to introduce our new front desk coordinator, Alex Shadrix! Here are 10 fun facts about her: Who is your favorite cartoon character and why? Belle from Beauty and The Beast. I love her bravery and the kindness she shows the beast when everyone else is afraid of him. What was your favorite book…

Traveling for the holidays with braces? No problem!

Traveling with Braces

By CHS Ortho | November 29, 2017

The busy holiday season is coming up and that usually means a lot of traveling to visit family and friends. If you have braces, traveling might seem like a complicated issue. What do you bring? How do you keep up with all of your equipment? Well, don’t worry. It’s easier now than it’s ever been.…

Bracket is a proud member of our team and wears braces!

10 Fun Facts About Bracket

By CHS Ortho | November 20, 2017

Bracket was so excited to join our team, both as a patient and part of the staff! Here are 10 fun facts you should know about him: 1. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? To be able to build a large dam in less than a day! 2. Who…

Thanksgiving dinner is the perfect meal to eat with braces.

How to Survive Thanksgiving with Braces

By CHS Ortho | November 14, 2017

If you love food (and really, who doesn’t?), Thanksgiving is probably one of your favorite holidays. All of those foods that are too time-consuming to make the rest of the year make their appearance on this day dedicated to being thankful, spending time with family, and eating. Fortunately, the majority of traditional Thanksgiving foods are…

Wearing a retainer as instructed by your orthodontist is very important after you get your braces off.

How Long Do I Have to Wear a Retainer?

By CHS Ortho | November 9, 2017

Retainers are essential to the final phase of your orthodontic treatment. Even though you’ve gotten your braces off and your teeth look nice and straight, you will need to maintain that. There are multiple types of retainers and which one you get usually determines how long and how often you have to wear it. What…

Most people have crooked teeth, and almost all of them can straightened.

Why Are My Teeth Crooked?

By CHS Ortho | November 7, 2017

There are many reasons why the majority of people have crooked teeth. Fortunately, there are just as many ways, if not more, to make them straight. Braces, Invisalign and special types of retainers can all be used to fix crooked teeth, regardless of how they got that way. Crooked Teeth and Genetics Genetics can play…

Now that your braces are off, it's time to maintain that spectacular smile!

Taking Care of Your Teeth After Braces

By CHS Ortho | November 2, 2017

After months and months of waiting, it’s finally time. Your braces have come off and your teeth are perfectly straight. This means never worrying about them again, right? Wrong. Once you get your braces off, it’s just as important to wear retainers and monitor your teeth to keep them straight. Retainers Are Important After You…

College is the perfect time to get braces for a spectacular smile.

Should You Get Braces in College?

By CHS Ortho | November 1, 2017

Maybe you’ve never had braces before, or you had them in middle school but didn’t take wearing your retainer seriously so now your teeth are crooked again. Whatever the reason, you are now in college and thinking about getting braces. Orthodontic Treatment Options for College Students If you decide you want straighter teeth while you’re…