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…

It’s Time to Get Your Braces Off! Now What?

By CHS Ortho | October 26, 2017

If you have braces, it’s the day you’ve been waiting for: it’s time to get your braces off! Your orthodontist has it scheduled, but what exactly is going to happen? Will it hurt? What will your teeth look like? Is this the last time you’re going to have to see your orthodontist? This post will…

Why Halloween can be scary for orthodontists

What Scares Orthodontists on Halloween?

By CHS Ortho | October 25, 2017

It’s not the bumps in the night, or vampires or zombies. It’s what can happen to your braces on this frighteningly fun holiday that keeps orthodontists up at night. Stay Safe in the Dark It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of running from house to house to collect goodies, but if it’s…

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.…