About Orthodontics

in Columbia, SC

A beautiful smile can boost one’s confidence and self-esteem, making them feel more comfortable in social situations. However, crooked or misaligned teeth can often cause people to feel self-conscious about their appearance. This is where our orthodontic care comes in.

At Washington Orthodontics, we offer various orthodontic treatments to help our patients achieve straighter, healthier smiles. This includes dental braces and clear aligners, specifically, Invisalign. Our father-son orthodontists have been providing high-quality orthodontic care to the Columbia, SC community for over 40 years. 

Our mission is to help patients achieve a beautiful smile they can proudly show off. We also prioritize comfort throughout your orthodontic treatment. 

How Orthodontic Treatment Works

Orthodontic treatment focuses on correcting misaligned teeth and jaws. We recommend this treatment for patients with crooked teeth, gaps in their teeth or an overbite/underbite. Orthodontic treatment aims to improve the appearance and function of the teeth and prevent potential oral health problems.

The most common type of orthodontic treatment is braces, which are metal brackets and wires we attach to the teeth. Braces gently place pressure on your teeth, moving them into their correct position over time.

Apart from traditional braces, there are also other types of orthodontic appliances, such as clear aligners or retainers. These appliances work similarly to braces but are less noticeable, and patients can remove them for eating and brushing.

You should note that orthodontic treatment is not just for children and teenagers. Many adults also choose to undergo orthodontic treatment for cosmetic and functional reasons. It’s never too late to achieve a straighter, healthier smile!

How Long Does an Orthodontic Treatment Last?

On average, an orthodontic treatment can last anywhere from 18 months to 3 years. However, some instances may only require minor adjustments and can finish in as little as six months, while others may require more extensive treatment and can take up to 4 years.

It’s important for patients undergoing orthodontic treatment to understand that the length of their treatment will always vary. While it may seem like a long time, the result of a straighter and healthier smile will be well worth it. Regular visits to the orthodontist for check-ups and potential future adjustments will ensure the long-term success of your treatment.

How to Prepare Yourself

Before an Orthodontic Treatment.

Schedule a Consultation with an Orthodontist

Before you begin any orthodontic treatment, you'll need to schedule a consultation with our orthodontist. During this appointment, we'll thoroughly examine your teeth, jaw and facial structure. We will also discuss your orthodontic options with you and provide a personalized treatment plan.

 Understand Your Treatment Plan

Once you and our orthodontist have decided on the right treatment option, you should take the time to understand your treatment plan. Ask us for a detailed overview of what the treatment will involve, how long it will take and what you will need to maintain your oral health during this time.

Prepare Your Home for Minor Adjustments

Depending on the type of orthodontic treatment you choose, there may be minor adjustments you need to make at home. This may include changes to your diet to accommodate braces or creating a new oral hygiene routine to care for new dental appliances. 

Make sure you stock your home with orthodontic-friendly foods and set up a comfortable space to brush and rinse after meals. Also, you may need to adjust your dental care products, like using softer bristles for your toothbrush or adding orthodontic wax to your toolkit.

Discuss Financial and Insurance Plans

Orthodontic treatments are a huge investment. Before your treatment begins, we can discuss the cost and payment options with you. Make sure you clearly understand what your insurance covers, if applicable, to help avoid any financial surprises along the way.

Mentally Prepare for the Change

Mentally preparing for the changes in your appearance and dental routine is just as important as the practical steps of preparation. Consider journaling about your thoughts and feelings leading up to the treatment, and work on a mindfulness or relaxation practice that you can use during your appointments.

Washington Orthodontics: Entrust Your Orthodontic Treatment Only to the Experienced

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment in Columbia, SC, Washington Orthodontics can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. When you come for a consultation,  we will make sure you understand your options, treatment plan and cost before moving forward.

Call us now to schedule an appointment!