Reliable and Experienced Orthodontist

in Columbia, SC

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, millions of people in North America are currently receiving orthodontic treatment. This is a significant portion of which likely involves the use of braces.

Many people with orthodontic issues like misaligned teeth can have low self-esteem and may avoid smiling. Not only that, misaligned teeth can lead to oral health problems such as difficulty chewing and speaking, jaw pain and increased risk of tooth decay. This is where orthodontists, like Washington Orthodontics, come in to help.

Our dental office is conveniently located in Columbia, South Carolina to provide top-notch orthodontic services to the community. Our father-son tandem of orthodontists, Dr. Ken W. Washington and Dr. Ken T. Washington, have over 40 years of combined experience in the field. With our team’s expertise and state-of-the-art equipment, we aim to give our patients of all ages a confident and healthy smile.

Signs You or Your Child Might Need an Orthodontist Visit

Crowded Teeth

Overlapping or twisted teeth can be a sign of insufficient space in the mouth, leading to crowding.

Gaps Between Teeth

Empty spaces between the teeth due to missing teeth or other factors could also indicate a need for orthodontic treatment.

Overbite/Underbite/Crossbite/Open Bite

 These are conditions where the upper and lower teeth do not meet properly when you close your mouth.

Difficulty Biting or Chewing

 If you or your child have difficulty biting into food or experience discomfort while chewing, it could be due to misaligned teeth or problems with jaw alignment.

Protruding Teeth

Teeth that stick out or protrude beyond the normal alignment can be at higher risk of injury and may affect appearance and self-esteem.

Breathing Through the Mouth

Habitual mouth breathing can sometimes be associated with orthodontic issues such as a misaligned bite or jaw abnormalities.

Thumb Sucking

Persistent thumb sucking in a child beyond the age of 5 could lead to dental issues that require orthodontic treatment.

Some of Our Orthodontic Treatment Services

Dental Braces for Children and Adults

Dental braces are the most traditional and well-known method for straightening teeth. We offer:

  • Traditional metal braces
  • Clear braces (ceramic)
  • Self-ligating braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Clear aligners (Invisalign)

Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment

Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process that combines tooth straightening and physical and facial changes. Two-phase treatment aims to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional and aesthetic result that will remain stable throughout your child's life.

Dentofacial Orthopedics

Dentofacial orthopedics involves guiding facial growth and development in children, using specialized techniques to address jaw size and position discrepancies.

Craniofacial Orthodontics

Craniofacial orthodontics is a highly specialized type of orthodontic treatment that focuses on correcting facial and skull deformities. This involves working closely with other medical professionals, such as plastic surgeons and neurosurgeons.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a field of dentistry that focuses on surgeries related to the mouth, jaw, face and skull. Our orthodontists have extensive knowledge and experience in this area and work closely with oral surgeons to provide comprehensive treatment.

Impacted Canines and Teeth

Impacted canines and teeth occur when the tooth cannot properly erupt into its designated position. This can cause various issues, including alignment problems, crowding and damage to surrounding teeth.

iTero Element Scanner

We use the latest technology to ensure accurate and efficient patient treatment. The iTero Element Scanner allows us to create 3D digital models of your teeth, eliminating the need for messy traditional impressions.

Mouthguards and Retainers

We offer custom-made mouthguards to protect teeth during sports or other physical activities. We also provide retainers to maintain your new smile after orthodontic treatment.

Palatal Expander

A palatal expander is used to widen the upper jaw, creating more space for crowded teeth and correcting crossbites. This treatment is typically recommended for children while their jaws are still developing.

Washington Orthodontics: Your Expert Orthodontist in Columbia, SC

We don’t only help correct misaligned teeth but we also address more complex orthodontic issues. Our doctors have additional training and education to handle these cases. This means that if you or your child have a more complicated orthodontic problem, we can still provide the best care and treatment plan. You don’t need to go anywhere else and deal with multiple doctors.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment so we can discuss your orthodontic needs and how we can help you achieve a healthy and confident smile.