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Braces are thought to be a part of life. You generally get them as a child so that your teeth can be corrected while you are still growing up. However, there are several instances when adults are seeking braces. This can be due to the fact that they either did not have their childhood braces on long enough or they didn’t wear their retainer to maintain the necessary maintenance in the braces aftermath. Another reason that adults are seeking braces as adults is that they may have not had the opportunity to get braces as a child. This could be due to their financial situation growing up or other varying factors. braces

Regardless of when you choose to get your braces, there are many varying factors that indicate that you need braces. An orthodontist is the best person to visit to find out exactly what you need when it comes to your dental care and braces. However, listed here are some signs to look out for that you may need braces.

1. You have crooked teeth. If you have crooked teeth, then that is a sign that you need braces. Since braces work to straight your smile, then crooked teeth are the main indicator that you will benefit from braces. Crooked teeth can mean anything from teeth that are crooked to teeth that run into each other.

2. Your jaw shifts. If your jaw shifts when you open and close it, then that is another strong indicator that you need braces in order to fix a misaligned jaw. Braces can help realign your teeth as well as your jaw and can leave you free of the shifting!

3. Your jaw clicks. If your jaw clicks when you open and shut your mouth, then that is another strong indicator that you may need braces. Braces can help correct lock jaw and other jaw problems that can also leave you with an over bite or an underbite. These are all things that you will want to resolve so that you do not have to deal with them at a later age in life.

4. You have problems chewing or biting. If you have problems chewing or biting, then that is another huge indicator that you need braces. This can mean that your jaw is not properly aligned. This can also mean that you need to straighten out your teeth in order to prevent this from happening.

5. You have teeth that run together or large gaps in your teeth. If you have teeth that run into each other then you will need to get braces in order to resolve this issue. Likewise, if you have large gaps in your teeth, then you will need to get braces to resolve that as well.

As you can see, these were just five of the many varying signs that can indicate that you need braces or will need braces in the future. When you are interested in learning more about braces and the various types of braces, such as traditional wire braces or Invisalign technologies, then contact a group of trusted professionals such as those at


A lot of adults seem to have phobias or are at least a bit nervous or uncomfortable with going to the family dentist and it can really cut into the health of your teeth and mouth later in life. If your teeth and mouth are not healthy it can quickly lead to a whole list of other health issues so it is important that if you have kids you make sure that they don’t grow up with this unhealthy fear of the dentist. No one actually likes going to the dentist. The dentists office is full of scary tools and sometimes it can be a little painful but if you find a family dentist who is friendly, knows what they are doing and tries to be as gentle as they can, the experience really isn’t that bad. It is for sure better to go to the family dentist once every six months than to have to deal with all of the problems that can arise from poor oral care. If you develop a problem and don’t get it taken care of right away it can also get incredibly worse over time and become more and more painful. Once this track begins it is certainly obvious that to just deal with the family dentist twice a year is better than experiencing that pain. I think a lot of people develop their fear of the dentist as children so if you have kids try to encourage them that the family dentist is not scary. If you freak out about the family dentist in front of your kid, they will see that and think that freaking out is the appropriate way to respond to having to go to the family dentist. If you tell them that yes, it might not be fun but afterwards you can go do something fun or that somehow the trip to the family dentist is worth it, you are helping to set them up for a life of better oral health. If you kids need braces, this can be a huge push in either direction to get your kids to hate or be ok with the family dentist or orthodontist. Braces are more painful and more work heavy than normal family dentist visits but once they are off your kid can see how much better life is and how much better they look once they have allowed the dentist or orthodontist to do their work. If you encourage them that going to the orthodontist will be worth it in the end you can help build good habits early.

family dentist If you are an adult with an already established fear of the dentist, try and face your fear. I mean really, how bad can it possibly be? If you are really nervous about it, there are a few family dentists out there who are specially targeted to people with family dentist phobias and they can help in a way that is specifically targeted to help you calm your fears.

Raising children is one of the most difficult tasks a person can take on. Kids are a lifelong commitment, and are quite expensive when the first eighteen years of their lives are taken into account. For many parents, the costs go far past the age of eighteen as they help their children through college and beyond. Many college graduates have returned home to live with their parents again during and after the recession, as it became harder and harder to get jobs. The employment rate has gone back up but there are still higher than usual numbers of adult children living at home.

There are a variety of ways to mitigate or at least prepare for the expenses that come along with having children. College funds can be started as early on as day one, with deposits allowed at any time and interest accruing over the course of the next eighteen to twenty years. This can be a huge relief come high school graduation, as many parents who want to help out their children simply cannot shoulder the high burden all at once over only four years. Health expenses are another category where kids can become quite expensive. Health savings accounts, flexible savings accounts, and good insurance coverage can help provide peace of mind. Insurance should include not just medical but dental and vision as well. Braces and glasses can be very expensive, and kids’ teeth and eyes are changing all the time.

Of course if you are a good saver, most likely you will be able to cover these costs. But with savings rates actually declining across the country, proper insurance coverage and preventive care is crucial, and that includes regular visits with optometrists, orthodontists, and pediatricians. The growth in cost of health care services, much like college tuition, has long since outpaced the growth of salaries and wages in this country, not to mention inflation. Children also should be taught how much things cost as they get older, so they understand for the future what they are going to be spending. Making smart decisions about your child’s health and education can pay off invaluably in the long run. Waiting until all of their adult teeth are grown in to get braces, or until their prescription has stayed stable for several years before having laser eye surgery can avoid costly duplicative procedures or corrections later on.

Feeding, sheltering, and clothing children are also enormous expenses. With more choices than ever for feeding you and your family, it can be difficult to know which is the right decision for you. Organic or not organic? Vegetarian? Or meat eating? Choosing to have children will present you with one of the greatest joys that life has available, but also some of the toughest decisions to make. You will inevitably worry about their teeth and their school work and their happiness, but watching your children grow into their own selves and become adults is one of the most exciting things a person can do.


Caring for your teeth is one of the easier health practices to follow through on. One of the reasons I think that this is the case is because oral health is visible to other people. Not only is it visible but one’s teeth is supposed to reflect beauty. So the point is that there is already an incentive in place to keep one’s dental health pristine. Orthodontics is a great example of having your cake and eating it, too. After you have had braces, you teeth are going to be straight and neat. The braces will give you a symmetric smile that will instill confidence and assurance. People will notice your radiant smile and the attendant assurance that you have in yourself. At the same time, braces are a great way of ensuring good dental health. They are more than just a cosmetic procedure. By making your teeth straight, you ensure the functionality of your jaw, create fewer gaps in which bacteria from food particles can get stuck, and you can detect any serious jaw anomalies. And for all of these reasons, it is important to go to the orthodontics office early and often. The first task is to find an office for orthodontics in Charleston. Once you have determined which office and doctor is best for you, it is important to make sure that your children see the orthodontist early. This does not necessarily mean that you are putting braces on the child at an early age. There are some ways in which you can end up doing more damage to a child’s bite and jaw by putting them on too early. But you can still go to the orthodontist’s office to get a check up. The value of this is that you know that you will not have to worry about getting them put on too late. While putting braces on a child’s teeth too late does not present the same health risks that putting them on too early does, you can save yourself a lot of time and money and save the child a lot of discomfort. Braces are essentially pulling the teeth back gradually into place. As it sounds, this can be a very uncomfortable process. So the less distance that you have to pull the teeth, the better for the child. So go early to see when a good time to but braces on a child would be. Once the braces are on, whether it is a child or an adult, make sure that you are going to the orthodontist often. This is unlike other medical practices. Missing an appointment here and there does not work with orthodontics. The wires are tightened, which only pulls the teeth a bit. Once they have been pulled just a little, there is no more tension on the teeth. So in each check up, the doctor continues to apply tension so that the can continue to pull the teeth back into the proper position. Going to the orthodontist early and often will make the process cheaper, easier, and more comfortable for the patient.


Garrett Smiles Orthodontics

2679 Lake Park Dr.

Lakeshore Office Park, North Charleston, SC


P: (843) 553-2255

F: (843) 797-1231