Orthodontic treatment can improve both the function and appearance of your mouth and face. Lakeshore Orthodontics, S.C. specializes in creating beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. We invite you to learn more about some of our leading services on this page.

Introduction to Orthodontics -Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that specifically addresses the diagnosis and treatment of dental and facial irregularities such as crooked, crowded, protruding teeth, and poor jaw alignment. Orthodontic treatment is ultimately directed at improving and maintaining excellent dental and oral health, as well as an attractive smile.

Everyone wants a beautiful smile -and everyone should have a healthy one. Our goal is to achieve both for the patient. Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This may contribute to conditions that cause tooth decay, eventual gum disease and tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue, or misalignment of the jaw joints with resultant chronic headaches or pain in the face or neck.

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The importance of an attractive smile should not be underestimated. A pleasing appearance is a vital asset to one's self-confidence. A person's self-esteem often improves as treatment brings teeth, lips, and face into harmony. In this way, orthodontic treatment can benefit social and career success as well as improve one's general attitude toward life.

Patient and Parent Responsibilities -In order to achieve the desired results in the least amount of time, we require the full cooperation of the patient and the encouragement of the family. All instructions must be followed carefully throughout treatment. We provide detailed instructions and are always available to answer questions. We will expect you to follow instructions on such matters as the wearing of all appliances, proper brushing of the teeth, the avoidance of certain foods, and the keeping of all appointments.

The braces themselves will not damage the teeth, but their presence fosters the accumulation of food and plaque which will do damage unless it is removed. Excellent oral hygiene and the reduction of sugar intake will help minimize tooth discoloration, decay, and gum problems. The use of daily fluoride rinse or gel is also recommended. Tooth brushing and flossing instructions are given to each patient when braces are placed. Having braces presents a golden opportunity to learn how to properly care for your teeth and gums. These good habits will remain long after the braces have been removed.

Because orthodontic treatment does not replace routine dental care, it is still necessary to visit your family dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. Oral hygiene is extremely important during orthodontic care. Orthodontic appliances provide obstacles that make brushing and flossing more difficult. Therefore, increased efforts are necessary to keep gums and teeth healthy. It is essential that you have your teeth cleaned and examined by your family dentist every six months. If problems with oral hygiene should develop, it may be necessary to schedule these appointments more frequently. Cooperation in all these matters helps to assure quick and satisfactory results.

Estimated Treatment Time -In orthodontics there are so many variables it is impossible to know in advance the exact amount of time required to treat a given patient. Bone growth, habits, muscle changes, eruption pattern of teeth, patient cooperation and other factors will vary from patient to patient. So, please remember that your estimated length of treatment is only an "estimate". It is the average length that similar patients have experienced in the past when patients have cooperated and have had no unforeseen complications. Your cooperation is the single most essential factor in achieving the ideal results in the estimated time.

Adolescent Treatment -Functional and aesthetic problems of the jaw and teeth, including those associated with TMJ, can be treated at most any age. However, the earlier we see the patient and detect a problem, the more options we have to correct it. It is often best to closely watch young children over a period of time so that we can determine the pattern of their oral development. We can then pinpoint the child's optimum growth and development for the most efficient orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists can often forecast a child's future orthodontic needs as early as age four.

An orthodontic examination is advisable any time a particular problem is noted by the parent, family dentist or child's physician. An early examination allows the orthodontic specialist to determine how and when a child's particular problem should be treated for maximum improvement, requiring the least amount of time and providing the greatest benefit.

Adult Treatment -Adult Orthodontics VideoChildren and adolescents are not the only ones who can receive orthodontic treatment to correct structural irregularities of their teeth and jaws. Mature adults also discover quality orthodontic care to be both beneficial and rewarding. As long as the bone and supporting tissue are healthy, it's never too late to correct dental abnormalities  and begin enjoying your smile.  Orthodontic treatment is always a change for the better, regardless of your age. The biological process involved in tooth movement is the same in both adults and children. The health of your teeth, gums and supporting bone is the most important factor in determining the prospects for improving your smile and dental health.

Because an adult's facial bones are no longer growing, certain corrections cannot be accomplished with braces alone. But don't let that discourage you. Very dramatic facial changes are now being achieved with a combined approach of surgery and orthodontics.

Retention -When the braces are removed, the retention phase of treatment begins. Treatment is not over. It is essential for the stability of the teeth which have been corrected that the retainers be worn exactly as directed. Lost or broken retainers need to be reported to us as soon as possible so that a replacement can be made. Periodic visits will be needed to insure that you have the kind of result you can be proud of for years to come. Additional charges will be assessed for retainers that are lost or damaged due to neglect or carelessness.

Ceramic Braces -Now you can show your smile and not your braces! Ask Dr. Bogenschutz about an attractive option in braces for straightening teeth and enhancing smiles. Ceramic braces are esthetically appealing and available in translucent material to blend with the teeth. But they are not for everyone. The ceramic material is very hard harder than teeth -and cannot be used in all circumstances. In some instances, additional costs may be involved. Dr. Bogenschutz will recommend the proper type of braces for you.

Invisalign -Invisalign clear aligners can be just as effective as metal braces. In the hands of a skilled orthodontist, the patented technology can effectively treat most common and complex teeth-straightening concerns. Who knew you could see great results from something that is virtually invisible!

Using the latest advances in 3-D computer technology, Invisalign translates your doctor's instructions into a series of nearly undetectable aligners. You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, moving your teeth gradually until you've achieved the desired result. The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case. Only your doctor can determine the length of your treatment and whether or not Invisalign is right for you.