Mt. Pleasant
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About Garrett Smiles in North Charleston and Mt Pleasant

What is an Orthodontist?

What is Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics?

An orthodontist specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of “malocclusion,” a long word that means “bad bites”.

Dr. Garrett is a specialist, and attended three additional years of school in addition to dental school to learn many things, including:

  • How faces grow and how to affect that growth to create the best harmony
  • How the position of the teeth affect the lips, nose, and chin
  • What problems look like before they start, so they can be prevented
  • How to correct problems that happen as adult teeth come in
  • How teeth move differently in children and adults

What are the benefits?

  • Higher self-esteem
  • Higher attractiveness as rated by others
  • Higher liklihood of smiling
  • More positive social interactions
  • Higher acceptance from teachers, employers, and members of both sexes
  • Straight teeth that look better and are easier to clean
  • Better aligned jaws that function more efficiently
  • For adults, changing the way the front teeth appear relative to the lips when smiling can make a person look years younger.
  • Support for speech therapy

What are the possible consequences of not having treatment?

  • Crooked and protruding teeth carry negative status at all ages and social levels
  • Discrimination because of facial appearance
  • Problems with oral function, including difficulties in jaw movement, chewing, joint pain, and speech
  • Greater susceptibility to trauma, periodontal disease, and cavities
  • Teasing at school
  • Psychological distress and anxiety and social problems: these are not just cosmetic!  They can have a major influence on the quality of life.
  • Some bad bites are linked with a higher rate of TMJ dysfunction, including painful muscles and joints, grinding, and clenching
  • Difficulty making certain sounds
  • Teeth that stick out are more likely to get broken