Bullying And Orthodontics

A person’s teeth and smile are the first features people notice when you walk into a room. A recent study published in the American Journal of
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics showed that having “ugly” teeth plays a huge part in childhood bullying. According to the study, teeth were the number 1 targeted physical feature of bullies, followed by strength and weight.

The correlation between self-esteem and a person’s smile is commonly known among orthodontists, and isn’t just true for children, but can affect people of all ages and status.

Did you know Tom Cruise was a victim of smile bullying? He has had orthodontic treatment twice to fix his teeth. The first time was as a child to straighten his teeth and broaden his smile, and once again as an adult to correct a midline discrepancy.

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Retainers – An Investment in the Future of Your Smile

Retainers Duncan SCAfter orthodontic treatment is completed at Chadwell Orthodontics, retainers are the finishing touch to maintain your beautiful new smile while the teeth stabilize and over a lifetime of good oral health.

An orthodontic retainer is a custom-fit device that is removable or bonded depending upon the patient’s individual needs. It is your insurance policy your teeth stay put in their new positions if worn as instructed. Read More

Mouthguard – You Wear It… But Do You Clean It?

Mouthguard Duncan SCMost adults and kids today understand the importance of wearing a mouthguard when playing contact sports, especially while wearing braces. Blows to the mouth are painful enough without brackets and wires cutting into your lips and tongue making it worse. Teeth are actually less prone to injury when wired together as a single unit during orthodontic treatment. A mouth guard protects the braces and serves as added protection, further reducing the possibility of tooth and jaw injury.

It is not uncommon for athletes to remove their mouthguard when playing sports and set it down, hold it in their dirty hands, or toss it into the case or Gym bag when the game is over. Do you or your kids clean your mouthguard before popping it back into the mouth the next you play? Who knows what germs are breeding on the mouthguard when stored away that can cause illness and oral health issues?Read More

July 4th – Fun Facts

July 4th Duncan SCAs Independence Day, July 4th, rapidly approaches, it’s clear we are already more than halfway into the year and more importantly … summer has arrived. Our team recently researched some fun facts about our nation’s favorite holiday to showcase why we love celebrating the day which hallmarks our nation’s independence.

Did you know July 4th, or as it is commonly referred to, Independence Day, has only been a federal holiday since 1941? The tradition still has roots though going all the way back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775 – 1783). July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence since then and is often celebrated with fireworks, parades, concerts and of course, barbecues. Read More