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Which Orthodontic Option Best Matches Your Lifestyle?

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These days it’s common for adults to have orthodontic treatment. There are so many options that don’t involve wearing metal braces for years, so if you’re thinking about straightening your smile, there was never a better time to do it!

Orthodontics Improve Your Oral Health

Most adults seek orthodontics because they want a more attractive smile. But fixing tooth misalignments also has oral health benefits. Crooked or crowded teeth can hurt and lead to bite problems and even TMJ. Most importantly, it’s very difficult to perform effective oral hygiene with misaligned teeth, which can result in tooth decay and gum disease.

Treatment Options to Fit Your Lifestyle

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I Want Straighter Teeth. How Can You Help?

Woman with Clear Aligners | Azalea Dental

Did you miss out on braces as a kid? Or did you have orthodontic treatment but neglected to wear your retainer as instructed by your dentist?

Whatever the reason you’re currently dealing with crooked or crowded teeth, you’re not destined to spend years in metal braces. Technology and materials have advanced to the point where you now have discreet treatment options that will straighten your smile without announcing it to the world.

There are several excellent options, so let’s take a look at the short-term orthodontics we offer in Summerville, SC.

Clear Aligners

By now just about everyone knows someone who has had orthodontic treatment with clear aligners. The reason aligners are so popular ...

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Professional Teeth Whitening: In Our Office or on the Go!

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Professional teeth whitening became popular in the late 1980s, and now it is the most requested cosmetic procedure in most dental offices.

It’s not hard to see why; the process is fast, comfortable, and a relative bargain considering the transformations it can achieve. Over the years, the procedure and materials used have been refined, and now anyone with good oral health can enjoy the benefits of a sparkling smile.

Convenient Teeth Whitening Options

In-Office Treatment

The first step is a professional dental cleaning to ensure that your teeth are free of plaque and tartar that can lead to uneven whitening. Next, your dentist will use a shade guide so you can choose the sample ...

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Treating Gum Disease: What You Can Expect

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Have you recently noticed a change in your gums? Maybe they look puffy and inflamed or easily bleed when you brush?

It May Be Gum Disease

What you are probably seeing are symptoms of gum disease, a condition that affects nearly half of all adults in the US over age 30. One reason so many people are affected is that in many cases, people who have gum disease don’t know it because they never see the above symptoms.

If you have been diagnosed with mild gum disease, all is not lost. In its early stage, gum disease is called gingivitis and is reversible with a thorough cleaning by your hygienist and improved oral hygiene ...

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3 Ways Adult Orthodontics Help Dramatically Improve Your smile and Your Health!

Young Woman with Clear Braces | Azalea Dental

As an adult, it can be a big decision to seek orthodontic treatment. You may feel that the time to straighten your teeth has passed you by or you don’t have the desire to deal with a long, drawn-out process.

If you’re on the fence, you should know that 21st-century treatment with adult orthodontics removes all the obstacles and inconvenience of traditional braces. Treatments like clear aligners and Six Month Smiles can help you achieve your goals more efficiently and in less time than you thought possible.

Benefits of a Straighter Smile

You may be more interested in improving the esthetics of your smile than correcting complicated bite problems as traditional braces do. ...

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Why Routine Dental Exams Can Save You a Lot of Money

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You don't want to get sick and face large medical bills, so you know you have to take steps to keep your body healthy. You exercise every day, watch your diet, and take your vitamins and supplements in the hopes that these steps will keep your body healthy and disease-free.

But many people are surprised to know that they can approach their oral health the same way. The fact is that you should take advantage of preventive dental services like cleanings and exams; not because your dentist said so, but because they help support a problem-free smile. 

Like Your Car, Your Teeth Need Upkeep!

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Dental Cleanings - 4 Steps to a Healthier Smile

Woman in Dentist Chair | Azalea Dental

If you want to minimize visits to the dentist, there are two appointments you must make and keep every year. Semi-annual dental cleanings allow a skilled hygienist to examine your mouth for signs of gum disease, clean and polish your teeth, and talk to you about areas where you can improve. 

Importance of Dental Cleanings

The significance of cleanings with a hygienist can't be overstated. Gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in US adults over the age of 30. This bacterial infection attacks the structures that support your teeth such as gum tissue, ligaments, and bone.

Typical signs include tender, inflamed, or swollen gums and bleeding when you brush; ...

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