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Same-Day Starts, Braces, and Consultations Available!

Your Top-Rated Orthodontist in
Charleston, SC, For Braces & Invisalign

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The goal of orthodontic treatment is to straighten teeth that are overlapping or misaligned. Getting braces involves having tiny brackets and wires on your teeth, which may make dental care a little more challenging. Here are some braces care tips to help you get the best results in your orthodontic treatment while keeping your braces intact and your smile healthy.


1. Avoid hard food that may damage your braces

You should be especially careful right after installation of your braces and following each periodic adjustment by your orthodontist. Consider eating soft foods that are easy to chew initially, then resume your normal diet a few days after treatment.

Hard and crunchy food may damage your braces.  This includes food such as seeds, nuts, frozen food, popcorn and beef jerky. These types of foods may be hard to chew or get caught in your braces, which could damage the wires and loosen the brackets. Even healthy foods like carrots and apples should be avoided in the first couple of days because they may dislodge your braces if you bite into them with your front teeth.

Cutting your food into smaller bite-size pieces will make it easier to chew slowly with your back molars. Avoid crunching on ice cubes completely, and be mindful if you have the habit of crushing ice cubes while having a cold drink.

Sticky foods such as toffee, caramels, or chewing gum should also be avoided. These items will stick to your braces and get caught in them. Avoid sugary foods and drinks in general, since oral bacteria thrives on sugary foods which produce the acids that erode tooth enamel and cause cavities. Sticky foods adhere to your teeth longer, which promotes further tooth decay.  If you consume any sugary drinks, consider using a straw to help minimize exposure to your teeth.


2. Brush and floss your teeth and braces daily

You will not regret putting in the time and effort to keep your teeth and braces clean during your orthodontic treatments. You may avoid such problems as tooth decay, gum inflammation, and tooth decalcification.  Decalcification is the removal of calcium ions from your tooth surface, which may lead to white spots being left behind on your teeth once your braces are removed.


3. Make sure to have regular check-ups with your dentist for professional cleanings

While you are undergoing orthodontic treatment, you should maintain your regular dental visits to keep the brackets clean and to help avoid potential problems with cavities, tooth decay or gingivitis.

Our expert Charleston County orthodontist and highly trained staff at Reese Orthodontics, are eager to join you on the journey to a healthier and happier smile.  To request your appointment with our friendly and knowledgeable orthodontist, Dr. Reese, please contact us.


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If you want to learn more about our orthodontic practice - where we offer extensive experience with a Board Certified Orthodontist, where we offer a satisfaction guarantee, and where we offer flexible payment options - Reese Orthodontics is here to serve you.

"Dr. Reese and staff share an inviting personality with a clean and professional atmosphere. I am very happy with the service, the product and the final result. I would encourage any of my friends and family to consult with Dr. Reese around their Orthodontic needs."
- Austin H.
"It has been a great experience all around getting braces at Dr. Reese Orthodontics. It's a great office with wonderful and friendly staff. I am extremely happy with the results. Can't say enough good things about Dr. Reese and his staff. I highly recommend him!"
- Nicole S.
"Dr. Reese and his staff was referred to me by a friend, and I highly recommend them! They were friendly, professional, helpful and quick to respond. I could not be happier with the results of Invisalign. I wore them about 7 months and my teeth are as straight as can be. Thank you for the great care and results!"
- Dancy E.
"I chose the absolute perfect orthodontist to perfect my smile. Dr. Reese has a personality that calms you and removes the anxiety that may come with the process. Dr. Reese is a true artist. I am so excited with my new smile. Dr. Reese accomplished the goals I was looking for and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Reese!!!"
- Melanie C.
"Just awesome! Dr. Reese is the one to go to. He knows what he's doing and is great at what he does. Makes you feel like family every time you go visit. I can't get over how great my smile looks now. Definitely recommended."
- Harsha P.
*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Reese Orthodontics.
Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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2057 Charlie Hall Blvd. STE D
Charleston, SC 29414


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Dr. Reese McElveen, our award-winning orthodontist in Charleston, South Carolina has transformed the smiles of over 11,000 patients. Reese Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Types of braces and orthodontic treatment include metal braces, clear braces, gold braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Damon Braces, SureSmile. Dr. Reese can even help you achieve your confident smile faster with AcceleDent.

Call 843.573.7279 today to schedule your appointment with our board certified orthodontist in Charleston, SC, at our conveniently located Charleston orthodontic office. Come experience Reese Orthodontics and you will see for yourself that we offer innovative and effective orthodontic care in Charleston, Downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Johns Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan and Ladson, South Carolina (SC).