If you’ve been asking yourself, “who is the best orthodontist in Augusta?”, the answer is Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics. At the risk of singing our own praises just a touch, we want folks who are looking for a local orthodontist to know that we’ve been helping perfect handmade smiles since 1973. Our orthodontic office offers patient-centered orthodontic services with treatment tailored to your unique needs.

We set you up for success by taking the time to get to know you while familiarizing ourselves with your oral needs. Whether you are looking for pediatric orthodontic care, have questions about any number of our orthodontic appliances on offer, or have a completely different question, we would love to hear from you and provide you with expert treatment.

Now that we’ve answered the most important frequently asked question, we can address all the others that relate to the orthodontic treatment you receive at either of our two offices (in Augusta and Thomson). If you’ve been wondering what orthodontists do, when orthodontic treatment should begin on average, or if you will be able to play your favorite sport/instrument while wearing braces, this blog is for you! Read on to get the answers you so dearly crave.

What Does An Orthodontist Do?

Excellent question! And one quite foundational to pretty much everything we will be discussing, we might add. For starters, all orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. This is because orthodontists are specialized dentists who diagnose and treat problems that have to do with the spacing, alignment, and position of the teeth. Further, orthodontists understand how such issues relate to irregularities in the jaw and face. Using specialized treatments and appliances, such as braces and retainers, orthodontists correct these issues.

Why Should I Find An Orthodontist & When Should Orthodontic Treatments Begin?

There are two primary reasons for receiving orthodontic treatment — aesthetic reasons and functional reasons. Most people simply feel better about themselves once they’ve received orthodontic treatment. Having an attractive smile boosts self-confidence and changes the way others perceive you as well. From a functional perspective, orthodontic services help your teeth work better. This often makes them easier to clean, and can often take away pain related to jaw and facial issues as well!

To answer the second question asked above, you are never too old to begin orthodontic treatment! One of the most common misconceptions about going to see an orthodontist for the first time is that there is some kind of age limit regarding the viability of the treatment. This is not the case, although we will warrant that if you start receiving orthodontic care at an earlier age, the problems will likely be easier to treat.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, a child who might need an orthodontist should expect to see visit the office for the first time around the age of seven.

Do I Have To See My Regular Dentist While Seeing My Orthodontist?

We know it might seem like overkill, but hassle or not, orthodontists and dentists perform very different tasks from one another, and both are necessary. In fact, once your your friendly orthodontist at Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics adorns your lovely teeth with braces, you should really be getting your teeth cleaned and checked more often! It’s more important than ever to keep your chompers free of plaque and buildup. Unfortunately, this often requires professional teeth cleaning when you are wearing braces. Dentists are a key element of this equation.

Can I Still Play Sports & Music With Braces?

Usually, yes, you will be able to still play sports and your instrument while wearing braces. Naturally, we recommend always wearing a mouthguard while playing sports (whether you have braces or not). With regards to playing an instrument, musicians are generally able to play just as well as before, although it’s common for there to be a brief adjustment period after the braces have been applied.

How Expensive Is Orthodontic Care?

Orthodontic treatment, generally speaking, isn’t exactly cheap. But it’s important to remember that receiving care is a long-term investment which will yield dividends in a variety of ways. From feeling better about how you look to the functional health benefits that excellent oral health provide, orthodontic care is well worth the investment.

As an aside, we would also like to point out that the cost of orthodontic services hasn’t increased as rapidly as many other consumer prices. Likewise, we offer financial and insurance options at Rogers & Andrews Orthodontics.

For our part, we make sure to discuss all fees in detail before any treatment has begun. We want to make sure that we’ve set up a convenient payment plan is setup for each patient of our Augusta office of orthodontia. More specifically, we are proud to be able to offer a wide range of plans to fit most budgets, including payment in full alongside extended plans that stretch out over the course of a few years. We accept assignment of most insurance companies, offer third-party financing that helps parents with two or more children in particular, along with a few other options we’d be happy to tell you about over the phone or in person!

Will I Have To Watch What I Eat While Wearing Braces?

In a word, yep. One of the most dramatic changes folks who get braces face is that of diet and nutrition. You’ll find yourself thinking about food in a whole new way — namely, will this kind of food get stuck in my braces and between my teeth? It’s vital to avoid foods that have the tendency to get stuck because your teeth are in a delicate state while you are wearing braces.

Sticky foods to avoid include:

  • Licorice
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Toffee
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Caramels
  • Starburst

Hard foods to avoid include:

  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • French bread crust/rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples and carrots (unless cut into small pieces)
  • Bagels
  • Chips
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Pizza crust
  • Uncooked carrots (unless cut)

Finally, we must also recommend you stay away from sugary foods like pie, cookies, candy, cake, soda, and ice cream. You should also do your very best to cut out habits like pencil chewing, fingernail biting, and other oral fixations of a similar nature. Your oral health could very well depend on it, so be sure to do your due diligence and do yourself a favor in the long run!

Visit Rogers & Andrews In Thomson & Augusta!

We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading our answers as much as we did composing them! We also hope that you found them useful. If you are in need of a reliable Augusta orthodontist, don’t hesitate to contact us for affordable orthodontic treatment!