A: An orthodontist, like Dr. Buddy, receives two to three extra years of training in an orthodontic residency program after completing dental school. They’re specialists in diagnosing, preventing and treating abnormalities in the alignment of the teeth and jaw. An orthodontist has the expertise and knowledge to give you fantastic results that will last a lifetime.
A: Malocclusion is orthodontist-speak for an improper bite. It can be due to dental or skeletal issues. Spacing, crowding, overbites, underbites and crossbites are all types of malocclusion. As an orthodontist, Dr. Buddy is an expert in diagnosing and treating malocclusion using appliances like Invisalign and braces.
A: It’s great to see an orthodontist at any age if you want to improve your smile. Braces and Invisalign aren’t exclusive to children and teens and more than one in five orthodontic patients are over the age of 21. However, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends children first see an orthodontist by age seven to have their bite evaluated. While this is usually just an observational period, it ensures that if early intervention is necessary, we can step in and direct the growth and development of the jaw and teeth to prevent the need for surgery, extractions or lengthy treatment down the road.
A: Unfortunately, your teeth and jaw won’t just straighten out as you get older and malocclusion tends to worsen with age. Though we can still help you achieve amazing results as an adult, seeking orthodontic treatment as a child or teenager when the teeth and jaw are still growing and developing, increases the likelihood that treatment will be easier and quicker. In some cases, putting off necessary treatment will lead to needing extractions or jaw surgery to achieve results.
A: After getting his bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science from Furman University, Dr. Buddy went on to dental school at the University of Louisville. He graduated cum laude with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree before going for his specialty training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he served as Chief Resident. Upon completing his residency, Dr. Buddy obtained a Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. In order to stay up-to-date on the latest treatments, Dr. Buddy pursues continuing education at a local and national level. Beyond his own training, he teaches future orthodontists as an assistant clinical professor and attending orthodontist at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Division of Orthodontics.
A: Straight teeth and an aligned bite can give your oral health – and your overall health – a major boost. Some of the benefits of orthodontic treatment include:
- Making teeth easier to brush and floss, decreasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease
- Preventing uneven wear and erosion of the tooth enamel
- Alleviating teeth grinding
- Improving your ability to chew, speak and breathe for better overall health
- Reducing jaw bone loss, which in turn helps prevent tooth loss and pain
- Distributing the bite forces evenly to alleviate TMJ pain, headaches and migraines
- Creating facial symmetry
- Giving you a beautiful smile
- Enhancing your confidence
A: At your initial consultation, you’ll receive a warm welcome from the Davis Orthodontics team. We’ll introduce ourselves, make sure we have your dental and medical history and show you around the office. Once you’re settled, we’ll take complimentary x-rays and Dr. Buddy will perform a comprehensive oral exam. He’ll use these diagnostic records to form a diagnosis and create a customized treatment plan that will bring out the best in your smile. You’ll have the chance to ask as many questions as you’d like and we always take the time to explain everything. We’ll wrap up by discussing financial information, insurance details and payment plan options. You’ll feel confident about choosing the treatment that’s best for you. Ready to kick off your journey to a brand new smile? Book a free consultation online or by calling us at (864) 967-0053 (Simpsonville office) or (864) 801-3500 (Greer office).