WAXHAW – Waxhaw’s growth along the Main Street corridor continues as Dr. Richard Graham’s orthodontic dental practice BracesPlus prepares to open in June.
This location (318 E. Main St.) is the second BracesPlus practice under Graham’s purview. He opened his first in Wesley Chapel in 2011.
Focusing on more than just the health and aesthetics of teeth, orthodontists carry an additional two to three years of training and education beyond a doctorate in dentistry.
They are the “architects of the face,” as Graham put it, devising treatment plans for patients that take into account all of the structures of the skull and how those structures change from childhood to old age.
According to Graham, the difference in services between dentists and orthodontists become readily apparent when he gets patients who have tooth or jaw issues stemming from the use of clear plastic alignment products.
While such products are an effective solution for straightening teeth, dentists don’t always take into account how the movement of a patient’s teeth can affect other facial structures over time.
Moving teeth too quickly can cause serious conditions to arise, including root resorption, dissolving of the root of a tooth due to trauma resulting in severe weakening of the teeth.
The difference in their training may also lead dentists to mistreat severe overcrowding with a plastic alignment product when surgery would be in order. Particular care is needed, especially in children, to come up with a treatment plan that adapts over time to allow space for canines or bicuspids that have not yet erupted, as well as for the future position of a young patient’s wisdom teeth.
Graham welcomes anyone to make an appointment that would like to know more about how they could be being affected by their plastic alignment treatment.
BracesPlus offers free consultations for this and any other issue a patient may be experiencing. Call 704-821-8008 or visit www.bracesplusdental.com for details.