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August 20th, 2013

ovechkinsmileWith school starting again in Spartanburg, sports will follow. And everyone knows that the first thing to consider before playing any sport is getting the right protective gear. Whether it’s a helmet in football or shin guards in soccer, protective gear is important because it gives you the freedom to enjoy your sport while minimizing the risk of injury.

One of the most often overlooked pieces of protective equipment is the sports mouthguard. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), about one third of all dental injuries are related to sports, and an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouthguard. The major benefit of mouthguards is that they soften blows that would otherwise break teeth, cause jaw injuries, or result in cuts to the lips or tongue. They may also help reduce the rate and severity of concussions. Mouthguards are usually made from soft plastic material, and they come in three types:

- the ready-made (stock) mouthguard
- the “boil-and-bite” mouthguard
- the custom fit mouthguard

These all provide varying degrees of comfort and protection, with a professionally made custom fit mouthguard being the best option since they are customized for each athlete and tailored to meet the demands of his or her particular sport. They can also be made to fit over braces!

If you’re playing a sport this season, think about how it would feel if you lost one or two of your front teeth … and then make sure you add a mouthguard to the list of equipment you’ll need before getting on the field!

Top 14 Reasons to Get Braces in Spartanburg

June 4th, 2013


1) Braces will make your teeth straight! I mean, who doesn’t want straight teeth, right?

2) They can make your teeth easier to clean. And cleaner is always better. This likely means less tooth decay and healthier gums.

3) Braces can improve dental function and chewing ability.

4) Straight teeth help increase confidence and improve self-esteem!

5) Braces can fix impacted teeth (teeth that don’t erupt because of lack of room or an altered path of eruption).

6) They can be used in conjunction with other dental procedures, such as making room for implants or for bonding procedures on specific teeth.

7) Braces will help give you a correct bite and prevent future TMJ problems.

8) You get to pick out fancy colors to bedazzle your smile while you’re in braces … or you can just get gray as your color … or you can get tooth colored braces … or Invisalign. Lots of options!

9) Your kids got them, and now it’s your turn!

10) Your spouse got them, and now it’s your turn!

11) Your friends got them, and now it’s your turn!

12) Your neighbors got them, and now it’s your turn!

13) Nobody else got them, but you want braces anyway!

14) We’re really nice people, and you just want to come see us every 6-8 weeks.


We’re proud to serve and meet the orthodontic needs of Spartanburg, SC and the surrounding communities. Please give us a call if you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation!

Top 5 Things I Learned at the Cooper River Bridge Run

April 7th, 2013

kiss bridge runI ran the Cooper River Bridge Run for the first time this weekend, and I learned few things along the way …

1) Nobody should ever wake up at 4:30am to do anything, especially run a 10k.

2) The Bridge Run is as much of an agility drill as it is a race because you spend a lot of time bobbing and weaving people that decide to stop running.

3) Contrary to what you may feel during the race, it eventually does end.

4) Once you make it to the top of the bridge, it really is all downhill from there.

5) People from Kenya are really fast. The winner (Simon Ndirangu) finished at 28:05!

PS – Some people dressed up as KISS, and a random woman was posing with them. I helped myself to a picture at the same time as this woman’s friend. I’m not sure what the social etiquette policy is on that, but I think the more pressing question involves whether or not KISS ran in those shoes!

What is TMJ or TMD?

March 28th, 2013


Have you ever heard of TMJ or TMD? TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint (the joint on either side of your jaw), and TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. In colloquial terms, these are used interchangeably to refer to pain in a person’s jaw. More specifically, a person with TMD may have sore jaw muscles or pain in the jaw joint. These symptoms may be accompanied by headaches and ringing in the ears, as well as trouble eating or sleeping. Sometimes a person may hear noises (clicking, popping, grating sounds), and in severe cases the jaw may become locked open or closed.

Anyone who is suffering from TMD will often require splint therapy. Although it can be difficult to adapt to a splint at first, it is often our TMD patients who are the most grateful for treatment because of the significant decrease in pain they experience!

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Piedmont Orthodontic Associates provides quality orthodontics for children, teens, and adults in Spartanburg, SC and the surrounding areas. Dr. Ernest Gardner, Jr. specializes in orthodontics, offering Invisalign as well as traditional braces. Contact Piedmont Orthodontic Associates to schedule your complimentary orthodontic consultation.

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