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Bluffton Orthodontics Announces Winner of Free Braces Contest

McCracken Middle School Student Wins “New Smile for a New School Year” Contest, and Receives Free Set of Braces

For kids throughout the Lowcountry, the recent start of the new school year has meant new teachers, new school supplies and the onset of new school schedules and activities.  For one lucky 13 year old in Bluffton though, the new school year has also brought with it the opportunity to get the smile she has always wanted – making this school year probably the best one yet thanks to a contest created by Bluffton Orthodontics.

Bluffton Orthodontics, a new orthodontic practice that opened this summer at Buckwalter Place and headed by well-known orthodontist Dr. Bob Garrison, has announced that 13 year old Brianna Davis, a 7th grader at McCracken Middle School, was chosen as the winner of the “New Smile for a New School Year”contest.  The contest, which took place from August 1st through September 12th, generated dozens of entries, encouraged families to submit a contest entry form on the Bluffton Orthodontics Facebook page, with a winner being selected at random for the grand prize of a free set of braces (valued at approximately $5,000.)

“We have wanted to get Brianna braces for a few years, so when we heard about this contest it was the perfect opportunity for us,” said her mom Leea Davis.  “Brianna has always been hesitant about smiling because she wasn’t happy with her teeth.   I know that having a better smile with straight teeth will really increase her self-confidence, and we are thrilled for this opportunity to work with Dr. Garrison to give her the smile she’s always dreamed about.

Brianna, who loves science and art, spending time with her rescue dog Lulu and who wants to be a veterinarian, is excited to begin treatment with Dr. Garrison and Bluffton Orthodontics – as well as excited for the opportunity to wear pink rubber bands on her new set of braces.  In fact, mom Leah notes that the last time her daughter felt self-confident was a few years ago when she gave her permission to dye her hair bright pink – and both mother and daughter (as well as Dr. Garrison) are excited about the new self-confidence that she expects will result from the new smile made possible through Bluffton Orthodontics and this contest.

Bluffton Orthodontics, located at 337 Buckwalter Place Boulevard at Buckwalter Place (adjacent to Station 300) offers a full array of the latest advances in orthodontic care, including traditional metal braces, clear braces and clear aligners.  For more information about Bluffton Orthodontics, including a complete listing of treatments and innovations in orthodontics, visit  www.blufftonorthodontics.com or call 843-970-9316.

Getting Braces Off More Quickly

At Bluffton Orthodontics, we know that wearing braces can be considered a major blocker to certain social and comfort elements for many people. Both for child and adult braces, some people choose to smile less or feel like they have to separate themselves from social interactions while they’re wearing these products.

Not only do we provide modern options like ceramic braces that can often come off sooner than traditional ones, we’re also here to give you or your child some of the right tactics to help ensure that braces remain in the mouth for the shortest possible period. Here are some tips.

Food Intake

Most of the same foods are okay once someone begins wearing braces, but there are a few important exceptions. For starters, consider certain foods that you might want to cut up before you or your child eats them – foods like corn, apples or other fruits, for instance. If these are eaten whole, they might bend the wires of traditional braces.

In addition, there are a few foods to avoid, mostly the kinds that are crunchy and might break or bend the braces. Generally look to avoid things like popcorn, ice, corn and kettle chips, as well as chewier foods like taffy, caramel or gum that might catch on braces and displace them. If you are wondering about a specific borderline item, speak to your dentist.

Dental Hygiene

Both brushing and flossing regularly are vital to ensuring braces stay on as short as possible. Braces involve new areas that need to be reached by the toothbrush and floss, and if this isn’t done diligently, these areas can trap food particles that turn into bacteria and cause issues. Try to brush and floss after as many meals as you can, and encourage your children with braces to do the same.

Removable Braces

Part of the reason removable braces are so popular is their ability to avoid some of the issues we’ve discussed. You don’t have to worry nearly as much about things like food catching in the braces, and you can clean them separately and with much better angles. Speak to your dentist about if one of these styles might be right for you or your child.

To learn more about tactics to get braces off more quickly, or to find out about any of our other services, speak to the experts at Bluffton Orthodontics today.

Tips for Child Braces Preparation

There are several areas of child dentistry that can lead to anxiety for children, and braces for kids represents one of the primary areas here. At Bluffton Orthodontics, our orthodontists are well trained in practices that can help keep your child comfortable and without stress before receiving braces.

As a parent, you can also be of great help here. Here are a few simple tips we generally offer to involve your child in the conversation and help prepare them for receiving braces.


Whether or not your orthodontist is present, discuss your child’s treatment options with them beforehand. In many cases, they will have multiple braces options, or perhaps even other alternatives. Giving your child a voice in this conversation will help give them ownership over it, something you can remind them of down the line.

Positive Expectations

Explain to your child why braces are important for them – this understanding will help them during periods of anxiety or sadness about the appearance of their mouth. Also remind them that the actual procedure for having braces attached to the teeth is easy and won’t hurt at all. From here, ask your child if they have any questions, and discuss reasonable expectations, Include a significant look toward how much this will help them down the line.

Soft Foods

Prepare your child for the reality that they’ll have to tweak their diet a tad in the first few days after getting braces. This can be fun, though – let them choose soft foods to stock up on, and allow them rewards like ice cream that can be eaten without damaging braces.

Dental Wax

Another preparation item to get your child ready for is dental wax, or orthodontic wax. This is a basic cream you apply with your fingers to help brackets stop from rubbing onto teeth. If children are at the right age, you can involve them in this process and allow them to apply their own wax.

Want to learn more about preparing your child for braces, or any of our other orthodontic services? Speak to the friendly staff at Bluffton Orthodontics today.

Win a Free Set of Braces! Enter the “New Smiles for a New School Year” Contest

Bluffton Orthodontics is giving kids — and their parents — a reason to smile with the coming school year. The new state-of-the-art Bluffton-based orthodontic office, which opened in July, has announced the launch of a contest that will give one lucky family the opportunity to receive a free set of braces (up to $5,000*) – and will give contest entries the opportunity to receive free game cards from Station 300, which is adjacent Bluffton Orthodontics family-friendly location in the heart of Bluffton.

The Bluffton Orthodontics contest – “New Smiles for a New School Year” launches on August 1st and runs through September 12th. Contest entries can be submitted on the Bluffton Facebook page at Facebook.com/BlufftonOrthodontics (mobile users, click here), where parents can submit a photo of their child’s “Back-to-School” smile along with a short entry form. Read More

Bluffton Orthodontics to Open in Buckwalter Place in July

New State-of-the-Art Orthodontic Practice Comes to Bluffton, featuring One of South Carolina’s Most Established Orthodontists

During his long career as one of Lexington, SC’s most well-known orthodontists, Dr. Robert Garrison has expertly put braces on more than 10,000 patients throughout the Columbia region – including the daughter of Former Governor of South Carolina and current United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.  Now Dr. Garrison is bringing his expertise and innovation in orthodontics to the Lowcountry with the launch of his new state-of-the-art orthodontic practice located right in the heart of Bluffton – bringing smiles to countless local residents and their families with the launch of Bluffton Orthodontics – a unique orthodontic practice dedicated to helping families “EmBrace the Journey and Leave Smiling.”

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