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Your Collierville Orthodontist for over 20 Years
Braces don’t just change smiles—they change LIVES. Dr. Hunter Harrison and his expert team at Southern Orthodontic Specialists have been the Collierville orthodontist that has helped countless kids, teens and adults get the smile they deserve. With safe, innovative and affordable methods, SOS does it all, from realigning crooked teeth to fixing gaps, overcrowding and “bad bites.”
Damon® System | Damon® Clear Option | Invisalign® | Propel® Technology
Because Smiles Are Contagious
It’s never too late to enhance your smile. Using cutting-edge technology and innovative orthodontic methods, our team helps children and adults achieve flawless smiles in less time than ever. And with a variety of products and targeted approaches, you can choose the treatment plan that fits your lifestyle—even if that lifestyle doesn’t include metal braces.
Orthodontics As Unique As You
No two smiles are the same—and, at SOS, we don’t think orthodontic treatments should be, either. The SOS Braces Team will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that integrates Damon, Invisalign or Propel technologies, plus a variety of targeted add-ons and enhancements.
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FAQs About Orthodontists & Orthodontics In Collierville
Considering braces or orthodontia for you or your child? While no two mouths are the same, understanding the basics—and working through some frequently asked questions and misconceptions—will help you make the best choices now and in the future.
What is “orthodontics?”
Orthodontics is a specialized form of dentistry that deals with diagnosing, preventing and treating dental and, even, facial abnormalities.
Who is an “orthodontist"? Isn’t it the same as a dentist?
Orthodontists are dentists with extended training—usually two to three years with a focus on straightening, aligning and correcting oral misalignments.
What are some signs I/my child need orthodontic treatment?
For most patients there are obvious signs their teeth or jaws are misaligned—for example, visibly crooked teeth, large gaps between teeth, significant under- or overbites or general discomfort in the jaw, mouth or even ears/head. Other common signs of misalignments include a popping sound or sensation in the jaw, frequent headaches and/or ear infections and slurring or spitting.
What types of braces are available? Do I have to get metal braces?
In addition to traditional metal braces, there are also clear, ceramic, lingual, self-ligating and invisible braces. Dr. Harrison will help you decide what treatment plan is right for you or your child.
How long will I/my child have to wear braces?
If Dr. Hunter Harrison determines braces are the right treatment plan, expect to have them on for six to 30 months depending on your needs. The average treatment time is just under two years.
Will it hurt to get braces put on/taken off?
The first few days may be a bit uncomfortable while your mouth gets used to the treatment plan. After that, though, braces should be completely comfortable. If not, check with your orthodontist.
What’s the best age to visit the orthodontist?
There’s no right or wrong age to visit an orthodontist—plenty of people get braces or other orthodontia in their tweens, teens or even adult years. That said, the American Association of Orthodontists typically recommends kids visit an orthodontist around seven years old to determine what intervention, if any, is needed. At this age, families can determine a treatment plan over time. But if you or your child are older? Don’t worry—schedule an appointment now and jump in at any time.
Let’s say I get braces—what will daily oral care look and feel like? What will I need to do to keep my teeth healthy and clean?
Taking care of teeth post-braces is very similar to caring for them pre-braces. Once your braces are on plan to brush with a fluoride toothpaste after every meal and floss at least daily to prevent tartar and plaque build up. And, as always, try to avoid sugary or sticky foods as well as hard candies—not only are these bad for your teeth, but they could also damage your braces or retainer.
If you wind up with a retainer or other solution that can be popped in and out—i.e. Invisalign—be sure to keep yours safe, secure and clean. Be sure to brush your device gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste and/or soak in denture cleaners—your orthodontist can steer you towards a proper cleaning plan.
Beyond that, plan to visit your dentist every six months for routine cleanings and checkups. During treatment plans it’s more important than ever to stay on top of your annual oral care.
Is there anything I can’t do with braces?
Nope! If you play an instrument or sing, you may need to adjust slightly. However, after a few days you likely won’t notice and will be back to normal activity. If you play sports, plan to wear a protective mouthguard, if you don’t already. This will keep your teeth and your braces safe.
If I think I/my child need(s) braces, what should I do?
Get in touch! Our expert team is standing by for consultations and comprehensive treatment plans and support. Contact us to learn more about our approach and schedule an initial consultation.