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Season's Greetings!

December 17th, 2012

In this season given to tidings of comfort and joy, and as we reflect on the year that was, we’d like to ask you, our wonderful patients: What do you love about the holidays this year? Being with your loved ones? Hitting the slopes? A clean slate for 2013? Opening presents by the fireplace? All the delicious food?

Also, what gift are you most looking forward to getting this year? We’d love if you shared with us all the things you love about the holidays. Stay warm, and don’t forget to limit the amount of sweets you eat!

Happy holidays from our family to yours!

Need a New Year’s Resolution? How about a healthier, more beautiful smile?

December 14th, 2012

2013 is almost here, and it’s a great time of year to get started on achieving a straight, dazzling and confident smile that will last you a lifetime. We are proud to offer some of today’s most innovative orthodontic technologies that can straighten your smile in less time than you ever imagined. Not only do today’s braces and other orthodontic treatments straighten your teeth quicker, they also offer greater comfort for you, and require fewer visits to our office.

So if obtaining a healthy, beautiful smile is one of your New Year’s resolutions, we invite you to give us a call to schedule an initial orthodontic consultation. Happy holidays!

Nirenblatt Orthodontics at the Chili Cook Off

November 21st, 2012

As you know, our office attended the Chili Cook Off on Saturday and it was a lot of fun, despite the very cold weather and wind! Lauren, our Scheduling Coordinator, made the chili that we entered in the Amateur division of the competition -- It was called White Lightning Chicken Chili. Those who bought tickets were able to walk to each entry's table and sample their chili, and everyone seemed to love ours! However, we didn't place in the contest. Regardless, we still had a great time and we look forward to doing it again next year!

Thanks to everyone who came out to this fun event!

Food Drive at Nirenblatt Orthodontics

November 8th, 2012

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and Nirenblatt Orthodontics wants to lend a "Helping Hand" to the community. We have a food collection box located in our office and we are asking for patients to please bring in any canned or dry goods for a Thanksgiving dinner to be donated to Helping Hands of Goose Creek. We will begin accepting donations on Nov. 5th through Friday Nov. 16th. Patients will get 3 points per item donated and it is all going to a great cause! Please help us pay it forward.

We have gotten some donations already, but we would love to really fill this big box with dry/canned goods! Bring us your items by November 16th and help us to make sure that these great families will have a Thanksgiving dinner!

Thank you in advance for your support!

Pumpkin Contest Results at Nirenblatt Orthodontics!

November 2nd, 2012

Here at Nirenblatt Orthodontics, we just ended a pumpkin decorating contest which ran for two weeks. Patients brought in painted pumpkins and we displayed them in the office for our patients to vote on them! We also posted the pumpkins on Facebook, and tallied up the Likes that each pumpkin received.

The winner was Kaleigh Mull and she won a $100 mall gift card!! Congratulations! Here is her winning pumpkin:

You can see all of the entries on our Facebook page! We encourage you to take a look!

We hope you all had a wonderful Halloween!

Besides Straight Teeth, What are the Benefits of Braces?

October 26th, 2012

Everyone wants a naturally aligned and beautiful smile, and it is no secret that orthodontic braces can help deliver one. However, there are greater benefits to wearing braces than just having straight teeth. You’ll gain many oral health benefits in addition to the cosmetic ones.

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Crooked or crowded teeth may overlap each other and create tight spaces in between. These can make it very difficult to brush and floss effectively, allowing bacteria and plaque to build up, and eventually leading to tooth decay and gum disease. With orthodontic treatment, your teeth will become properly aligned and spaced, which allows for more effective brushing.

Difficulties with Speech

Your teeth play an essential role in speech. When they are out of line or lean too far forward or backward, this can affect your speaking patterns, and possibly cause embarrassment and frustration. Braces can readjust the positioning of the teeth to allow for clearer, more professional speech.

Bone Erosion

Bone and gum tissues begin to erode when there are no teeth to support. This is also true for poorly aligned teeth that leave gaps and spaces or place too much pressure on the jawbone due to a bad bite. With braces, the bones and tissues are less likely to erode and can continue to support the teeth in their new alignment.


Your teeth play an important role in digestion. Before food ever enters your stomach, it has been partially digested by the teeth. If teeth are severely out of line, however, they may not play their role in breaking down food as effectively as they should. With braces, your teeth will be straightened into optimal alignment for eating and chewing.

Rubber Band Horoscopes: What Your Color Says About You

October 18th, 2012

One exciting part about wearing braces is getting to choose the colors of your rubber bands. Orthodontists place elastic bands, or ligatures, over each bracket to secure the archwire in place. These rubber bands may be individual or connected, depending on your mouth’s needs. You have the option of choosing the color of your elastics, which are changed about once every month at every visit. Our offices keep a color wheel handy to help you choose which ones suit you best!

Children and teens often enjoy picking different colors each month to express their creativity and coordinate their braces with outfits. Decorating your mouth with your favorite colors is fun for kids and takes some of the stress out of wearing braces. Adults who wish for subtlety have color options that blend in with the metal brackets and archwire. Common choices for adults include silver, clear, and gray tones.

Common Color Combinations for Rubber Bands

With individual ligatures for each bracket, you may choose different color combinations for special events. You can have alternating colors or place an entire rainbow over your teeth. Here are a few options to consider:

• School spirit colors
• Favorite sports team colors
• Patriotic colors
• Holiday themes

Some patients choose only one color to match their mood, personality, or favorite outfits. The palette of choices allows you to make bold statements with your braces or go for subtler tones that blend in with the metal structures. Keep in mind that bright colors make your teeth look whiter, while lighter shades, such as yellow and white, may cause your teeth to appear less bright.

What Your Rubber Band Color Says About You

• Red tones indicate that you are ready for action and take charge of your life with aggressive, forward-thinking steps.
• Blue tones are calm and relaxing. You are conservative and exhibit integrity when dealing with situations.
• Green tones represent growth and balance. You are level-headed and look for opportunities to grow emotionally and spiritually.
• Purple tones attract creative energies. You like to have fun and use your imagination in every aspect of your life.
• Orange tones indicate that you are optimistic and thrive in social situations where communication is open.
• Pink is a romantic color that represents a caring personality. You also enjoy having fun with silly games and endless laughter.

October is National Orthodontic Health Month!

October 5th, 2012

Can you believe it's already October? For those who don't know, it’s National Orthodontic Health Month. This month-long event is organized by our pals at the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO.

Our team realizes that this is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness about the importance of oral hygiene. National Orthodontic Health Month also aims to recognize the dedicated work of orthodontists and other dental professionals.

The AAO recommends patients avoid the following Halloween treats, or recipes with these ingredients:
• Caramel
• Nuts
• Popcorn (including un-popped kernels)
• Taffy
• Jelly beans
• Hard pretzels
• Licorice
• Bubblegum
• Ice

Trick-or-treating safety guidelines:

• Young children should always be accompanied by an adult
• Carry a flashlight
• Wear a light-colored or reflective costume
• Choose face paint over masks for young ghosts and goblins
• Have an adult inspect all treats before the children dig in

If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call or ask us on Facebook. Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Treat yourself to a new smile, no matter what your age!

September 21st, 2012

Did you know one in every five orthodontic patients is an adult? We’re living longer and technology is improving, making orthodontic treatment an appealing and safe option for patients of all ages. As the trend toward treatment later in life grows, we’re seeing braces on parents as well as children – and even adult celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Gwen Stefani and Nicholas Cage have shown off their braces. It’s never too late to look and feel your best!

Can Braces Work for Adults?

People of all ages can benefit from orthodontic treatment. The physical process for moving teeth is the same, young or old, which means it’s never too late to address issues such as an overbite or underbite, crooked or crowded teeth, or jaw disorders.

How Do I Get Started?

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, we’ll make a consultation appointment with you. During this meeting we will perform a general assessment of your oral health, discuss options for treatment, and answer any questions you may have. We will also discuss matters of cost and insurance. The next step is an orthodontic records appointment in which we take x-rays, photos, and an impression of your teeth. This information drives your unique treatment plan.

What Are the Benefits?

Straightening your teeth can improve your smile, your self-esteem, and your dental health. Technologically advanced new treatments make it easier to identify the option that best fits your lifestyle. Modern techniques and materials have made braces and aligners more effective, comfortable and unobtrusive than ever.

If you think you might benefit from orthodontic treatment, give our team a call, so we may set up a consultation to determine what type of treatment best meets your needs.

Foods That are Safe for Braces

September 14th, 2012

Orthodontic braces are used to straighten the teeth, which not only creates a more pleasing appearance, but also helps prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems. Braces are only effective when they are properly cared for, however. Certain foods, for example, are better suited for individuals who have braces, as opposed to hard and sticky foods that can cause damage. So what types of foods should you or your kids eat to protect dental appliances?

The best foods to eat with braces are those that are not high in sugar and do not require excessive chewing. For breakfast, try eggs, yogurt, bacon, wheat toast, or oatmeal. Lunch may steer toward a banana rather than an apple, a salad without nuts, and a glass of water. If you are looking for some after-school snacks for your kids, consider baked tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole, or try string cheese with fruit.

A healthy dinner can include most types of vegetables, so long as they are cooked to an appropriate softness. Pair that with a lean protein, such as fish or chicken, and follow up with dessert. Just be sure to brush afterward!

Post-Tightening Foods

As braces begin to adjust the alignment of the teeth, our office will periodically tighten them to continue the alignment process. After tightening occurs, the teeth may be sore and sensitive to certain foods. During this time, it is best to eat soft foods. Examples include:

• pudding
• mashed potatoes
• soup
• ice cream
• cottage cheese
• peas
• pancakes
• pasta

Foods to Avoid

According to the American Dental Association, anyone who wears braces – whether fixed or removable – should avoid excessive snacking and should aim to eat a healthy and balanced diet. It is also important to avoid foods that could cause damage to the braces, such as:

• hard candies
• gum
• nuts
• popcorn
• certain raw vegetables (for example, carrots)


Regardless of what types of foods you eat with braces, it is important to keep the crevices between the teeth and around the braces very clean. That means brushing and flossing after meals to prevent the build-up of plaque and decay. Not only can failing to do so damage the teeth, but it can also cause discoloration.

When Are Two Phases of Treatment Necessary?

September 7th, 2012

Usually patients in orthodontic treatment already have their permanent teeth – they are pre-teens, teens and adults. But in some cases we have to start treatment earlier, even before the patient’s permanent teeth come in. We call this “two-phase treatment.”

When we have patients with clear developmental problems at an early age, it’s best to start work when they are young, before the problems get bigger and more difficult to treat.

Examples include:
• An upper or lower jaw that is not growing correctly
• A mouth growing in a way that doesn’t leave enough room for all the permanent teeth to come in
• A severe malocclusion, or bad bite, which means the jaw doesn’t fit together correctly

In these cases we will start early and do one round of treatment – phase one – while the patient still has their baby teeth. Phase one usually does not involve braces, but can include a different type of appliance that helps the jaw grow into place properly. We’ll follow up with phase two usually a few years later, when permanent teeth are in place. Generally phase two involves braces.

In order to catch early problems, we recommend that children have an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven (and so does the American Association of Orthodontists). However, if your dentist or pediatrician sees any sign that early treatment might be necessary, he or she may recommend your child visit our office even sooner.

What questions should I ask during my orthodontic consultation?

August 30th, 2012

Are you thinking about orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth or correct jaw alignment? Consider making your first step an orthodontic consultation. During the consultation we will address your questions, concerns, and talk about a treatment plan that would best suit your situation.

We want you to feel prepared and in charge of your orthodontic treatment decisions, so keep these questions in mind when you come in for your appointment.

• If I do need some adjustments to my teeth, what options will I have besides braces?
(This will help you determine what approaches we use to straighten your teeth.)

• What kind of preparation is needed to get braces? How many visits will it take?
(It’s important to know how many appointments may be needed and what you will need to do between appointments to be ready for braces.)

• Can I expect any pain when getting braces?
(Ask about the ways we address pain management.)

• What determines how long I have to wear braces?
(The length of treatment will vary from patient to patient. During your consultation we can evaluate your teeth and jaw alignment to determine the correct course and length of treatment.)

• How will braces affect my lifestyle? Foods I can eat? Activities I can do?
(You may find that little needs to change in your daily routine to have a successful orthodontic outcome. We can discuss and address any changes so you can be prepared before you get your braces.)

• Who will be involved in the orthodontic work? Whom can I expect to see during my adjustment visits?

• What will my orthodontic work cost? What is the ”average” cost and what could be the maximum?
(Make sure you are clear about what your insurance covers, who contacts the insurance company for pre-authorization, who files the insurance forms, and what flexibility there is to pay the remaining amount not covered.)

Your initial orthodontic consultation may just be the first step in relieving a lot of pain and discomfort in your life. Going in with the right questions will help you to understand the entire process and prepare you to do your part for your own dental health. Be sure to bring a list of your questions!

Nirenblatt Orthodontics wants to know, are you on Pinterest?

August 16th, 2012

There’s been a lot of buzz recently about Pinterest, a social media platform that allows you to share ideas on a virtual pinboard. This new social network is growing quickly and receiving a lot of media attention, so our team at Nirenblatt Orthodontics thought we’d give it a try.

We are currently are adding pins to our boards, and would love to get your input. It’s inspiring to see and share images with you online and interact with our community through our social networks.

So let us know if you’re on Pinterest and share your favorite things with us. Be sure to recommend your favorite pinboards to Dr. Nirenblatt and team. We look forward to sharing with you on Pinterest!

Preventing Decay While Wearing Braces

August 9th, 2012

Having braces can present some new challenges when it comes to oral hygiene. Preventing tooth decay can be a big challenge simply because of the tendency for braces to trap food under the wires and between the teeth and the brackets. Here are a few tips to keep your teeth healthy while wearing your braces:

1.Eat Braces-Safe Foods
Keeping your teeth from decay starts with a proper diet. Foods that are high in sugar or starch can cause more plaque, which is difficult to remove during your brushing. There are certain foods that should be avoided while wearing your braces. First, sticky foods like caramel or gum can get stuck in your braces and be difficult to remove during brushing. Next, hard foods such as nuts and candy could bend wires or even break a bracket. Foods that are firm or hard to bite into like apples, carrots, or corn on the cob should be avoided. As much as we like to snack on them, those crunchy treats can harm your braces. Things like chips, ice, and popcorn can also bend or break your braces. On the other hand, bananas, mangoes, milk, water, poultry, and pasta all tend to be low in enamel-busting acids.

2. Proper Brushing
You want to place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums in order to clean the whole tooth, and brush gently in the area between the wiring and the teeth. Use a softer toothbrush with fluoride paste for best results. Rinsing every day will help, too. Rinsing is important regardless, but especially important when you have braces as you need to disinfect the entire mouth, including those spots under the braces where your brush can't always reach.

3. Ask About Special Cleaning Tools
There are also special brushes, or other tools, to get under and clean your braces. You can find many of these items at your local pharmacy.

4. Regular Teeth Cleaning
It's important to keep your routine appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist for a thorough cleaning twice a year or as directed. The exact frequency of these visits will be up to your dentist as some types of braces are more demanding of a regular cleaning than others.
As long as you practice good oral hygiene and follow these basic tips, you should have no problem keeping your teeth from decaying while you wear braces.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

July 30th, 2012

Orthodontic treatments are used to correct malocclusion, a condition more commonly known as a bad bite. The length of treatment time varies depending on the severity of the bite problem.

What is a "bad bite"?

A bad bite occurs when spacing or alignment problems are present. This often includes teeth that are protruding, crowded, or crooked. Sometimes teeth appear straight, but have an uneven bite because the upper and lower jaws do not align properly. Teeth that are irregularly spaced - either too far apart or too close together - can also cause bite problems.

Frequent causes of bite problems:

• Heredity
• Thumb-sucking
• Premature tooth loss
• Accidents

Benefits of orthodontic treatment:

Appearance -
Correcting a bad bite often creates a more attractive smile, which frequently raises the patient's self esteem.

Preventing Decay -
It also results in a healthier mouth. It is much more difficult to thoroughly clean teeth that are crooked, protruding, overlapped, or crowed. This may allow plaque to build up, which can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even tooth loss. Orthodontic treatment corrects these conditions, so cleaning can be more efficient.

Avoiding Alignment Issues -
An uneven bite can interfere with the motions of chewing and speaking. This can cause abnormal wear to tooth enamel, which may require pricey cosmetic restorative treatments, such as crowns or veneers, to correct. It can also lead to problems with the jaws. Orthodontic treatment lessens the likelihood of those issues, as well.

Types of orthodontic treatment:

Braces: Metal or ceramic brackets are bonded to the front of teeth. Wires and elastics are attached to the brackets to straighten teeth.

Invisalign®: Advanced 3D computer images of the patients' mouth are used to create clear, custom aligners that slowly move teeth. They are nearly invisible and are more comfortable than traditional braces. They are also removable, which makes it possible to continue with normal brushing and flossing.

Retainers: A retainer is a removable piece worn inside the mouth that uses pressure to force teeth to move into proper alignment. They are used after braces are removed.

Length of orthodontic treatment:

Treatment typically ranges from 12 - 36 months. Factors include the age, cooperation level, and growth occurrence of the patient. The complexity of the case also impacts the treatment time.

Orthodontic Emergency? We can help!

June 20th, 2012

True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can't take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment with our office.

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you get in to see us…

The following solutions may help you relieve your discomfort:

Poking Wire: Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.

Loose Bracket or Band: If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.

Loose Wire: Using a tweezers, try to place your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax does not help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.

Loose Appliance: If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.

Headgear Does Not Fit: Sometimes headgear discomfort is caused by not wearing the headgear as instructed by your orthodontist. Please refer to the instructions provided by your orthodontist. If the facebow is bent, please call our office for assistance. Surprisingly, headgear becomes more comfortable the more it's worn, so be sure you’re getting in the prescribed hours.

General Soreness: When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.

Remember, after alleviating your discomfort, it is still very important that you call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem.

Making Your Life Better with Orthodontics

June 11th, 2012

The number one goal of orthodontic treatment is to give you or your child a good bite, meaning straight teeth that work well with the teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to eat, chew and speak. It can enhance your dental health and your overall health, and may well improve your self-esteem. As a part of your comprehensive dental health care plan, orthodontic treatment can help you retain your teeth—and your smile—for a lifetime.

Let your smile express yourself! Nothing can show the world how happy you are quite like a beautiful smile. In fact, it’s one of the first things others notice about you, too. With orthodontics, you can be proud to flash your smile, because you’ll know that your smile truly represents your positive attitude.

Make your mouth healthy! Straight teeth aren’t just pretty, they’re healthy as well. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to clean, reducing the amount of plaque buildup and risk for gingivitis. The cleaner you keep your teeth, the longer they’ll last!

Feel free to live your life! Orthodontics is easier today than ever before, with treatment options that fit your lifestyle and schedule. We can personalize your treatment to suit all of your needs!

The benefits of a beautiful smile

May 30th, 2012

We know that having an attractive smile puts a spring in your step—or two—as well as increases your self-confidence, no matter if you’re 14 or in your late forties. Smiling not only makes people happy and puts them in a good mood, doing it often can even help you live longer, according to previous studies!

If you’ve been hiding your smile because you have crooked teeth or gaps between your teeth, it’s time to consider orthodontic treatment at our practice. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn how quickly and efficiently today’s most advanced correction techniques can straighten your smile!

Don’t hide your smile any longer — give us a call today to schedule yours or your child’s orthodontic consultation.

May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month!

May 4th, 2012

At our office, we know image can be everything. At an age when image is so important, the thought of having braces may intensify the already-delicate confidence of today's teens. Well, May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month, and during this time, parents are encouraged to act as positive role models, help stop negative self-images, and improve confidence and security among teenagers.

One of the great ways to improve your confidence is to improve your smile. And that begins with a consultation at our office. After all, what better time to avoid having crooked teeth in your adulthood than coming in for a consultation?

We invite you to give us a call to schedule a consultation or ask us on Facebook!

Celebrating Earth Day by Doing Our Part to Help the Planet!

April 27th, 2012

We are living in an age with a renewed commitment to conservation, and are frequently reminded to recycle, reduce and reuse. Last Sunday marked Earth Day, so today we thought we would discuss some of the things we do to conserve our natural resources and the environment.

Our office is digitalized, which means we can operate without the use of large amounts of paper and printing materials. The information in our office can be sent and processed digitally, which is also more efficient. We take all of the steps possible to be a 'green' office, making us better for the planet and more convenient for our patients.

We would love to hear how you minimize your impact on the environment. Leave us a comment below or post on our Facebook page!

Making Your Life Better with Orthodontics

April 20th, 2012

The number one goal of orthodontic treatment is to give you or your child a good bite, meaning straight teeth that work well with the teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to eat, chew and speak. It can enhance your dental health and your overall health, and may well improve your self-esteem. As a part of your comprehensive dental health care plan, orthodontic treatment can help you retain you teeth—and your smile—for a lifetime.

Let your smile express yourself! Nothing can show the world how happy you are quite like a beautiful smile. In fact, it’s one of the first things others notice about you, too. With orthodontics, you can be proud to flash your smile, because you’ll know that your smile truly represents your positive attitude.

Make your mouth healthy! Straight teeth aren’t just pretty, they’re healthy as well. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to clean, reducing the amount of plaque buildup and risk for gingivitis. The cleaner you keep your teeth, the longer they’ll last!

Feel free to live your life! Orthodontics is easier today than ever before, with treatment options that fit your lifestyle and schedule. From clear braces to removable aligners and totally invisible lingual (behind the teeth) braces, we can personalize your treatment to suit all your needs.

Celebrities get braces, too!

March 29th, 2012

Did you know that back in 2002, Tom Cruise had braces? During this time, he was 40 years old and filmed Minority Report, Austin Powers in Goldmember and the Last Samurai. Check out his smile in Jerry Maguire, Rain Man or The Firm and compare to the post-braces Tom Cruise in Valkyrie or Tropic Thunder. The fact is, movie stars need to look their best for the silver screen, and it wouldn't be possible without orthodontists like Dr. Nirenblatt.

In fact, lots of Hollywood stars have had orthodontic treatment. Check out this slideshow of famous faces with braces. If you’ve thought about getting the perfect smile you’ve always wanted, please give Nirenblatt Orthodontics a call.

Putting our patients at ease, at Nirenblatt Orthodontics

March 6th, 2012

At Nirenblatt Orthodontics, we strive to provide our patients with only the best in orthodontic care in a comfortable, friendly and informative office. Today we took some time to answer questions about what patients can expect when they start treatment at our office.

Do you take the time to explain options to your patients, and what each procedure entails?
Yes, we always make time to explain everything that is going on.

Do you partner with your patients other dental professionals to make sure they receive superior treatment?
Yes, we stay very close in contact with our patients' other dental professionals to ensure the best treatment possible.

Do you use state of the art technology to make procedures more efficient and cause less discomfort?
Yes, we have the latest technology possible to make our patients' treatments more understandable and as comfortable as possible. Such as, videos for all procedures, whether it be a more of a severe case like extractions needed or an easy case like elastic wear. We make it as easy to understand for our patients as we can.

Do you offer extras like wireless Internet access, coffee or snacks?
We do not provide Internet access at this time, but are thinking of providing it in the future. We do, however, supply lots of goodies at our snack bar and always have the coffee on and ready to go.

Do you have incentive programs to help your patients stay motivated about good oral health?
We sure do! We have a Smile Tokens Reward Program, which means that every time our patients come in for their appointments and have good oral hygeine, wear their Nirenblatt Orthodontics t-shirts, are wearing their elastics according to treatment plan, etc...they will receive up to 2 or 3 smile tokens per appointment and are able to cash them in at anytime to receive one of our many prizes! But, that's not all! We are in the process of getting a NEW and MORE EXCITING rewards program. So stay tuned for more information on the new and upcoming rewards program!!

Do you do anything that you feel sets you apart from other doctors in the area?
Yes, we offer NO down payments and some interest free monthly payments!

If you have any questions about our practice, or would like to schedule a consultation, give us a call today!

More great reviews for Nirenblatt Orthodontics!

February 24th, 2012

Nirenblatt Orthodontics, serving North Charleston and the surrounding areas, has been receiving some great patient reviews lately! Check out what our current patients are saying about Dr. Nirenblatt and team!

The initial visit far exceeded our expectations. The staff was very friendly. The level of service was unbelievable. We were given a break down analysis of everything and left the office feeling knowledgeable. This office raises the bar compared to other offices that we visited. Outstanding job, guys!"
-- Robert R.

"Relieved Dad
My daughter had braces for two years from another orthdontist. i took her to Dr. N. He did the intial exam and then gave me her treatment requirements. Not only did she have crooked teeth, she also had a mandibular prognatism. She just had her braces removed a week ago and Lauren has a beautiful smile and her prognatism is virtually non existant. An excellent Dr. and staff!"
-- Lauren A.

"Great Service
Everyone is always very friendly everytime we go in for an appt. We never have to wait long and treatment is always explained. I recommend them to all of my family and friends."
-- Austin

"I just finish my treatment and i would like to say thank you and that i rarely had any problems during the whole thing..i'm glad i came here an i recommend them to anybody."
-- Myjah W.

"Third child
I would recommend Dr. Nirenblatt to anyone who is seeking orthodontic work. If I did not believe in his work, I would not be bringing my thrid child to him for braces. The whole office is very professional and will answer any questions you may have. I have never had any problems with his work and respect him and his knowledge as an Orthodontist."
-- Carly S.

Thank you for all of the kind words! If you have any questions about our practice or your orthodontic treatment, give us a call or ask us on Facebook.

Beech Hill Elementary receives Cool School Award from News 2

February 14th, 2012

Dr. Bradley Nirenblatt of Nirenblatt Orthodontics is proud to sponsor the News 2 Cool School Program! News 2 and Dr. Nirenblatt are excited to congratulate Beech Hill Elementary on receiving the Cool School Award.

According to an article from News 2:

"The school met AYP three years in a row, and rated excellent on the state report card. Beech Hill Elementary is a Palmetto Gold Award winning school, and has nearly forty business partners, and has nearly thirty Wednesday Early Release Day clubs, including service, sign language, and juggling clubs."

Congratulations Beech Hill Elementary!

What are patients saying about Nirenblatt Orthodontics?

February 7th, 2012

Dr. Bradley Nirenblatt and our team love getting patient reviews. And lately, Nirenblatt Orthodontics, serving Charleston, SC and the surrounding communities, has been getting some pretty great patient testimonials! We thought we'd share some with you today! Happy Tuesday!

"Awesome Group of People
Thank you for all your help"
-- Shavon

"Starting Adult Braces
I am just starting Invisalign braces. The staff has been very pleasant, helpful in answering questions, going over what to expect good or bad. I had another ortho consult and they wanted a down payment of $1,200 for the Invisalign braces which I could not afford. I would have had the traditional braces because of the cost. Thanks to Dr. N. I can have almost invisible braces and in a shorter time."
-- Amy

"More Friendly Than I Expected
I was so thrilled yet nervous about my consultation with Dr. Nirenblatt, but as soon as I walked through the door and realized how friendly everyone was, it calmed me down! Everything about my appointment was awesome, from the time I walked in to the time I walked out. Everyone I came in contact with was very professional and helpful. Charline was very thorough when it came to the treatment as well as the financing for my treatment. She was also very patient and understanding when it came to my 2 year old daughter not wanting to listen! Dr. Nirenblatt and his team have me sold, and I'd recommend this orthodontist to anyone!"
-- Shakira

"Wonderful Staff
Dr. N and his staff are very wonderful people! It was my first visit but they made me feel like I was part of the extended family for a long time. Looking forward to seeing them more often during my treatment! Thanks guys!"
-- Nikki S.

"This Office Rocks!
I was very pleased with my treatment at Dr. Nirenblatt's office. He and his staff are very professional and knowledgeable. They explained each step as I was getting my braces and provided excellent after-care instructions. I am very excited about future visits as I embark on this journey towards my "perfect" smile. :-D"
-- Kecia

The initial visit far exceeded our expectations. The staff was very friendly. The level of service was unbelievable. We were given a break down analysis of everything and left the office feeling knowledgeable. This office raises the bar compared to other offices that we visited. Outstanding job, guys!"
-- Robert R.

Thank you for all of your kind words!

Why do you choose Nirenblatt Orthodontics?

January 25th, 2012

Nirenblatt Orthodontics, serving North Charleston and the surrounding areas, strives to provide exceptional treatment in an informative and friendly environment. Have you had a great experience at our office?

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The team at Nirenblatt Orthodontics

Have a question? Just ask!

January 11th, 2012

Dr. Bradley Nirenblatt and his team are always available to answer your questions about your teeth and orthodontic treatment. We strive to provide our patients with quality care in a warm, family-friendly environment.

We also recognize that the most important questions are our responsibility to answer. Some of the questions that we hear in the office include:

-- Is it going to hurt?
-- Am I getting a shot?
-- How long will this take?
-- How much longer will I be in treatment?
-- Do I have to wear retainers?
-- How long do I wear retainers?

We also encourage you to ask us:

-- How is my oral hygiene?
-- Am I wearing my rubber bands enough?
-- If I wear retainers all the time, will it help my teeth from shifting in the future?
-- After treatment is over, will my teeth ever shift again?
-- Will I have to wear my retainers forever?

The next time to you have an appointment with us at Nirenblatt Orthodontics, please let us know if you have any questions. We want your orthodontic experience to be informative and comfortable.

Happy New Year! From Nirenblatt Orthodontics

December 29th, 2011

The year is almost over, so we wanted to ask what was memorable about 2011 for you, and what are you looking forward to in 2012? Do you have a new year's resolution, or any exciting plans for the coming year?

Have a safe and happy New Year, from Nirenblatt Orthodontics!

Beware of those holiday goodies!

December 21st, 2011

At Nirenblatt Orthodontics, we know maintaining a healthy diet over the holiday season can prove a difficult task. After all, who can resist the tasty treats of Christmas? With grandma and everybody else offering you candy, chocolate logs or Christmas pudding, you just can’t say “I’ll pass” each time. But trouble lurks: every time you chow down on that chocolate or candy, the bacteria in your mouth have a feast on the sugar—at your expense. The sugar turns into acid, and the acid eats away at the enamel on your teeth and between your braces. Then, you start getting cavities.

Instead, try fudgy cocoa bites, marvelous molasses cookies, wonderful waffles or other braces-friendly recipes, courtesy of the American Association of Orthodontics, or AAO, and “The Braces Cookbook” by Pamela Waterman.

If you must indulge in chocolaty goodness this Christmas or holiday season, remember to brush your teeth after eating sugary treats. Hope this helps! Give us a call if you have any questions!

Happy Holidays!

Join the online conversation!

December 1st, 2011

Whether you just began your orthodontic treatment at Nirenblatt Orthodontics and have a follow-up question for Dr. Bradley Nirenblatt or team, or if you’d simply like to drop us a quick line, we’d love to hear from you! We love connecting with our patients online, whether it’s by sharing news on our blog or communicating ideas on our interactive Facebook page.

Please visit Dr. Nirenblatt and our team on the following networks:


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Happy Thanksgiving from Nirenblatt Orthodontics!

November 21st, 2011

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season knocking at our door, Dr. Bradley Nirenblatt and our entire staff at Nirenblatt Orthodontics wanted to stop for a moment and extend our best wishes to you, our patients, referring doctors and families, for a wonderful Thanksgiving.

We also want to extend a special "Thank You" to all of our military families and to those who are serving in our armed forces overseas and at home. We are so thankful for your service. Our office wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

We hope that this Thanksgiving and holiday season brings fond memories. Thank you for being part of our family.

Dr. Nirenblatt is the "Talk of the Town"!

November 14th, 2011

Congratulations to Dr. Bradley Nirenblatt for being a Talk of the Town Winner in the "Orthodontists" category! Our team at Nirenblatt Orthodontics loves working with Dr. Nirenblatt to create new, healthy smiles in a welcoming and comfortable environment.

See you at your next appointment!

Foods to avoid during orthodontic treatment

November 9th, 2011

There are a variety of foods Dr. Bradley Nirenblatt wants you to avoid while you're wearing braces. Some foods can occasionally damage braces, but certain foods can bend the wires or even break the brackets on your braces. If you’re wearing braces, you should avoid starch, sugar and gummy foods, as these foods can be difficult to remove during brushing. Foods that are high in sugar and starch tend to cause plaque, cavities and even tooth decay.

Avoid tough meats, hard breads and raw vegetables such as carrots and celery. Before long, you'll be able to bite a cucumber again. But you'll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you're wearing braces.

Foods you should avoid include:

• Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
• Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
• Sticky foods: caramels, gum
• Hard foods: nuts, candy
• Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Also, chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.

If you have any questions on which foods you should be avoiding and why, we invite you to give Nirenblatt Orthodontics a call or ask our staff during your next visit.

Warm Feet Happy Hearts

November 1st, 2011

Nirenblatt Orthodontics is excited to announce that we will be participating in the Warm Feet Happy Hearts donation program. It is a ministry dedicated to providing socks to children so that their feet are warm and their hearts are happy this winter. We will have a donation box available at our North Charleston office, but we will be accepting sock donations for those in need at either location.

Donations of packages of new socks (all sizes) are gladly accepted and appreciated. To learn more about Warm Feet Happy Hearts, visit their website. Last year the program collected 5,184 pairs of socks!

Thank you in advance for helping us support this wonderful cause!

Ask Dr. Nirenblatt: Why are straight teeth so important?

October 25th, 2011

Some people ask why Dr. Bradley Nirenblatt and our team work so hard to give our patients straight teeth. Of course it’s nice to have a smile full of evenly-aligned teeth, but did you know that having straight teeth can also keep them healthier? In fact, straight teeth collect less plaque which make them less prone to decay and easier to keep clean! Flossing and other good dental health habits are also much easier when teeth are straight. With straight teeth leading to better oral hygiene, you are increasing your odds of keeping your own natural teeth for a lifetime!

If you’re wondering whether your teeth might cause problems because they are out of alignment, please give Nirenblatt Orthodontics a call to set up a consultation. Dr. Nirenblatt can help you decide whether or not you will benefit from orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign Teen at Nirenblatt Orthodontics

October 5th, 2011

Dr. Bradley Nirenblatt was recently named an Invisalign Premier Preferred Provider, one of the few in South Carolina! He is also one of the few Invisalign Teen experienced orthodontists.

So how does Invisalign Teen work, you ask? Much in the same fashion as Invisalign, but with a few added characteristics tailored specifically to teenagers’ lifestyles. For instance, Invisalign Teen is designed with “compliance indicators” that fade from dark to light during the two week period that particular tray is used and once it has faded teens know to change trays. Each aligner comes with up to six free individual replacement aligners in case the original aligner ends up lost or broken. Another big benefit for the patient!

Also, Invisalign Teen and Radio Disney have teamed up for the Straight Up Celebration Sweepstakes! The Grand Prize is a trip for 4 to the Radio Disney Holiday Concert in Celebration, FL December 8-11. The winner will receive: Four roundtrip flights, four VIP tickets, first class hotel accommodations, and ground transportation! To enter and see the other prizes, visit the Invisalign website. Enter for your chance to win by November 6th!

If you have been considering the Invisalign or Invisalign Teen treatments, give our office a call!

Why I continue to use Tip-Edge Brackets, by Dr. Bradley Nirenblatt

September 28th, 2011

"Today’s orthodontists have numerous types of brackets and prescriptions from which to choose. Our choice depends on what product we feel works best in our hands and will give us the best results for our patients. On the business side of our practices, we want a bracket that is reasonably priced, made of high quality materials, efficient in that it requires fewer appointments and is easy to finish cases with.

I was first exposed to Tip Edge brackets during my residency at Columbia University in 1990 and for more than 10 years, I have chosen the Tip Edge Plus bracket to meet these stringent requirements. Because of its small, single-wing design the Plus Bracket System has plenty of inter-bracket width, allowing engagement of crowded teeth early on and easily in treatment.

Because of its unique propeller design, the Plus Brackets allow me to begin correction of my patients’ malocclusion using light, two-ounce elastics from the day my patients get banded. Whether patients present with a Class II, Class III, deep bite, or open bite I begin correcting from day one when they are in the most motivated to see change happen. Rapid and early correction occurs because the Plus Bracket allows the tooth to tip in the direction I want, giving me greater control over the final outcome.

One of the nicest things about using the Plus Bracket is the elimination of most bite jumpers, use of strong Class II elastics and headgear to correct Class II malocclusions. From a patient’s standpoint, this is one less bulky and awkward device they need to keep in their mouths or keep up with. Proper dental hygiene is also much easier to achieve without bulky appliances and hygienists from referring offices are much happier when they see my patients maintaining proper oral hygiene. The elimination of these appliances reduces overhead, is more comfortable for the patient and simplifies day-to-day practice operations allowing us to see more patients with fewer appointments. Also, emergency visits are reduced when fewer appliances are used. It’s a win-win situation for both patient and doctor as we see lower overhead and they spend less time in the chair."

To learn more about Tip-Edge Brackets, contact us at Nirenblatt Orthodontics, or ask Dr. Nirenblatt during your next appointment! Take a look at the Tip-Edge Brackets before and after photos from our office below:



Paws at the Park

September 22nd, 2011

Nirenblatt Orthodontics is a proud sponsor of this year's Paws at the Park!

Date: October 15, 2011
Where: Park Circle in North Charleston
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

This year there will be a fun walk, games, food, live music and activities for pets and their families. The event will also feature local animal experts and veterinarians who will be on hand to answer questions related to animal health. Be sure to check out the variety of educational exhibits with many different animals, vendors from all around the Lowcountry, and lots of treats for animals and their owners.

"This one day festival will raise money to save countless animals lives, help feed and provide medical care for hundreds of animals, provide a day for education and family togetherness, and bring the community together toward a common cause."

To learn more about the event and how you can donate, visit the website of the Charleston Animal Society. We look forward to seeing you there!

Orthodontic Fun Facts, from Nirenblatt Orthodontics

September 14th, 2011

Everyone loves fun facts. Fun, fun, fun! The American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO, has come up with some fun facts about orthodontics that our team at Nirenblatt Orthodontics thought you might enjoy.

• There are nearly 4 million people in orthodontic treatment throughout the United States. Three out of four are younger than 18.
• The first mechanical treatment for correcting irregular teeth was suggested by Gaius Plinius Secundus (A.D 23-79).
• The American Association of Orthodontists is comprised of more than 12,000 members in the United States, Canada and abroad.
• The time required to complete orthodontic treatment ranges from 12 to 36 months depending on the nature and severity of the problem.
• Of the 160,000 dentists in the United States and Canada, 8,000 are practicing orthodontists.
• The cement that attaches the braces to the teeth is now made with a special fluoride-releasing substance.
• Wires activated by body heat used in today's braces originally were developed by NASA for use in the space program.
• In addition to alleviating or preventing physical health problems, orthodontics can boost self-esteem as treatment aligns teeth, jaws and lips.
• Famous orthodontic patients include: Dr. Joyce Brothers, Hale Irwin, Cher, Diana Ross, Phyllis Diller, Chelsea Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, Daisy Fuentes and Brandi.

The benefits of fluoride, from Dr. Nirenblatt

August 17th, 2011

There are so many ways you protect your teeth throughout your orthodontic treatment at Nirenblatt Orthodontics. You brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly and protect your mouth and appliances from being damaged. But did you know there is another, often forgotten about, way to keep your teeth clean and healthy during your treatment? Fluoride – a mineral that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay – can help keep your teeth strong! Fluoride comes in two varieties: topical and systemic. Topical fluoride is applied directly to the tooth. Topical fluoride includes toothpastes and mouth rinses. Systemic fluorides are swallowed in the form of a dietary supplement.

Fluoride used in the dentist and orthodontist's office is often times a stronger concentration than in toothpaste or mouthwash, but is available at some drug stores or a pharmacy (ask your doctor how to purchase professional strength fluoride). A fluoride treatment typically takes just a few minutes. After the treatment patients may be asked not to rinse, eat or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your oral health or doctor’s recommendation, you may be required to have a fluoride treatment every three, six or 12 months. Your doctor may also prescribe a fluoride product such as mouthwashes, gels or antibacterial rinses for at-home treatment.

When choosing your own fluoride product, be sure to check for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of acceptance. Products marked with the ADA seal of approval have been carefully examined and have met the criteria of the ADA for safety and effectiveness. Take care of your teeth, and smile bright!

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