Why Straight Teeth Matter

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Think your crooked teeth are just a cosmetic burden? Think again. While orthodontics can certainly boost the appearance of your smile, there are some valued benefits that straight teeth can offer towards your dental health too. If you are an adult who has avoided or dismissed orthodontic treatment, we invite you to consider what there is to gain from this investment.

Nearly 75 percent of adults in the United States are affected by some form of malocclusion, which refers to the way your teeth line up and how your teeth fit together when you bite down. Orthodontics can be deemed necessary for issues like wide spacing, crowding, under bites, over bites and more. Regardless of the severity of your misalignment, you’ll be happy to know that orthodontic treatment can do more than improve your selfies.

Aligning the Health of Your Smile

When your teeth are properly spaced and aligned, it allows them to do their job without abnormal stress. Crooked teeth can also make it difficult to keep your teeth clean, which leads to a host of oral health issues like decay and gum disease. If not corrected with orthodontics, your jaw, teeth and gums can all suffer over time. In fact, neglecting orthodontics as a teen or adult can lead to the following oral health complications:

  • Premature wear and tear on teeth
  • Jaw pain or TMJ disorder
  • Gum disease
  • Frequent cavities
  • Speech issues
  • Chewing and digestion problems

Keep in mind that these are issues that are not only disruptive, but they can become quite costly to treat. Don’t let the upfront expense of orthodontics scare you away from the valued return on your investment.

Modern Orthodontics For the Win!

Are you still reluctant to put yourself in braces as an adult? There’s a good chance you can still get the straight and healthy smile you deserve without undergoing months or years in traditional metal braces. Modern orthodontics offers solutions that are ideal for busy adults. For example, Invisalign is a removable clear aligner system that can correct a wide array of alignment issues and bite problems while Six Month Smiles is ideal for fixing gaps and crowding within the front teeth in a short amount of time.

Call Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry today to learn more about how our adult orthodontics can improve your self-confidence and your health!

Posted on behalf of Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

538 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Phone: (843) 507-5481

FAX: (843) 577-4653


Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm
Lunch break: 1pm - 2pm

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Meet Our Doctors

Dr. James B. Wisner

Dr. James B. Wisner was raised in Charleston and attended Porter-Gaud High School. He graduated from The Honors College at The University of South Carolina in 1996 and received his D.M.D. degree in 2002 from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Wisner served in Las Vegas, Nevada and Spangdahlem, Germany as a Captain in the United States Air Force for three years where he completed an AEGD residency and was certified in Intravenous Conscious Sedation.

Dr. Caitlin McPherson

Dr. Caitlin McPherson was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. A graduate of Porter Gaud High School, she went on to receive her Bachelors of Science from Clemson University’s Calhoun Honors College. Dr. McPherson earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. She is an active member of The American Dental Association and The Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. McPherson performs all aspects of general dentistry and is Invisalign certified. Dr. McPherson especially enjoys treating pediatric patients.

Dr. Luke E. Severance

Dr. Luke E. Severance believes dentistry goes far beyond just treating teeth – it’s about building lasting relationships and making a genuine difference in the lives of his patients.

Dr. Severance was raised in Florence, South Carolina and graduated with summa cum laude from the University of South Carolina. He went on to receive his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina and attended a General Practice Residency in Columbia, SC. At Prisma Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, he extended his knowledge and expertise in various areas from IV Moderate Sedation, Implant Surgery, CEREC Same-Day Crowns, Digital Dentistry, Pediatric Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, and Extractions including Wisdom Teeth. He understands a dental visit can be fearful for some and his goal is to alleviate this fear by going above and beyond the need to help each person feel comfortable and cared for.

Outside the dental office, Dr. Severance enjoys spending time with his family and friends, fishing, hiking, playing soccer, watching the Gamecocks, and staying active in his church and community. Even in his free time, he studies the latest dental technology and attends dental seminars to stay up to date with the latest industry trends for delivering cutting edge dental treatments to all his patients. He is devoted to helping patients achieve optimal oral health and confident smiles which will positively impact their systemic and mental health.

Dr. Luke E. Severance


538 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Phone (843) 507-5481
Fax (843) 577-4653

Opening Hours

Monday - Thursday 8am - 5pm
Lunch break: 1pm - 2pm

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