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Those who suffer from orthodontic problems near Collierville, TN can benefit from treatment by a professional orthodontist at any age. Your teeth are unique, just like you. Getman Orthodontics near Collierville, TN can evaluate your oral health care needs and provide you with the best orthodontic care available. Whether you are 7 years old or 60 years old, braces can help straighten and beautify your smile. After an initial consultation and assessment of your teeth and gums, Dr. Chris Getman will be able to discuss with you if braces are right for you.

When Is The Right Time For Braces?

While patients at any age can benefit from orthodontic treatment, there are a few specific ages where treatment is optimal, like after the last baby tooth has fallen out and all of the adult teeth have grown in.

By the age of 7 years old, children should see an orthodontist and get an evaluation to address any possible issues. From the ages of 8 years old to 14 years old, children’s head and mouth are still growing, which makes this a good time in life to correct any orthodontic issues.

Even after age 14, you can still benefit from an orthodontic consultation and treatment from Getman Orthodontics.

How long will I need to have my braces?

The question that Dr. Chris Getman is asked most often by prospective clients needing braces is, “How long do I need to wear braces?” (It depends on the individual patient’s case and their specific treatment). Most patients experience orthodontic treatments over a period of 18 to 30 months. A consultation with the team at Getman Orthodontics is the best indicator of how long your specific treatment may last.

Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign or braces may cause minor pain and sensitivity for a patient. It is important that parents explain to their children under age 18 what they may experience before, during, and after their braces are put on. And although wearing braces can be uncomfortable at first, they will get used to wearing them and their braces will become easier to wear over time.

If a patient participates in a sport that requires a mouthguard, or plays a musical instrument, make sure to speak with Dr. Chris Getman about playing while undergoing orthodontic treatment. You will learn quickly how to engage in your favorite activities with your braces.

Whether you are 7 years old with crooked teeth or 50 years old with an overbite, Dr. Chris Getman can administer the appropriate treatment for your specific needs and age group.


Dr. Chris Getman and the team at Getman Orthodontics are experts in braces. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Cordova TN, Germantown TN, Collierville TN, Shelby County TN, and Piperton TN or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Christ Getman contact Getman Orthodontics at: 901.843.2483

Orthodontic treatment may be considered an adolescent endeavor best undertaken early in life, but that is more of a perception than it is a reality. More than 20 percent of people in America being treated for orthodontic issues are actually adults. Dr. Chris Getman and the team at Getman Orthodontics treat their adult patients near East Memphis, TN successfully with a variety of orthodontic treatment approaches.

Orthodontic treatments not only improve your smile cosmetically, it also improves your overall dental health. Many people don’t realize this or they think orthodontics is simply for cosmetic purposes. Orthodontic treatments with Dr. Chris Getman can improve your oral health and brighten your smile.

Getman Orthodontics offers:

•Traditional Metal Braces

•Clear Ceramic Braces


•Invisalign Teen

What can orthodontics do for you?

Many emerging or chronic dental issues can ruin your smile, and you may need the help of an orthodontist to correct them. Orthodontic cases are, more often than not, malocclusions (or misalignment problems.) Most orthodontic issues are common and can be treated with the help of Dr. Chris Getman.

One way to tell if you are a candidate for orthodontics treatment is if you have, or think you may have, any of the following conditions:

  • Crossbite: Teeth (or tooth) have more lingual positioning than the corresponding teeth above or below it; when the upper and lower teeth aren’t correctly aligned.
  • Crowding: Teeth do not seem to fit in their space; leads to rotated teeth and displacement.
  • Spacing: Teeth have too much space; leads to gaps in the smile and widely spaced teeth.
  • Open Bite: Front teeth (both upper and lower) are forced outward; upper and lower teeth don’t touch each other when the mouth is closed.
  • Deep Bite: Upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth almost completely; associated with jaw-joint problems, pain, and overall poor dental health.
  • Protrusion: Upper front teeth stick out (protrude); sometimes the result of thumb sucking and often referred to as “buck teeth.”
  • Underbite: Lower teeth and jaw protrude out in front of the upper teeth.

Do I need to see an orthodontist?

Dr. Chris Getman restores a healthy smile and a functional bite. By using the latest orthodontic treatment technology, the highly experienced staff at Getman Orthodontics treats their patients with sensitivity and enthusiasm. They can solve orthodontic issues like these and give patients a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile.

The only way to know for sure if you are a candidate for orthodontics treatment is by coming in for a consultation with Dr. Chris Getman. Getman Orthodontics near East Memphis, TN is dedicated to helping patients achieve a beautiful, functional, and healthy smile that they will love. Visit the team at Getman Orthodontics to find if you’re a candidate for treatment and all of your options, such as traditional metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign, and more!

Whether you are considering cosmetic orthodontics, or if you are looking into orthodontic treatment near East Memphis, TN for better oral health, Dr. Chris Getman will improve and correct your smile at Getman Orthodontics.

Dr. Chris Getman and the team at Getman Orthodontics are the experts in braces. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in East Memphis TN, 38138 zip code area, Germantown TN, ColliervilleTN, Piperton TN and Cordova TN or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Chris Getman contact Getman Orthodontics at: 901-843-2483

Treatment with braces by Dr. Chris Getman of Getman Orthodontics is no longer associated with bulky metal bands on the teeth and awkward teenage smiles. Ceramic braces are a discreet and effective method of orthodontic treatment near Rossville, TN for those patients who want to straighten their smile without attracting a lot of attention while wearing braces. Ceramic braces are clear (or tooth-colored) and comfortable, and they still align your teeth effectively and give you the smile you have always wanted.

What are ceramic braces in Rossville TN?

Ceramic braces, also sometimes referred to as clear braces, are braces that are made of a clear or tooth-colored ceramic material. Dr. Chris Getman attaches these braces to the front of the teeth in the same way as traditional metal braces; each bracket is connected to a tooth and connected to the other brackets by a wire that is gradually adjusted to achieve the desired result.

Because of their material composition, ceramic braces are more fragile and they require a bit more care than traditional metal braces. Ceramic braces are permanent in your mouth for the length of your treatment.

What are the advantages of ceramic braces?

Ceramic braces offer many advantages over other orthodontic treatment systems. They provide a virtually invisible way to correct all kinds of orthodontic issues such as overbites and/or crooked teeth. And because they are made of ceramic and not metal, there is less chance of irritation in the mouth from the appliances.

Ceramic braces are more effective also at treating more severe orthodontic issues than Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign aligners are removable plastic trays that can be lost or carelessly applied. Ceramic braces are permanent and cannot be lost.

How much do ceramic braces cost?

Orthodontic treatment with ceramic braces near Rossville, TN can vary in price, but they often cost around the same as treatment with traditional metal braces. Dr. Chris Getman works with each patient individually to create a customized treatment plan that will work with each patient’s schedule, budget, and treatment goals. If cost is an issue, Dr. Chris Getman and the team at Getman Orthodontics can work out an individualized payment plan appropriate for the patient’s treatment. Getman Orthodontics also accepts a number of insurance plans that may help lessen the cost of treatment.

Ceramic braces are an effective and appropriate alternative for those who want to improve their smile. Dr. Chris Getman of Getman Orthodontics near Rossville, TN wants to make sure that you receive the smile you've always dreamed of.

Dr. Chris Getman and the team at Getman Orthodontics are experts in ceramic braces. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Rossville TN, 38066 zip code area, Germantown TN, Fayette County TN, Collierville TN and Piperton  TN or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Chris Getman contact Getman Orthodontics at: 901-843-2483

A smile is a surefire way to let someone know that you’re happy to see them or to let them know that you like them. But if you need orthodontic treatment, then you may be reluctant to smile big. Dr. Chris Getman and the team at Getman Orthodontics in Arlington, TN are experts at restoring healthy smiles. Here are some tips on how to make your smile more attractive.

Exercise Your Smile
Mouth exercises done throughout the day will improve the shape of your mouth and tighten loose muscles. To start, stretch the corners of your mouth to the sides while keeping your lips held together. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Next, expand the lateral stretch and part your lips to expose the edges of your teeth. Hold this position for another 10 seconds. After that, expand more laterally and expose half of your teeth, holding for another 10 seconds. Repeat the steps and smile as wide as you can, showing all of your teeth. You can also use your index fingers to help you if you’re having trouble, but don’t stretch too much.

Practice Smiling
One way to feel confident about smiling is to check how your smile looks on you. If you practice smiling into a mirror, you can get a sense of what you should be doing when you smile to make it look its most attractive. When practicing your smile, keep in mind the eye muscles. Like Tyra Banks says, “Smile with your eyes.”

Smile Frequently
“It increases your face value!” says the line from a movie. Studies show that when you smile, others will smile along. By smiling more, you’ll get used to the feeling of showing your teeth, thus building self-confidence. Smiling confidently will help you connect with others around you, lighten the mood, and present your best face to the world.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
It’s always best to reduce plaque and acid buildup in order to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Dr. Chris Getman recommends that you brush at least twice a day using a toothbrush and toothpaste to keep your teeth looking as bright as they can. It’s also important to floss between meals to prevent food debris from becoming stuck between your teeth or in your gums.

Start Orthodontic Treatment
It’s always possible to make your smile more attractive through orthodontics. If you’re not keen on the idea of getting braces, then there are other more discreet options like ceramic braces, lingual braces, or clear aligners. Ceramic braces are typically clear or tooth-colored, reducing their visibility. The team at Getman Orthodontics in Arlington, TN are experts in using clear aligner systems like Invisalign.

Dr. Chris Getman and the Getman Orthodontics team know how to turn a self-conscious grin into a broad, beaming smile. For more information about how they can help make your smile more attractive, call: 901.843.2483

Dr. Chris Getman and the team at Getman Orthodontics are specialists in adult orthodontic treatment near Rossville, TN. Braces aren’t just for kids or teens anymore. Today, nearly 20 percent of people wearing braces are adults. Less visible options like clear aligner trays and ceramic braces have attracted more adults to the outcome possibilities of orthodontic treatment.

Teeth can change position over time; commonly caused by natural growth, injury, or tongue thrust (a condition where the tongue projects through the front teeth during speech, swallowing, or when the tongue is at rest). Orthodontic treatments are highly effective in treating these issues in addition to the dental malocclusions (the misalignment of the upper and lower teeth) that most people are familiar with.

  1. Teeth shift over time.
    If you had braces as a kid and you find that now, as an adult, you need them again, that’s because your teeth shift as you get older, and some people’s teeth move faster and/or more than others. You may be experiencing discomfort caused by a malocclusion, don’t like the look of their misaligned teeth, or want straighter teeth for a new you. Dr. Chris Getman and the team at Getman Orthodontics can help. 
  2. There are many available treatment options.
    There are many orthodontic treatment options available for adults near Rossville, TN:
  • Traditional metal braces
  • Ceramic braces -- often clear or tooth-colored with a clear wire to bind them.
  • Lingual braces -- adhered behind the teeth rendering them completely invisible.
  • Clear aligner systems -- like Invisalign; practically invisible and removable for brushing, flossing, and eating. 

The cost hasn’t changed much.
Thirty-five years ago, the average cost of orthodontic treatment was approximately $2,000 (about $5,700 now, after adjusting for inflation). That’s analogous to today; the average cost today of traditional braces ranges from $3,000 to $7,000 (depending on your insurance plan’s coverage, choice of provider, and your plan of treatment). Ceramic braces are more costly ($4,000 to $8,000). Lingual braces are by far the most expensive due to material and procedure costs ($8,000 to $10,000). Aligner tray prices, like ceramic braces, fluctuate from $4,000 to $7,500. Be sure to check with your insurance provider to determine if your plan covers the type of treatment you’re choosing. For instance, most insurance companies won’t cover braces for orthodontic patients over the age of 18.

Many orthodontists offer a free consultation.
Many orthodontists today offer a free consultation to determine your treatment options, costs, and length of treatment. Getman Orthodontics’ consultations include photographs, a medical history review, and a panoramic X-ray that gives a full-mouth view.

Braces can build your confidence.
Orthodontic treatment with braces can improve the quality of your smile. Knowing that your dental health will improve with treatment also is a great way to build confidence. After treatment, Getman Orthodontics clients leave with a healthy, straight smile!

If you’re an adult looking to restore your sparkling, beautiful smile, consider a visit with Dr. Chris Getman at Getman Orthodontics near Rossville, TN. To schedule a consultation with the Getman Orthodontics team, call: 901.843.2483

There is a general misconception that only children and teenagers wear braces. The truth of the matter is, that you can wear braces at any age. It is never too late to attain the beautiful smile that you’ve aspired to have. Orthodontic treatment for adults has evolved considerably in recent years, and nowadays treatment options have become more lightweight and easier to install/remove. At Getman Orthodontics, braces for adults in Germantown, TN are gaining popularity and becoming more common. For those of you who think you may be “too old” for braces, Dr. Chris Getman and his team have information to help ensure that braces are for adults too!

Why May You Need to Get Braces as an Adult?

At Getman Orthodontics, our team recommends braces for patients in Germantown, TN and throughout Shelby County to correct the misalignment of teeth. Misaligned or crooked teeth can not only have an affect on our appearance and hinder our self-esteem, but it can be one of the lead causes toward obtaining major oral health risks down the line. For instance, misaligned teeth and crossbites can increase the likelihood of plaque buildup and also trap food. These, in turn, increase the chances of the individual developing gum diseases and periodontal complications. This may lead to tooth decay, toothache, earache, and headaches. Improperly aligned teeth are more prone to getting chipped, and can also cause problems while chewing food. This may eventually lead to gastrointestinal complications.

Improperly aligned teeth may cause problems when speaking as well. Apart from making an individual shy about his or her appearance, misaligned teeth may also prevent people working in certain industries or in client-facing jobs from achieving their professional goals.
Dr. Chris Getman agrees that people with any of the above conditions are perfect candidates for orthodontic treatment.

What are the Different Types of Braces for Adults?

The Getman Orthodontics team offers a wide range of orthodontic treatment options currently available for adults:
Traditional Metal Braces: These are made of high-quality stainless steel, and many orthodontists feel that they are the most effective devices for straightening teeth, especially in cases where there may be severe misalignment.
Clear Ceramic Braces: Many people who want their braces to be less conspicuous, for aesthetic or professional reasons prefer clear ceramic braces. Clear ceramic braces for adults are fitted to the front of the teeth and match the color of the individual’s teeth. Dr. Getman also uses a white wire that helps these braces become even more invisible!

Lingual or Concealed Braces: These are worn at the back of the teeth and cannot be seen. These braces have brackets that keep them in place.

Invisalign a.k.a “Invisible” Braces: These clear, easily-removable aligners are ideal for people with a wide range of orthodontic problems. The aligners are able to be removed while eating, brushing teeth, and flossing, making these healthy and hygienic choices for the individual wearing them. These braces are almost invisible and are preferred by people who feel self-conscious about appearing in public with braces on. At Getman Orthodontics, Invisalign treatment is quickly gaining popularity and often a top choice for our adult patients.

The best way to find out what adult orthodontic treatment plan is right for you is by setting up a free consultation with Getman Orthodontics near Germantown, TN! If you have misaligned or crooked teeth, or just want to improve your smile, braces or Invisalign may be the right choice for you. Remember, there is no age limit to orthodontic appliances and orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Chris Getman and the team at Getman Orthodontics are experts in braces for adults. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Collierville TN, 38138 zip code area, Germantown TN, Shelby County TN, Rossville TN and Piperton TN or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Chris Getman contact Getman Orthodontics at: 901-843-2483

My Orthodontic Consultation is Tomorrow… What should I ask my Orthodontist?

Let’s face it, most people don’t have smiles that are naturally perfect. Many people suffer from crooked, misaligned, or discolored teeth. Luckily, we have good news for those who wish to improve the appearance of their smile. There’s no better way to get started than by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Getman at Getman Orthodontics in Germantown, TN. During your initial consultation, Dr. Getman will address any questions or concerns you may have, and outline a treatment plan that will best suit your specific case. The staff at Getman Orthodontics wants to ensure that you feel prepared for your consultation and in charge of your orthodontic treatment decisions. Keep these questions in mind when you come in for your consultation:

  1. If my goal is to have a straighter and healthier smile, what kinds of treatment options do I have? Could any of the alternatives to traditional metal braces be right for me? Asking this is important because it helps Dr. Getman get an idea of your goals, and helps you discern which treatment options will work to help you accomplish your goals. At Getman Orthodontics, many of our patients have been opting for alternative treatments such as Invisalign. Your consultation is the perfect time to ask the doctor which options would be the best for your case.
  2. What kind of preparation is needed to get braces? How many visits will it take? It is always a good idea to ask a question like this to ensure that you’re comfortable with undergoing orthodontic treatment and that it fits conveniently into your schedule.
  3. Should I expect any pain while I have braces? This is a very common concern for many of our patients, and one that you should bring up if it is worrying you. A lot of people who could easily benefit from orthodontic treatment shy away from the idea due to the fear of it being extremely painful. However, the Getman Orthodontics team will explain exactly what to expect, and can reassure you that although you may experience some discomfort in the beginning, it will subside.
  4. What determines how long I have to wear braces? This is another very common concern. Dr. Getman says that 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 an estimated length of treatment. Many people believe that once they begin treatment, a dramatic difference will occur overnight. Orthodontics can be a timely process, so don’t be disappointed if you don’t notice a huge change in a short amount of time. You’ll achieve your dream smile soon!
  5. How will braces affect my lifestyle; the foods I can eat; and the activities I can do? Unfortunately, it’s impossible to avoid not having to make changes to your lifestyle and dietary habits, once you begin treatment. You will likely find that you just need to make a few changes to your daily routine to have a more successful and faster end result with your orthodontic treatment. We will discuss any of these changes during your initial consultation so that you’ll be prepared by the time your treatment with braces begins.

Other important questions you may want to ask include:

  • Who will be involved in the orthodontic treatment that I receive?
  • How long will a typical adjustment appointment last?
  • What is the “average” cost of orthodontic treatment and what should you expect to pay? (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 is just the first step towards that perfect smile that awaits you. Don't be afraid to ask questions! The answers will help you to better understand the entire process and prepare you to do your part to ensure successful treatment. To schedule a consultation with Getman Orthodontics, please call 901-843-2483 or visit our orthodontic office in Germantown, TN.

Do you play sports? It is important to keep your braces protected during games and practices. One way to do this is by wearing a mouthguard that can be worn with braces. In fact, Dr. Getman recommends that you wear a mouthguard so that your braces and teeth stay protected. Getman Orthodontics near Collierville is here to ensure that all of our patients who have braces and play sports keep their smile safe. Stay focused on the game while staying on track with treatment.

What do mouthguards do?

Before getting into which mouthguard will work best with braces, Dr. Getman believes it is important for all patients to understand the exact function of a mouthguard, and why they are important. Many sports, including football, lacrosse, and ice hockey, require players to wear mouthguards to keep the teeth and mouth safe during games and practices. While some sports may get rough, mouthguards help players from chipping or losing teeth. When a patient has braces, mouthguards are even more important so the braces stay intact, and so there is no damage to the lips or cheeks.

What are the different type of mouthguards available for those with braces?

The main types of mouthguard that Getman Orthodontics recommends for their patients are:

  1. Stock Mouthguards: Stock mouthguards are inexpensive, come ready to wear, and can be bought at most sporting goods stores. They are a uniform fit and therefore cannot be adjusted or changed easily. Because of this, some patients find them bulky, uncomfortable, and find that it sometimes makes talking and breathing difficult. While stock mouthguards work well for those without braces, they offer less protection for patient’s who have braces.
  2. Orthodontic Mouthguards: Orthodontic mouthguards are mouth guards which can be made by orthodontists. These may be a little more expensive than stock mouthguards, however they are customized to fit and protect those with braces. This customized fit helps to offer the most comfort and protection.
  3. Boil and Bite Mouthguards: Boil and bite mouthguards are mouthguards which mold to the player’s teeth. To customize them, a patient would need to boil the mouthguard in hot water which softens the thermoplastic material and allows a patient to bite down and mold it to perfectly fit their teeth. Boil and bite mouthguards can also be found at most sporting goods stores and although they are a little more expensive than stock mouthguards, are not overly expensive. However, Dr. Getman DOES NOT RECOMMEND this type of mouthguard for those patients that wear braces.

No matter what mouthguard you choose, the team at Getman Orthodontics wants to make sure that your teeth and braces are fully protected during sports games and practices. It is not only important to practice and try your best on the field or court, but to also make sure your braces and mouth are protected from any possible injuries. For more information on mouthguards for braces, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Getman, please contact Getman Orthodontics near Collierville today at 901-843-2483!