A smile is such a simple thing, but it can hold so much power. Smiling is universally considered to be a way that humans display joy. Smiles communicate to others how we’re feeling and are often the best way to break the ice when meeting a new person. A good-natured smile can work wonders, but if you’re like most folks, your smile may not be perfect. Every day, we hear stories from people who feel embarrassed, ashamed, or even scared to flash their smile. In fact, 75% of prospective orthodontic patients could benefit from straighter teeth. Thankfully, Winning Orthodontic Smiles offers affordable orthodontic solutions that give our patients a healthier mouth, more self-esteem, and more confidence.
At Winning Orthodontic Smiles, your smile is our passion. Our orthodontists and hygienists are dedicated to providing you with the best orthodontic care possible in a stress-free, comfortable setting. We know what a difference a beautiful smile can make, which is why we are so dedicated to giving our clients a winning smile they love.
Having served the Lowcountry for more than 30 years, we know that no two patients have the exact orthodontic needs. That’s why we offer a variety of treatment options to correct each patient’s unique concerns, along with payment plans that make braces affordable for every family. You can rest easy knowing that our team specializes in the latest innovations in the field of orthodontics. This allows us to treat our patients in the most efficient, affordable, and aesthetically pleasing ways possible.
If you’re looking for an orthodontist in Purrysburg, SC, who is professional, trustworthy, and compassionate, look no further than Winning Orthodontic Smiles. Your pathway to a beautiful smile starts by selecting the orthodontic treatment option best suited for your needs.
Over the last few years, Invisalign® has become one of the most popular and effective orthodontic treatment options in South Carolina. For those looking for a convenient, comfortable, discreet way to realign their teeth, Invisalign® should be on your shortlist.
Invisalign® is a treatment used by orthodontists in Purrysburg that straightens patients’ teeth without traditional braces. Invisalign® works using a succession of custom trays that cover your teeth, which gently pull them into proper alignment over time. Each custom tray brings your teeth closer to their final position. Treatment times vary depending on how severe your case is but typically don’t last longer than two years. Once treatment is complete, you may need a retainer for the longest-lasting results.
Since they are clear, most patients find Invisalign® less noticeable than traditional braces. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign® can be removed while eating, meaning patients don’t have to worry about damaging their trays with certain foods. Invisalign® is great for people of all ages and has become a top choice for teens and adults alike.
You will meet with your Invisalign orthodontist in Purrysburg, SC. During this consultation, your doctor will take a 3D digital scan of your teeth. From there, they will put together a comprehensive treatment plan customized to your needs. The best part? Before you leave, they will give you a sneak peek at your new smile using an innovative scanner.
During this step, your orthodontist will make sure that your custom aligners fit correctly. If you have any questions, this is the perfect time to ask. Before you leave, your doctor will let you know what to expect over the coming weeks and months. Treatment completion times will vary for patients, but you should see early results in just a few weeks. During this, you will check in regularly with your orthodontist.
Love Your Smile – Once your treatment is complete, it’s time to show off your new smile to as many people as possible! Be sure to ask your orthodontist if you will need to use a retainer to keep your teeth straight over the long haul. The last thing you want is for your teeth to shift gradually back into their original positions.
With so many great teeth straightening options available today, it can be hard to settle on a treatment choice. One of the most common questions we get revolves around which treatment is better: Invisalign® or traditional braces? The answer to that question is nuanced since every patient will have different needs. A younger patient with slightly crooked teeth might benefit from the discreet features of Invisalign®. On the other hand, an older patient with a severe underbite might benefit more from the reliability of traditional braces.
Invisalign® treatment can last anywhere from six months to two years. Treatment times for traditional braces can last from one to three years. Each time frame can vary depending on the patient’s individual case.
With Invisalign®, patients visit their Invisalign dentist in Purrysburg, SC, every three months. With traditional braces, patients can expect to visit every month or every other month.
Regular brushing and flossing is recommended for patients using Invisalign®. A specialized floss threading tool and regular brushing and flossing are recommended for patients with traditional braces.
Invisalign® is discrete, comfortable, can be removed, and doesn’t require any food restrictions. Traditional braces offer consistent progress, are effective for severe cases, have time-tested reliability, and can be a good choice for cost-conscious shoppers.
Are you craving a beautiful smile but feel that you’re too old for braces? You wouldn’t be the only adult to have that thought. However, the truth is that 25% of our orthodontic patients are now adults. At Winning Orthodontic Smiles, you’re never too old for braces!
We want you to know that a healthy, stunning smile is attainable no matter what age you are. Our orthodontist in Purrysburg, SC, offers several treatments that are perfect for working adults and can help you decide if braces are right. If you decide that adult braces are the way to go, we have a number of options for you to consider. From traditional metal braces that offer time-tested results to more discreet options like Invisalign®, your new smile is more attainable than you might think. During your initial visit with our doctor, we will review all of your treatment options and help you choose the one you need for optimal results.
Most patients understand that a straighter smile is more aesthetic; however, not everyone knows that properly aligned teeth can improve your oral health. Here are just a few reasons why so many adults are optimizing their oral health with adult braces:
If you’re feeling self-conscious about how your teeth look, you’re not alone. Millions of adults around the U.S. aren’t happy with the way that their oral aesthetics. Adult braces help restore your confidence and can give you a smile that you’re proud to show off. When you like the way your teeth look, you’ll be more likely to smile. This simple act makes you feel happier, reduces stress, and can improve your mental health. Plus, it makes people around you feel great too.
Few things are as nasty as speaking to someone with bad breath. We’ve all been there, but it is never any less embarrassing when someone tries to subtlety offer you a mint for your breath. What most folks don’t know is that misaligned teeth and bad breath are often connected. That’s because when your teeth are crooked or over-crowded, bacteria can find their way in between your teeth. This is an area that most toothbrushes can’t reach. With time, that bacteria builds up, and your breath begins to stink. When left unchecked, these bacteria can cause serious health problems.
When you have poor oral health, there are a number of health risks that should concern you. Misaligned teeth can cause bacteria to build up. Over time, harmful bacteria cause serious problems like cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Thankfully, orthodontic treatment can help you avoid severe tooth decay, gum recession, and bone loss. You can even reduce and prevent irregular tooth enamel loss pain associated with TMJ and TMD.
If you have never had a major problem with your teeth, you might not know that eating can be painful if you have misaligned teeth. This causes some patients to avoid foods that cause them pain. Adult braces can straighten your teeth and correct over and underbites for patients with severely crooked or crowded teeth. When you don’t have to worry about painful chewing or biting, you can experience the full joy of eating a delicious meal.
Having crooked teeth can make you feel self-conscious about your smile, but they can also affect how you pronounce certain words. If you’re having problems pronouncing words because your teeth are severely misaligned, adult braces can change your life. This is especially true for working professionals who speak publicly, take part in Zoom calls, and work over the phone. If this sounds like you, speak to our trusted Invisalign orthodontist in Purrysburg, SC, about discreet ways to improve your oral health and speech at the same time.
Your child’s early and teen years are a great time to consider orthodontic treatment. According to The American Association of Orthodontists, the optimal time for a child to receive their first orthodontic treatment is by age seven. When you treat your child for braces early, you have the opportunity to discover and correct oral issues before they become serious. Doing so gives your child a leg-up on their peers and saves you time and money in the long run.
The overall goal of early orthodontic treatment is to intercept the possible issue, eliminate the cause, oversee facial and jawbone growth, and make sure there is enough space for adult teeth. Depending on how your child’s teeth develop, they may need a second course of treatment after their permanent teeth have formed.
A few common orthodontic problems that may require treatment for children include:
The best way to learn whether your child will need early treatment is to speak with your orthodontist in Purrysburg, SC. Dr. Travis, Dr. Katie, and Dr. Gavin are trained to spot subtle problems, even in young children. During your child’s initial consultation, you can expect one of three outcomes:
By the end of the year, Interstate 95’s planned Exit 3 in Hardeeville, long a dream to connect the Jasper Ocean Terminal, could be under construction if the state gives final approval for over $56 million in funding.The plans for Exit 3 and the surrounding developments are Hardeeville and Jasper County’s hope to revitalize the doorway to the Lowcountry and compete with the expansive growth in neighboring Beaufort County and across the border in Savannah.On Tuesday, the S.C. Transportation Infrastructure Bank approve...
By the end of the year, Interstate 95’s planned Exit 3 in Hardeeville, long a dream to connect the Jasper Ocean Terminal, could be under construction if the state gives final approval for over $56 million in funding.
The plans for Exit 3 and the surrounding developments are Hardeeville and Jasper County’s hope to revitalize the doorway to the Lowcountry and compete with the expansive growth in neighboring Beaufort County and across the border in Savannah.
On Tuesday, the S.C. Transportation Infrastructure Bank approved Jasper County and the city of Hardeeville’s request for a $28.1 million grant and a $28.1 million loan to help build the new interchange at Purrysburg Road and I-95.
In the same meeting, the state approved $120 million in funding for Beaufort County’s U.S. 278 corridor project, which will overhaul the bridges that lead to Hilton Head Island.
The $82.4 million interchange is planned in an area teeming with future growth opportunities and is closely connected to the RiverPort development and the highly anticipated Jasper Ocean Terminal.
The interchange would connect to a 5,136-acre tract owned by Stratford Land Fund. The land includes RiverPort Business Park, home to a 25,000-square-foot Waste Management facility.
Development of Exit 3 and Riverport Parkway will “turn the ‘Corridor of Shame’ into the ‘Corridor of Opportunity,’” Hardeeville Mayor Harry Williams told the State Infrastructure Bank on Monday.
For the funding to be available, the South Carolina Joint Bond Review Committee will have to approve the request and sign an intergovernmental agreement with the State Infrastructure Bank.
Once that happens, Williams said, construction could start as early as the end of this year.
In January 2019, state transportation officials approved a project to widen I-95 from Yemassee to Georgia in the hopes of alleviating traffic congestion and standstills caused by accidents.
“The plan is to be complete by the time I-95 begins widening which is scheduled to begin in three years,” he said.
The planned interchange and the connected developments could create 26,000 new jobs and $1.1 billion in new wages, according to the presentation to the state this week.
In March, Gramling Brothers Real Estate & Development, a Charleston-based real estate firm, announced that it would start to develop the RiverPort property.
The RiverPort development is in a Qualified Opportunity Zone — a population consensus tract with either a poverty rate of at least 20% or a median family income that does not exceed 80% of the area’s median income.
“The people that live in these poor, rural areas could never even conceive the lives that we enjoy,” Williams said during his presentation. “We have the opportunity to do more good and help people raise the quality of their lives.”
The $82.4 million project will be funded by both state and local contributions, Williams said.
The land that is being donated for the project from landowner Stratford Land Fund is valued at $26.2 million, according to the presentation to the state.
The $28.1 million loan from the state will be paid back through Tax Increment Financing over 30 years.
“We’re estimating it will be five years before things get built there and we start generating tax revenue,” Williams said.
This story was originally published July 12, 2020 6:30 AM.
Nearly half of the state money available for road construction was awarded Tuesday to Beaufort and Jasper counties, giving a clearer path forward for the U.S. 278 corridor project on Hilton Head Island and Hardeeville’s I-95 exit.The projects got final approval from the South Carolina Joint Bond Review Committee on Tuesday. Last month, ...
Nearly half of the state money available for road construction was awarded Tuesday to Beaufort and Jasper counties, giving a clearer path forward for the U.S. 278 corridor project on Hilton Head Island and Hardeeville’s I-95 exit.
The projects got final approval from the South Carolina Joint Bond Review Committee on Tuesday. Last month, the state recommended approval of a $120 million grant for the Hilton Head project and a $56 million award (half is a grant, half is a loan) for the Hardeeville project.
Local politicians took credit for successfully lobbying the state for the money, but Tuesday’s formality means fewer uncertainties about funding. That’s important for Beaufort County residents, who are already paying a sales tax to fund the Hilton Head bridge project.
The State Infrastructure Board had $363 million to award for projects on Tuesday, and $176 million of that pot went to the two Lowcountry road projects. S.C. Rep. Jeff Bradley called the final decision on the funding a “milestone event (that) resulted from a tremendous team effort years in the making. It is a tribute to the strength of our area’s seniority and respect as a unified delegation at the State level,” he said.
Construction on the Hilton Head corridor project won’t begin until late 2023. The S.C. Department of Transportation is announcing the final plan for the corridor this fall, but many residents, including those in the historic Stoney community at the foot of the bridges, worry that the plan will displace more people and not adequately solve traffic congestion problems.
A petition to reject all of SCDOT’s plans circulated in 2019, and groups like the Coalition of Island Neighbors have pressed the Town Council — which will inevitably vote on the final DOT plan — to scrutinize it.
S.C. Sen. Tom Davis told The Island Packet he was supporting a request from Stoney neighbors to hire an independent consultant to look for ways to change SCDOT’s options to help protect the neighborhoods.
Construction on the new bridges and corridor is scheduled to last five to six years, according to SCDOT.
In Hardeeville, the exit 3 project would create a new interchange at Purrysburg Road and I-95. The $82.4 million interchange is planned in an area teeming with growth opportunities. The planned interchange is closely connected to the RiverPort development and the highly anticipated Jasper Ocean Terminal.
The RiverPort development is in a Qualified Opportunity Zone — a population consensus tract with either a poverty rate of at least 20% or a median family income that does not exceed 80% of the area’s median income.
In January 2019, state transportation officials approved a project to widen I-95 from Yemassee to Georgia in the hopes of alleviating traffic congestion and standstills caused by accidents. That project is scheduled to begin in three years,
Hardeeville Mayor Harry Williams said the exit project would be completed by the start of I-95 widening.
This story was originally published August 12, 2020 12:34 PM.
Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority recently invested more than a half-million dollars in a joint conservation effort it hopes will help to keep the Lowcountry’s water clean.Almost 14,000 acres along the Savannah River were put aside earlier this year to protect the land permanently from development. The $12.2 million conservation easem...
Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority recently invested more than a half-million dollars in a joint conservation effort it hopes will help to keep the Lowcountry’s water clean.
Almost 14,000 acres along the Savannah River were put aside earlier this year to protect the land permanently from development. The $12.2 million conservation easement, the result of contributions from private, commercial, nonprofit, and government donors, is the largest private easement in South Carolina’s history, according to a U.S. Fish and Wild Life Service news release.
BJWSA general manager Joe Mantua said the agency pulls the majority of the water it uses from the Savannah River, so its recent contribution is a “relatively small price” to prevent further development or growth that could cause runoff and contaminate the agency’s water source.
A conservation easement is “a voluntary, legal agreement that permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values,” according to the Land Trust Alliance.
The 13,868-acre tract included in the easement, which is about the size of Manhattan, is within the Groton Plantation in Hampton County near Allendale. The plantation is owned by the descendants of John Winthrop, who founded the Massachusetts Bay colony almost 400 years ago. The Nature Conservancy handled the easement for the family, who had also previously donated 7,400 acres to conservation efforts.
Although the land itself is about 50 miles northwest of Beaufort County, water in that area affects those downstream.
“We’re trying to be proactive in protecting the source that comes to us,” Mantua said. “We’re looking to maintain the quality of the water in the Savannah so it helps us in what we ultimately deliver” to residents.
The family who owns the plantation donated 70% of the $12.2 million cost of the easement. The remaining money came from a variety of donors, including BJWSA. The authority is one of five water utilities that are part of the Savannah River Clean Water Fund.
This easement project is a step toward protecting the water for a lot of people for current and future generations, said Tonya Bonitatibus, executive director of non-profit group Savannah Riverkeeper.
Although the easement is not in Beaufort or Jasper counties, it should help both counties because a “majority of the pollution affecting their drinking water is coming from upstream,” she said.
She said it’s also saving taxpayer money.
“It’s more expensive to clean dirty water than it is to clean clean water,” she said. “The principle is if you can put protections into place and put in place ways the water can filter itself before getting to you, that’s good.”
This story was originally published December 20, 2019 4:45 AM.
Did you know that you can travel to Denmark, Norway, Finland and Switzerland from Beaufort County and you do not even need a passport?Only in the Lowcountry can you drive an hour and half from home and visit Scandinavian and Alpine locales and be home in time for supper!No, this is not some strange new futuristic travel or time warp, you are simply exploring the scenic highways and backroads of the South Carolina Lowcountry and discovering interesting people and places to get to know.South Carolina is known for interesti...
Did you know that you can travel to Denmark, Norway, Finland and Switzerland from Beaufort County and you do not even need a passport?
Only in the Lowcountry can you drive an hour and half from home and visit Scandinavian and Alpine locales and be home in time for supper!
No, this is not some strange new futuristic travel or time warp, you are simply exploring the scenic highways and backroads of the South Carolina Lowcountry and discovering interesting people and places to get to know.
South Carolina is known for interesting town and community names. The Lowcountry lays claim to settlements such as “Round O,” “Wide Awake” and tongue-twisters like “Coosawhatchie.” And so it may be no surprise that the communities named Denmark, Norway, Finland and Switzerland would also appear on the map.
These European-named locales are very easy to visit, and a short drive through the farmland and forests of the Lowcountry will take you to them and a promising day of small-town adventure.
Your first stop will be the town of Denmark.
Located in Bamberg County up U.S. 321, this crossroads town is home to several businesses and cultural events that draw visitors all year long. The town is named Denmark for a 19th century railway official and not for the Scandinavian country or even for immigrants who may have settled the region as you may imagine.
As the ever-expanding railway systems crisscrossed the state in the 1800s, depots and towns sprang up along the line and these were often named on “themes.” Thus the towns of Denmark, Norway and Finland, South Carolina all lie within 20 miles of each other on the long track that features an Amtrak station in Denmark.
When you visit Denmark, come early and you will enjoy fresh baked goods from Nelson’s Wee Bake bakery in the center of town. Here at this family-owned establishment you can enjoy fresh-baked bear claws, donuts and other delights.
Denmark was home to a South Carolina art legend, Jim Harrison, whose nostalgic paintings of Lowcountry and rural life as well as Coca-Cola-themed art has provided joy for over 50 years. Harrison passed away in recent years, but his gallery is an active tribute and destination for art lovers across the country.
In Denmark you can also visit a century-old hardware store that is a reminder of the pre-mega-store age. It can provide nearly all kinds of tools and hardware while also housing a fine gift shop complete with bridal registry.
Denmark has a three-story antique store and other shops as well.
From Denmark you can detour 10 miles to Blackville and Healing Springs, where at a small roadside park, the waters of the limestone aquifer deliver pure spring water that has healing properties, according to local legend. It is on an acre of land deeded to God Almighty.
Just four miles north of Denmark, your Scandinavian tour continues as you pass through the now-unincorporated hamlet of Finland and its close neighbor, Sweden.
A few miles beyond on Hwy. 321 is Norway, where you will experience a quiet small town that sports a three-story “skyscraper” and historic school building.
Your tour complete, you can return to Beaufort County with one more stop in mind: the settlement of Switzerland.
Located on U.S. 17 between Ridgeland and Hardeeville, Switzerland was actually named for Swiss settlers who were a part of historic Purrysburg village on the Savannah River in the 1700s.
Switzerland is now but a memory of the active farming community it once was, with a motor lodge and a post office until 1963. But as you drive through the community you will be astonished at the majestic arching avenue of live oaks that span both sides of the highway for nearly a mile.
The Okeetee Club was established as a hunting preserve in Switzerland in 1894, and its gilded-age clubhouse is one of the few reminders of the once-vibrant town.
A short drive and an adventurous spirit will give you an enjoyable European tour, and you will not even need to change currency or learn a new language — so long as you understand the words, “Y’all come back and see us!”
Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden are all located an hour and 45 minutes up U.S. 321 north from Hardeeville. Stores and businesses are open year-round during regular retail hours.
Healing Springs is located 10 miles northeast of Denmark, near Blackville, on S.C. 3. It is open dawn to dusk with no admission fee. You may want to bring a container to fill and take home.
Switzerland is just south of Ridgeland on U.S. 17.
For more information about attractions in Barnwell, Bamberg, Allendale and Aiken counties, visit https://www.tbredcountry.org/ online.
OKATIE, SC, FEBRUARY 14, 2017 -- Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority's (BJWSA) Purrysburg Water Treatment Plant has received the prestigious Presidents Award from the Partnership for Safe Water.The Partnership is a drinking water optimization program sponsored by American Water Works Association (AWWA), the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other water organizations, to recognize water suppliers that continuously provide ...
OKATIE, SC, FEBRUARY 14, 2017 -- Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority's (BJWSA) Purrysburg Water Treatment Plant has received the prestigious Presidents Award from the Partnership for Safe Water.
The Partnership is a drinking water optimization program sponsored by American Water Works Association (AWWA), the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other water organizations, to recognize water suppliers that continuously provide drinking water quality that surpasses regulatory requirements through treatment plant and distribution system optimization. The Partnership's Presidents Award for Water Treatment recognizes plants that meet the program's highly stringent optimization goals for individual filter effluent turbidity.
BJWSA has participated in the Partnership's Treatment Plant Optimization program since 1998, and has been a Charter subscriber of the Distribution System Optimization program since 2011. BJWSA received the Partnership's Ten Year Directors Award for the Chelsea Water Treatment Plant in 2014. In 2017, the Purrysburg Water Treatment Plant is celebrating both the Presidents Award and the 10-year Directors Award. Purrysburg is the third water treatment plant in South Carolina to receive the Presidents Award.
"Reaching Presidents Award status is a very significant achievement in our ongoing work to meet stringent performance goals," said BJWSA General Manager Ed Saxon. "Improving the quality of our water is a goal we will always try to meet and exceed. The Presidents Award is an important milestone as we seek to continuously improve and ultimately satisfy the requirements for the Excellence in Water Treatment award."
The Partnership for Safe Water is a self-assessment program for water treatment plant and distribution system optimization. More than 250 utility subscribers, collectively serving more than 100 million people, commit to the Partnership's goals of providing safe, high-quality drinking water by achieving operational excellence in water treatment or distribution. Partnership utility subscribers participate in a rigorous self-assessment and peer review process, developed by industry experts, and achieve recognition for their commitment to the delivery of safe water for their community.
Beaufort-Jasper Water & Sewer Authority is a public water system and non-profit corporation handling water and wastewater operations in Beaufort and Jasper counties in South Carolina. BJWSA treats an average of 20 million gallons of water for consumption and 9 million gallons of wastewater each day.