Smiles Orthodontics offers Clear Aligner Therapy, similar to Invisalign. This is a great option for those looking for invisible orthodontic treatment that has a minimal impact on your daily routine! Clear Aligner Therapy uses a series of customized aligners made of comfortable, durable plastic that fit your smile. Aligners are worn for 20 to 22 hours a day, removing them only to eat or brush your teeth. Roughly every two weeks, you simply switch your aligners until you finish treatment. Over time, each set of aligners gently and gradually moves your teeth into the correct position prescribed!
Having a trained orthodontist to prescribe the proper movement and monitor your treatment is imperative! These days, DIY clear aligner treatments are everywhere and seem easier and cheaper than ever. Before you jump in, consider your goals and the long-term outcome. Yes, the DIY aligner companies can make your teeth straight(er), but your personal treatment is completely unsupervised! There is no specialist overseeing the progress and making revisions should your teeth begin to shift, or if your bite becomes misaligned. Upfront it may seem like a cheaper option that saves you a trip into the office here and there, but taking this shortcut has led many people back in to see an orthodontist to correct an even more severe issue than they had previously.
The DIY clear aligner companies sell a cookie-cutter quick-fix, but at Smiles Orthodontics we personalize your care to produce life long results. We have 3-D scanning and 3D-printing technology to create these clear aligners in-house. No taking your own gooey impressions over the sink; our trained assistants simply scan your teeth, with no mess and no discomfort! After your initial aligner appointment, Dr. Larson continues to monitor your progress every 8 weeks and provides custom new sets of aligners as prescribed.
While DIY at home clear aligner therapy may sounds like an easy fix, don’t settle. Get the beautiful smile you deserve with treatment and care that is customized to YOU! Call us today to schedule your complimentary smile analysis!
Melisa is our Marketing Coordinator here at Smiles. You’ll often see her out and about all around the community! When she isn’t at work, she is probably trying a new restaurant or out on the river fly fishing with her husband and puppy! We’ve got some super fun facts to help you get to know her better!
What’s a fun fact not many people know about you?
My favorite place in the world is Little Corn Island, Nicaragua! I was lucky enough to honeymoon there and then go back and spend a month living in this beach shack!
Have you ever had braces?
Yes, two phases with head gear and the works when I was in elementary and junior high school
What’s your favorite holiday and why?
The 4th of July – we spend it camping and on the river enjoying the summer sunshine!
If you could have any celebrity patient at Smiles, who would it be?
Riley Curry! (if you can consider her a celebrity) I love the Golden State Warriors, and she would be such a fun patient!
What’s your favorite part about working at Smiles?
Working with such a fun team and seeing the awesome transformations our patients go through
What’s your favorite food?
Authentic Thai and Indian – I love trying new restaurants and new foods!
What’s your favorite hobby?
Fly fishing! I love exploring new water and chasing trout with my husband. and I love going to the gym!
Where is your dream travel destination?
Everywhere!! On the top of my list is Morocco, Taiwan, Indonesia, Peru, Colombia, China, and Japan. I hope to see the whole world! 🙂
Do you have any pets?
I have a 6 month old chocolate lab named Midge (he’s our fly fishing pup!)
Heather is our Financial Coordinator here at Smiles. Not only can she help you make the most of your investment in your new smile, but she can also tell you all about her cute, cuddly animals – from her furry cows to her little piglets! We’ve got some great fun facts to share about Heather!
– What’s a fun fact not many people know about you?: I’m afraid of moths 😆
– Have you ever had braces? If yes, when?: yes! When I was about 12 for two years.
– If you could have any celebrity patient at Smiles, who would it be?: Anna Kendrick, just so I could hang out with her. 🤩
– What’s your favorite part about working at Smiles?: Our team is the most fun over any office guaranteed 💗
– What’s your favorite food?: Street tacos
– What’s your favorite hobby?: Being outdoors, camping, fishing, hunting with my hubby.
– What’s your favorite holiday and why?: 4th of July because it’s summer time and I live for sunshine! ☀️
– Where is your dream travel destination?: Australia
– Do you have any pets? If yes, what kind and names?: I’m the farm girl of the staff so YES. 2 labs- Kona & Gunner, 1 cat- Potato, 1 barn cat- Meowllard, 4 cows- Biscuit, Mossy, Maple and Moooonshine, 2 piglets- Turnip & Petunia, a few quail and too many chickens to list 😂
Nicca recently joined the Smiles team as our Observation Coordinator! Not only does she keep our front office running smoothly, she also takes care of all of our patients in our Kids Club program! Nicca assists Dr. Larson in keeping a close eye on our patients’ who aren’t quite ready for treatment yet, making sure they are excited and informed when it is time to get started! We are so happy to have Nicca as a part of the Smiles team! Keep reading for some super fun facts to help you get to know her a little better!
-What is a fun fact not many people know about you?
I love going to Oregon to ride quads at the dunes!
-Have you ever had braces?
Yes, I had braces when I was 14 years old
-What is your favorite part about working at Smiles?
My favorite part about working at Smiles is being part of such a great team! We all work so well together and are more of a family than co-workers!
-What is your favorite food?
It’s a tie between seafood and mexican 🙂
-What is your favorite hobby?
Going on adventures with my family! We love to ride dirt bikes and quads and go boating in the summer. Or even just going on drives to nowhere 🙂
-What is your favorite holiday?
Halloween – I love the whole fall season!
-Where is your dream travel destination?
I want to travel to a beautiful beach somewhere – it doesn’t really matter where it is!
-Do you have any pets?
I have two dogs, a pitbull named Dozer and a Lab mix named Moto.
Are Retainers Really Important?
It ‘s easy to think of orthodontic treatment as the period of time in which braces or aligners are used to shift teeth into a straighter position. However, this is only the first part of treatment! The second part – the retention phase – is equally important and essential for maintaining your beautiful new smile.
When Braces Come Off, Orthodontic Treatment Doesn’t Stop
After the braces phase of treatment is complete, Dr. Larson will fit you for another orthodontic device, your retainers! The name comes from its function: to retain the teeth in place and keep them from reverting to their old positions. Now that your smile is in alignment, we must give the bone and ligaments surrounding your teeth time to stabilize and keep your teeth in their new positions. That’s why you must wear retainers after treatment to keep teeth from moving back to where they were before.
Types of Retainers
There are two types of retainers: removable and fixed. Removable retainers are clear overlay retainers that can be removed for eating and brushing, and eventually, upon Dr. Larson’s instruction, will be worn only at night time. Though removable retainers are convenient, they must be stored when not in use to avoid loss or damage. Retainers need to be cleaned regularly.
Fixed retainers are thin wires that are permanently bonded to the backs of the teeth. They are sometimes called permanent retainers. Because they are worn 24-hours a day holding the teeth in exact alignment, they offer the best maintenance results. Of course, a fixed retainer requires the wearers to take greater care in cleaning between them when brushing and flossing their teeth.
What to Expect
Dr. Larson will give you instructions on exactly how often you should be wearing your retainers. A common timeline for retainer wear includes:
24-Hour Retainer Wear
When your braces first come off, you’ll be required to wear your retainers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the first six weeks. This is to make sure your smile is stabilized.
Night time Wear
Once the teeth have stabilized, you’ll be allowed to wear your retainers less, moving to wearing them every night. This will help prevent minor tooth movements, and is the frequency you will maintain for life. If you notice a change in the way that your retainers fit, that is a sign that the teeth are shifting and intervention may be necessary. In most cases, simply wearing your retainers more often is enough to prevent relapse.
If at any time during the retention phase you have questions about your retainers or feel that they are no longer fitting properly, have been lost, stolen or damaged, contact our office. Our goal is to help you achieve a beautiful smile and help you maintain it for a lifetime. The effects of not wearing retainers at all could cost you additional time and money!
The only way to prevent movement is to wear your retainers for the rest of your life.
Contact us if you have any questions!
Brenda is a popular lady among our patients here at Smiles, and there is good reason! She is always at the front desk to greet your with her beautiful smile and big heart! Find out more about Brenda and just what makes her such a lovable gal!
- What’s a fun fact not many people know about you?
I like kayaking, but NOT white water!!!
I like Jeeping, but NOT camping! LOL!
- Have you ever had braces?
I had braces in 10th grade.
And a 2nd time on my lower teeth as an adult because I didn’t wear my retainer. So wear your retainers!!!!
- If you could have any celebrity patient at Smiles, who would it be?
Justin Bieber or Ryan Seacrest 🙂
- What’s your favorite hobby?
- What’s your favorite food?
- Where is your dream travel destination?
Italy & Greece!
Gotta hit them both on one trip cuz probably will only make it to Europe once:). OOpa!
- Do you have any pets? If yes, what kind and name?
Pearl, our black pug!
- What’s your favorite holiday?
Because it’s Jesus’s birthday! ‘Tis the Reason for the Season!!!
And it’s the most wonderful time of the year! 🙂
Brenda’s adorable grandson, Calvin!
Meet, Sara, our Treatment Coordinator! She’ll be one of the first Smiles to greet you when you come in for a consultation and can answer all of your questions about treatment!
What’s a fun fact not many people know about you? I married my high school sweetheart
Have you ever had braces? Yes, once when I was 19, then again at 23 since I didn’t wear my retainers. I did invisalign later on because I didn’t have a bonded retainer placed and, even with my best efforts, I didn’t wear my retainers as directed. But third times a charm! 🙂
If you could have any celebrity patient at Smiles, who would it be? Michael Phelps, I just want to help that boy with his bite! Hey, he might even become a better swimmer!
What’s your favorite food? That’s hard, I like all different kinds of food! Probably Mexican, Italian and Dim Sum
What’s your favorite hobby? Hanging out with my family and being a mom
What’s your favorite holiday and why? 4th of July. It’s warm and a great time to gather and hang out with friends and family. Plus, I get to light off fireworks!
Where is your dream travel destination?I would love to go to Italy some day
Do you have any pets? At this time, just a cat named Piper. We have had 11 chickens and a dog in the past.
What’s your favorite part about working at Smiles? I love getting our patients excited about treatment and love to educate them on how treatment is going to benefit them lifelong!
Taylor Swift is coming, and Smiles Orthodontics has your chance to win tickets!
Now through April 30th, refer a friend to Smiles Orthodontics and, when they start treatment, you’ll be entered to win 2 tickets to Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour on 5/22/18!
The more smiles you share, the more chances you’ll have to win!
You don’t want to miss this! Be sure to grab your Share A Smile cards at your next visit – or stop by any time to pick up some extras!
And don’t worry, you and your friends will still get all of the awesome incentives that come with our Share A Smile program! Your chance to win Taylor Swift tickets is just an added bonus!
The Reputation Stadium Tour will be one of the biggest events of the year – and Smiles Orthodontics wants to send you! Start sharing smiles today and enter to WIN!
At Smiles Orthodontics, we love giving back to our community and supporting local teams, clubs and organizations. We are so excited to introduce our Smiles That Give Back program; a program that donates $50 to a designated organization with every treatment start!
Here’s how it works:
Any local teams, clubs and organizations can sign up for the Smiles That Give Back program by contacting us.
Smiles Orthodontics provides cards that members can then distribute to their friends, family and the community.
For each new patient who brings the card to their consultation and starts treatment, Smiles Orthodontics will donate $50 back to the organization designated on the card!
Smiles That Give Back provides the opportunity for teams, clubs and organizations to receive continuous donations – with no monetary limit! The more new patients who bring in your card, the more money you can earn!
We love Thursdays at Smiles because we love a good throwback photo! We’ve got some more great throwbacks of the Smiles team this week!
Our assistant, Cassie, looking cute as always with her matching outfit and hair bow!
Our Marketing Coordinator, Melisa, loved fishing at an early age! These days, you’ll still find her catching fish on the fly!
Our Office Manager, Angi, has always enjoyed a day at the lake! Here she is soaking up the sun while water skiing!