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By: Lisa K.
Carmen Orthodontics
" We had been recommended to see an orthodontics and went for our first consultation. At this consultation the orthodontics stated that we needed to wait till all her adult teeth came in and then they would pull about 8 teeth out to put the braces in. This seemed liked a really waste of time. So we asked our dentist for a place to get a second opinion. That is when we met with Dr. Carmen. His staff were so friendly and made us feel like a patient not a number. They made sure we understood the process and the different phases. There wasn't any hidden expenses but straight forward with what or cost would be. My daughter has just finished up her first phase and the improvement so far are wonderful. There was no need for these extra appliances or the need to pull out teeth. I can't wait to see the finish SMILE as she is getting ready to get her braces on! Thank You Dr. Carmen and Staff! "
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By: Amy A.
Polaris Orthodontic Center
Polaris Orthodontic Center really deserves 10 stars! Dr Mason, Tracy, and the rest of the staff is AMAZING!!! I am pretty high strung, super claustrophobic, and well over all pretty high maintenance but Dr Mason was always so patient with me and really got to know me during treatment and always made sure I was comfortable and understood everything that was going on, what next steps were going to be, what to expect from him and what he expected from me. And my smile was jacked before treatment... I had tons of gaps and I was always so self conscious of my smile. Now, my smile is perfect and I have more confidence when I'm talking to people! That's something you really can't put a price tag on! Thank you Dr Mason and everyone at Polaris Orthodontic! I would do it all over again without a second thought!!!
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By: Sunserayer E.
Polaris Orthodontic Center
Dr. Mason and his staff are absolutely amazing! Dr. Mason is very informative and answers any all questions regarding your treatment. Dr. Mason and his staff are all very friendly, caring, helpful, and responsive when it comes to your treatment and appointments. The office is just the right size, never over crowded because they don't overbook and keep to their appointment times while being thorough with your care. I have had my Damon braces for about 8 months now and I couldn't be more pleased with my results. Dr. Mason has a plethora of different treatment options but he helped me pick the best method for the results I was looking for. The office is always clean and they offer light refreshments and entertainment to make your visit enjoyable. It's always a good time when I'm in the office.
By: robinlj
Carmen Orthodontics
I first met Dr. Carmen when my oldest (now 22 yrs of age) was about 6. I was referred to him by a dentist who understood how I felt about not extracting teeth in order to straighten them. Dr. Carmen understood as well. He cares about the patient. This was not only shown in the excellent care he provided, but in how he gives back to the community through his patients and (as I recently learned) to his employees as well by helping them to maintain their credentials. That is why I returned to him in treating my youngest daughter! He and his staff are the best around!
By: robinlj
Carmen Orthodontics
Carmen Orthodontics did a fantastic job on my daughter! I knew they would, though, since I had them place braces on my oldest daughter as well. Both my daughters had overcrowding of the teeth and where many orthodontists would highly recommend teeth extraction in order to fit the teeth, Carmen Orthodontists did not! They were able to retain both my daughters' teeth! Doctors Ronald and Jesse Carmen are very trusting and I would not go anywhere else. Thanks Again Dr. Ronald and Dr. Jesse Carmen and staff for your great work and friendliness!
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By: Angel W.
Monfort Zwick Orthodontics
I brought my son in for a consultation this week. When I walked into the office the first thing I noticed was the smiling faces of the women at the desk. The office is very nice and clean. We were taken back to an exam room by Barb, who was fabulous!, and she was very sweet and informative and answered all the questions my son had. The Dr was just as great! We really liked this office and are so glad to have chosen them for orthodontics!
By: mkl0728
Carmen Orthodontics
Dr. Carmen and Dr. Jesse know what a long grueling process I have had with my teeth, and I cannot thank them enough for helping me and sticking with me. I know I wasn't the easiest patient but I couldn't ask for better orthodontists. Thank you again to both Dr. Carmen and Dr. Jesse and all of the staff, you guys are all great! I cannot wait to see the end result which hopefully will be before the end of the year!
By: Chad B.
Carmen Orthodontics
I went in with a large underbite and was looking at jaw surgery that was estimated in the $30k range and no insurance coverage. Dr. Carmen was able to pull some molars and basically pull my mouth back into alignment with a nearly perfect overbite! Very grateful he took a chance and saved me ALOT of money and pain! Very grateful to the doctors and staff and the experience was very good.
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By: Jennifer O.
Monfort Zwick Orthodontics
We've had nothing but wonderful experiences with Dr. Monfort and the folks in this office. Everyone has such a joyful presentation and very accommodating to our busy schedule. We've been very pleased with the results of our daughter's treatment plan so far. We plan to use Dr. Monfort for our other daughter's orthodontia needs as well as my own. Thank you.
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By: Jody W.
Monfort Zwick Orthodontics
We were in for an observation visit for Kyle and were just as impressed as we were at our first time in! Angie and Dr. Zwick clearly shared that they are waiting for Kyle to lose a few more teeth before moving forward with orthodontic care. I am not sure of a friendlier staff! Keep up the great work and we will see you back in 6 months!
Tips & Advices
While going to the orthodontist can be difficult, sometimes it's necessary. If you are concerned about tooth alignment, feel your jaw shift, or are experiencing problems like difficulty chewing or grinding your teeth, it's time to see an orthodontist.
There are generally three types of braces patients can be fitted for at the orthodontist:
  • The more traditional option, bands, wrap around most of a patient's tooth.
  • Brackets are the most popular, applied directly to the tooth in metal or plastic form.
  • Lingual braces are brackets attached to the back of teeth.
People of all ages can wear braces to straighten their teeth, but it is most common to be fitted for these adjustments between the ages of 10 and 14. This is the time when teeth are better able to be straightened because the head and mouth are still developing.
The American Board of Orthodontics recommends finding a dental specialist that is board-certified, offers free or reduced-price consultations, and displays qualities such as trustworthiness, ability to communicate effectively, and attentiveness.
Orthodontists must complete a four-year undergraduate program to gain admission to dental school. After earning a Doctor of Dental Science degree at an accredited four-year dental program, students must then either complete a post-degree training program or one to two years residency in orthodontics. Then they need to earn a state license in order to practice. Certain states also require board certification.

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