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09/17/2014
By: Amy C.
Levens Orthodontics
I have been going to this orthodontist office for a year now and I really feel comfortable recommending it! The assistants are all so nice and friendly and they make you feel at home. Dr. Levens always asks about your life and is really interested in how you're doing. They make sure you feel okay with what they're doing and they explain everything they plan to do next. I have never had a problem with anything and I always look forward to going back. I will miss them when I get my braces off!
10/10/2014
By: Aaron S.
Bankhead & Firth Orthodontics
I have been referring my patients to Dr. Firth for well over a decade as well as taking my own children to see him. Dr Firth is both an incredible orthodontist and a wonderful person. His staff is courteous and I have heard nothing but rave reviews when my patients compete their treatment. I highly recommend there office for anyone in the South County area looking for a great orthodontist!
06/20/2013
By: trisha.g.williams.7
Klarsch Orthodontics
Both of my children had to go through orthodontics and I would highly recommend Dr. Jim Klarsch for your orthodontic needs. His office is very open and friendly. Dr. Klarsch did a wonderful job and was very knowledgeable about his profession.
08/03/2017
By: Kim S.
Bankhead & Firth Orthodontics
Bankhead & Firth is the Best of the Best! Two of our daughters have continually received exceptional care. We are Blessed to have the knowledge & expertise of Dr. Firth and his amazing Team! Thank you.
02/28/2016
By: Erik T.
Nissen Richard J
Dr Nissen and his staff is top notch. They are thorough with their exams. Both my sons went to him and have perfectly straight teeth!!
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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