Your first appointment


Your smile starts with an initial consultation! Your initial consultation will give you the opportunity to meet our team, learn more about orthodontics, receive a complete initial exam, and find out which treatment options will best meet your needs.

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During your initial consultation, we will:

  • Review your dental and medical history
  • Provide a complete oral exam, with X-rays, to determine whether treatment is necessary
  • Work with you to create a customized treatment plan
  • Discuss all financial information, insurance options, and payment plans
We will be glad to answer any questions you may have, and we will provide all of the information that you need to determine which treatment is right for you.

Securely Send Us Your Health History Prior to Your First Visit

Please call us to schedule your initial consultation.
757.482.7660

Life with braces


Our goal is to give you the healthy, straight, beautiful smile that you've always wanted. We will work with you every step of the way to make sure that your orthodontic care is as rewarding as possible. Regular appointments and taking care of your teeth and braces will help keep your treatment on schedule!

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Foods to avoid with braces:

  • Chewy foods — licorice, skittles
  • Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
  • Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
  • Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
  • Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Soreness Caused from Braces and Appliances

When you first get your braces, your teeth and mouth feel a little tender or sore. An over-the-counter pain reliever can be taken to relieve the discomfort (ex. tylenol or ibuprofin - follow dosing instructions on package).

We will give you some wax that you can put over any of the braces that are rubbing your lips or cheeks. To help any sore spots heal , we recommend dissolving one teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of lukewarm water. Swish this solution in your mouth for just a 2 minutes, 3 times a day (do not swallow the saltwater).

Loose Wires and Brackets

Please contact us as soon as possible if any wires or brackets come loose so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.

If the loose wire is causing irritation to your lips or cheeks, put wax or a wet cotton ball over the broken wire to relieve the pain.

Take Care of Your Appliances

Damaged appliances can increase the length of your treatment process, so be sure to take care of all your appliances. Your teeth and jaw can only move into their correct positions if you consistently wear the rubber bands, retainer, or other appliances prescribed by your doctor.

Clear alternatives


We are excited to offer clear alternatives to metal braces for our patients of all ages. Ceramic brackets and clear aligners may be great option for your treatment!

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Clear (Ceramic) Braces

Ceramic braces are the beautiful clear braces that match the color of your teeth! The great thing about these is you can add colors and make them POP or stick with clear ties and have them blend in depending on what you have going on that month. While they are less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than the metal. For this reason ceramics are usually used on the top teeth more than the lower.

Invisalign® or Clear Aligners

Invisalign® /Clear aligners are a series of clear, removable trays are custom made to hug and move your teeth a little at a time using plastic. The trays are removable which makes eating and brushing/flossing that much easier.