Orthodontics for ages six to 96!
We work with all ages—children, adolescents, teenagers, and all ages of adults—to give them a wonderful healthy smile and bite they will be proud of. We have a large number of adults as patients (including many dental professionals) due to our dedication to fantastic results and uncompromised customer care.
At Bull Mountain Orthodontics, we offer a truly customized approach to each patient’s orthodontic care. You will not find a “one size fits all” approach with our Team. We provide limited scope, multi-phased, and comprehensive treatments, and are experts in working with general dentists to facilitate care in the most complex of situations.
Our attention to detail is well known in the Tigard, OR area. We are the local Premier Provider for Invisalign®, Invisalign Teen®, Damon® Smile, traditional braces, and many other treatment approaches. To augment these precision treatments, we also offer AcceleDent® Aura, which can reduce your treatment time by 50% and make your treatment even more comfortable. We can truly customize your plan to meet your individual needs. Our Team enjoys working with all stages and levels of orthodontic care!
Orthodontics for Children
While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends visiting the orthodontist around age seven.
By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the orthodontist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems sooner and without surgery.
Orthodontics for Teens
Braces, retainers, and everything else that you want to know about orthodontics!
You've just heard the three words that every teen dreads: “YOU NEED BRACES!”
Braces! What now?
Don't worry! Braces aren't nearly as scary as you may think. In fact, braces today come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors, making life with braces much easier, more comfortable, and even more stylish than in the past.
Orthodontics for Adults
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.
Common reasons why adults consider orthodontic treatment:
- A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
- Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly causing tooth decay or gum disease
- Abnormal jaw pain, or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth
- Desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile
Treatment options for adults
For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. However, today's orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Types of braces include:
- Clear braces
- Ceramic braces
- Self-ligating braces
- Lingual (behind the tooth) braces
- Invisible braces
- Traditional metal braces
Getting Started with Orthodontics
During your initial consultation appointment at our Tigard, OR orthodontic office, we will provide you with a comprehensive orthodontic evaluation. We will utilize images of your own teeth (including X-rays or radiographs when appropriate) to help communicate your specific orthodontic issues. We will work together with you to learn about your concerns and develop and plan that will meet your goals efficiently and predictably.
The Cost of Orthodontics
We understand costs associated with orthodontic treatment can be a concern and we want to help you receive the care you need. We will review exactly what your treatment options include and costs associated with your orthodontic care. For your convenience we offer convenient in-house financing options and have an in-house insurance specialist to help you understand and fully utilize your dental insurance, Health Savings Account and Flex Spending Account benefits.
As a trusted resource in the dental community, Dr. Willcox mentors local dentists on how to best use braces and Invisalign. Our Team regularly mentors dental assistants on the best protocols from sterilization to how to provide patient care. And as community members, our office actively participates in youth organizations and community support. We care about our community!