What sets us apart

Parents and patients often come to us and say, “But aren’t braces, just braces! … Unfortunately, that is incorrect. There is a big difference between a dentist who does orthodontics, such as a family dentist, a children’s dentist, and a specialist in orthodontics. While it is legal for any dentist to perform orthodontic services, non-orthodontists have not had the additional 2-3 years of full-time specialty training. All dentists must have to legally and ethically call themselves an orthodontist. Dr. Guess completed his Orthodontic Residency training at the Ohio State University. He is one of only three orthodontists to be awarded dual Master’s degrees while attending the Ohio State University. He has taught courses at both UCLA and UCSF Schools of Dentistry. He has taught continuing education courses at the annual American Association of Orthodontics meeting for years. He has lectured at UCSF, Harvard University, and Indiana University.

While no orthodontist can ethically claim to be “better” than others, our patients can be assured of the following differences:

We do not use headgear and have not for 13 years, even though nearly 50% of orthodontists still do. Dr. Guess has developed a device that works from inside the mouth to quickly and comfortably move teeth and replace the need for headgear use.

Our office never recycles braces. Bluntly put, many orthodontists can save significant sums of money each year by removing braces from their patients and sending them to a “recycling” company. These used braces are then placed in other patients’ mouths over and over. Besides the fact that these braces become less accurate with each use, this is something that we would never do.

We do not have hidden charges in our office. Many offices charge for emergency visits to repair broken brackets (braces & wires), and missed or canceled appointments. When any of these occur to a significant degree, consultations are scheduled to fix the problem or remove the braces.

Dr. Guess’s ideal result is to create gorgeous, natural-looking smiles in the shortest time possible. At the same time, he wants to make sure that the jaw joint position and the bite are correct. To attain these optimal goals, it is necessary to have complete parental and patient cooperation.

Your safety is of utmost importance in our orthodontic office. Not only do we use hospital-grade sterilization machines, but a company monitors these machines weekly to ensure they always work correctly.

Smiles Are Not Created the Same in Orthodontic Offices! 

Just come in and ask for our Success Stories Book. Ask our past and current patients about their opinion of our results. Look at our Success Stories!

Dr. Guess uses a particular combination of braces, special archwires, and clear aligners. These combinations can mean several essential things to you:

  • Less time away from school or work
  • Fewer appointments
  • Shorter time in the dental chair
  • Faster, more comfortable tooth movement

This differs from most orthodontists who do not use high-tech appliances. In such offices where such technology is not being utilized, you will often need to be seen much more frequently (every 4-6 weeks), causing not only scheduling inconveniences to you but also significantly more discomfort when moving teeth.

Think All Orthodontists Are the Same?

Well, it’s time to THINK AGAIN!