Creating Confident Smiles: Early Intervention & Comprehensive Orthodontic Care

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that properly aligns your teeth and jaws. Specialists, in orthodontics are called orthodontists. In order to use the term orthodontist, the doctor providing the orthodontic services must receive extra education after dental school. Camp Smile has hired Dr. Dwight and he is our first full-time orthodontist. Dr. Dwight completed 30 additional months of education after dental school to earn the title of orthodontist and specializes in providing orthodontic treatment for children and adults.


Are you wondering if your child may need braces or Invisalign?

At Camp Smile, we have two types of dental specialists. Pediatric dentists and an orthodontist. We work as a team, using the expertise from both specialties, to closely follow the growth and development of your child to ensure appropriate timing for orthodontic intervention. Interceptive (early or phase I) orthodontic treatment may begin as early as seven years of age and may involve expansion, crossbite correction, overjet (sometimes called overbite) correction, and intervention for initial signs of crowding. With appropriate timing and early treatment, interceptive orthodontic therapy facilitates guidance of eruption of permanent teeth (which may help avoid future surgery), appropriate growth of the jaws, and helps to alleviate future issues caused by malocclusion or poor dental alignment. We understand some children may be self-conscious due to poorly positioned, rotated, or crowded teeth. In some cases, early orthodontic treatment may help alleviate these issues. Never hesitate to ask if it is “time” for braces or Invisalign at your next visit. Our doctors are committed to providing a conservative and caring approach to address your family’s concerns, and there are no “silly questions!”


Comprehensive orthodontic treatment and phase II orthodontics address issues caused by crowding or malocclusion that may require waiting until an individual has lost most or all of the primary (baby) teeth. Depending on individual needs, some patients may require one or two phases of orthodontic treatment. As a dual specialty (pediatric and orthodontic) dental office, we strive to provide quality care to both kids AND ADULTS in a fun and welcoming environment. We recognize some orthodontic patients may be hesitant in a new setting and are proud to provide both dental and orthodontic services under one roof. We feel this adds a large benefit to our patients by offering the convenience of having a dental check up and an orthodontic adjustment at the same visit! Parents can even join the fun and have their Invisalign or braces adjusted while your child is being cared for! We offer both traditional braces (fixed appliance therapy) and Invisalign (clear aligner therapy) to address orthodontic needs. By utilizing the latest technology through the iTero scanner, we are able to take digital impressions and create a comprehensive orthodontic plan without the need for bulky impression material in many cases. Contact us to learn more about braces and Invisalign at Camp Smile.


In some instances, traditional braces can be placed the same day. However, our primary focus is to make certain your questions have been addressed so you feel confident in proceeding with orthodontic care. it is essential to ensure your doctor has all of the information needed to create a customized orthodontic plan that will best serve your or your child. The first appointment (records and consultation) is complimentary and includes gathering all of the necessary records (information) such as x-rays, digital impressions, and photos. Then we will review treatment options and discuss the financial breakdown. After this first appointment, you will have the opportunity to schedule the next visit where we will start transforming your smile with braces or Invisalign!


Overbite is a pretty common term but what exactly does it mean? An overbite is when a person’s upper front teeth overlap their lower front teeth. How much is the right amount of overbite though? Usually an ideal overbite is only about 2 millimeters. What can happen if there’s too much overbite (also known as a deep bite)? In some cases an overbite can actually cause damage to the roof of your mouth (palate) because the lower front teeth actually hit the palate when a person bites together. If this goes untreated, it can cause recession of the gums and reduce the support our teeth need to be healthy. How can you fix an overbite? There multiple options to fix an overbite which include braces and in some case Invisalign. How can you make sure the overbite doesn’t come back? We provide all of our patients a set of retainers after their overbite has been fixed that help keep the teeth in the correct position.


Have you ever wondered how your teeth will stay straight after you’re done in braces or Invisalign? This is done through the use of retainers! We provide custom retainers for all of our patients to ensure their teeth remain straight. There are multiple types of retainers available. A fixed (or sometimes called permanent) retainer is a small wire that is glued to the back of the front teeth. A Hawley retainer is removable and is made of acrylic, which rests against the roof of your mouth, and a metal wire that runs across the front of your anterior teeth. There is a second type of removeable retainer, sometimes called an Essix, which looks like a clear mouth guard. Each type of retainer performs better in different situations and your doctors will be sure to select the best retainer to keep your smile beautiful and healthy!