At Bankhead & Firth, we believe in a personalized approach to orthodontic care for children, teens, and adults. Every smile is unique and requires an orthodontic strategy designed to achieve the best smile possible. As a team of orthodontic specialists, our extensive training and experience allows us to craft beautifully straight smiles patients will love to share.
An attractive smile increases self-esteem, confidence, and overall appearance. Helping children experience a beautifully straight smile gives them the freedom to share their smile often.
Orthodontically corrected teeth lead to better lifelong oral health. They are easier to clean and less prone to chipping and decay, while also reducing the chance of gingivitis and gum disease.
Common Reasons for Orthodontic Care
Jaw misalignment (open bite, overbite, underbite)
Protruding front teeth
“We are just finishing up our fifth child (yes, FIFTH ) in braces here and now all of our children have amazing smiles!!! The doctors and staff have always been very helpful, accommodating and understanding even with our ever-changing schedules and appointments. So glad we found this office for their ortho care!!!”
The most advanced solution available, the iTero 5D scanner delivers 3D digital impressions without the necessity for gunk in your mouth. It also simultaneously offers precision intraoral scanning and treatment simulation to help patients see potential results prior to treatment.
Through state-of-the-art software and 3D modeling, we use a series of virtually invisible clear aligners to progressively straighten your teeth into their ideal position. Instead of bending an archwire by hand, we use advanced 3-D imaging, virtual simulations and robotically bent archwires customized for your treatment. When the SureSmile wire is inserted into your brackets, each tooth moves directly to the prescribed position. Your teeth don’t move faster with SureSmile, but they move with a level of precision never before possible.
Conventional orthodontic treatment involving standard braces (clear or metal) for both children and adults offers the most comprehensive approach to treating more complex issues ranging from crooked teeth to jaw and bite concerns. Our team’s expertise throughout the orthodontic journey results in a beautifully healthy smile.
While traditional metal braces are placed on the front of the teeth, lingual braces are placed on the back of the teeth. Lingual braces are virtually invisible, and that’s the main reason eligible patients choose them. This partly explains why they are more common among adults than children. One other advantage is if you play a wind instrument or a sport, lingual braces are easier to adapt to than traditional braces.
Invisalign® creates beautifully straight teeth without braces by using a series of removable, and comfortable aligners | invisible to your friends, family and coworkers. Because the aligners are removable, you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are much easier. Invisalign® provides a more flexible straight teeth solution.
The palatal expander “expands” (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.
Two phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process combining tooth straightening and physical, facial changes. The purpose of two-phase treatment is to maximize the opportunity to accomplish the ideal healthy, functional, and aesthetic result that will remain stable throughout your life.
LightForce is the world’s only provider of 3D printed braces that are completely customized to precisely fit your smile. With a perfect fit every time, treatment is more efficient, more comfortable, and often results in faster treatment results.
We use DentalMonitoring® to keep tabs on our patients’ progress between visits. Using a revolutionary app that allows you to submit proper smile pictures with your smartphone, we eliminate unnecessary appointments. Not only will you save time, but you’ll also experience optimal results.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a checkup with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. Interceptive orthodontic treatment around this time can help direct proper tooth positioning and/or jaw growth, eliminating or simplifying the need for later treatment. Early orthodontic evaluation will give your child their best opportunity for a healthy, beautiful smile.
An orthodontic consultation with our team is free and informative. As a board-certified orthodontists, we are trained to spot potential concerns with future jaw issues or emerging teeth. Your child’s bite may be fully healthy, or we may need to monitor potential concerns or intervene early to help lay the foundation for a healthy smile. Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age unnecessary or less complicated.
Early treatment gives our team the opportunity to:
Guide jaw growth
Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
Correct harmful oral habits
Improve the function and health of your child’s bite