Ken W. from Hutto, TX (Source: Yelp)
I had orthodontics as a teen and young adult but lost my retainer about 15 years ago (I’m 36 now). My teeth started to shift over the years, especially the bottom ones, and so I knew I had to do something to remedy it because it was getting progressively worse. [If you’ve already done your research and just want to know why I chose Wildflower, skip to last paragraph.] I went to a few dentists and orthodontists to get some estimates and evaluations. One dentist (who happens to be quite good for general dentistry) said they could do Invisalign and treatment would be for a year. Another orthodontist never called back to let me know their proposal. A few others I called did not use the Damon System of braces and wires but instead used the traditional ones. I went to Wildflower Orthodontics and they took their time with me and went through all the options with me. So I did my research and found out a few things along the way from everyone. An orthodontists is a specialist who has undergone special training in a dental school or college after they have graduated in dentistry (Wikipedia). While I think it’s fine if a general dentist offers Invisalign, I want the best and someone who specializes in what they do. What if there are complications? You’d probably get referred to an orthodontist to fix it. A general dentist has so many emergencies and complications, what if I need to get in because of my orthodontia? Would they be able to accommodate me or would root canals be a higher priority? These are all things I asked myself and I’m glad I did because I think I made a thoughtful and practical decision to choose Wildflower. The other factor that played a part was the Damon System. Let me just tell you that after experiencing traditional wires and brackets that had tiny little rubber bands around each bracket, the Damon System was far easier on me and my visits. When it came to change out my wires at my ortho visits, it was so quick because it’s a little gate on each bracket that holds the wire in place…and no, they never opened up on me unintentionally. I remember when I was young how the traditional braces would have those little rubber bands fall off and having to go in to get it fixed. It didn’t happen a whole lot but it did happen. The Damon braces seemed to me to be more clean because there was less places for food particles to get stuck and also just looked nicer. I also learned that the Damon braces can apply force in more directions than traditional braces or Invisalign. When my 5-year-old son gets braces, I will insist on these braces without a doubt based on my experience with both. Why not Invisalign? I just didn’t want to be tempted to not use my trays as they call them. I’ve seen people take them off at meals at restaurants and it just didn’t look very hygienic. Plus, I thought I’d run the risk of losing them. I also didn’t want it to affect my speech, as I’ve heard people with them on have their speech affected. I have heard they are less expensive and many general dentists offer them but I wanted a tried and true method from an expert who specializes in aligning teeth. Why Wildflower Orthodontics vs. other options? They were so professional with me and courteous. They took the time to not only take x-rays during my consultation but they also took pictures of my teeth. No other place did that (take pictures). They were very transparent with their cost and options for billing. I thought their price was fair but more than anything, they have the expertise. Of all the other places I visited or called during my scouting, they were the ONLY ones to follow up. My whole treatment experience there was great. They were always punctual in taking me in for my appointment. Dr. Giasi and Kristyn always listened to my concerns during the treatment and implemented my requests. Everyone in the office was respectful and courteous. This one time, I had a wire that was irritating my cheek and they quickly accommodated me the next day. 2 years later, my teeth are perfect again!