What Our Patients Are Saying!
Dr. Don's office is warm, and so "kid-friendly." We travel all the way from Albany because we know we are seeing the BEST in Dr. Don. He's awesome.....so encouraging, so positive, so pleasant!! (as are all his assistants!)
Staff is always friendly. Things to do for the children in the waiting room, BUT the wait is never very long. The scheduling of appointments is well done.
Dr. Wilson and his staff are so great! Not only did they give me a great smile, but they were always so nice, funny, and caring--and provided a great atmosphere for everyone around them. They constantly made sure that I was comfortable and relaxed whenever I was there, and with a movie always playing right above me while I was being worked on, I actually had fun, too! It really is the best orthodontist office to be in.
To top it off, Dr. Wilson gave me an AMAZING smile, which, truthfully, I always get complimented on. He is such a perfectionist in his work--at the end of my treatment, he even went so far to make sure to move my teeth a fraction of a centimeter one way to make my teeth perfect! I truly, truly recommend him as an orthodontist.
Dr. Don and all his team are simply the best and most professional individuals. They cared for me like a family member and I could not be any happier with the results. I recommend anyone I know to his office because I know they will be treated by a team of caring professionals who love to have fun and make people smile.
Don has worked on myself and my oldest son. He came HIGHLY recommended to us by another orthodontist who was retiring and I did my research and went to a number of practices before deciding to work with him. My oldest had a situation which can be tricky and the ultimate outcome isn't really guaranteed but he is 19 now and flashes a pretty handsome grin, if I do say so myself. All that terrible shyness and anxiety about his bite and how he looked (lower teeth closing in front of uppers) has been long ago forgotten. We moved but continued to travel to see him because I just wouldn't go anywhere else. He also happens to be a very nice guy and the office folks are also great.
We'll i tink this is the best place i have for my son ALEX LOPEZ he's AUTISTIC and they know how to treat him, , I really I appreciate it everybody in that place are very very nice they treat us with a lot of courtesy thank you dr. Wilson we keep in touch Maria and Alex
Did you know… All children should be seen by an orthodontist at age 7
Dr. Don’s Treatment Philosophy for Kids: Use the least amount of intervention necessary to achieve the best outcome. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have an orthodontic screening no later than age 7, or earlier if there are indications of a problem. A timely screening can lead to significant benefits, including
- Regulation of the width of the upper and lower dental arches
- Gaining space for permanent teeth to erupt properly
- Avoiding the need for extractions of permanent teeth
- Reducing chance of impacted permanent teeth
- Correcting thumb-sucking and other habits that can cause tooth and jaw problems
- Eliminating abnormal swallowing or speech problems
- Less involved treatment
- Monitoring your child’s dental and skeletal development
Watch this video to better understand bite problems seen in children, and why they should have an orthodontic consultation at age 7.
By age 7, with the eruption of the first molars, your child’s bite is becoming established. This is the best age for Dr. Don to evaluate your child’s bite and jaw relationships. Also at this age, incisors have begun to erupt so that alignment problems and facial asymmetries can be detected. However, not all children need treatment at this early age. Dr. Don will help monitor your child’s development with complimentary visits every 6-12 months, depending on the specifics of your child’s bite. But don’t be surprised if your child wants to come by more often! We love kids and kids love our kid friendly orthodontic office.
The types of problems we can address include:
- Deep bite – Can trap the lower jaw and limit its growth.
- Open bite – May be an indication of a habit such as thumb sucking or a deviation in growth
- Protrusion of upper teeth – Highly susceptible to trauma.
- Crossbite – Can cause the patient to hold the lower jaw in an unusual position, leading to asymmetric growth. If treated early, growth can resume normally, but without treatment, the bite will be much more difficult to treat.
- Crowded teeth – Widening the upper jaw will reduce the need to extract teeth, but this can only be accomplished while your child is still growing.
- Other conditions –Mouth breathing, nasal breathing, tongue thrust, tooth grinding, and thumb sucking
Treatment for children may be broken into phases.
Phase I Treatment
The goal of first phase treatment is to save space in the dental arches for all permanent teeth to erupt and to ensure that the upper and lower jaws relate properly to each other. The type of treatment your child will need will be determined by his or her orthodontic problem. The severity of the problem will determine the type of appliances to be used and the length of time treatment will take. Left untreated, some conditions may not be treatable later with dental braces alone and can result in…
- Removal of permanent teeth
- Impacted teeth
- Severe displacements of teeth
- Orthodontic Jaw surgery
Dr. Don uses the newest technology and mechanics to reduce the need for teeth extractions. However, each patient is unique and certain patients do not have enough room in their mouth for all of their teeth. In cases where teeth extractions cannot be avoided, Dr. Don will help coordinate tooth eruption and teeth extractions to help reduce the amount of crowding.
In Between Phases I and II
Between the first and second phase treatment, retainers are used to maintain the results and reduce relapse. During the rest period, we will continue to monitor the eruption of the permanent teeth. At this stage, there are as many as 16 permanent teeth that have not come in, making your child’s “check eruption” appointments extremely important.
Phase II Treatment
The goal of second phase treatment is teeth straightening of the permanent teeth and establish an optimal bite. The severity of the case and patient compliance will determine the length of orthodontic treatment. Second phase orthodontic treatments normally involve the use of dental braces and usually takes roughly 12 to 18 months. Regardless of the type of orthodontic treatments that are necessary to ensure a healthy smile for your child, Dr. Don will work with you and make sure that both you and your child understand every step of his or her orthodontic treatment.