Wonderful staff and environment. Dr. Dale was fantastic at explaining all aspects of our consultation, and the office staff is incredible. The office itself is remarkable as well!
from Bay City, 16 Sep 2015
Very friendly with a relaxed atmosphere.
from West branch, 22 Jun 2015
from Midland, 27 May 2015
We love the fish and the welcoming atmosphere.
from Midland, 22 Jun 2015
The staff at this practice are soooooo professional. I had a problem with the edge of my Invisalign liner scraping my tongue raw. When I called D & D at 12:15, Debbie told me that I could be seen in an hour! This meant that one of the assistants would have to interrupt her work or her lunch to see me. The assistant was very gracious, like the entire staff, and adjusted my liner so that it no longer scrapes my tongue. What a wonderful office!
from Midland, 30 Apr 2015
Good service, given in a timely manner.
from Midland, 02 Jun 2015
Davis&davis staff is amazing. They always make you feel comfortable with every procedure, they work well with my crazy schedule , and always have a smile on their faces:)
from Coleman, 16 Nov 2015
Really great.
from Midland, 05 May 2015
Extremely friendly staff, very clean office.
from Midland, 13 Oct 2015
Really nice staff and overall very happy with how everything turned out!
from Freeland, 06 Apr 2015
Went very quickly and she was friendly
from Sanford, 20 May 2015
Very impressive organization. Friendly employees. Thorough examination and explanations.
from Midland, 20 Oct 2015
Great team to work with..
from Midland, MI, 26 Aug 2015
Very good!
from Midland, 22 Jun 2015
Our consultation visit was very informative regarding my daughters situation and the staff was very pleasant and easy to talk to. We look forward to working with them. My daughter's impression was a good one as well as mine.
from Midland, 23 Sep 2015
Very happy with the scheduling and I am happy with the results so far.
from Midland, 15 Jun 2015
Great office environment! The staff is professional and friendly. Patient satisfaction and input is valued.
from Midland, 30 Apr 2015
Great staff!
from Sanford, 18 Aug 2015
from Midland, 23 Nov 2015
Excellent, timely service.
from Midland, 16 Jun 2015
Liked the drawing board.
from Sanford, 04 Aug 2015
Very good at explaining the treatment and takes his time with my son and myself
from Midland, 30 Jun 2015
Friendly atmosphere, no waiting, and was updated.
from Midland, 22 Oct 2015
Excellent people!
from Bay City, 29 Apr 2015
from Midland, 04 May 2015
Very friendly staff. Short wait for appointments. Two children have had braces and have beautiful smiles!
from Midland, 03 Jun 2015
Very personal and quick appointments
from Mt Pleasant, 05 May 2015
The staff here is amazing and always so helpful. Our two kids have actually mentioned how much they like Dr. Davis and his staff.
from Midland, 16 Jun 2015
You guys are always very kind to my Benji and when he has questions you always do a great job answering them even at closing time. Much appreciated that you take the time.
from Midland, 05 Nov 2015
Love Dr. Dale and all the assistants!!! Overall wonderful experience with everything here!
from Saginaw Township, 06 May 2015

Orthodontic FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Orthodontics

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics (also referred to as dentofacial orthopedics) is a specialized form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.

Who is an orthodontist?

An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two to three years of additional training and experience. Your orthodontist is able to straighten teeth, correct misaligned jaw structure, and improve the function of your smile.

What's the best age to visit the orthodontist?

If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven; however, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens, with about one in every five orthodontic patients being over the age of 21. Whether you're considering treatment for yourself or for a child, any time is a good time to visit the orthodontist.

How can I take care of my teeth if I'm wearing braces or a retainer?

  • ALWAYS remember to brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once a day.
  • Make sure to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, and ask your orthodontist or family dentist if you need a fluoride rinse. This will help prevent cavities!
  • If you take out your retainer to eat, make sure you brush your teeth, floss, and remember to keep it safe in its container so that it does not get lost or broken.
  • Keep your retainer clean, too, by brushing it gently with a toothbrush and toothpaste. You may also soak it in denture cleaner as instructed by your orthodontist. Do not put your retainer in boiling water or in the dishwasher.
  • During your treatment, try to avoid foods with a lot of sugar,which increases the amount of bacteria that grows in your mouth, causing more plaque and possibly cavities.
  • Avoid sticky and chewy foods (caramel, chewing gum, gummy bears), hard foods (hard candy, nuts, ice cubes), or any foods that could possibly get stuck in your braces (corn on the cob, soft bagels, ribs, taffy, etc.).
  • Be sure to schedule your routine checkups with your family dentist. It is recommended that you continue to visit the dentist every six months.

What are braces?

Braces are used by your orthodontist to help you improve the look and feel of your smile. There are several different types of braces to choose from, including:

  • Traditional metal brackets
  • Invisalign
  • Clear brackets
  • Gold brackets

If I get braces, how long do I have to wear them?

The amount of time spent in braces will vary depending on the individual patient, because every smile responds differently to treatment. Treatment times can take anywhere between six and 30 months, but most standard treatments take about 22 months.

Do braces hurt?

Braces do not often hurt though you may feel a small amount of discomfort for a couple days as your teeth, gums, cheeks, and mouth get used to your new braces.

Do I need to brush my teeth more often if I have braces?

With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn't able to reach. Your orthodontist can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.

If I have braces, do I still need dental checkups every six months?

Yes! In fact, it's even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can't reach. This causes bacteria to build up that can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with your orthodontist to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while wearing braces.

Will my braces interfere with my school activities like sports, playing an instrument, or singing?

Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces, but wearing braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouthguard to protect your braces or appliance.

How do I schedule my next appointment?

Simply call our practice! Our front desk staff will be happy to help schedule your next appointment at your convenience. If you are a new patient or have been referred to our practice, please let us know and we will provide you with all of the information you need.