Staff is very friendly
from Midland, 12 Mar 2015
It was always a good experience here. I lived out of state for half of the treatment and with all the scheduling changes they were very flexible, making for an easy going yet professional visit. All the staff was courteous and all in all a great choice for orthodontics.
from Toledo, 11 Mar 2015
Very friendly with a relaxed atmosphere.
from West branch, 22 Jun 2015
They made my teeth just the way I wanted!
from Midland, 20 Aug 2015
Excellent, timely service.
from Midland, 16 Jun 2015
The staff was always pleasant and Dr. Davis explained each step of the process which was very helpful.
from Midland, 04 May 2015
Wonderful experience Great people to work with
from Hope, 20 Apr 2015
Great service
from Midland, 03 Jun 2015
We were very happy with our treatment and the office staff was all very friendly.
from Freeland, 16 Jun 2015
LOVE this office! Terrific staff and excellent care!
from Hemlock, 11 May 2015
Very good at explaining the treatment and takes his time with my son and myself
from Midland, 30 Jun 2015
Dr. Dale was very patient and took his time to be sure my daughter's smile was just right. This was a very tricky case since her teeth moved exceptionally fast. The end result (for both of my children) is beautiful.
from Auburn, 17 Jun 2015
Visit was awesome!
from Sanford, 04 May 2015
We love Davis and Davis!!!
from Midland, 11 Jun 2015
I love your staff. Very friendly and helpful. I'm thrilled with how my son's teeth have turned out. Excited to have my daughter start with her braces now!
from Midland, 14 Jul 2015
Great place :)
from Midland, 04 May 2015
We have has two patients come through Davis and Davis and we have been extremely satisfied!
from Midland, 20 Jul 2015
from Midland, 29 Jun 2015
Thanks for taking the time to discuss the best ortho options for our son.
from Standish, 26 Aug 2015
Great overall service, very nice staff
from Linwood, 22 Jul 2015
Nicest staff and the cleanest and most beautiful business I've visited. Definitely kid-friendly!
from Houghton lake, 22 Sep 2015
Such friendly and helpful staff!
from Freeland, 30 Jun 2015
Davis and Davis did a great job. My son was always comfortable coming to his appointments and the time from beginning his braces until they came off was very quick!
from Midland, 03 Aug 2015
Very friendly staff.
from Hemlock, 14 Jul 2015
Excellent staff
from Bay city, 23 Jun 2015
Love the office decor
from Freeland, 27 Jul 2015
Wonderful experience! All 5 of my children have worked with Dr. Dale and staff. All were great to work with
from Midland, 09 Jun 2015
Everyone is so amazing, patient, kind, & caring!!! They all went above & beyond to help us!!!
from Midland, 20 May 2015
Everything is very organized!
from Midland, MI, 28 May 2015
from Mt. Pleasant, 16 Jun 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.