Your Trusted Orthodontist in Edgewood
At Rio Grande Orthodontics, we are dedicated to providing the highest standard of orthodontic care to the Edgewood community. Our expert team, led by skilled orthodontists, specializes in a variety of teeth straightening procedures, offering personalized treatment plans for every patient.
Meet Dr. Ryan Gardiner
Dr. Ryan Gardiner grew up in southern California and fell in love with outdoor activities through camping and scouting as a kid. He has always found great fulfillment in helping others.
While earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Brigham Young University (BYU), he worked for four years at a home for men with special needs.
During this time, he began shadowing a variety of healthcare providers, including an orthodontist. He loved the idea of empowering people with confidence through a beautiful smile and a caring relationship.
Meet Dr. Devan Vest
Dr. Vest grew up in Oak Hill, West Virginia, and will always be a proud Mountaineer! He received his Orthodontic Specialty training at Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, after receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from West Virginia University.
Besides working in the clinic full time, Dr. Vest also performed research in fulfillment of a Master of Science degree, which supplements his Orthodontic Specialty Certificate.
Meet Dr. Jason Klingler
Dr. Klingler was raised in Mesa, Arizona, and is an avid sports fan, an Eagle Scout, and a musical theatre enthusiast.
He developed an interest in orthodontics at a very young age, shadowing dentists and orthodontists in his community.
YOUR EXPERT IN SMILE TRANSFORMATION
Meet Dr. Stephen Kellam
Dr. Kellam had a lot more hair when he graduated from Cibola High School in Albuquerque. He then attended UNM, where he studied engineering for enough years to realize that maybe being an engineer wasn’t for him… "That math was really hard," jokes Dr. K, "I had to drop out and go to dental school.”
The American Association of Orthodontists must have been impressed because they awarded him one of the top two awards in the nation for his residency. "Of course, back then, the computers were bigger than my couch!"
Understanding the Orthodontist's Role Versus a Dentist's
While both orthodontists and dentists begin their careers in dental school, orthodontists receive additional specialized training in straightening teeth and correcting jaw alignment. This expertise is essential for providing effective and safe orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists like those at Rio Grande Orthodontics focus solely on orthodontics, giving them a deeper understanding and more hands-on experience in teeth alignment procedures than general dentists. Opting for an orthodontist for your treatment ensures you receive expert care tailored to your specific orthodontic needs.
Physical Health: Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Correcting bite issues can also prevent jaw pain and tooth wear.
Mental and Emotional Benefits: Achieving a straight, beautiful smile can significantly boost self-confidence and improve mental and emotional well-being.
Social Advantages: A confident smile can enhance personal and social interactions, creating positive first impressions.
Professional Gains: A well-aligned smile can convey professionalism and confidence, beneficial in various career settings.
Personal Satisfaction: The journey to a perfect smile brings a sense of accomplishment and improves overall life satisfaction.
Start Your Journey to a Perfect Smile with Rio Grande Orthodontics
If you're looking for top-notch orthodontic care in Edgewood, Rio Grande Orthodontics is here for you. We are committed to ensuring each patient receives the best possible care and results. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and take the first step towards a healthier, more beautiful smile.