Your Dedicated Orthodontic Specialists in Española

At Rio Grande Orthodontics in Española, we're not just about straightening teeth; we're about transforming lives. Our team, led by esteemed orthodontists, specializes in advanced orthodontic treatments, delivering personalized care to 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!"

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The Broad Spectrum of Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment at Rio Grande Orthodontics goes beyond cosmetic improvements, offering far-reaching benefits:

  • Enhanced Oral Health: Aligned teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of decay and gum disease, while a corrected bite alleviates undue stress on jaw joints.
  • Boosted Confidence: A straight, attractive smile significantly enhances self-esteem, positively affecting mental and emotional well-being.
  • Improved Social Interactions: A confident smile can lead to better first impressions and richer social engagements.
  • Professional Edge: In the workplace, a well-aligned smile can be perceived as more professional, potentially opening new opportunities.
  • Lifelong Satisfaction: The journey to achieving the perfect smile can improve overall quality of life, bringing personal fulfillment.
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Why Choose an Orthodontist Over a General Dentist for Teeth Straightening

Orthodontists, unlike general dentists, undergo specialized training in teeth and jaw alignment after completing dental school. This additional expertise equips the team at Rio Grande Orthodontics with a deeper understanding and greater experience in managing orthodontic treatments effectively. Choosing an orthodontist ensures you receive focused care tailored specifically for teeth straightening and jaw alignment, leading to optimal results.

Start Your Journey to a Perfect Smile with Rio Grande Orthodontics in Española

Embrace the path to a healthier, more beautiful smile with Rio Grande Orthodontics in Española. Whether you're considering traditional braces or exploring more modern solutions, our team is here to guide you every step of the way. Schedule a free consultation today and discover how we can help you achieve the smile of your dreams.