Premier Orthodontic Care in Los Alamos

At Rio Grande Orthodontics in Los Alamos, our commitment to providing exceptional orthodontic care is paramount. Our team, led by highly skilled orthodontists, offers advanced and personalized teeth straightening procedures to ensure every patient achieves their best smile.


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.


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!"

The Wide-Ranging Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

At Rio Grande Orthodontics, orthodontic treatment offers numerous benefits:

Physical Health

Properly aligned teeth are easier to clean and maintain, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. A corrected bite can also prevent issues like jaw pain and uneven tooth wear.

Mental and Emotional Well-being

A straight, beautiful smile can significantly boost confidence and self-esteem, positively impacting mental and emotional health.

Social Benefits

A confident smile can enhance social interactions and create positive first impressions.

Professional Advantages

In professional settings, a well-aligned smile can convey confidence and professionalism, contributing to career development.

Personal Satisfaction

Achieving the ideal smile can lead to increased personal satisfaction and overall quality of life.

The Critical Role of an Orthodontist Compared to a Dentist

While dentists and orthodontists both begin their careers in dental school, orthodontists receive additional specialized training specifically focused on aligning teeth and correcting jaw issues. This specialized training equips orthodontists at Rio Grande Orthodontics with the expertise needed for effective and safe orthodontic treatment. Unlike general dentists, orthodontists concentrate exclusively on orthodontics, giving them a deeper understanding and more experience in teeth straightening procedures. Choosing an orthodontist for your orthodontic needs ensures you receive expert care specifically tailored to straighten your teeth and improve your oral health.

Begin Your Orthodontic Journey in Los Alamos

If you're seeking expert orthodontic care in Los Alamos, look no further than Rio Grande Orthodontics. We are dedicated to ensuring each patient receives the highest standard of care and achieves the best possible outcomes. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and take the first step towards a healthier, more confident smile.