Diagnosis Specialist

Allena Willis, DMD -  - Orthodontist

Smashing Smiles Orthodontics

Allena Willis, DMD

Orthodontist located in Washington, DC

Diagnostics is an often-overlooked part of orthodontic care, but the importance of getting a proper diagnosis is difficult to overemphasize. Through her practice at Smashing Smiles Orthodontics, Dr. Allena Willis Kennerly offers thorough diagnostic services to families in and around Washington, D.C. When you’re ready to explore what orthodontics can do for you, book your visit with Dr. Willis online or by calling the office.

Diagnosis Q & A

What is diagnostic orthodontic dentistry?

A diagnosis, whether in medicine or dentistry, includes a professional evaluation of your current condition and an overview of the best treatment options. An orthodontic diagnosis is simply an expert opinion on whether you need orthodontic care, and if so, what that care might entail.

Some men and women wait until they have a clear teeth alignment issue before seeking a thorough diagnosis. While orthodontic care is possible at any age or for any set of needs, your care is far simpler if you seek diagnostic services as soon as you suspect there’s an issue.

Parents are advised to bring their kids in for an initial diagnostic exam before they reach 7 years of age.

What are some early signs that a diagnostic appointment is needed?

You might think that if your front teeth appear straight, you have no need for orthodontic care. While a straight smile is a primary focus of orthodontic services, there can be underlying issues that aren’t easy to detect, including impacted teeth below the gum surface.

Here are some issues to check for, in both children and adults:

  • Crooked teeth (malocclusion)
  • Teeth that have a significant overlap on the top or bottom (dysfunctional occlusion)
  • Teeth that protrude outward
  • Misalignment of the jaw
  • Improperly aligned bite
  • Muscle spasms in the jaw

These are just some of the more common issues that lead to orthodontic care. The only way to know for sure that your teeth are in proper alignment is through a professional diagnostic evaluation. At Smashing Smiles Orthodontics, your initial diagnostic appointment is always free of charge and also free of obligation.

Will the cost of care be discussed at my diagnostic visit?

Absolutely! Dr. Willis understands that orthodontic care is an investment and that understanding the cost of care is critical to maintaining your personal budget.

During your initial visit Dr. Willis advises you on what, if any, orthodontic services are called for. She can also explain how timing comes into play. For example, if you bring your child in for a diagnostic exam, you may have some time before treatment is necessary. That can help you plan for the expense accordingly.

Smashing Smiles Orthodontics offers several flexible payment plans to help make it easy to cover the cost of your orthodontic care. You can even begin services with no money down and with no interest charged over the course of treatment.

When you’re ready to get started, schedule a diagnostic evaluation at your earliest convenience. You might just become the latest member of the Smashing Smiles Orthodontic practice family!