Orthodontics Specialist

Allena Willis, DMD -  - Orthodontist

Smashing Smiles Orthodontics

Allena Willis, DMD

Orthodontist located in Washington, DC

Are you ready to straighten your crooked teeth or correct an overbite or underbite? Trust your smile to Dr. Allena Willis Kennerly at Smashing Smiles, where she and her team provide comprehensive orthodontic care for men, women, and teens in Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas. To see if you are a candidate for orthodontics, call the office or use the online scheduler to book your appointment with Dr. Willis now.

Orthodontics Q & A

What is orthodontic dentistry?

Orthodontics is a branch of dental medicine that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of dental and facial abnormalities. At Smashing Smiles, Dr. Willis and her team treat the following conditions:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Crooked teeth

Orthodontic treatment works to restore function to your bite and beauty to your smile.

What orthodontic treatment options are available?

Dr. Willis meets with you to evaluate your dental health and customize a treatment plan that addresses your needs and goals. She offers a variety of treatments to support every schedule and stage of life, such as traditional metal braces, clear braces, Propel technology, Invisalign, and TMJ/TMD support.

When should I visit an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children seek an orthodontic evaluation around age 7. This is for a general check-up to see how the teeth are erupting, the step in development when teeth become visible.

For teens and adults, it’s not always obvious when you need orthodontic care, but there are a few telltale signs and symptoms that may mean you need to visit Dr. Willis as soon as possible: overlapping teeth, crooked teeth, shifting upper or lower jaw, or problems with your bite.

How should I care for my teeth while I’m wearing braces?

While you’re wearing braces, you’ll need to take special care to keep your gums, teeth, and mouth healthy. Here are some ways you can protect your oral health:

  • Use toothpaste with fluoride
  • Brush after every meal
  • Floss before bed
  • Gargle with salt water
  • Use a mouth rinse
  • Avoid sugary, sticky, and hard foods
  • Maintain regular dental checkups

Dr. Willis helps you achieve and maintain your healthiest smile before, during, and after braces.

Does wearing braces hurt?

For a day or two after you get braces, your gums or mouth may be irritated, but most people tolerate it well without medication. Once in place, wearing braces doesn’t hurt, but many patients say their teeth are a little sore when the braces are adjusted or tightened during monthly appointments.

At Smashing Smiles, Dr. Willis and her team use smaller braces and innovative wires and accessories to minimize discomfort during your orthodontic treatment.

For a comprehensive orthodontic evaluation, call the office or use the online scheduler to book your appointment online.