Brace Yourself- Your Child Needs an Orthodontist
At some point during your child’s normal cleaning appointments, it’s likely your dentist will recommend an orthodontic consultation.
Braces? Now? No matter the age, you likely will feel unprepared.
My husband and I both had braces and I am grateful for my smile. But my experience was eons ago; what orthodontic treatments are available now? How do you budget for braces? How long does treatment really take?
It’s normal to have a list of questions and feel a bit overwhelmed. The best way to set your mind at ease is to schedule an initial consultation.
Kalamazoo-based Drake Road Orthodontics (DRO) makes it easy to get started with online scheduling for new patients. Families can schedule at a convenient time and get all of their questions answered during this free consult.
Why Two Orthos are Better than One
Drake Road Orthodontics is the only local practice with two orthodontists on staff. This means two experts can collaborate on the best treatment for patients. Patients also receive more time with the doctors since there are two to cover appointments.
Local parents also agree that this dynamic duo is the best choice for their kids: Both Dr. Tisha Randall and Dr. Brandon Knapp were voted in the top five orthodontists by KZOO Kids readers in 2021.
Drake Road Orthodontics
Orthodontists Do More Than Just Straighten Teeth
While braces will improve the appearance of your smile, orthodontics extends beyond cosmetics; it also focuses on treating both jaw and bite function. A good bite makes it easier for you to speak, bite and chew.
Both of DRO’s doctors completed four years of dental school and an additional two and a half years of orthodontic residency training, making them experts in the field of orthodontics. And working together, their team will create a customized plan for each patient for efficient, affordable treatment.
DRO’s History + Experienced Team
Drake Road Orthodontics has a long-standing commitment to families and the community. Now retired, Dr. Nick Owings practiced in Kalamazoo for over four decades. During his tenure, he mentored Dr. Randall for six years.
This mentorship ensured a smooth transition for Dr. Randall to learn with one of the best and to continue DRO’s legacy of quality care in a fun environment.
Dr. Knapp joined the practice two years ago, bringing four years of experience as an orthodontist in Wisconsin. Although a somewhat recent relocation, he’s a Michigander at heart; he grew up in Kalamazoo and was a patient of Dr. Owings.
This close-knit team’s continuity provides a big benefit for patients, with team leaders who have worked at DRO for over 20 years.
Education & Credentials
Dr. Tisha Randall, DDS, MS
Licensed and certified by the State of Michigan to specialize in orthodontics. Education: BS, Andrews University; DDS, Loma Linda University; Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency, U.S. Air Force Academy; General Dentist, U.S. Air Force; Master of Science in Orthodontics, Ohio State University.
Dr. Brandon Knapp, DDS, MS
Licensed and certified by the State of Michigan to specialize in orthodontics. Education: Bachelors & Masters Degrees in Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan; DDS, Columbia University; Master of Science in Orthodontics, Oregon Health and Science University.
Orthodontic Treatment Approach
As parents, anytime your child sees a health care provider, it’s no question you want the best care possible.
Whenever possible Dr. Randall and Dr. Knapp aim to complete orthodontic treatment in one phase, avoiding unnecessary two-phase treatments which can be expensive, long and inconvenient.
They’ll take the time to answer your questions and determine the most efficient and cost-effective treatment plan for your family.
DRO’s Health & Safety Protocols
The dental field has always had very high standards for safety and infection control. However, DRO has upped their safety game during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure their patients’ health and comfort.
New measures implemented include the following:
- Temperature checks and health screening questionnaires upon entry.
- Treatment chairs are now farther apart with glass dividers.
- Hired HVAC specialist to assess air quality; confirmed air is removed and replaced every 6-7 minutes in their office.
- Patients now wait in their cars until their appointments.
- Purchased new “super sucker” oral suction units for procedures. These capture ~95% of droplet particles and then scrub the air with multiple HEPA filters, UV light and plasma.
- All doctors, staff, patients and guardians wear masks.
Drake Road Orthodontics is committed to making the health of its team members and patients a top priority and will continue to update its infection protocols as recommended by national health and safety organizations.
Drake Road Orthodontics Intel
Accepting New Patients: Yes. New patients (adults and kids) can schedule a free consult online.
Patient Ages: 7 years and up
Treatment Options: metal braces, ceramic braces and Invisalign clear aligners
Family Perks: Family discount offered when multiple siblings are in treatment. Flexible scheduling to allow sibling appointments in one trip.
Rewards Program: Earn points and redeem cool prizes with their Patient Rewards Program
Is your child in need of orthodontic treatment?
Get your free appointment scheduled today with the award-winning team at DRO.
401 S Drake Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
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