Choosing a Practice

When choosing a practice to provide orthodontic care it is important to consider many factors.


You need to consider the qualifications of the doctor.

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a family dentist? An accredited orthodontist is a dentist that continues on with specialized training related to tooth movement and guidance of facial development. After dental school only a small percentage of the most qualified dentists are accepted to orthodontic programs. An orthodontist has years of advanced training from a university-based orthodontics residency program. Dr. Meschke is an accredited orthodontist who completed his advanced training in 1986 and has dedicated his practice to orthodontics exclusively for over 20 years.

It is important to choose an orthodontist that specializes in the treatment of children and teens.

Dr. Meschke specializes in orthodontics for children and teens. Because we limit our practice to children and adolescents, we are able to concentrate our continuing education on orthodontics for the growing child. Specializing in children and teens allows us to create a treatment environment that is kid-friendly and more fun for our patients. We want our patients and their families to feel comfortable and understand the treatment process. Parents are included in every step and are encouraged to come with their children to the treatment bay area.

You need to consider the expertise and experience of the orthodontist’s staff.

The experience and expertise of the support staff is very important to the overall treatment process. Our dedicated and caring staff has worked with Dr. Meschke for a combined total of 135 years. They all share his commitment to provide an awesome orthodontic experience for every patient.

You need to consider the quality of the service.

Quality relates to many factors including state-of-the-art technology, continued education, ongoing staff training, and the highest quality in equipment and office procedures Dr. Meschke proudly utilized the best and latest in orthodontic technology and clinical practice techniques including the Damon System. What makes the Damon System different?

  1. Passive self-ligating braces that is much gentler to the teeth.
  2. High-technology wires that move teeth much faster and require far fewer adjustments.
  3. A new clinically proven treatment approach that aligns the teeth and enhances facial aesthetics-usually without extractions. (www.damonbraces.com)

Another example of advanced technology is the Herbst appliance used to correct severe overbite without surgery.

You need to consider the care.

No matter how skilled the doctor and the staff, it is as important that patients feel well cared for. Our goal is to provide the highest quality orthodontic care for children and teens in a fun, friendly and caring atmosphere. We welcome parents throughout the treatment process and they are encouraged to stay with their child during each visit. We recognize that each patient has a unique personality and individual orthodontic concerns. We promise to give each patient and their family the personalized, individual attention they deserve.

Dr. Meschke and his experienced orthodontic team take pride in creating the most beautiful smiles for their young patients. We understand that the confidence of a great smile can build a great future. Our dedication to quality and caring along with our experience and expertise are the cornerstones of our practice. We call this…The Meschke Difference.