Your First Visit

Getting Started

With our lives being so busy, many patients wish to start treatment as quickly as possible. To accomplish this, we combine the process of gathering all necessary diagnostic information at your first visit.

Dr. Shawna or Dr. Kelly will review your records with you to create a custom, detailed treatment plan treatment plan to address your concerns and create an optimal bite and fantastic smile. They will discuss appropriate treatment goals to target and discuss the best methods for achieving these goals as outlined. It is very important you understand the treatment goals and agree with the approach before orthodontics begins. Once all issues have been reviewed and agreed upon, treatment can begin immediately. Our goal is to maximize the communication with our patients. When patients know more about what we are doing and why, treatment often goes much faster.

It is critically important to maintain regular visits with your primary care dentist during orthodontic treatment for checkups, cleanings and any necessary dental work that comes up.

What's Next?

Active Treatment

Regular visits are necessary to progress efficiently through treatment. Adjustment appointments will generally be every 3-10 weeks. To complete treatment on time and with the best results our patients are on time to their scheduled appointments, practice excellent oral hygiene and wear their appliances and elastics as instructed. And they are rewarded with EXCELLENT smiles! They also continue their regular visits to their general dentist for cleanings and check-ups.


Once active treatment is complete, we fit our patients for custom, comfortable retainers. This stage is just as crucial as active treatment. Usually, Dr. Kelly & Dr. Shawna Heetland instruct our patients to wear their retainers at "night-time for lifetime."

Orthodontic treatment is an investment that will last a lifetime. We understand the importance of choosing the right orthodontist and are committed to delivering individualized quality treatment that will result in a beautiful smile and long-term dental health.