What Sets Us Apart

A beautiful smile is one of the greatest investments you will ever make. It is one of the most noticeable and attractive things about any person and a great smile can actually improve self-esteem and confidence. We know that choosing the right orthodontist is an important decision, so the following is a list of what makes our orthodontic office unique. We have given great attention to detail not only in our orthodontic treatment, but also to things that can make life more pleasant!

**Experience! Dr. Richards has over 29 years of fulltime experience in orthodontics and has created thousands upon thousands of beautiful smiles!

**We have an enthusiastic, well-trained, and experienced staff. Most of our assistants have been with the practice over 7 years; some over 10; some even over 15 years! You will always see the same smiling faces! Our orthodontic assistants are all experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate people. Our entire team strives to provide each patient a positive, caring and memorable experience.

**Our office is conveniently located in the center of Kingwood. There is adequate parking and even a carport for those rainy days!

**We have a beautiful, state of the art facility. Our reception room has computers for surfing the net or playing games and a wide selection of current magazines. We have a Keurig coffee machine and complimentary bottled water. Above each treatment chair, we have TV’s playing movies (only G or PG) and a large screen TV in our reception room.

**Office and diagnostic procedures are integrated by means of the most sophisticated orthodontic computer systems available. Patients can access both their account and appointment information 24 hours a day via the internet with a specific code assigned to each family. From scheduling appointments, to taking pictures and 3D images, to financial functions, we have streamlined the process to make it as “hassle free” as possible.

**We utilize an automated appointment confirmation software program that will call you the night before every appointment to remind you. We also have an available automated e-mail appointment reminder system, as well as text messaging reminders.

**We value your time. We have electronic sign in that notifies our clinical team immediately upon your arrival. This helps us to be more efficient and stay on time.

**We have a hi-tech, iCAT imaging machine that allows us to view dental anatomy in 3D!

**We use the very latest treatment technology available. Our office uses the progressive Damon system of orthodontics. It provides very efficient tooth movement using lighter forces resulting in less discomfort, fewer appointments, less extraction of permanent teeth and fewer expanders. Our goal utilizing this new technology is to achieve a beautiful broad smile with enhanced facial balance.

**We follow the guidelines established by the American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control and routinely replace our sterilization equipment to assure all sterilization methods are current and safe for our patients.

** Parents are always welcome in our treatment area. We believe in communication with our parents and even have chairs in the treatment area for our parents to sit with their children, if desired.

**Upon completion of the final stage of braces, we offer fixed upper and lower retainers (small wires glued to the back of the front teeth). Parents love the fact that their busy teenagers don’t have to wear and keep up with removable retainers during the day. They only have to be worn at night due to the fixed retainers. We want your smile to be beautiful for years to come!

****Many area dental professionals such as family dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists and their staff members have given us the privilege of treating themselves, their spouses and their children. This is the highest compliment we can receive, when other professionals in our field trust us with their loved ones!

**As a courtesy, we file your insurance for you and accept payments directly from your insurance company.

**In summary, orthodontic treatment is a gift to your child or yourself that will have a life long effect! We hope that you have found this information helpful and would love to have you join our family of patients. We invite and encourage you to talk with other families who have chosen our office for their orthodontic needs and ask them about their experience in our office. It would be a privilege for our entire team to provide your child or yourself the beautiful, totally awesome smile that you are seeking. We hope you sense the excitement and enthusiasm we have for all the benefits that modern orthodontics has to offer! We will work very hard to make sure that your treatment is a positive experience, and your orthodontic treatment is provided in a fun, caring, and efficient manner!