Welcome to Straffon Orthodontics in Denver

Your Custom, Signature Smile Starts Here

At Straffon Orthodontics, each individual’s treatment plan is as unique as their fingerprint; each smile, a personal signature. From invisible options, to customized virtual treatment plans that eliminate the need for impressions with 3D scanning technology, Straffon Orthodontics is Denver’s Top Choice.

We offer options to fit all different age groups, lifestyles, and treatment needs. Dr. Straffon is actively involved with designing and implementing new advancements in orthodontic technology, so his patients always receive the most streamlined and efficient treatment possible.

Not only do we have an amazing staff that goes above and beyond to make your experience effortless, Dr. Straffon takes a more personal approach and values your input. You will find that he works closely with you throughout the course of treatment to ensure you receive the signature smile you have always dreamed of.


We offer a revolutionary way to help patients tailor a payment plan for any budget. Using OrthoFI you will never have to choose between the very best treatment and affordability.

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At Straffon Orthodontics we are pleased to introduce our Elite Rewards Program! Participating in the program is easy. Just pick up your card at our office and start earning points. Let the fun begin!

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Denver’s Leading Expert in the Use of Custom Orthodontics

Dr. Straffon is Denver’s leading expert in the use of custom orthodontics, but what really sets us apart is the way that Dr. Straffon approaches every person as an individual – taking the time to really get to know his patients and treating them as individually as he treats each of their smiles.

It is this personalized approach and incredible results that have consistently ranked him as Top Orthodontist by the readers of 5280 Magazine as well as a Top Doctor among USA Dentists.


Meet The Doctor Section

Dr. Derek A. Straffon

Every Patient Deserves a Custom, Signature Smile


Dr. Derek Straffon attended Indiana University, and then went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery and Master of Science in Orthodontics from the nationally ranked University of Michigan. He is a recipient of the prestigious Thomas A. Graber Award for Research in Orthodontics, Top Orthodontist by 5280 Magazine, and was named Top Doctor among USA Top Dentists. In his free time, you will find him enjoying the outdoors of Colorado running triathlons, mountain biking, skiing, and spending time with his family.

Straffon Orthodontics is known for designing Signature Smiles that will light up a room and last a lifetime. A Straffon Signature Smile is personalized to fit each individual, crafted by an amazing, caring team, tailored for kids and adults alike, comfortable, fast, and aesthetic.

As a top orthodontist in Denver, Dr. Straffon is leading the way with a completely customized approach to orthodontic treatment.

In addition, Dr. Straffon here are the most recent events Dr. Straffon has spoken at:

  • Insignia Global Users Meeting, Ormco Corporation, New York, NY, 6-2014
  • Insignia Boot Camp Training Program, Ormco Corporation, Denver, CO, 10-2014

Channel 7 News Interview


  • Indiana University
  • The University of Michigan
    School of Dentistry
  • The University of Michigan
    Master of Science in Orthodontics


  • Named Top Orthodontist
    5280 Magazine
    2009 – Present
  • Named Top Dentist
    USA Top Dentists
    2009 – Present
  • The Charles H. Tweed International Foundation for International Research
    April 1999
  • Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honorary Dental Society
    February 1998


  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association
  • Colorado State
    Orthodontic Association
  • Metropolitan Denver
    Dental Society
  • Rocky Mountain Society of Orthodontists


  • Thomas M. Graber Award of Special Merit, for outstanding scientific research in the field of orthodontics
    May 2002
  • Louis C. Shultz Award in Operative Rehabilitation
    May 1998
  • Comprehensive Care Award
    May 1998
  • Russel W. Bunting Award in Periodontics
    August 1997

~ Cindy

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Meet The Team

Meet The Team

Real Beauty, Real People, Real Smiles

Office Manager

I was born and raised in Casper Wyoming, but I’m NOT a cowgirl! I grew up skiing and playing softball 5 nights a week. I am the proud mother of a daughter named Morgan and we have two sweet dogs named Sadie and Bindi. I started in the field of orthodontics back in 1993. That makes me feel old!! I moved to Denver in 2010 and started with Dr. Straffon as a clinical supervisor. I am now his office manager which I love.

Clinical Lead

I am a proud mother to two wonderful boys named Noah and Mason. I have been married to a great man named Robbie for 15 years. I am originally from New York, but moved to Colorado as a young girl. I started working for Dr. Straffon in 2008 and now I’m his clinical lead. I am very involved with my boys’ soccer games and their scouts activities. I enjoy working out, Zumba, and I bleed Bronco Orange!

Clinical Lead

I am originally from Washington D.C. but consider myself a Colorado native as I have been here since I was 6 years old. I have been in orthodontics since 2004 and my journey with Straffon began in April 2013. I am blessed to be the mother of 3 wonderful children: Alyssa, Micah and Madi. I love winter, football, art (including but not limited to fine art and singing). I love what I do in orthodontics and as a freelance graphic designer. I get to do what I love every day of my life. What a gift! We literally change lives one smile at a time & I love it!

Clinical Assistant

I am a Colorado native, I love the outdoors: hiking, fishing, camping and riding ATV”s. I spend most of my time shooting archery with my fiancé Dillon; we shoot competitively and love every minute of it. I enjoy hanging out with my two adorable nieces, Lizzy and Riley, and my two handsome nephews, Ricky and Logan. I found my love for orthodontics in 2012 and became a part of the Straffon family in 2014.

Clinical Assistant

I grew up in Colorado. I enjoy cooking, gardening and spending time with my family. My husband & I have 4 beautiful kids,–3 boys and 1 girl who have plenty of activities of their own. My passion for working in the dental field and with patients began in 2000. I joined the Straffon team in 2014.

Treatment Coordinator

I am originally from Northern Illinois and just recently moved to Denver. I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend as well as hiking, biking, working out, listening to music, and cooking. I have a deep passion for dentistry and helping others.


I have been working in the orthodontic field for over 20 extremely rewarding years. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my sweet husband and wonderful, but crazy, son. We enjoy going to the movies, biking, cheering on the Denver Broncos, and being outdoors. I am also a shopaholic and love interior design. I’m very proud to be a part of the amazing Straffon Orthodontic team.

Treatment Coordinator

I’m a Colorado native who naturally loves the outdoors, you will usually find me out and about downtown or hiking/biking in the mountains. I enjoy spending time with my family & friends as well as playing with my sweet dogs, Gucci & Perce. I truly love my position at Straffon Orthodontics and feel very blessed to be able to work with such a great team.

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Philanthropy Section

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A Smile Can Make a Difference


Smile for a Lifetime Foundation is a charitable, non-profit organization that provides orthodontic care (free braces) to individuals, ages 11-18 years of age, who may not have the opportunity to acquire assistance any other way.

Launched in 2008, Smile for a Lifetime Foundation aims to reach individuals with financial challenges, special situations, and orthodontic needs. The Foundation sponsors the orthodontic care of hundreds of patients each year through our local chapters.

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For Children, Teens, & Adults

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A Smile as Unique as Your Fingerprint


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Orthodontics is a great way to improve your self-confidence and create a beautiful, healthy smile that you can share with everyone you meet.

There is a common misconception that all braces and orthodontic treatments are the same. With all the options available today, it is more important then ever to carefully select your orthodontist and the type of braces and technology are used to create your smile.

At Straffon Orthodontics, we are proud to utilize the most advanced, state-of-the-art technologies available today.

Listed below are a few types of cutting edge treatments available for our clients:

The most efficient method for providing exceptional orthodontic treatment.
Combines clear, tieless brackets and high-technology archwires that move teeth quickly and comfortably.
Customizes braces and wires to you, resulting in a radiant smile that takes less time.
A series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing.
Invisible braces are designed to fit on the backside of the teeth, instead of the front.
Corrects jaw irregularities to improve the patient’s ability to chew, speak, and breathe.
Temporary anchorage devices are titanium bone anchors.
Diseases that can involve the jaw joints, the muscles that control jaw movement, and the dental occlusion.

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Damon Braces

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Why You Should Choose Damon Braces

We are proud to use the Damon Bracket System, the most efficient method for providing exceptional orthodontic treatment. Offering a significant advantage over traditional braces, this state-of-the-art technology moves teeth faster, is more comfortable, and reduces treatment time. This remarkable bracket system has resulted in improved quality of treatment and a dramatically decreased need for permanent tooth extraction.

Damon brackets are beneficial for patients of all ages. Adults benefit because of lower forces and faster treatment when compared to traditional braces. Damon brackets are also indicated for patients with periodontal (gum) problems due to the light forces they deliver.

The idea is that treatment forces should be just high enough to stimulate healthy tooth movement without putting stress on the blood vessels in the surrounding tooth supporting structures. By applying light, continuous forces throughout every phase of treatment, we are able to achieve healthy, comfortable, and efficient tooth movement. As a result, our patients’ treatments can often be finished in less time, with fewer visits, and far less discomfort than ever before. Feel free to ask Dr. Straffon or one of his staff about the Damon System. Discover the difference between traditional braces and this new, improved, and more passive method of orthodontic treatment.

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Our advanced orthodontic system allows us to complete treatment with far fewer appointments–reduced by as much as 47% when compared to treatment with conventional braces. While we always enjoy visiting, we also realize your time is precious. The convenience of fewer adjustment visits spaced further apart will ease parent compliance. When utilizing the Damon System, Dr. Straffon can treat with far less extractions of teeth to achieve beautiful results; the Damon brackets allow him to work more conservatively within the normal biological range of the body’s accepted forces.


Damon Clear

Damon Clear Braces are a revolutionary, state-of-the-art improvement in braces, and a contrast to the previous limitations of traditional clear braces or invisible aligners. Damon Clear Braces are virtually invisible to the natural eye and are part of the innovative Damon Braces System.

Damon Clear combines the best of high-technology, tieless brace systems and a discrete treatment experience with spectacular smile results by Straffon Orthodontics.

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Insignia Section


Completely Customized Treatment

Denver’s Elite Provider and Insignia Educator

Straffon Orthodontics offers Custom Designed Braces. There is a new orthodontic system that makes straightening your teeth with braces a lot faster and easier compared to conventional orthodontic treatment. It’s called Insignia and it’s changing the way people feel about their braces.

You’ve probably heard from friends or family members that wearing braces is a long-term commitment, taking two years on average. While that may be true of traditional orthodontic treatments, it’s not true for Insignia. Through the use of Insignia’s sophisticated 3-D imaging, treatment planning, and customized braces with custom precision archwires, your orthodontist can reduce treatment time compared to that of conventional braces.

In addition to shortening treatment times, the greater efficiency of the Insignia system also helps reduce the number of wire changes and adjustments you’ll need, and that means fewer trips to the orthodontist. The Insignia system’s 3-D software lets your orthodontist analyze how to effectively and efficiently align your teeth. Through this software, personalized archwires are designed to move your teeth into proper alignment smoothly and directly, reducing the number of maintenance visits.

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The Clear Alternative to Braces


Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. So, you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign is made with 3-D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective.

Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time in your doctor’s office getting adjustments. Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

Worried about having metal braces for Prom, yearbook photos, or playing sports? Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible and most people do not even notice them. Since they are removable, you can eat what you want without any worry of breaking a bracket or rubber band. Not only are the aligners removable, they are very durable. No matter if you are acting, playing soccer, running cross country, or part of the school band, Invisalign will let you continue to do all the activities you love.


Your doctor will take precise impressions and customize your aligners for your teeth.
Even before your invisalign treatment is finished, your teeth alignment will improve and you’ll enjoy the benefits of a better smile.
With invisalign, the edges are smooth so they won’t irritate your gums or cheeks.
Invisalign is virtually invisible, so hardly anyone will know you’re straightening your teeth.
You can remove Invisalign aligners to eat, drink, brush and floss, or for special occasions.



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Accelerated Orthodontic Treatment


AcceleDent® Aura’s exclusive SoftPulse Technology™ is clinically proven to move teeth up to 50% faster!


AcceleDent® Aura is an FDA cleared Class II medical device. Patients simply use the device for 20 minutes each day, allowing gentle micropulses to safely accelerate bone remodeling.


AcceleDent® Aura SoftPulse Technology micopulses are gentle. Both orthodontists and patients have reported reduced discomfort during orthodontic treatment.

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Surgical Orthodontics

Everything is Better When it is Customized

What is
surgical orthodontics?

Just as orthodontics repositions teeth, surgical orthodontics (also known as orthognathic surgery) corrects jaw irregularities to improve the patient’s ability to chew, speak, and breathe as well as improving facial appearance. In other words, surgical orthodontics straightens your jaw. Moving the jaws also moves the teeth, so braces are always performed in conjunction with jaw correction. This helps make sure teeth are in their proper positions after surgery.

Who needs surgical

Your orthodontist will consider surgical orthodontic treatment for non-growing adult patients with improper bites and those with facial aesthetic concerns. Jaw growth is usually completed by age 16 for girls and 18 for boys. All growth must be completed before jaw surgery can be performed. However, the pre-surgical tooth movements can begin one to two years prior to these ages.

How does
it work?

During your orthodontic treatment, which usually lasts 6-18 months, you wear braces and will visit your orthodontist for scheduled adjustments to your braces. As your teeth move with the braces, you may think that your bite is getting worse rather than better. However, when your jaws are placed into proper alignment during orthognathic surgery, the teeth will then fit into their proper positions.

Surgery is performed in the hospital with an oral surgeon and can take several hours, depending on the amount and type of surgery needed. In lower jaw surgery, the jawbone behind the teeth is separated and the tooth-bearing portion is moved forward or backward, as needed. In upper jaw surgery, the jaw can be repositioned forward or backward, or the jaw can be raised or lowered. Certain movements may require the jaws to be separated, with bone added/removed to achieve the proper alignment and stability. Other facial bones that contribute to alignment may also be repositioned or augmented.

When you have completed surgery, you should be able to return to school or work within two weeks. After the necessary healing time (about 4-8 weeks), your orthodontist “fine-tunes” your bite. In most cases, braces are removed within 6 to 12 months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to maintain your beautiful, new smile.

TMJ/TMD Section

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Where Every Patient Receives Our Personalized Approach


Millions of Americans suffer from chronic facial and neck pain as well as recurrent headaches. In some cases, this pain is due to Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD. Your temporomandibular joints, or jaw joints, connect your lower jawbone to your skull. As you may imagine, these joints get quite a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant, and may even restrict movement.

Symptoms of TMD

  • Pain in the jaw area
  • Pain, ringing, or stuffiness in the ears
  • Frequent headaches or neck aches
  • Clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves
  • Swelling on the sides of the face
  • Muscle spasms in the jaw area
  • A change in the alignment of top and bottom teeth
  • Locked jaw or limited opening of the mouth

What you can do

Should you notice any of these symptoms, let us know! We can help advise you as to whether they indicate the presence of TMD, and what sort of treatment is appropriate for you. If you don’t have any of these symptoms, let’s keep it that way! There are some simple things you can do at home or work to prevent TMD from occurring in your jaw joints:

  • Relax your face – remember the rule: “Lips together, teeth apart”
  • Avoid grinding your teeth
  • Avoid constant gum chewing
  • Don’t cradle the phone receiver between your head and shoulder – either use a headset or hold the receiver to your ear
  • Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth
  • Do not sit with your chin rested on your hand
  • Practice good posture – keep your head up, back straight, and shoulders squared

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Lythos Scanner

Digital Treatment Without the Need for Impressions

Lythos is the worlds most sophisticated intraoral digital camera. The introduction of Lythos scanning technology into our practice is the first step of the process that will eliminate uncomfortable and messy impressions from our practice forever. Lythos is designed to integrate easily into our practice’s workflow, allowing the team to transition quickly into digital impressions, which saves time for our patients. Using the Lythos scanner, we can get a single, high-resolution scan in less than 7 minutes. The lightweight, compact Lythos wand is comfortable and ergonomic for the operator. This, combined with the the small wand handle and tip, allows operators to access the posterior easily, maximizing your comfort.

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The Success of Each Treatment Speaks Through Our Patients’ Smile

Rave Reviews

Positively the Best Smiles in Denver

Being under the care of Dr. Straffon has been
a wonderful experience. Dr. Straffon and
his staff are 100% dedicated to their patients.

They take their time reviewing your case to determine the best course of treatment. My case was extremely complex, involving multiple procedures and, eventually, corrective jaw surgery. Dr. Straffon is very well connected and referred me to several other dental professionals and surgeons (all of whom were equally talented). I couldn’t be happier with my results! Highly recommended!

~ Jose

Always a great experience when I go. Dr. Straffon and his staff are very nice. I always feel helped and they consistently do what is best for my smile.

~ Diego

I would like to say thank you to Dr. Straffon and staff for the great job they are doing on my two daughters’ teeth. We would recommend this office to all our friends and family.

~ Browns

Dr. Straffon and his staff are truly amazing. I spent almost 2 years with them and had an outstanding experience. Now that my braces are off, I am getting lots of compliments and have a wonderful smile. Dr. Straffon’s attention to detail is wonderful, he’s very clear in his instructions, and describes everything he is doing so that I understand and have an opportunity to discuss the options. Carla is the first face you see and she makes you feel comfortable and welcome. Tracy was with me from the beginning and helped me every step of the way.

~ Kimberly

~ Emma

A new smile is a beautiful thing!!! I’m 38 years old and I originally got braces to correct a bite issue but instead got a whole new smile! Dr. Straffon and team are all A+ in my book. They’re really committed to perfection and giving you the best smile with a healthy bite. Convenient location, very clean offices, happy and encouraging staff, and they never surprised me with additional charges. If you’re thinking about braces (at any age) I would recommend Dr. Straffon for sure! You’ll be very pleased.

~ James

I have recently finished my orthodontic treatment with Dr. Straffon. I had a significant problem with by bite and smile. Thanks to his professionalism and the helpful nurses in his clinic, the visits were fast and easy. I strongly recommend anyone seeking a beautiful and healthy smile to go to Dr. Straffon. The attention I got from Dr. Derek was amazing and I don’t think that I could have gotten it in another clinic. I am already recommending my friends to go to him and also should you!

~ Mohammed

686 vs. 910.
That’s days ACTUALLY IN
braces versus days EXPECTED.

My journey in orthodontia was all smooth sailing from the hardware – the Damon System – to the crew – a team of friendly, competent, and fun techs and office staff – to an excellent captain in Dr. Derek Straffon! From the free consultation assessing my treatment to the fitting of my retainers, the experience has been one of easy transition. I walked in two years ago with only a slight apprehension of what lay ahead, but sported a truly open bite, one too many crowns, an aging bridge, and a chipped tooth that needed some lovin’. Not only did my apprehension get replaced with an overflowing confidence that I was in good hands, the transformation from a smile I was “okay with” into a smile I’m hoping might attract modeling offers (just kidding about that latter part, but it’s that good!) was…wait for it…INCREDIBLE! Two big thumbs up for Straffon Orthodontics, Dr. Straffon, your amazing team, and for saving me from an additional 224 days of food being needlessly stuck in braces. If I had more thumbs, they’d be pointing upwards, too! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

~ Karyn

~ Lloyd

Dr. Straffon and his team are amazing. They are always welcoming, nice, and funny… not to mention, they know what they are doing. Everyone in the office is so knowledgeable and gets the job done right every time. I loved knowing that they were doing what they cold to make my teeth perfect in a minimum amount of time. I love what they did to my teeth because they are absolutely PERFECT!

~ Nancy

I was not looking forward to getting braces, especially in my 30’s and one year before getting married. Dr. Straffon and his staff made this process as easy as possible and were amazing to work with. They explained the process each and every step of the way, and made my smile beautiful with three weeks to spare before the wedding. I appreciate everything they have done for me and would highly recommend this office if you are thinking you need orthodontic work!!!

~ Alex

We love Dr. Straffon and his office of professionals! My daughter and I have both been through braces with Dr. Straffon and we couldn’t be happier. Dr. Straffon was sensitive to my unique case and treated me with excellent care. My daughter was a (2) phase case and she now has an incedible smile. Dr. Straffon also took the time to meet with my sister (while visiting from CT) and advise her on a very complicated situation. Dr. Straffon truly cares about his patients and I highly recommend him for your orthodontic care.

~ Rachel

Best Orthodontist in Denver!! I have been a patient at Straffon Orthodontics for almost 3 years. I thought I would never have the courage as an adult to go through the process of braces but Dr. Straffon made the experience more than worth it. I am so happy with my smile and the outcome that I actually don’t mind having my picture taken! I feel so lucky that Dr. Straffon was able to treat me with the Damon System and I was able to avoid having surgery. Looking back on the process, I am thrilled as I can now see that it was well worth it! I highly recommend Dr. Straffon and his entire team as they are so friendly and professional!

~ Ryan

This was a great experience!! Dr. Straffon did a great job with my situation and now I have a great smile. The office atmosphere is fun and professional. You can easily find appointments that fit your schedule. I totally recommend it for anyone who is thinking of orthodontic treatment. I have tried other orthodontist before Dr. Straffon and he is the best. What I need as a patient is maximum attention which is given by Dr. Straffon and his gentle treatment.

~ John

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A Straffon Signature Smile is Personalized – Just For You

Straffon Orthodontics is known for designing Signature Smiles that will light up a room and last a lifetime. A Straffon Signature Smile is personalized to fit each individual, crafted by an amazing, caring team, tailored for kids and adults alike, comfortable, fast, and aesthetic.

Not only do we have an amazing staff that goes above and beyond to make your experience effortless, Dr. Straffon takes a more personal approach and values your input. You will find that he works closely with you throughout the course of treatment to ensure you receive the signature smile you have always dreamed of.



Early detection and treatment can prevent your child from needing costly and time-consuming dental care in the future. You’ll be happy to know that Dr. Straffon always looks at conservative treatment options first. He uses the latest interceptive methods to correct problems before they progress and require surgical correction. Early intervention can reduce treatment time for your child’s braces later on and provide a stable, healthy bite for a lifetime.



The teen years are a tough time, but they are one of the best times for braces or Invisalign Teen. Between the ages of 10 and 15 is the most common time for orthodontic care, and for good reasons. By age 12, most–if not all–of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, and crooked teeth, gaps, and a bad bite can easily be detected. These problems will almost never correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.



While orthodontics can have great cosmetic benefits, many adults do not realize that well aligned teeth and properly fitting teeth (the bite or occlusion) may also enhance their ability to keep their teeth for a lifetime. Often, it is our adult patients who are more appreciative of the many benefits or orthodontic treatment, after having lived with unfavorable smiles and bites for many years.

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  • As a 50+ year old in braces for the first time, Dr. Straffon and his team made the entire procedure such fun; I will actually miss my visits with them now that my smile is beautiful! They all go above and beyond to make sure everything is perfect. Every procedure was explained, so I always knew what was going to happen next. Thank you!

  • It was a great, going there to have my braces. The people were wonderful, everyone was friendly, and Dr. Straffon is a Red Wings fan! What more could you ask for? (And if you don’t like the Red Wings, the other staff like the Avalanche and one likes the Pittsburg Pengiuns, so you’re covered.) I recommend it to anyone and everyone!

  • At Straffon Orthodontics you become part of a family, not just a patient! My new smile is amazing – thank you!!!


Your First Visit

A Custom, Straffon, Signature Smile Awaits You

Straffon Orthodontics wants to welcome you to our practice. Your signature smile awaits you!

During your first visit, we will help you become acquainted with our amazing team, as well as provide you with important information regarding your orthodontic care. We encourage you to ask questions. We are happy to take the time to address any and all concerns you may have.

Your first appointment with Dr. Straffon will include a preliminary examination, and a discussion of available treatment options–at no expense to you. This important visit will address your orthodontic needs, determine the proper timing to begin treatment, and present you with a custom treatment plan.

We offer a revolutionary way to help patients completely customize their orthodontic finances and maximize their insurance benefit. You will never have to choose between the very best treatment and affordability.

Your first orthodontic visit will consist of a preliminary examination and discussion of available treatment options. This important visit will address your orthodontic needs, determine the proper timing to begin treatment, and present you with a custom treatment plan. We encourage questions from both the patient and the parent, and as such, we provide ample time to answer your questions. We believe that the more you know and actively participate in your orthodontic care, the better your results will be.
At Straffon Orthodontics, we offer competitive prices for our state-of-the-art orthodontic care. The cost of braces and treatment fees are based on the complexity of the case and the length of the treatment plan and vary from patient to patient. We will make every effort to provide you with the care you need at a cost that you can afford. Our goal is to provide you with the most efficient and convenient payment plan through OrthoFi that will meet your family’s needs. OrthoFi is a revolutionary way to allow patients to completely customize their orthodontic finances.
Our office is committed to helping you maximize your insurance benefits. Because insurance policies vary, we can only estimate your coverage in good faith but cannot guarantee coverage due to the complexities of insurance contracts. Your estimated patient portion must be paid at the time of service. As a service to our patients, we will bill insurance companies for services and allow them 45 days to render payment. After 60 days, you are responsible for the entire balance, paid-in-full. If you have any questions, our courteous staff is always available to answer them.

We are happy to help you utilize your orthodontic insurance benefits. Orthodontic insurance is slightly different than dental insurance in that most companies offer a lifetime benefit for orthodontics. Our insurance coordinator will help you to take advantage of all of the benefits of your plan. In the event that circumstances arise that affect your insurance benefits or eligibility, it is important that you contact our office.

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Your Child Deserves the Best

Dr. Straffon understands how important your children are to you. That’s why he encourages you to bring them in for an early orthodontic exam at approximately age 7, as recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists. Bite problems may be present at this age, which, left unattended, can be difficult to correct at a later age or even cause irreparable damage to the permanent teeth. Even one crooked tooth can throw off the bite, hinder proper cleaning, and cause functional problems as your child grows older–including gum disease, cavities, and speech disorders.

Dr. Straffon will conduct a comprehensive exam to check for these and other problems:

  • Excessive wear & chipping of front teeth
  • Severe crowding
  • Habits: finger/thumb-sucking, tongue-thrusting
  • Crossbite of front & back teeth
  • Eruption problems & space management

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Early detection and treatment can prevent your child from needing costly and time-consuming dental care in the future. You’ll be happy to know that Dr. Straffon always looks at conservative treatment options first. He uses the latest interceptive methods to correct problems before they progress badly and require surgical correction. Early intervention can reduce treatment time for your child’s braces later on and provide a stable, healthy bite for a lifetime.

Phase I, or early interceptive treatment, may include space maintainers, partial braces, or active retainers. Dr. Straffon only recommends Phase I treatment when there is a moderate to severe orthodontic problem that should not wait until later to be treated. Dr. Straffon is conservative in his diagnosis and will not recommend Phase I treatment unless he feels he can make a significant difference in his patient’s overall development.

The goal of Phase I treatment is to aid in the development of the child’s jaw in order to allow adequate room for the future eruption of permanent teeth, and also to improve the bite relationship of the upper and lower jaws. Early treatment can benefit a child if either the upper or lower jaw is growing at a faster rate. By correcting the problem at a younger age, you can often prevent the need for extractions, jaw surgery, and dental trauma. Without a necessary Phase I treatment, patients could develop more severe conditions that will not be able to be treated with braces alone.

When all of the permanent teeth have erupted, Dr. Straffon will recommend a Phase II treatment (typically between the ages of 11-13). When a patient is ready for Phase II, both upper and lower braces will be placed and the teeth will be aligned and positioned to maximize their appearance and function.

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The teen years are a tough time, but they are one of the best times for braces or Invisalign Teen. Between the ages of 10 and 15 is the most common time for orthodontic care, and for good reasons. By age 12, most if not all of the permanent teeth have erupted and are in place, and crooked teeth, gaps, and a bad bite can easily be detected. These problems will almost never correct themselves, so this is when most parents decide to seek orthodontic treatment.

This is also a good time for orthodontic treatment because it is expected that most teens will have orthodontic care and the negative associations with braces are not present. Many children in this age are easily convinced to wear braces because they see their friends wearing them and want to fit in.

Besides the benefits of fitting in with their friends, children at this age are growing rapidly, and Dr Straffon can usually take advantage of these growth spurts to help shape the bite and teeth correctly.

Now teens have an option besides metal braces in their yearbook photos or Facebook profiles – introducing Invisalign® Teen! Invisalign® Teen is the clear way to straighten teeth without metal braces, using aligners. Aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing; and you can still eat and drink what you want. Also, you can brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth; and there are no wires, metal or brackets to cause mouth abrasions.

Invisalign® went to leading orthodontists, parents, and teens themselves to custom-design an Invisalign® system just right for the dental needs of teenagers. With blue-to-clear color-changing aligners to show how long each aligner has been worn, six free replacement aligners in case some are lost or broken, and other changes designed to accommodate growing mouths, Invisalign® Teen is the perfect teeth-straightening system for today’s teens’ busy lifestyles

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Everyone in Denver wants a beautiful smile! Don’t let age stop you from having the straight teeth you’ve always dreamed of. Teeth can be straightened at any age. The biological process involved in tooth movement is the same for both children and adults alike. An increasing number of adults are seeking an improved smile as part of an emphasis on a more youthful appearance and overall health. One in every four of our patients is over the age of 21. Technological advances in treatment and equipment, such as the Damon Bracket System, are more cosmetically pleasing and more comfortable than appliances of the past. Treatment time is now minimized and Dr. Straffon will discuss the treatment options available, determining what is the best approach for your specific needs.  New aesthetic options make it easier and more practical for adults to benefit from orthodontic treatment.

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The Benefits of Correcting Bite Problems

Typical adult problems include crooked teeth and bad bites. Crooked teeth or a bad bite can contribute to tooth decay, abnormal wear of the teeth, gum and bone loss, tooth loss, headaches and TMJ (jaw) pain. Malocclusion is a term used by orthodontists to refer to a bad bite, when the jaw can’t fit together properly due to tooth or jaw misalignment; Dr. Straffon’s goal is to achieve the correct functional occlusion (good bite) for each patient. A thorough orthodontic treatment plan can not only improve the health of your teeth and gums, but can also dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem.

Smiles Change Lives

While orthodontics can have great cosmetic benefits, many adults do not realize that well aligned teeth and properly fitting teeth (the bite or occlusion) may also enhance their ability to keep their teeth for a lifetime. Often, it is our adult patients who are most appreciative of the many benefits of orthodontic treatment, after having lived with unfavorable smiles and bites for many years.

Teens page reviews

  • Dr. Straffon’s office was a great place to get my teeth straightened! My teeth are perfect now! Not only are they straight but they feel great. My bite was out of line so that my teeth didn’t fit together at all. Now they are comfortable and beautiful! I thought it would be hard to get my teeth done as an adult but the process was pretty easy. And since some of my students go to Dr. Straffron as well, I know that kids think it is okay to go to Southmoor Orthodontics. Go get them done!

  • My experience with Dr. Straffon and his staff has been simply amazing. From the beginning of my treatment Dr. Straffon explained to me, in great detail, how he was going to make my smile beautiful. His staff is one of a kind and its always a joy to have my appointments; they are very social, respectful, and amazing at their jobs. I appreciate the scheduling staff for always finding a way to work around my busy schedule. All around, my experience has been great, and the outcome of my smile is even better. Thank you Dr. Straffon and your staff for making my time with you enjoyable.

  • I have just finished my orthodontic treatment at Straffon Orthodontics and I don’t think I could have had a more enjoyable experience. I watched my friends all go through the process of braces and I can say, with out a doubt, that Dr. Straffon is superior to each one of their orthodontists. I left the office with a perfect smile, which was achieved both as painlessly and quickly as possible. The whole staff is kind and friendly, as well as efficient and professional. I would highly recommend Straffon Orthodontics to any and all looking for the perfect smile. The state-of-the-art orthodontic technology, the friendly faces, and the perfect results make Straffon Orthodontics well worth it!



We’ve Got Financing Figured Out


No two budgets are ever the same,
so we provide flexible financial planning.

Straffon Orthodontics provides payment terms customized by you.
Your financial situation is covered by your unique plan.
It’s easy! Our plans take the confusion out of financing.






There is no catch!
You set the financing terms. Not your orthodontist.



Straight-forward payment plans.
Shouldn’t orthodontics financing be easy?

In most cases, the down payment can be as low as $250
Low monthly payments for as little as $125.
Plans can extend as far as 36 months, even after treatment has been completed.







Financing is just as important as treatment.
We’re here to make both easy and simple.

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Small elastomeric rubber bands connecting one tooth to another to improve positioning.


Bite Turbo

Small acrylic blocks that are placed against the back of your teeth in order for the teeth to move more rapidly.



Used to correct overbite.  Can also be used on adults and is believed to stimulate lower jaw growth, which delivers stability after your braces come off.  A Herbst is used in the most severe cases.



Used in overbite cases after leveling and aligning the bite. We use a spring that is connected to the brackets to bring your jaw forward.



Designed to expand the upper arch (and if applicable, to correct crossbite) to create the room needed to later straighten all your teeth.



Typically used after an expander, this fixed retainer runs across your palate to hold your teeth in place. It can also be used to hold space when a primary tooth is lost earlier than usual.


Lingual Arch

Used on the lower arch to hold space after your phase I treatment. Similar to the TPA Appliance, it is also used in instances of early loss of a primary tooth.


Fixed Retainer

Typically used after your treatment is completed. We bond custom-made wires to the inside of your upper and lower arches to hold your teeth in place. These are used along with removeable clear retainers.

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Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Braces and Invisalign aligners are appliances used to make these corrections.
An orthodontist is a highly trained specialist who has completed two to three years of post-graduate training after graduation from dental school. An orthodontist straightens teeth and makes corrections to the bite, facial profile, and facial growth. They also work closely with oral surgeons with some adult treatment needs where growth cannot be altered.
It is very important that treatment be done properly, as teeth–and sometimes facial structure–are changed permanently by orthodontics. A licensed orthodontic specialist is an expert at moving teeth, helping jaws develop properly, and working with you to help make sure the teeth stay in their new positions. We will work closely with your family dentist–and other specialists you may be referred to for specific concerns–who can best take care of your other dental needs.
Orthodontic treatment improves your smile and your health. When you feel better about yourself, others often feel better about you. Straight teeth will be much easier to clean, helping you maintain good oral health. And you can enjoy that nice piece of steak so much better when you have good chewing function! Who doesn’t want a million dollar smile?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be screened around the age of 7. We will evaluate your child and, if your child needs treatment, we can take corrective action to reduce the severity of a developing problem and possibly avoid costly and uncomfortable treatment later on. Early detection does not always mean early treatment. We pride ourselves on our willingness to follow your children as they grow and develop to determine the most appropriate time to begin orthodontic treatment.
It is important that you examine your child’s mouth as the permanent teeth grow in. Do they line up with the bottom teeth with no spaces or gaps? Are the teeth straight? Are gaps or overlapping (crowding) present? If your child has beautifully straight baby teeth with no gaps, that isn’t so good; be prepared for lots of crowding when the permanent teeth come in. When your child bites down, does the center of the front top teeth line up with the center of the front bottom teeth? Do the upper front teeth (incisors) slightly overlap the lower front teeth, not sticking out like ”buck” teeth and not hitting directly on the tops of or behind the lower front teeth? Do the top front teeth overlap more than 25% of the bottom teeth? Do the teeth come together smoothly, or are there any gaps? If your child’s teeth do not come together smoothly, or if any of your child’s teeth do not line up properly, your child may need orthodontic treatment. Look at the alignment of your child’s jaw. Does your child’s jaw shift off center when they clench their teeth together? Does the contour of their face in profile look normal to you?

If you see any of the above symptoms, or are just not sure, please bring your child in for an orthodontic evaluation.

Interceptive treatment may be done when growth modification is needed for children between the ages of 7 and 9. The goal of interceptive treatment is to correct a specific problem that is interfering with growth and development. Treatment time usually ranges between 9 and 12 months. Examples include: Slow/Rapid Palatal Expansion (to make the upper jaw wider); Space Maintenance Appliance (to hold arch perimeter space); Lip Bumper; “Functional” appliances such as Herbst, Bionator; limited use of braces; and more.
The goal is to correct the alignment of the teeth and the jaws during and after the eruption of all the permanent teeth. Treatment time usually ranges between 15 and 24 months. The most ideal time for treatment is during the adolescent growth spurt (puberty), because some growth modification can be done and most all of the permanent teeth are fully erupted or erupting. In the young person who has moderately crowded teeth, it is very important to start their treatment just as the last four baby teeth are due to be lost (the primary second molars). Sometimes, this can prevent the loss of permanent teeth.
Orthodontics can correct the alignment of the teeth at any age if the bone and gum tissue around the teeth are healthy. Sometimes we need to work with maxillofacial surgeons for correct jaw alignment in adults as growth is not available to help us achieve treatment goals. With adults, we occasionally need to make space for crowns, implants, or bridges when teeth have shifted to poor positions–often the result of early loss of teeth due to decay, gum disease, or trauma. We also treat adults who were treated as adolescents and experienced relapse due to inadequate retainer wear, physiologic shifting of the teeth, or continued genetic growth patterns that persisted after the original treatment was completed.
If conventional braces are the best treatment for your malocclusion and you want to downplay the appearance of them, then perhaps the clear Damon, or all ceramic brackets on your upper front teeth will be what you are looking for. Maybe Invisalign will be an option for you as well.

Perhaps you’ve heard a lot about Invisalign or clear braces and it sounds like something you’d like.

Invisalign or “Invisible Braces” is a series of 3-D, computer generated, clear, removable appliances called aligners. If your malocclusion is appropriate for this type of treatment, you may achieve a beautiful smile without glued on braces. This treatment is not appropriate for growing children, but can be for adolescents with fully erupted teeth.

Orthodontic appliances, either fixed (glued to the teeth) like braces or removable like Invisalign, use steady, gentle pressure over time to move teeth into their proper positions. With braces, the bends and shape we make in the wires we place are what actually move the teeth. We use different size wires during the various stages of treatment to make these movements. The wire puts pressure against the braces that are glued to the teeth just as the series of Invisalign aligners place pressure directly on the crowns of the teeth. With the teeth resting in the jawbone and pressure on one side, the bone on the other side gradually gives way and remodels; this causes the tooth to move. New bone grows behind the tooth. We do this slowly, and that’s why appointments are approximately 3-6 weeks apart. With the Damon system, appointments are between 5 and 10 weeks apart.
No! Many of our patients find us through “word of mouth recommendations” from friends and family members. We appreciate all referrals, whether from your dentist or a friend.  If you like our office, we would be thrilled for you to spread the word.
With the Damon System, we no longer use colored ties to hold the wires to the brackets. There are many advantages to the Damon System – please see our Damon page for details. However, if your oral hygiene is absolutely fantastic, we can slip the colored ties underneath the wire so they can be seen. We have a variety of different colors that you can choose from. For our patients that still have the traditional brackets, we use the little tie-rings called “alastiks” or donuts to hold the wires to the braces. They are usually changed at each appointment, so you can choose a different color scheme each month. Some patients decorate themselves according to the holiday season.
We recommend wearing a soft sports mouthguard when participating in contact sports. They are also recommended for sports such as basketball where it is possible take a hit to the mouth from another players elbow. We also encourage them for weight-lifters who tend to clench their teeth while lifting.
Depending on the case, 1 to 2 hours. This depends on if we place just one arch at a time, or put them on both arches (upper and lower braces) at the same appointment.
Everyone has “TMJ”. Mother Nature has given each of us two jaw joints, one of each side of the lower jaw, and they are called the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. What you are describing is TMD or some type of temporomandibular dysfunction. Braces may or may not improve jaw joint problems and more conservative approaches should be tried first.
Many dental plans now include orthodontic treatment; however, most plans only cover a portion of the treatment costs. Please check with your insurance provider before seeking care to determine if orthodontic procedures are covered. Most orthodontists allow you to pay for orthodontic treatment in installments. A down payment is usually required to cover the costs of starting up your case. Once you pay for the initial costs, the orthodontist will usually let you pay for the rest of the treatment in installments. There are also plans that many offices offer such as “Orthodontists Fee Plan” and “PatientFinance.com”, etc. Those are often used when you would like to avoid an initial down payment
No.  We firmly believe that the Damon System is superior.  With the Damon System, we don’t just align teeth; we create beautiful smiles. Our treatment decisions are based on your individual smile, profile and other factors that will impact what you will look like in your 40s, 50s and beyond. The Damon System is designed to deliver a lifetime of results.
Treatment with the Damon System is typically faster than conventional braces. As an added bonus, far fewer appointments are required during treatment.
With new technology, like the Damon System, we can unravel even severe crowding without permanent tooth extractions. The light force wires combined with the Damon System allow so many more options. Tooth extractions in our office are based on facial features while taking into consideration the long-term impact on your face as you age.
No, they are bonded directly to your teeth. (No shots or drilling!) Most patients experience some discomfort the first 3-5 days after their braces are put on. You can minimize discomfort by using Ibuprophen or Tylenol.
No, you will have wire changes with the Damon System. We don’t tighten your braces. Most patients experience some discomfort the first 1-2 days after an adjustment is made.
Wisdom teeth do not normally interfere with orthodontic treatment. If they are bothering you, we may recommend removal of them prior to orthodontic treatment. In many cases, wisdom teeth can be removed before, during, or after treatment, but they usually do not interfere with orthodontic tooth movement.
Yes, your dentist will see you every six months for regular cleanings and check ups. Some patients are seen more often during orthodontic treatment, depending on the guidance of the dentist and/or orthodontist.
Forever–or as long as you want straight teeth.
You need to call the office if you have a problem with your braces to set up an appointment. We usually have same day emergency visits available and it is our goal to make sure you are comfortable.
In case of an EXTREME EMERGENCY, such as a trauma or injury, please call our office for instructions. We always have an assistant that is on call. Remember, true emergencies are rare.

Wire Poke: Apply wax over the brace or wire that is poking you. Call the office for an appointment to have the wire trimmed.

Broken Bracket: Call the office for an appointment to have it repaired. If you are wearing rubber bands, discontinue wearing them until your braces have been repaired.

Need Rubberbands: Call the office and we will mail some to you, or you can stop by to pick them up.

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Orthodontic Dictionary

A device that assists in the straightening of teeth, such as: braces, Invisalign, and retainers.
The wire that extends through each bracket slot in braces.
A metal device that wraps around the tooth to hold a bracket or tube in place.
A small, orthodontic device placed on the back of the upper front teeth to prevent full closure of the teeth. This protects the lower braces from being damaged by the bite.
The technique of attaching an orthodontic device directly to the enamel of the tooth with the use of adhesive.
The metal device (also referred to as a brace) for fastening the archwire to the tooth or band.
A spring that fits between the bracket and the archwire to open space between teeth.
A small rubber-band that attaches to the braces to exert force on teeth to facilitate movement.
A small rubber band that encircles the bracket to seat the archwire in the bracket slot.
A device used to improve the placement of the bite or jaw.
A device that corrects overbite by holding the lower jaw in a protrusive position.
A small device to which elastics or other auxiliary devices are attached.
A type of treatment that uses a series of clear, plastic aligners, similar to clear retainers, to gradually move teeth.
A wire used to tie a tooth to an orthodontic appliance or another tooth.
A tooth or gum shield worn by patients (athletes) to prevent injuries.
A device used to widen the upper jaw so that the upper and lower teeth will fit together.
A device, usually made of plastic and wires, to hold teeth in position after treatment.
A device or instrument designed to wedge teeth apart, particularly teeth in tight contact. Frequently used for the examination of proximal surfaces, finishing a restoration, or before banding.
A soft, malleable substance placed on brackets to prevent rubbing or irritation.

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  • Straffon Orthodontics gave me the smile of my dreams. The process was easy and the results were outstanding. The employees were all very nice and became almost like family to me. They made it as fun as possible while getting the job done. I recommend Straffon Orthodontics because I thought they were organized and were always very accomodating when an issue such as broken wires, etc would come up, especially around my school schedule. By them fixing my smile, I am more confident and now I smile all the time. Dr. Straffon and his staff are the best!!!!

  • I’ve been a patient at Straffon Orthodontics for roughly two and a half years. As you will read in every review of Dr. Straffon and his team, every time I set foot in the office, I am greeted with a genuine smile, quick service and an unbelievably talented “crew”. It’s almost impossible to enjoy orthodontia of any kind, but Dr. (Captain) Derek Straffon and his staff (crew) make it seem painless and at times fun. The office is well lit, cheerful and there are no magazines that are more than 8 years old. I love being able to read an ESPN magazine that doesn’t refer to Jake Plummer as “The exciting new quarterback the Broncos are going to love.” At the office, they communicated well with my parents, but I always felt like I was the one in charge of what I had done. All in all the experience I’ve had at Straffon Orthodontics has been fantastic.They are ready to tackle any problem for anyone at any time. If I hadn’t been told by countless people that I now have beautiful teeth, I would come back again and again and again because Straffon Orthodontics is just that great.

    Alex Q.
  • It all started with the need for one implant. I’d had braces around 20 years ago to move teeth to make space to build a bridge, and when that needed to be replaced I decided to go the implant route. Dr. Straffon put together a comprehensive plan to not only make the space needed, but to correct a host of other things clearly not done correctly by the first orthodontist. Wow–amazing. In addition to the orthodontics, Dr. Straffon coordinated and collaborated with the two other dentists who would undertake the implant and subsequent restoration. And with my job (60%) travel, I have to say that wasn’t always easy. Dr. Straffon is an artist. His team are amazing–talented and compassionate. The technology in the office is state-of-the-art, from the latest and best treatment technologies, imaging, computerized case record, social media, etc. I would totally recommend anyone looking for orthodontic care to go and see Dr. Straffon and experience the best.

  • Being an adult, and an old at that, I was not real sure I wanted to go through braces again and I was extremely reluctant to even go down this path. Not to mention that I was in this same office (literally) 30+ years ago going through the same thing. However, after a few meetings with Dr. Straffon and his team, it was clearly evident they were the real deal and extremely good at what they do! He and his team are great at what they do and I could not be happier with the results. It was a small price to pay by living with braces again for a short time and my teeth and smile are perfect. When you go in there you can tell that his staff really enjoys working there and they pass that fun and excitement on to their paitents. I have two kids I know that will need braces and they will be my first and only choice.


After Hours Care

True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but, when they do occur, we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you schedule an appointment with our office. When working with your appliances, you need to know the names of the parts so you are able to identify what part is broken or out of place. After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to resolve the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions to your treatment plan.

The following solutions may help you relieve your discomfort:

Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.
If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.
Using tweezers, try to put your wire back into place. If doing this does not help, you may, as a last resort, use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.
If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.
When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. Placing Orabase on the affected area may help; this product can be found in your local pharmacy. If the tenderness is severe, take Tylenol, Ibuprofen, or whatever you would normally take for headache or similar pain.

The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how!

Orthodontic emergency appointments are rare and usually involve a loose bracket or poking wire. If you are in pain or have had an accident, call our office immediately so we can make you comfortable as quickly as possible (303-758-3414).

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Straffon Orthodontics

6850 East Hampden Ave, Suite 203
Denver, Colorado 80224

Phone (303) 758-3414
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Monday – Thursday 7am – 4:30pm
Friday 7am – Noon
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