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Get a Healthy, Happy Smile

Sierk Orthodontics builds confidence and self-esteem one mouth at a time

By LORI HALL

There is more to staying happy and healthy than a good diet and exercise. A nice smile and straight teeth not only makes you feel good about yourself, it also helps keep those pearly whites strong.

Thanks to orthodontics, people of all ages can perfect their smiles.

At Sierk Orthodontics in West Linn Central Village, healthy teeth equal a healthy smile. Dr. Christopher Sierk has a passion for smiles - his team is full of them and so are his clients.

Sierk recommends parents start bringing their children to the orthodontist around age 7 for a free consultation and X-ray. Then, parents should continue to bring their children in every six months so their teeth development can be monitored. There is no charge for any of those visits until if and when treatment starts.

Dr. Chris Sierk patiently waits as Kaleb Brusa, 13, chooses a color for the elastics on his braces.

“It’s so advantageous for us to see them (early),” Sierk said. “It doesn’t cost them anything but a few minutes.”

One of the biggest myths about the orthodontist is that a referral is needed from a dentist before visiting one. Not true, said Sierk. He urges parents not to wait until a dentist gives them the recommendation.

“I’d rather they come in too early because then we know what to plan for for the future,” Sierk said.

For younger patients, braces are often the best bet for correcting a smile. Braces often offer better control over other methods, such as Invisalign. Braces are also better suited for addressing crowding and overbites.

“I love Chris. He’s very honest about what you need and what you don’t need,” said Shawn Hughes of West Linn, whose three children are working their way through braces at Sierk Orthodontics.

Along with the kids, Sierk is seeing more and more adults wanting to improve their grins. With the constant advancement in technology, Invisalign is a nice option for those who do not want noticeable braces. Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners that slowly change the teeth. The removable aligners are changed every two weeks and need to be worn 20 to 22 hours a day.

“There are so many more cases that quality for it,” Sierk said of Invisalign. “The best part is they’re removable. It’s very natural.”

Sierk has found that after parents start bringing children to the orthodontist, their own interest is piqued.

“We have moms and dads doing it with the kids at the same time,” Sierk said. “Nowadays, with the options we offer, a lot of people fi nd they can do it together.”

There is even a three-generation family - grandmother, mother and children - currently visiting the West Linn office.

“We want to establish a bite and smile that will last a lifetime,” Sierk said, adding that straight teeth are much easier to keep clean.

On top of keeping your teeth strong and healthy, straight teeth and a nice smile can boost anyone’s confidence and self-esteem. Sierk recalls a 28-year-old woman who held her hand over her mouth for 20 years whenever she smiled, ashamed of her teeth. That is no longer the case after Sierk worked his magic.

The confidence boost is also a big help for teens, who are already going through an often emotional time period. “It’s a real positive environment. We’re overly excited for them when they see the changes,” Sierk said.

Not only does the staff at Sierk Orthodontics have fun, so do the patients. The waiting room features movies and a gaming station. They also offer a shuttle service to and from area schools during school lunch hours.

For more information, visit www.sierkortho.com or call 503-675-1239. Sierk Orthodontics is located at 21900 Willamette Drive, suite 211.

 

Dr. Chris Sierk checks out 13-year-old Kaleb Brusa’s braces during an exam.

 

One of the biggest myths about the orthodontist is that a referral is needed from a dentist before visiting one.


 

Amanda attends to Kaleb Brusa during a routine visit to Sierk Orthodontics.