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While braces and Invisalign® are powerful tools, they’re just that, tools. The results depend heavily on the person who creates the treatment plan. That’s why choosing the right orthodontist is important. 

Not sure where to start? The team at Shine Orthodontics in Thornton, CO is sharing 8 things to consider in your search for a provider. 


While some dentists offer clear aligners, there is a difference between a dentist and an orthodontist. An orthodontist is a specialist, while a dentist is a general practitioner. 

How long does it take to become an orthodontist? After graduating high school, an orthodontist’s education continues for 10 or 11 more years. Both dentists and orthodontists go to dental school but orthodontists are required to complete two to three additional years of specialty training in an orthodontic residency program. It’s during their residency that orthodontists like Dr. Brandon Scheer develop expertise in using appliances to align the teeth and jaws.

Any type of orthodontic treatment, whether braces, phase 1 appliances or Invisalign®, can cause permanent changes in your dental and facial structure. This is why it’s important to see a certified specialist in orthodontics for care. 

Board Certification

Some orthodontists, including Dr. Scheer, take the extra voluntary step of becoming board certified. This entails hundreds of more hours of preparation and learning after completing their residency. They must also pass peer-developed written and clinical examinations to demonstrate their ability to offer the highest level of care. 

 According to the American Board of Orthodontics, board certification is “confirmation of an orthodontist’s personal commitment to providing lifelong quality patient care.” Since board certification has to be renewed every 10 years, it also shows a commitment to continuing education. 

Treatment Options

Different orthodontists offer different treatment options. Finding an orthodontist with experience in a range of appliances ensures you’ll be able to choose something that fits your lifestyle and needs. At Shine Orthodontics, we have metal braces, clear braces, InBrace® behind-the-teeth braces, Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, as well as modern Phase 1 appliances.


Technology has been a game-changer in orthodontics. Thanks to innovations like 3D digital scans and digital treatment planning, orthodontists can take a more proactive approach that eliminates a lot of the inefficiencies associated with conventional methods. Choosing an orthodontist who leverages advanced technology can mean more comfortable care and better results in less time. 

At our state-of-the-art office, we use cutting-edge tools, including quick, accurate digital diagnostics and precise treatment planning software. This lets Dr. Scheer design a one-of-a-kind smile that complements your unique facial features. 

Not only will treatment be faster and more efficient, but it will also improve your appearance, function and oral health. You’ll even get to see digital simulations of what your smile will look like at every stage of the process. 


Before and after Invisalign and braces pictures really are worth a thousand words. Seeing an orthodontist’s work prior to signing on for treatment will help you determine if they can deliver results you’ll be happy with. 

This is particularly true if you have a complex case. You’ll want to know that the orthodontist has experience treating patients with similar issues and was able to achieve a great outcome. If you don’t see before and after photos on an orthodontist’s website, don’t be afraid to ask if they have any at your consultation. 


Do you feel comfortable with the orthodontist? Did it seem like they had your best interest in mind? Was the communication clear? These are all questions to ask yourself at an orthodontic consultation. 

Having your diagnosis and treatment plan fully explained, feeling like you’re a top priority and being at ease with the doctor will go a long way in creating a positive experience. 

The Practice

The practice as a whole will also be a determining factor in whether or not an orthodontist is a good fit. No matter how awesome an orthodontist is, if the practice is chaotic, your treatment is handed off to associates and appointments are always running behind, it will get frustrating. You should never feel like just a number or as if you’re being rushed through visits. 

As an independently owned practice, Shine Orthodontics delivers a higher level of service and care, and you’ll see the same orthodontist at every visit. Our newly-renovated office is bright and modern and our team is caring and knowledgeable. 

Our office is also highly organized, which means on-time appointments and easy scheduling (call, text or book online). Have an emergency? You can text Dr. Scheer anytime! 


Going for the lowest cost orthodontic provider doesn’t always lead to amazing results. That said, value is absolutely important, because, at the same time, you don’t want to pay top dollar and receive mediocre care and service either. 

Our Thornton orthodontist and team provide high quality, attentive care and premium treatments at a fair price. To ensure getting a confident smile works for your budget, we accept most insurance, including Colorado Health First, and offer in-office, no-interest financing plans. 

Looking for an orthodontist in Thornton, CO?

Now that you know what to consider to find the best orthodontist, are you ready to start your smile journey? Schedule a free, no-pressure consultation with Dr. Brandon Scheer today!