By Melissa Gautier | By Lee Ann Baker, LABphotography
Selecting an orthodontist is an important choice for you and your family. Since you or your children will be visiting them frequently throughout treatment, it’s important to choose an experienced, board certified orthodontist with a friendly, approachable demeanor you feel comfortable with. The positive energy and delightful nature of the entire team at Allen Orthodontics strives to make every patient’s visit an enjoyable experience. Treating each patient as an extension of their own family creates a happy, welcoming environment where parents can relax and kids can enjoy.
“We’re a practice of two working moms who understand the importance of family,” Dr. Tamara Jones says. “We can prioritize our patients and our families by working together as a team.” Their partnership allows them to dedicate their full attention to patients while in the office as well as time to focus on their children and family life. Allen Orthodontics is focused on convenience for busy families. The patients enjoy 24% fewer appointments and more efficient treatment to achieve a healthy beautiful smile easier and faster. “As partners, we co-treat our patients, which provides consistent treatment planning that allows for excellent results and flexible scheduling for our patients,” Dr. Jones explains.
Meet Dr. Jones
Dr. Jones graduated from Southern Methodist University as a Hunt Scholar. She continued her studies at Baylor College of Dentistry Texas A&M Health Science Center, earning her Doctor of Dental Surgery. At 12, she chose to pursue orthodontics as her specialty and matched at The University of Texas at Houston. After two additional years of advanced training, she earned a master’s degree and certificate in orthodontics. She and her veteran husband have an eight-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son who love helping at the office. Dr. Jones has been voted Best of Big D for the past five consecutive years by “D Magazine” and has been nominated a mom-approved doctor by “D Child” the last seven years.
Getting to know each child, teen, and adult patient on a personal level is a joy for Dr. Jones. With a happy, upbeat attitude, she looks forward to coming to work every day, helping their patients smile with newfound confidence and striving to be a positive influence in their lives.
Meet Dr. Hanson
Nothing makes Dr. Hanson happier than working alongside the Allen Orthodontics team to help her patients feel comfortable. Prior to joining Dr. Jones in practice, she studied mechanical engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where she saw the light and decided to pursue engineering smiles. She received her DDS from The University of Texas at Houston, and, like Dr. Jones, earned a master’s degree and certificate in orthodontics. Dr. Hanson loves combining her passion for engineering with the opportunity to work with others in a fast-paced environment. She worked with Dr. Jones throughout her residency training prior to joining the practice. Dr. Hanson and her husband live in Allen and are proud new parents to an eight-week-old daughter.
Orthodontist, Board Certified Orthodontist, Dentist – What’s the Difference?
Some people confuse a dentist with an orthodontist, but the two are distinctly different. The American Board of Orthodontics certification process is — a significant step beyond the two to three years of advanced education required for a dentist to become an orthodontist. The process requires the orthodontist to demonstrate accomplishments in patient care with detailed case reports on the treatment provided for a broad range of patient problems. About half of orthodontists have achieved board certification.
What Ages Can Benefit From Braces Or Invisalign?
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that every child have their first orthodontic visit at age seven. It is rare for children to need treatment at that age, but severe issues can be identified and corrected early and even help children breathe better. Orthodontics is typically associated with children, but according to Dr. Hanson, roughly 1/3 of all orthodontic patients in the United States are adults. Whether you’re in college or decades into your career, you can still choose to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.
Dr. Jones and Dr. Hanson’s advanced training makes Allen Orthodontics shine as a Top 1% Percent Invisalign Provider. They can make Invisalign an option for most patients, which has helped many adults solve their dental problems using subtle treatments that allow them to maintain their current appearance and lifestyle. According to Dr. Jones, the length of time for completion of most treatments is similar for braces and Invisalign. Prospective patients may schedule a consultation (no referral needed!) to determine the best option and even see a virtual plan of their planned smile.
The Allen Orthodontics Difference
Many dental and orthodontic practices today are owned by large national private equity companies. Allen Orthodontics chooses a more personalized approach. “Our practice is family-owned and operated, allowing us to offer a unique level of personalized care,” says Dr. Jones. “This enables us to give back to our community in various ways by promoting charities that are important to our doctors, our team and our patients.”
“We’re blessed to have the opportunity to donate to a local school or charity for every new patient,” Dr. Hanson says. Any of their patients may apply for a donation request to assist a charity of their choice. Recent support for local community groups includes Allen High School and the Lovejoy Drill Team. Additionally, Dr. Jones is founding a nonprofit orthodontic assisting school, providing job skills as part of a divorce recovery program. Both doctors also participate in Smiles Change Lives, a program where Allen Orthodontics treats children free of charge if their families have financial need.
- Traditional braces
- Certified Invisalign Diamond+ Provider
- Clear braces
- Self-litigating braces
- Phase I pediatric orthodontics
- Adult orthodontics
- Orthodontic appliances
- Dentofacial orthopedics
- Orthodontic emergencies
To learn more about Allen Orthodontics and the variety of services they provide, or to schedule a complimentary consultation online, please visit their website.