Lakes Ortho Blog

Lakes Ortho Blog

September 23, 2016

A Smile Says a Thousand Words

I had my son four months ago and I am loving being a mom! He is my first child and thus the world of parenthood has now become open to me. I have developed an obsession for finding cute footed pajamas and I love seeing other people’s baby photos! Prior to my baby, I adored my cats who are now learning that there is a new master in town. But perhaps the most special thing that has developed in the last couple months is seeing my little guy’s smile. The feeling a parent gets when your child looks into your eyes and cracks a gigantic toothless grin is just priceless. 

I must admit that even as an orthodontist, I never fully appreciated the power of a smile until now! When I can turn his frown upside down and make him laugh with a tickle or turning him so he can see himself in the mirror is just pure joy. A smile is an innate instinct unique to human beings that communicates what is purely human: happiness. When I meet a patient who does not smile out of fear or embarrassment, I know that not only would orthodontic treatment give them straight teeth, but it would also transform their life. This is what gets me out of bed in the morning, to know that my staff and I can create such positivity in someone else’s world. So that when they are done with treatment and I ask them to give me a “Full Smile” on their final photo day, they smile, and they smile BIG, with full confidence and a happy heart. 

— Dr. Wang

January 27, 2015

With all the myriad of choices that we are faced with when choosing our health care providers, there are many questions to ask when seeking orthodontic care. One of the first things to find out is whether or not your provider is an orthodontic specialist, who has been trained to treat both complex and simple malocclusions. 

Why choose a Specialist?


An orthodontist is a dentist that has received 2-3 years of additional training in an American Dental Association accredited University Orthodontic Specialty program. 


Orthodontists limit their practice to the specialty of orthodontics. They are specialists in aligning teeth and jaws, and are able to choose the correct treatment from all available treatment options


Orthodontists have expert knowledge of new and emerging treatment technologies. Seminars and continuing education conferences for orthodontists provide ongoing educational opportunities to help stay current with the latest advances in the specialty.