At McDonald Orthodontics

We work one-to-one with each patient and their family to find the treatment solutions to create healthy, confident, and beautiful smiles.


Traditional Braces

These are the most common form of braces used in orthodontics. They consist of a bracket, most commonly made of stainless steel, that is attached directly to a tooth, and one or more wires are engaged in the bracket to bring the tooth into an ideal position.


Clear Traditional Braces

These brackets have similar characteristics of stainless-steel brackets, except they are made of clear or tooth-colored materials. At McDonald Orthodontics, we use the Clarity™ Ceramic Brackets by 3M Oral Care. Because these brackets are made of porcelain, they do not stain like clear brackets made of plastic, used by some orthodontists.


Invisalign and Other Clear Aligner Treatments

Clear aligner treatment is characterized by a series of individualized, computer-facilitated clear, plastic aligners that incrementally move teeth into the desired position.



Retainers are designed to hold teeth in position once braces are removed. There are two major types of retainers. Clear plastic retainers cover teeth like an Invisalign aligner would and traditional plastic and wire retainers. We use both in our office, but we prefer the plastic and wire retainers because they allow a more natural settling of the bite and they are built to last.

Palatal Expanders

Palatal expansion refers to the gentle widening of the upper jaw using a device that’s placed on the palate and attached to the upper teeth. The palatal expander pushes on teeth to mimic the natural pressures that occur in facial growth. Palatial expansion makes more room for teeth, but the main purpose is to match the upper jaw to the lower jaw, for good occlusion.

Myofunctional Orthodontics

Myofunctional ortho is a term used to define a treatment that focuses almost exclusively on muscles and their contribution to developing orthodontic problems. For instance, tongue thrust, cheek biting, and tongue tie are examples of issues treatable with myofunctional ortho. While there is always a muscular component to most orthodontic problems, exclusively focusing on muscles can cause a doctor to overlook other, more common features of bad bites.

Phase I Orthodontics

This refers to any type of treatment that occurs prior to eruption of all the permanent teeth. Phase I Orthodontics has three primary purposes:

  • One, to create an environment for permanent teeth to erupt in a normal manner.
  • Two, to better align the jaws at a young age, when they are more readily manipulated.
  • Three, to adjust permanent teeth that have come in, to make adequate room for remaining teeth.

Phase II or Comprehensive Orthodontics

This refers to orthodontic treatment involving all the permanent teeth, to achieve the best possible final result. Talk with Dr. John about options for the hardware used in this phase.

Spring Aligner Appliances

FaA spring aligner looks like a traditional retainer, but it is built with flexibility, both behind and in front of the teeth. These features along with digital scanning and virtual alignment of teeth allow for minor tooth movement and correction of teeth that have moved slightly, years after braces have come off. This treatment provides Invisalign-type results at a substantially lower cost.

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)

TADs are small titanium pins, like micro versions of traditional dental implants. These are used in specific situations to provide the ability to do orthodontic movements that would otherwise only be possible with surgery or more cumbersome devices.

MSE Device

Mini Implant Supported Expanders, or MSE devices, allow expansion of the upper jaw in patients who are too old for a traditional palatal expander. The MSE device allows upper jaw expansion in patients as old as 50 and beyond.

Bollard Plates

These are multiple TAD-engaged attachments used specifically for the correction of large underbites. Before the advent of Bollard plates, jaw surgery was the only option for these patients. Dr. John is one of the leading providers of Bollard plates in the United States and is a recognized leader in the treatment of underbite or Class III type treatments.


Surgical Orthodontics

Refers to orthodontic treatment that involves both braces and surgical lengthening or shortening of either the upper or lower jaw. Many severe orthodontic problems, that would require surgical orthodontics to achieve a perfect result, can be treated non-surgically to obtain a successful and functional result.