ORTHODONTIC CARE OF WASHINGTON
Setting the new standard for Orthodontic Treatment for TACOMA
LOW MONTHLY PAYMENTS
$99 to $109 /month
Dr. C. Neil Nicholson
Dr. Nicholson is a 1989 graduate of the University of Washington School of Dentistry and received a certificate in Hospital Dentistry in 1990. He received a certificate in orthodontics from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1993.
Dr. Nicholson is a member of the American Dental Association, National Dental Association, Washington State Dental Association, Seattle King County Dental Society, American Association of Orthodontists, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists and the Washington State Society of Orthodontists.
In his leisure time, he enjoys visual and performing arts, listening to music and most sports.
Dr, Hector Bush
Dr. Bush started Orthodontic Care of Georgia (OCG) with two practices, one and Macon and one in Columbus. Today Orthodontic Care of Georgia consists of 17 practices throughout central and north Georgia and Washington State.
Dr. Bush is a graduate of the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Dental Medicine. After earning his Doctorate of Dental Medicine, he completed his General Practice Residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, receiving a Certificate in General Dentistry. Dr. Bush earned the two year Certificate in Orthodontic and completed his Graduate Orthodontic Residency at Howard University Dental School.
Dr. Bush commitment to serve those in the community who were less fortunate and needed assistance in order to gain access to orthodontic care, has never wavered. Thorough, The Share a Smile Program which he established, he has partnered with various organizations to donate orthodontic care to deserving children in almost every community where he has a practice. He has partnered with the Methodist Home in Macon, the Beatrice Carey Steel Pitts Orphanage in Atlanta, Congressman Jim Maddox in S.W. Atlanta, and Dr. E. T. Walton in Bibb, Jones Houston, and Twiggs Counties, as well as the Ryan Cameron Foundation.
Dr. Bush had the honor of re-naming The Share a Smile Program to, The Dr. Andrew Young, Sr. Share a Smile Program, in of honor Dr. Andrew Young Sr., who practiced dentistry in New Orleans for almost 60 years. This Program is now available to the children at the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA. In addition, an on-going partnership was formed with Ryan Cameron Foundation providing charitable orthodontic treatment to 10 students every two years. Dr. Bush received the Metro Atlanta YMCA 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of his involvement in the in the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA. An Alumnus of Howard University School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Bush raised funding, through private and corporate donations, which the dental school used for a complete renovation of their orthodontic clinic.
Annual scholarships have been established by Dr. Bush., with the following associations: Andrew and Walter Yong Family YMCA, the DeKalb Fraternal Order of the Police, Santa Cops Program, The Scholarship program, Georgia Dental Society; Warner Robins Alumni Chapter of The Delta Sigma Theta. The Henry County Police Association.
We are committed to offering our patients the highest quality of care in the friendliest and most comfortable environment possible. At our office, we ensure that patients receive the most advanced orthodontic care. Our office regularly attends seminars and conferences devoted to orthodontic treatment, new technology and patient care. The highest standards of patient care is our commitment to you.
Your scheduled appointment time has been reserved specifically for you. We request 24-hours notice if you need to cancel your appointment. We are aware that unforeseen events sometimes require missing an appointment, and appreciate your cooperation.
It is part of our mission to provide you with affordable, high-quality treatment that fits your budget! We offer a variety of payment options to meet your needs. Ask us for more information about credit card payments, automatic bank drafts and discounts for treatment paid in full in advance. If you have any questions about financing or payment, ask us! We will thoroughly explain your choices and work hard to accommodate your needs.
Our office is committed to helping you maximize your insurance benefits. Because insurance policies vary, we can only estimate your coverage in good faith but cannot guarantee coverage due to the complexities of insurance contracts. Your estimated patient portion must be paid at the time of service. As a service to our patients, we will bill insurance companies for services. If you have any questions, our courteous staff is always available to answer them.
If your insurance covers orthodontic treatment, you will receive the benefit of reduced personal costs. Many insurance policies have a maximum lifetime orthodontic benefit that is distinct from regular dental insurance. Remember that insurance policies vary, and we will review your insurance to determine the appropriate course of action. Once treatment has started, we will file your claims.
To help us with your insurance filing, please complete the insurance questions on our questionnaire. Please remember that orthodontic insurance is a benefit for you or your child. If, during the course of treatment, your benefits change, the financially responsible party is accountable for all charges.
We now offer Flexible Payment Plans
Call (253) 343-9133 for more information.
When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
Though an orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment. Beginning treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.
Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile.
What are the advantages of interceptive treatment?
Some of the most direct results of interceptive treatment are:
Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics is not merely for improving the aesthetics of the smile; orthodontic treatment improves bad bites (malocclusions). Malocclusions occur as a result of tooth or jaw misalignment. Malocclusions affect the way you smile, chew, clean your teeth or feel about your smile.
Why should malocclusions be treated?
According to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists, untreated malocclusions can result in a variety of problems:
Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile—it creates a healthier you.
Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. Tooth alignment can be changed at any age if your gums and bone structure are healthy. We offer a variety of treatments that are designed for different age groups – including adults. A new smile can begin today.
Orthodontic treatment at later stages in life can dramatically improve your personal appearance and self-esteem. Improving the health of your teeth and gums is equally important. Crooked teeth and a bad bite can contribute to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of the tooth enamel and surfaces, headaches and jaw joint (TMJ/TMD) pain.
Good news! The new techniques and appliances we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits, shorten treatment time and may allow you to choose from several options. Your options may include metal braces, translucent braces or transparent aligners that can be worn at night to improve mild cases of misaligned teeth.
During the initial examination, we will be able to determine the best possible treatment for your individual needs. During this initial examination, we can outline the treatment plan, time of treatment expected and the approximate cost.
A large percentage of our patients are adults, and they agree that it’s never too late to improve their greatest asset - their smile.
Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to ceramic brackets are that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
The Invisalign® System is a series of clear overlay templates—called aligners—that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign® system.