Orthodontist in Surprise, AZ


Surprise Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we offer a variety of services to meet your needs and help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Whether you’re looking for traditional braces or FASTBRACES®️, we can create a treatment plan that’s right for you. We also offer a full range of options for Children & Teenagers. Our goal is to provide each of our patients with the individualized care and attention they deserve.

What Services Do Orthodontists Provide?

Orthodontists are dental specialists who focus on correcting the alignment of teeth and jaws. They use a variety of methods, including braces, retainers, and other appliances, to achieve results that not only improve the appearance of the smile but also support optimal oral health. In addition to traditional metal braces, orthodontists may offer FASTBRACES® and orthodontic space maintainers.

They also provide patients with customized treatment plans that take into account each individual’s unique needs and goals. Whether you’re looking for a functional or cosmetic improvement, orthodontists can help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

Meet Dr. Kara Benkovich

Surprise AZ Orthodontists

Dr Kara Benkovich“Dr. Kara” is a general dentist Hailing from Buffalo, New York. However, while attending dental school here in Arizona, she knew she couldn’t leave the Arizona sun! After graduating cum laude from High Point University in North Carolina, Dr. Kara received her Doctor Dental Medicine degree as well as her Masters in public health from the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health through A. T. Still University. She loves children and although a general dentist, she has dedicated her time to treating children.

Dr. Kara stays heavily involved in the dental community, particularly with her work as an executive board member for the Arizona Oral Cancer Awareness Walk held annually at the Phoenix Zoo, the Arizona Missions of Mercy dental clinics, Give Kids a Smile events at ASDOH, and serving as a chapter advisory board member for NAU’s Kappa Delta sorority.

Outside of the office, you can find her reading (she reads almost ten books a month!), working on calligraphy, playing pickleball, and cheering on the Buffalo Bills. She is also excited and in the busy planning stages for her upcoming November wedding!

Dr. Kara is passionate about pediatric dentistry. She loves to help lay a strong foundation for a lifetime of optimal oral health and create happy smiles from the start of childhood. She cares about connecting on a deeper level with every child she treats. Her upbeat personality ensures both kids and parents are excited and comfortable during all visits and truly makes each family feel like they are hanging out with a friend.

Orthodontic FAQ

Do braces change your face shape?

No, braces will not change your face shape. However, they can have an impact on the overall proportions of your face. For example, if you have a very narrow jaw, braces may help to widen it.

Do braces hurt?

There is usually some discomfort when you first get braces put on or when they are adjusted. However, this is usually short-lived and should not last more than a day or two. You can take over-the-counter pain medication if necessary.

How long do you have to wear braces?

The length of time you have to wear braces will vary depending on the severity of your orthodontic problem. In most cases, braces are worn for one to three years.

What is the best age to get braces?

There is no single “best” age to get braces. However, it is generally recommended that children get an orthodontic evaluation by the time they are seven years old. This allows for the early detection of problems that may benefit from treatment.

Do braces weaken teeth?

No, braces do not weaken teeth. In fact, they can actually help to strengthen teeth by correcting alignment problems.

Can you be too old for braces?

No, you are never too old for braces. In fact, orthodontic treatment can be beneficial at any age.

What are the benefits of braces?

There are many benefits of braces, including improved oral health, a more confident smile, and improved self-esteem.

Can I still have braces if I have missing teeth?

Yes, you can still have braces even if you have missing teeth. In fact, orthodontic treatment can actually help to improve the appearance of your smile by correcting the alignment of your teeth.

How do I know if my child is in need of orthodontic treatment?

If you are concerned that your child may need orthodontic treatment, the best thing to do is to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist. They will be able to evaluate your child’s teeth and bite and determine if treatment is necessary.

How long do you have to wait between braces adjustments?

The frequency of braces adjustments will vary depending on the individual. In most cases, adjustments are made every four to six weeks.

How often do I need to see the orthodontist?

In most cases, you will need to see the orthodontist every four to eight weeks for an adjustment. However, this may vary depending on the individual.

What are the risks of not getting braces?

If you do not get braces, your teeth may continue to grow in an abnormal pattern and this can lead to further problems, such as speech difficulties, chewing difficulties, and TMJ problems. Additionally, your teeth may become more difficult to clean, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

If I have braces, can I still play sports?

Yes, you can still play sports if you have braces. However, you may need to wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth from injury.

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