We are pleased to welcome Dr. Randy Simonsen, DDS to the Dental Innovations Gallup team as your Gallup NM Orthodontist. We are excited to be able to now offer full-service orthodontics and dentistry.

Your Smile is a Powerful Thing

Mother Teresa said, “Peace begins with a smile.” Having a healthy bite and a healthy smile can increase your overall health, as well as your confidence and self-esteem. In this day and age, there is no reason that you should not be able to greet the world and make a positive impact with a beautiful confident smile.

Gallup Orthodontists study and treat improper bites (malocclusions), and help our patient’s teeth and facial bone structure look and feel healthy and strong. There have been amazing advances in dental software and technology in the last 10 years. There are some wonderful, and even invisible or clear solutions available for kids and adults who require orthodontic treatment or desire to improve the look of their teeth. Healthy straight teeth can add confidence, peace of mind, and more smiles to your life!

At what age should I consult with an orthodontist to see if I or my child will need orthodontic assistance?

  • The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that every child see an orthodontist by the age of 7 as part of their overall dental health plan. As orthodontic treatment becomes increasingly affordable and comfortable, the amount of people wearing braces and other orthodontic devices grows every year.
  • Almost 70 percent of teenagers have, or will have braces.
  • There is no maximum age at which a patient with healthy teeth can receive orthodontic treatment, and the amount of adults who receive treatment in the US has grown to nearly 25 percent of all orthodontic patients.


There are many types of braces available. Your orthodontist Gallup NM will help you select the best option for you based on your orthodontic needs, the aesthetic (cosmetic) look you desire, and cost and affordability. These days, there really is no need to fear when it comes to braces as there are many options to provide you with the level of comfort and discretion you desire. Below is a list of the various types of braces. Costs associated with braces can vary greatly depending on the severity of the issue being fixed, and the duration of the treatment.

Traditional Braces

  • Most common style, and generally the least expensive.
  • Metal stainless steel brackets with a wire held in place by elastic ties.
  • Titanium can be used instead of stainless steel, but it is generally more expensive.
  • Brackets come in different colors.

Clear, Self-Ligating Braces (such as Damon Style, or In-Ovation)

  • Brackets come in clear color and are made out of a special ceramic material.
  • High-tech wires clip into the brackets instead of being held on with elastic. The wires slide through the brackets causing lest pressure, friction, and pain.
  • More effective than traditional braces. Treatment periods will be shorter, and fewer adjustments will be required.
  • Smaller, less conspicuous, and more comfortable brackets. More aesthetically pleasing than traditional metal braces.

Lingual Braces (such as SureSmile, or Incognito Braces)

  • Work similar to traditional or self-ligating braces, only the brackets are attached to the back side of the teeth instead of the front or the outside.
  • Ideal for those who don’t want anyone to know that you have braces.
  • Work just as fast and well as traditional braces on the outside of your teeth.

For patients seeking an alternative to braces, some may be eligible for treatment using clear removable liners which progress in stages. For information on clear liners such as Invisalign, or ClearCorrect, click here. (or scroll down)


After a patient has completed their treatment with braces they will most likely need to wear a retainer to keep their teeth from moving back. Just as it is with braces, there are multiple types of retainers. Generally, the two categories include removable retainers such as Hawley style retainers and fixed retainers.

  • Retainers keep your teeth looking nice and straight.
  • Retainers are usually required full time for 2 to 6 months after braces. After that, your orthodontist will make a plan to gradually decrease the use of your retainer.

Other Orthodontic Treatments and Appliances…

Palatal expansion devices

  • Commonly used for children to create space for the future, incoming permanent teeth.
  • Often necessary to help promote a healthy jaw and bone structure as the child grows.

Invisalign or ClearCorrect

  • A more discreet alternative to braces. These teeth alignment systems use clear removable aligners or molds which are worn and change in progressive increments to help move your teeth to where they need to be.
  • New advances in 3-D software have made these systems increasingly effective, accurate, and comfortable.
  • Work for adults and teens.
  • Clear and comfortable.

Head Gear

  • Used for more drastic under-bite and overbite correction.
  • Promote balanced and healthy jaws and teeth.

Dr. Simonsen has over 30 years of experience as an Orthodontist in Gallup NM and you can trust him to help you create the perfect plan for your perfect smile.  Schedule a free consultation today.