PELLA — Pella Orthodontics was welcomed into their new space by Dutch Greeters earlier this week.
Dr. Nicholas Smith and Dr. Samuel Christensen offer orthodontic care for ages seven and up, including traditional metal braces and Invisalign. Dr. Smith took over the practice about eight years ago, and Dr. Christensen decided to join him two years ago.
Both doctors split their time between the Pella office and Ankeny Orthodontics, offering appointments three days a week in Pella. They also share their new building with Red Rock Endodontics, which is a new root canal service in town.
“It’s a great location, because before and after school appointments are our most popular, and we needed a little more elbow room,” says Dr. Christensen. “We decided to build a space like this, and we knew Dr. [Brandon] Vos was coming over, so it just made sense to partner with them.”
According to Dr. Christensen, he and Dr. Smith see an average of 50 patients a day. A majority of those appointments are for retainer checks. With new technology, the practice has eliminated the need for traditional, messy dental impressions for braces. Now, the practice uses an iTero Element Scanner to produce digital impressions of their patients’ teeth. The impressions are used to make retainers, Invisalign and other orthodontic materials.
“Unless your parents want you to experience a traditional dental impression as a rite of passage, we usually tend to stick with digital impressions,” says Dr. Christensen.
Dr. Smith is from Newton and received his B.A. in Biology from Warburg College. After graduation, he attended the University of Iowa to earn his Doctor of Dental Surgery. He completed his orthodontics specialty education through a two year residency at the University of Iowa, earning his Master of Science and a Certificate in Orthodontics.
Dr. Christensen is from Waterloo and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. He then went on to finish a two-year pediatric residency program, and then a two-year orthodontics residency program. He is now a board-certified orthodontist and serves as a faculty member at the University of Iowa.
The new office is located at 901 W. 16th Street, Suite 100.