Expert: Orthodontics

Sam Smith Orthodontics

Dr. Samuel Smith, DMD, MS - "Dr. Sam"

Better known to his patients and staff as "Dr. Sam," his specialty is developing warm relationships with his patients and parents through communication and education during the orthodontic treatment process. "Dr. Sam" completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. He received his dental degree, Masters, and orthodontic training from the University of Louisville. "Dr. Sam" is a board certified specialist in orthodontics, and is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists. Dr. Smith and his wife, Hollie, have four children, Spencer, Carter, Elle & Sicily and live in the Eagle area. When not creating Super Smiles "Dr. Sam" enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, basketball, and fly-fishing.


We are pleased to welcome you to our practice. We love orthodontics, and it shows in everything we do. Our patients and their families are special to us and we go the extra mile to create a super smile. Since orthodontics involves a long-term commitment, it is important to develop a comfortable relationship between patient and doctor. We have found that by encouraging an open dialogue among patient, family and staff, we can easily address most concerns as they arise. Our ultimate goal is clinical excellence. We utilize state-of-the-art equipment and materials and are committed to maintaining a leading edge in new and innovative orthodontic techniques to insure maximum results with minimum discomfort.

How do I know if my childis ready for orthodontic treatment?

It is often difficult for a parent to determine if treatment is needed. There may be serious orthodontic problems even though the front teeth appear straight. Conversely, some problems that appear intimidating and complex may be easily treated. Asking your general dentist is a good place to begin, but we are your best resource since orthodontics is all we do. If orthodontic treatment is not indicated for your child at this time, periodic evaluations will be scheduled as the eruption of permanent teeth progresses.

What are some early signs of orthodontic problems?

Look at your child's teeth. If you see crooked teeth, gaps between the teeth or overlapped teeth, your child may need orthodontic treatment.
Look at the alignment of your child's jaw. Does the jaw shift off-center when your child bites down? If you see any mal-alignment or shifting of the jaw, your child may have a skeletal problem and should be evaluated by an orthodontist.
Other common problems to watch for include: mouth breathing, protruding teeth, difficulty chewing or biting, speech difficulty, and teeth that don't meet in a normal manner, or don't meet at all.
These are some of the more common signs. Other signs may be much more subtle and require a trained professional to detect.

What is a good age for my child to see an orthodontist?

All children should receive their first evaluation by age eight, or earlier if a problem is detected by the family dentist, parents, or the child's doctor. An early evaluation allows us to determine when a child's particular problem should be addressed. In many patients early treatment provides results that are unattainable once the face and jaws have finished growing.

What is Phase I ( Interceptive Treatment) and Phase II treatment?

Phase I ( Interceptive Treatment) is indicated for some orthodontic problems. The goal of Phase I treatment is to "intercept" an orthodontic problem before it becomes more severe and/or more difficult to treat. Problems commonly treated in Phase I include severe skeletal imbalances, crossbites and severe crowding. Interceptive treatment can make difficult orthodontic problems more manageable. In addition, early correction of some problems produces the most stable results. Most phase I patients will require a second phase of treatment (Phase II) for optimal results.
Phase II treatment usually occurs a number of years later when most or all of the permanent teeth have erupted ( Generally age 10-12). The goal of Phase II treatment is to achieve optimal alignment and bite of all permanent teeth.

What is Full or Comprehensive Orthodontic treatment?

This is another name for orthodontic treatment in the permanent dentition at any age. It is more commonly used when a Phase I treatment was not performed.
Adults are also prime candidates for orthodontic treatment.
The timing of your treatment is VERY important; a consultation will allow us to better understand your needs. Please contact our office if you have any questions.

The Greatest Compliment You Can Give Us

We at Sam Smith Orthodontics love word of mouth referrals. We appreciate you sharing with your friends and family what a wonderful experience we've provided for you during your treatment. As a way of showing our appreciation, when your friend or family member begins treatment with us, we provide $100.00 off their treatment, and provide you with a gift certificate for a dinner out at a local restaurant, compliments of us. It's the ultimate compliment to us when you refer someone you know to our office.