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Perfect Your Smile

Dental Care you Can Trust

If you are not 100% happy with your smile, contact Chesterfiled Family Dental today to schedule a consultation so we can help you onto the right path to the smile you want!

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Nice, clean place everyone are very friendly. The doctor always done a great job. I have been there for many years…!
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All staff members are very nice. I came in after having neck surgery. Range of motion wasn’t normal for me. They worked on it to make sure I was comfortable and not in pain. Will be going back again.
Ray N.
Ray N.
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From the front office to the Dentist, the experience was awesome. Everyone took their time to help and thoroughly explain all details. This was my first visit and now I have a great dental facility!!

Am I a Candidate for Traditional Braces?

candidate for traditional bracesAlmost anyone can be a candidate for braces. Although we typically think of braces as belonging to the teen years, the reality is that anyone age 7 or older can benefit from the use of braces. If you have issues with your smile, problems in your jaw, or poorly aligned teeth, braces could be the solution. At Chesterfield Family Dental in Springfield, MO, we provide orthodontic treatments for clients of varying ages.

Age 7-12

By the time a child reaches the age of 7, his or her teeth will have developed to the point where an orthodontic assessment can be done to determine whether braces could assist in healthy oral development and prevent issues from occurring later on. Issues like tooth decay, trouble chewing (which can lead to poor nutrition), gum disease and heart problems can result from crooked teeth, so it is a good idea to find out if your child is a candidate for braces. Dr. Roger Buzbee can examine your child to determine if braces are warranted in order to keep his or her teeth straight and properly aligned as they continue to develop.

Ages 13-18

Most of the time, a person becomes a candidate for braces in the teen years. This is when underbites, overbites, crowding or difficulty chewing tend to occur, and these are all issues that can be treated by means of braces.

Of course the typical teen is also very concerned about their appearance, and it can be difficult to persuade them that straighter teeth later on are worth the embarrassment of metal braces. The good news is, most orthodontic issues will respond equally well to Invisalign clear aligners. It is important, though, to consider this type of treatment before the problems get worse and will only respond to metal braces.


Any adult can also be a candidate for braces. In fact, nearly ¼ of the dental patients wearing braces are over 19. Even a senior can be a candidate for braces. Essentially, if you want a straight, healthy smile but have not been naturally blessed with one, then you are a candidate for braces at virtually any time in your life.

Contact Our Orthodontist in Springfield for Braces

If you are still not sure whether you or someone in your family is a good candidate for braces, contact us at Chesterfield Family Dental in Springfield, MO. You can arrange an appointment by phoning 417-888-0771. We will be happy to meet with you and discuss your options. To learn more about braces read our other pages: Braces Overview and Benefits of Braces.

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I am always excited to go to the dentist now that I go to Chesterfield Family Dental. They always answer any questions I have and are so friendly and nice. I am always so comfortable here, which is saying alot because I have peridontal disease and the treatment for it doesn't always feel so great, but when Im here, the hygenist makes me forget all about it!
Salina J.
The staff is so warm and welcoming from the moment you walk in the door. Even though my son is a bit apprehensive about going to the dentist since he had to have four teeth pulled in the past, he is still always happy to see them. Dr. Buzbee and his staff are so great and patient with him. He leaves with a smile on his face and no cavities!
Julie C.
I have been a patient of Dr. Buzbee for as long as I can remember. The Staff at Chesterfield Family Dental is always greet you when you walk in and they seem to know everyone by name. The care you get for the staff is always great and all seem to be the best of the best at what they do. I have always recommend anyone I know to go see them and will continue to do so in the future.
Andrew G.

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Meet The Doctor
Dr. Roger D. Buzbee

Dr. Roger D. Buzbee graduated from University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry. He began in private practice as a Springfield dentist in 1988. In 2000 he began attending the Las Vegas Institute of Cosmetic Studies (LVI), where he became a full mouth graduate.