About Orthodontics

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Beautify your Smile & Improve your Health

Whether you are interested in an early evaluation, braces for your child, or you are considering orthodontic treatment for yourself, our doctors have the experience and expertise to help you choose the best treatment option for you and your family. Ultimately, orthodontics does more than make a pretty smile – it creates a healthier you.

Having straight teeth goes beyond having a perfect smile. The proper alignment of your bite can relieve the stress and discomfort felt in your muscles and teeth, and can prolong the life of your teeth. With healthy teeth, you’ll have more than one reason to smile!

We understand that selecting an orthodontist is an important decision, especially with so many to choose from in the Richmond area. You want an orthodontist you can trust who understands your needs and can provide the best treatments to meet your expectations.

Braces for Children, Teens & Adults

We take pride in our ability to provide personalized orthodontics for children, teens and adults! Drs. April Bridges-Poquis and Chad Schanilec are orthodontic specialists, and will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan catered to your specific needs and desires.

In today’s modern world, when it comes to braces, you have options. You can choose metal braces, clear braces or invisible, removable Invisalign® appliances. At Pediatric Dentists and Orthodontists of Virginia, you’ll enjoy the benefits of the finest orthodontic products and the most advanced technologies available.

Many people believe orthodontics is nothing more than a cosmetic correction to improve crooked, misaligned and poorly spaced teeth, but the benefits of orthodontics are much more than cosmetic. Orthodontics helps people achieve better overall health and a greater sense of wellbeing, often alleviating or preventing physical and mental health problems.

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Types of Braces

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Traditional Metal Braces

These are the metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word “braces.” However, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than ever!

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Clear Braces

Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth.

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Invisalign

Invisalign consists of a series of 18 to 30 custom-made, mouth guard-like clear plastic aligners. The aligners are removable and are replaced every 2 weeks.

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Invisalign Teen

Let Invisalign® Teen help perfect your smile using clear aligners so your teenage memories can be captured with confidence. Invisalign® Teen aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.

Meet our Orthodontists

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Dr. April Bridges-Poquis

Dr. April Bridges-Poquis is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia and graduated 2nd in her class from the Medical College of Virginia’s School of Dentistry. She completed her post-graduate training in orthodontics at MCV and is a member of several professional dental and orthodontic associations.

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Dr. Chad Schanilec

Dr. Chad Schanilec attended the University of North Dakota for his undergraduate degree. He received his dental degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, and completed an orthodontic residency at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia.

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