Our mission is to help our patients toward a more enjoyable and fulfilling life by achieving the healthy, beautiful smile they have always wanted.
Balhoff Orthodontics was established in Lafayette, LA, in 2004 to be of service to our patients by providing the highest level of orthodontic and dental excellence possible. As the best orthodontist Lafayette could ask for, Dr. Donald Balhoff and our team have been committed for over 20 years to creating healthy, beautiful smiles in an enjoyable, caring, and energetic atmosphere while placing an emphasis on meticulous service and quality care for our entire orthodontic family.
Meet Dr. Balhoff
Dr. Donald Balhoff is a Baton Rouge native and alumnus of the Baton Rouge Catholic High School. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in 1995 at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and dental studies at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans in 1999. Finally, he would pursue his orthodontics specialty certification in 2001 at Nova Southeastern College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
His commitment to delivering high-quality care leads him to leverage the latest advances in dentistry and orthodontics, with which he keeps up to date thanks to his involvement and continued education with the American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, the Southern Association of Orthodontists, Louisiana Dental Association, and the Acadiana District Dental Association.
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How Can We Achieve This?
We have several tools at our disposal to help you achieve your goals. Besides, how could we call ourselves the best orthodontist Lafayette has available should also offer you a lot of options for ortho treatment, right? Check out some of the treatment options you could enjoy right here.
Two-Phase Treatment Lafayette
Children can start visiting the orthodontist as early as age 7. You can help your kids maintain good dental care with the help of an orthodontist with early treatment in Lafayette. We aim to identify incoming dental development problems and begin treatment when it’s most efficient and comfortable for your kids in Lafayette.
Orthodontics For Adults in Lafayette
There is no reason to believe that adults cannot get orthodontic care. As a matter of fact, Lafayette adult orthodontics is now more popular than ever. Adults will have to be careful with a few more things, but all are welcome to try our options for orthodontic care in Lafayette, LA.
TADs in Lafayette
These small titanium anchors can help speed up the process of orthodontics. Dr. Balhoff can help you determine if these would help your treatment with braces for added efficiency and comfort or as an alternative to headgear.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Lafayette
Some patients can’t have their problems fixed by orthodontics alone. At times, we’ll need the help of surgical options to fix skeletal irregularities. You should consult with Dr. Balhoff about what your case requires.
Braces in Lafayette
The main tool in every orthodontist’s arsenal is braces. These orthodontic appliances gradually push your teeth into the right alignment. When you come for orthodontics in Lafayette, you can be sure you’ll find only the best in orthodontics. Ask about traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and self-ligating braces in Lafayette.
Clear Aligners in Lafayette
An alternative to treatment with braces is to find a provider of Invisalign® clear aligners in Lafayette. Fortunately, Dr. Balhoff is a Gold Plus Provider of Invisalign. He can get you started with your treatment, and you’ll get a beautiful smile in record time.
Can’t say enough good things about Dr. Balhoff and his wonderful staff! Not only did they take care of my son’s teeth and smile, but worked with a busy teenager’s schedule to make sure he never missed an appointment! Highly recommend!
I love these folks! My son is being treated by Dr. Balhoff and his staff. This evening, one of the appliances came loose to the point where my son couldn’t eat. We called the office after hours and the on call staff didn’t hesitate to come back to the office to help him. 100% on customer service and attention to the customer!
Dr. Balhoff was extremely gentle, had a wonderful bedside manner, and extremely thorough with explanation of the treatment of his patients and parents. I also love the fact that we got the results of her x-rays the same day as her treatment plan!!
“Had a great visit with Balhoff Orthodontics yesterday! To be honest, I was nervous and did not know what to expect. The minute I walked in, I could sense that this indeed was a very special place. Everyone was very attentive, professional and treated me like family. He took his time and explained in detail his concerns for my dental health. I would recommend Balhoff Orthodontics to anyone. I want to thank the dental office of Tom Sammons for referring me. Both of the above dental practices are truly deserving of being among the top of Acadiana’s Best!”
“Dr. Balhoff and his staff are absolutely awesome!! They are all very caring, nice and very patient when their job gets a little challenging lol. I would recommend Dr. Balhoff to anyone looking for a great orthodontist!! I was very satisfied with the care I got yesterday and I know I will be well taken care of for the next couple of years. Thanks again!”
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is an orthodontist?
Orthodontists are dental health specialists who focus on the alignment of teeth and jaws. According to the American Dental Association, an orthodontist will focus on diagnosing, treating, and preventing, whenever possible, bad bites and crooked teeth, helping patients improve their biting, chewing, speaking, and more.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the field of dental health that diagnoses treats, and aims to prevent jaw malocclusions and dental malalignment. Just as any other dental health specialty, it focuses on specifics of a person’s orofacial structures to improve their dental health and overall health. In the case of orthodontics, we achieve this with a treatment that realigns your teeth and achieves an ideal relationship between jaws.
When should orthodontic treatment be started?
Ideally, patients should first visit an orthodontist by age 7. Correcting your dental alignment is much easier during your teenage years because your orthodontist can leverage the natural movements bones and teeth make during that time. Adults can still make the most out of this specialized care starting as soon as they can.
What can go wrong with orthodontic treatment?
Every patient’s journey is unique. Orthodontists develop treatment plans that are safe for your teeth. However, when patients don’t follow their orthodontist’s recommendations, they can cause orthodontic emergencies, delay their treatment, or fail to achieve their desired results. Make sure you talk to your orthodontist to manage your expectations about treatment.
How can I take care of my teeth if I'm wearing braces or a retainer?
You should still continue to visit your general dentist frequently. Your dental hygiene is critical to the success of any orthodontic treatment. Similarly, you can consult with your orthodontist if you require help from an endodontist or other specialist for a root canal, dental crown, dental extraction, or more.
What's the best age to visit the orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends parents take their children to an orthodontist around age 7 because they can take advantage of their mixed dentition and ensure that permanent teeth erupt properly aligned.