We are breaking the mold of traditional orthodontists. At Wafelbakker Anderson Orthodontics (WAO), we go beyond traditional orthodontics because we believe oral health is essential to general health and well-being at every stage of life. Our approach involves fixing the cause of the condition and looking at everything from the inside out. And during the course of this journey, we will also give you a killer smile that will last a lifetime.
WHY WE ROCK!
Our holistic approach to treating our patients goes beyond achieving straight teeth. Not only will your treatment improve your teeth, bite, and smile, but you’ll also notice a change in your health and well-being.
How, you ask? It is part of our bigger picture approach — a healthy mouth is good for your whole-body wellness. Your mouth actually serves as a window into your overall health. A healthy mouth enables not only nutrition of the physical body, but also enhances social interaction and promotes self-esteem and feelings of well-being. Breathing is immensely important and is closely related to sleep, so don’t be alarmed if we ask you if you snore. We do everything to facilitate better breathing in our treatment and create stable proper function that will minimize future dental work. When teeth align properly, all other functioning is greatly improved, which helps patients better maintain overall health without surgery. We know the importance of this because 80% of the patients in our pain clinic had previous orthodontic treatment. We know our treatment methods are effective because these patients are no longer living with pain.
Most people seek orthodontic treatment to obtain that beautiful smile they have dreamed of for themselves or their children. At Wafelbakker Anderson Orthodontics (WAO), our practice philosophy is to go beyond the boundaries of traditional orthodontics, and we have developed a holistic and comprehensive approach to orthodontic care that takes into account much more than just straight teeth, but how the teeth and the bite connect with our entire body.
The extensive continuing education training our doctors are constantly receiving has enabled us to now fix teeth and bites that were previously thought to be un-fixable without surgical intervention, and offer our patients one of the most unique treatment experiences in the world. It is our mission to make our patients smile the biggest they have ever smiled, not just because of the confidence they feel in knowing their teeth look beautiful, but also because they know they now have a healthy, balanced bite that will last them a lifetime.
FIXING THE UN-FIXABLE
In 2007, our doctors learned about a treatment modality, the Multi-loop Edgewise Archwire (MEAW) technique, that completely changed orthodontic treatment in our practice. These wires are extremely powerful tools that can help us fix the most difficult bites and severely crowded situations without jaw surgery or extraction of permanent teeth.
Our doctors continued to push to learn more, and received extensive training in how teeth bite together, and how this affects the supporting bone, gums, head and neck muscles, as well as overall body health. In merging the knowledge gained in these areas together with SureSmile technology (robotically bent archwires that allow for highly detailed computer assisted final positioning of a patient’s teeth), we have developed a completely unique treatment philosophy that is capable of tackling and solving the most difficult orthodontic problems. Where our training in traditional orthodontics previously left us short of these achieving these results, we can now, “fix the un-fixable”.
Dr. Bas Wafelbakker, DMD
Since 1985, Dr. Wafelbakker has been providing his patients with top quality orthodontic care. He chose the oral health field because his grandfather was a dentist and he enjoyed the mix of using his mind, his hands, and socializing all at the same time. At the office, Dr. Wafelbakker loves making people smile. His practice is a friendly and warm place, where both staff and patients have a lot of fun. Interacting with patients is one of his favorite aspects of his job, and seeing patients coming from up to a third generation, can be a very gratifying experience. Dr. Wafelbakker feels like his patients are like family and treats them with the utmost care.
Doctorate of Dental Medicine – University of Amsterdam Dental School, 1983
Orthodontic Certificate – Temple University, 1985
In addition, Dr. Wafelbakker spends many hours a year on continuing education in both the US and abroad. He believes that orthodontics and dentistry are rapidly evolving and changing professions, and it takes a lot of continuing education to stay on the cutting edge. Dr. Wafelbakker believes it is important to not only take continuing education courses in orthodontics, but also in many other dental disciplines. This allows him to communicate better with his patients’ general dentists, and to provide his patients with better care.
Since 2008, Dr. Wafelbakker has been actively studying with a Japanese orthodontist (Dean of Kawanaga Dental College in Japan). Through this studying, Dr. Wafelbakker has learned a technique that eliminates jaw surgery for a lot of patients that would otherwise have needed surgery to fix their bite.