I wasn’t surprised when I checked out my daughter from school last week to hear that she was nervous about going to her first orthodontist appointment. Heading into an unfamiliar environment where you don’t have much context for what to expect can be nervewracking, but as her mom, I knew she was about to have a really great experience.
I’d recently visited Orthodontic Design Co. myself to get the lay of the land and learn about this brand new office here in Madison ahead of time, so I felt confident that her nerves would be eased within moments of entering the office.
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I eagerly watched with anticipation as my daughters (ages 8 and 6) entered the front doors with wide eyes and shy smiles. The oversized digital aquarium immediately caught their eyes, but then they spun around and spotted the slushie machine. We were warmly greeted and given some next steps: I had some paperwork to fill out, and my girls were treated to some coloring pages to create some sea creatures to fill the “aquarium”.
The paperwork took less than 10 minutes, and in the time I was filling it out, they’d each created two sea creatures. Dr. Adam Reynolds, the practice’s orthodontist, actually came out to introduce himself to my children and color with them too, adding to the wave of relief my oldest felt about her first orthodontist appointment.
After they’d finished creating their sea creatures and assigning them creative names, Dr. Reynolds himself showed them how to set their creations free in the aquarium to swim around. Yes, the sea creatures that kids (and kids at heart!) create on paper turn into 3D images that “swim” around on the screen!
Their smiles were worth a million bucks when their new little friends popped out on the screen. They admired their new friends for a moment and then immediately got to work on new creatures. My oldest was not only far from nervous anymore, but she was immensely enjoying herself which primed her for a fantastic first appointment with Dr. Reynolds.
Before getting started on scanning my daughter’s mouth, Dr. Reynolds gave our family a tour of his office, which included a “thankful” wall, a complimentary book library, a high-tech x-ray area, and then finally an additional library area with beanbags to cozy up in for siblings while the patient is being seen.
The smiles were wide for all of us; Our girls thought this was all fun, and I was happy to see them so happy. It’s also always heartwarming to see professionals that are working with your children treat them with such kindness and respect as Dr. Reynolds and his staff did.
For the following half hour, my eight-year-old had her initial scan completed with ultra-progressive technology that is mind-blowing. Even she enjoyed the camera view of her mouth. She was then whisked off to have her initial X-rays completed so that Dr. Reynolds and his team could have a full scope of the next steps (if any) for our daughter and her orthodontic needs.
Since her first dental appointment at two years old, we’ve been told that she would “absolutely, 100%” need braces by high school, so we were curious what this first orthodontic appointment would reveal.
While the appointment itself was taking place, our middle daughter couldn’t have been enjoying herself more. I joked that we owe Dr. Reynolds a pack of printing paper after how many sea creatures she created. When coloring wore her out, she found a comfy spot on the beanbag and enjoyed a few books.
During the consultation time, Dr. Reynolds spoke to both me and my daughter making sure that we both had our questions answered along the way.
His state-of-the-art technology allowed for the consultation portion to be very objective. I don’t know anything about orthodontics but it was very apparent to me what Dr. Reynolds ultimately shared: it’s in our daughter’s best interest to get an expander.
He then provided an entire projected timeline for her incoming teeth, time in between the expander and braces, and then ultimately braces. He was incredibly thorough and reminded me that there are no ignorant questions.
We left the consultation with zero questions; I could see with my own eyes what was in the pipeline for my daughter’s teeth because his technology is that wild. We discussed insurance options, payment plans, and more. I never felt rushed and left with all of the information I needed to chat with my husband at home.
It took us no time at all to email Dr. Reynolds back and share that we are ready to move forward. Our daughter was so excited when she heard that she’d be getting an expander because “I can’t wait to go back there!”
Music to our ears!
What is Orthodontic Design Co. in Madison, Alabama?
Orthodontic Design Co is a brand new orthodontic practice for children and adults and is located on Hughes Road just a half mile north of Madison Boulevard. Services they provide include Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Custom Braces, Early Treatment, and more.
Dr. Adam Reynolds and his team worked diligently over the last year to completely renovate the interior of a vacant bank building, and the final product is jaw-dropping.
Dr. Reynolds and his family are new to the Madison area, and he brings with him advanced, cutting-edge technology (and years of experience) that is a game changer for orthodontic patients.
Though his actual processes for treating his patients are innovative and flat-out genius, his reception area was designed with just as much intention as his entire practice was.
“I wanted something that was fun and added energy to people’s lives once they walked in,” he shared. “I wanted this to be a place where both kids and adults would feel completely comfortable.”
Upon entering the reception area, guests are greeted with bold, attractive colors and modern decor. Comfortable chairs line a wall that leads to a complimentary refreshment area where guests are welcome to help themselves to cold bottled water or a slushie. Even the slushee flavors match the yellow and blue branding for Orthodontic Design Co.
Available flavors include blue raspberry and lemonade (but my kids and I suggest mixing the two for fun of course!)
“We plumbed this area from the beginning,” Reynolds says. “Typically people grab their slushees as they are leaving their appointment, so they’re leaving on a happy note.”
Reynolds says that drinking something cold actually helps to reduce the pain from tightened braces, so it’s a functional aspect of the reception area as well.
On the other side of the reception area is the star of the show, the aforementioned “digital aquarium”.
Dr. Reynolds smiles as we walk towards the coloring area, commenting “It’s cool, isn’t it?
He says that he stumbled upon something like this a decade ago at a children’s museum and never forgot about it. When thinking about his office and goals, he knew that in everything they offered they’d want to communicate that “everything we do is a custom design”, so the aquarium is a “continuation of that design”.
Dr. Reynolds says that it’s been really neat to watch children walk into the office and immediately begin coloring. Unlimited coloring pages are available, which keeps patients and their siblings busy for as long as necessary.
Beyond the reception area is where Dr. Reynolds is able to be an artist of sorts himself as he works to create a million-dollar smile for each of his patients.
His process is unique from what some may expect thanks to his cutting-edge technology that allows him to create a custom set-up for each unique mouth.
Dr. Reynolds uses digital planning that designs the end result before he ever gets started putting in wires, brackets, Invisalign, etc.
He says that his process with orthodontic care is like taking a direct flight somewhere.
“You are going to get to your destination a lot quicker and with a lot less hassle,” he says.
His digital planning technology allows for the results to happen with more accuracy and fewer visits.
“As a patient, you are significantly cutting down your treatment time and are able to spread out appointments so that you’re not missing as much school.”
Dr. Reynolds also utilizes an app that patients can download where they are encouraged to scan their braces weekly to detect teeth movement.
“We are going to be watching that scan every single week.”
He also encourages texting with parents if they’re concerned about something poking or breaking.
Though Dr. Reynolds is incredibly gifted with treating children and teens, he also welcomes adults who are interested in braces or Invisalign.
When asked what age children should first visit an orthodontist, Dr. Reynolds says that ages 7-8 is a great place to start.
“Until they need an actual service, everything we’ll do here is complimentary.”
During the first visit, Dr. Reynolds will assess how fast one’s teeth are growing, potential room for more growth, and more.
He explained that many do not realize the benefits of visiting an orthodontist regularly until it’s time for possible services.
“You don’t have to wait until a dentist says to come to visit us. We will time your treatment perfectly and make sure that we get ahead of any issues.”
When asked what inspired Dr. Reynolds to approach Orthodontic Design Co. with such technology, he says that he was inspired by and learned from incredible doctors while practicing in St. Louis. He says that another significant part of his background involves his Invisalign training.
“I learned from people in St. Louis who were in the top 1% in that area, and then I took that experience and knowledge and practiced in Georgia.”
Dr. Reynolds, his wife Jennilyn, and their five children are now thrilled to be in Madison and make this community home.
Orthodontic Design Co. offers in-house financing with zero interest. They have flexible payment plans, accept a variety of insurance options, and will work with each patient and his or her family to make sure they receive the necessary services.
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25 Hughes Road, Madison, AL 35758
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