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Benefits of Choosing an Orthodontic Specialist

What is an Orthodontic Specialist?

An orthodontic specialist, like Dr. Lauren Olson, is a specifically trained in the movement of teeth. In addition, they also train in the guidance of dental, jaw and facial development. Orthodontists go through college, dental school, and orthodontic school. Like a medical specialist, an orthodontist completes a residency program for two to three years after completing dental school.

In the residency program, orthodontists learn how to properly and safely move teeth and how tooth alignment affects jaw structure and development of the bones in your face. This extra training makes an orthodontist a specialist in their field.

An orthodontist can also be called:

  • An orthodontist
  • An orthodontic specialist
  • An orthodontic and dentofacial orthopedist

*Information from the American Association of Orthodontists.

Why See an Orthodontist?

With today's technology, there are several different options for straightening teeth. However, it is beneficial to have the oversight of an orthodontic specialist in your orthodontic treatment. They will make sure your teeth are not only straight, but also in the correct alignment with the rest of your bones in your face.

In conclusion, an orthodontic specialist will make sure that your treatment is custom to your needs. Also, they will design treatment based on the overall health of your jaw and mouth. Last, they will provide you with the instructions you need to keep your teeth in the proper alignment.

If you are interested in orthodontic treatment, give us a call today! Olson Orthodontics offers complimentary consultations and Invisalign® scans. Dr. Olson will review your treatment options and suggestions with you. We look forward to seeing you smile!

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Timely Treatment You Can Count On!

We love to hear from our patients!

"Excellent about getting the patient in and out." - Bryan C.

Olson Orthodontics appreciates our patient reviews!

Thank you to Bryan for taking the time to share this experience with others! Dr. Lauren Olson understands that every patient has unique orthodontic needs and we work to create the best timely treatment plan according to those needs!

What Makes Us Different

At Olson Orthodontics, we hold ourselves to the high standards. From our front desk team, to our financial coordinator, to our orthodontic specialist, we are committed to ensuring that you receive the complete package care you deserve. That includes getting you in and out of our office in a timely manner! We understand that your time is important and we do our best to ensure timely treatment.

Our patients are family at Olson Orthodontics. Ensuring your needs are met and opinions are heard is an essential part of making sure we continue to provide the best care possible for our orthodontic family. You can find us on Google and Facebook to leave a review of our office and tell us about their Olson Orthodontic experience.

Looking for Braces in O'Fallon?

Are you a parent looking for an orthodontist in O’Fallon? You’ve come to the right place! Olson Orthodontics loves working with everyone. Our goal is to see your new smile transform your life, and bring you an increased confidence.

Make an Appointment

Be sure to check out the types of treatment we provide and contact our office with any questions. We are always here to help! Click here to schedule your FREE consultation and begin your custom, timely treatment plan.

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Retainers: Why Are They So Important?

The team at Olson Orthodontics understand that everyone looks forward to the day that they get their braces off! It is one of our favorite days too! This is also the day that your retainers become your best friends.

What do retainers do?

Retainers keep your teeth from shifting. Your teeth naturally tend to shift positions as you age due to growing and chewing. This natural movement can reverse your orthodontic treatment to the point where it is noticeable. Retainers are custom made for your bite to keep your teeth in their new, more desirable positions. They maintain your beautiful smile!

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, straighter teeth tend to be easier to clean which reduces the chance of getting cavities. Also, people chew more effectively when their teeth are correctly aligned. This decreases plaque buildup and allows you to get the most nutrients out of the food you eat. Wearing your retainer also helps keep your teeth healthy!

How to keep them safe

We always suggest that you wear your retainers as directed by Dr. Lauren Olson. If you are able to wear them forever, that is awesome! For tips on cleaning your retainer, click HERE.

When you are not wearing your retainer, it is important that you keep it in your case. This keeps them away from pets, from being thrown away, and from being lost. If you do happen to break or lose your retainer, please contact our office as soon as possible for details on how to have it replaced.

Olson Orthodontics is so excited to be a part of your smile journey and love getting to see this last phase of your treatment. Although we always miss our patients, we know that your smile will make a difference!

Excellent Treatment At Olson Orthodontics

Olson Orthodontics loves hearing from our patients

"The staff is friendly. Appointments ALWAYS start on time. I'm grateful Dr. Olson took Cameryn as a transfer when other local orthodontists would not." -Robin H.

Thank you for leaving a review

Thank you for leaving a review of our team, Robin! We strive to ensure that every patient feels comfortable, welcome, and at home at Olson orthodontics! We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review!

Why choose Olson Orthodontics?

Our goal is to consistently provide excellent treatment in a caring, friendly, and clean environment. Whether in person or on the phone, we aim to give a lasting impression. It is our policy to treat each patient the way we want to be treated—with understanding, sympathy, and consideration.

Make an appointment!

Contact us to learn more about our treatment options and schedule your FREE consultation today! Our energetic and friendly team is excited to answer your questions and share a smile with you!

Leukemia Awareness

September is Leukemia Awareness Month

Dr. Lauren Olson and the Olson Orthodontics team want to show our support for Leukemia Awareness by encouraging our patients to smile in ORANGE during September!

Olson Orthodontics Supports Leukemia Awareness

Therefore, Dr. Olson will make a donation to the Hope House on behalf of the Olson Orthodontics family in honor of Sara Simpson. To calculate the total donation, we will note each patient that chooses ORANGE bands. To show your support, take a selfie of your ORANGE smile or ORANGE bracelet and tag us in your post @OlsonBraces. You can also post the photo to our Facebook page!

Leukemia, which accounts for about 30% of childhood cancers, affects far too many families. We are hopeful for a cure and are honored to participate in the fight. Patients can also leave a donation in office at their appointment.

Want to do more with the leukemia and lymphoma society, click HERE.


2019 Platinum+ Invisalign® Provider

What does Platinum+ mean?

Dr. Lauren Olson is proud to be a Platinum+ Invisalign® Provider for 2019! An orthodontist's provider level is determined by their overall experience and the relative number of patients they have treated with Invisalign®. The levels range from VIP to bronze and doctors with the "plus" status have more experience with a given level.

What are Invisalign® clear aligners?

Patients who are in Invisalign® treatment have opted for their teeth to be straightened by a series of clear aligners. Each set of clear aligners gradually move teeth to the location that an orthodontic specialist, like Dr. Lauren Olson, have planned for. If you are a candidate for the aligners, Dr. Olson will create you a custom treatment plan using 3D computer imaging technology. Then, Invisalign® creates those aligners based on Dr. Olson's plan. Each set of aligners is worn for approximately one week before you move to the next set until your teeth are in the desired positions.

Am I a candidate for Invisalign®?

The only way to tell if you are an Invisalign® candidate is to have a consultation with Dr. Lauren Olson. Our consultations are complimentary and we also offer Invisalign® Teen, so age is not a factor. However, there are cases where this treatment is not the best recommendation and Dr. Olson can suggest an alternate treatment plan.

Call today or submit an online appointment request to schedule your complimentary exam! We look forward to seeing you!

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Personal Care Tailored Just for You

What do our patients love about Olson Orthodontics?

"The availability and personal care. Any time we have had a question, you have been available to answer it, and we feel like you really know our daughter well." -J.M.

Olson Orthodontics appreciates our patient reviews!

Thank you to J.M. for taking the time to share his experience with others! Dr. Lauren Olson understands that every patient has different orthodontic needs and the best treatment plan will vary according to those needs. Personal care is the first part of our mission to provide the highest quality of care possible for our patients.


Questions are normal and are always welcomed at Olson Orthodontics. We feel that it is important that you feel comfortable with the treatment plan for yourself or your children. How better to feel at ease knowing you can ask questions about your own treatment?


We want to be here for you when you need us and we understand that family schedules can be crazy. We do all we can to offer availability with services like early and late appointments and the option to request initial appointments online.

Family Atmosphere

Dr. Lauren Olson and the Olson Orthodontics team truly care about every single patient as if they were a part of our family. That is the best part of our jobs and a vital aspect of personal care. We truly go alongside our patients on their "smile journey" and want to be there to celebrate with them when it is complete!

Our Promise

Our goal is to consistently provide excellent treatment in a caring, friendly, and clean environment. Whether in person or on the phone, we aim to give a lasting impression. It is our policy to treat each patient the way we want to be treated—with understanding, sympathy, and consideration. Personal care at its finest!

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Dr. Lauren Olson: In the News with Carrollton Bank

Have you seen Dr. Olson on the Carrollton Bank commercial?

Dr. Lauren has been recently featured in one of Carrollton Bank's commercials. It was a unique experience in that during filming of the commercial, she and Laura just sat at a table and talked for 30 minutes. It was not scripted or had any per-set guidelines other than to just sit there and talk!

Dr. Lauren Olson has been with Carrollton Bank for over seven years and she has served on the Advisory Board for the O'Fallon Branch for the last three years. She still attends the board meetings as an alumni member. Dr. Lauren loves her relationship with the bank, and the personal service that her banker, Laura Beckman, provides has been terrific!

To Dr. Lauren, Carrollton Bank feels much like her own business. It is based off one on one interactions, a family friendly atmosphere where you are known and respected, and most of all friendly employees that are ready to serve and make your experience a great one!

Haven't seen the commercial yet and want to watch it?

Check out the commercial by watching the video below or by clicking this link: Just Call Laura

Dr. Lauren Olson Commercial with Carrollton Bank

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The Shades of Summer Contest 2019

Want to win an Amazon gift card AND a gift card to I Scream, U Scream ice cream shop this summer?

The Olson Orthodontics new summer 2019 contest has begun! Here is how to enter:

  1. Put on your #OlsonBraces sunnies
  2. Take a selfie in the office photo booth
  3. Check in to our office on Facebook and post the picture (We can post it for you if you would like.)
  4. That's it! You are entered into the contest!

Every selfie post will get an entry into a drawing for an Amazon gift card and a gift card to the local ice cream shop,"I Scream U Scream". Be sure to use our props in the office, including Ringo the Flamingo! This summer contest lasts until August! Good luck to all!

Timely Treatment You Can Trust

Timely Treatment You Can Trust

"Appointments were always on time" –Jeff M

Thank you for reviewing Olson Orthodontics! 

We understand the value of your time. That’s why it means so much to us for you to pause your busy schedule to leave a review!

We know that you are working to fit orthodontic visits into your already busy schedule. That is why the Olson Orthodontics team works so hard to stay on schedule with our appointments each day!

Efficiency is Key

Patient visits are usually scheduled for once a month so we can effectively monitor the treatment process. Thanks to our efficient services, we finish the majority of all treatment plans on or before the predicted date. On the rare occasion when we need to extend the length of a patient’s treatment, we always discuss the reasons why and the necessary changes with the patient.

Need braces in O’Fallon?

Are you a parent looking for a children’s orthodontist in O’Fallon? Or are you researching adult braces options for you? Then you’ve come to the right place! Olson Orthodontics loves working with children and adults of all ages. Our goal is to see your new smile transform your life, bringing you a healthy bite and increased confidence.

Want to know more?

Be sure to check out the types of treatment we provide and contact our office with any questions. We are happy to help!
Click here to schedule your FREE consultation!