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Published on November 01, 2016

Creating smiles to last a lifetime


Michael Barba, DDS, MS, Gundersen Orthodontics

Mark Endrizzi, DDS, MS, Gundersen Orthodontics

Let's face it. Most of us have teeth that came in a little crooked or are crowded. Thankfully, you can turn to Gundersen orthodontic specialists Michael Barba, DDS, MS, and Mark Endrizzi, DDS, MS, to help you achieve a more confident smile. They are specially trained to correct teeth, bite and jaw problems using the most up-to-date techniques and technologies. Below they answer some of their patients' frequently asked questions.

When should my child see an orthodontist?

"The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children are seen for an orthodontic evaluation by age 7, or earlier if you or your dentist notices a problem. Early diagnosis and treatment frequently guide facial development and tooth eruption, and prevent more serious problems from developing," according to Dr. Barba, who not only practices orthodontics but is a specialist in pediatric dentistry. This allows him to more thoroughly diagnose and treat problems in facial growth and development.

Is it too late to have braces if I'm an adult?

"There is no age limit for braces!" says Dr. Endrizzi. "Today, we're treating more adults than ever before. There are many treatment options that make it more comfortable for adults to pursue treatment. With improved bonding and manufacturing techniques, braces are smaller and less noticeable than ever before."

Do you offer any options to speed treatment along?

Many patients are surprised to learn about orthodontic devices that can shorten their treatment time. "I use the new progressive Damon system for aligning teeth and balancing bites. Damon braces are self-ligating, meaning they don't need to be manually tightened as often as traditional braces. They work more efficiently and require fewer office visits. Our patients finish six months earlier than in most practices, with our typical treatment times being 18-20 months," states Dr. Barba.

Why should I choose Gundersen for my orthodontic care?

Choosing an orthodontist is an important decision. Dr. Barba and Dr. Endrizzi have completed two to three years of training beyond dental school, and are uniquely qualified to treat complex orthodontic and orthopedic cases.

"One thing that makes Gundersen unique is that we have a complete Dental Specialties team which allows us to work directly with oral surgeons, a pedodontist (pediatric dentist), a periodontist, prosthodontists and endodontists, as needed. This allows us to provide the greatest quality of care possible to each of our patients," notes Dr. Endrizzi.

To schedule a free consultation, call Gundersen Orthodontics: La Crosse at (608) 775-2202 or Onalaska at (608) 775-8152. Orthodontic outreach is also provided in Prairie du Chien, Tomah, Winona and Decorah. Learn more at

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