WELLINGTON THE MAGAZINE - August 2022

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Orthodontist Dr. Randall Shults at his office on South Shore Blvd.

THREE DECADES OF SMILE PERFECTION Orthodontist Dr. Randall Shults Has Expertise In All The Latest Technology STORY BY DEBORAH WELKY | PHOTOS BY DENISE FLEISCHMAN

When school starts up again this month, many children will be sporting new outfits, and some will be sporting something else — new braces. And if anyone knows about braces, it’s Dr. Randall Shults of Shults Orthodontics, who has been perfecting the smiles of Wellington residents since 1993. “Young children typically want brac-

es because they’re kind of cool-looking, making it look like they’re ‘old enough to have braces,’ but getting braces varies by the individual and is problemspecific,” Shults said.“Some patients are best treated early, to avoid damaging the enamel of their teeth and to improve their bite, but others are better treated later on. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends seeing chil-

dren when their permanent teeth first erupt (ages 7.5 to 9), but the vast majority of patients are better treated — more efficiently and financially conservatively — at ages 10 to 12 for girls and 11 to 13 for boys.” The trend that the orthodontics community is now noticing is that there is a growing number of adult orthodontic patients, perhaps as high as 25 percent. wellington the magazine | august 2022 53