Welcome to Haltom Orthodontics

Serving Albuquerque, Los Lunas, and Grants for over 47 years.

Albuquerque Orthodontists, Dr. Darren Haltom and his father, Dr. Tucker Haltom, have been providing excellent orthodontic treatment to three generations of families in Albuquerque, Los Lunas, Grants and all over New Mexico. Our Mission Statement: Create an amazing patient experience, with clinical excellence and outstanding customer service. Strive to make every patient visit fun and memorable, we want to be the best part of each patient’s day. Always do our best, aim for perfection and never accept mediocrity.

There have been tremendous advancements in orthodontics since we first started creating healthy, beautiful smiles and Haltom Orthodontics has become widely known for bringing new technologies and procedures that not only make your experience more comfortable during treatment but make your new smile even better when treatment is complete.

Whether you’re ready to start treatment today, researching options for yourself or any member of your family – or you just have questions, Haltom Orthodontics has the technology – and the experience – to get you where you want to be.



Creating World Class Smiles




Everyone there is wonderful, the braces are top notch and the service is fantastic. I could not image a better place to be for braces! –Mark L.
We have been seeing Dr. Darren and Dr. Tucker for over a year now. They are absolutely wonderful and the staff is amazing too! I couldn’t have asked for a better orthodontic experience for my son. –Stacey L.
I HIGHLY recommend Haltom Orthodontics…VERY professional and amazing staff!!! I love my daughters smile, however, after Dr. Haltom SHE loves her smile!!! THANK YOU!!! –Juanita H.
Haltom is a great place to go if you are any age. They have a very nice and friendly staff and did a great job on my braces. I love my smile. –Grace V.
I was 45 when I started wearing braces, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. People compliment me on my smile now! I drove 150 miles one way for every appointment and I’d do it again! –Mary A.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Treatment

Does orthodontic treatment cause gingivitis or caries?

No, orthodontic treatment does not cause gingivitis or caries. Poor oral hygiene and plaque accumulation are the main reason for the development of caries. This is why it is very important to keep your teeth and braces clean during your treatment.

How long will it take to complete treatment?

Treatment time is different for every patient because everyone’s treatment is personalized. When you have your initial evaluation, we will be able to give you a very good idea of how long your treatment will take.

Do you use recycled braces?

No. We never reuse brackets or wires.

Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?

We recommend that you see your family dentist at least twice a year during orthodontic treatment. If you don’t have a family dentist, we can provide the necessary cleanings right in our office during your treatment.

Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?

We cannot move teeth that have not yet erupted. That’s why most orthodontic treatment occurs after the age of 12, when the second set of molars appear. However, baby teeth can be moved orthodontically in order to create the proper space for the adult teeth.

Does orthodontic treatment cause gingivitis or caries?

No, orthodontic treatment does not cause gingivitis or caries. Poor oral hygiene and plaque accumulation are the main reason for the development of caries. This is why it is very important to keep your teeth and braces clean during your treatment.

Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?

You’re never too old to get a healthy, beautiful smile with braces or clear aligners. In fact, over 25% of our patients are adults.

Does whitening damage teeth?

Whitening, or bleaching, of the teeth can cause damage if done too often. We offer two forms of whitening and will work with you to make sure you get the maximum benefit without causing damage to your teeth.

Life with Braces

Can I still play sports?

Yes, you can. There’s no reason for you to stop enjoying sports and other activities you enjoy during your treatment. However, we recommend wearing a special mouthguard, designed to “float” over your braces, any time your activity could result in you being hit in the face with a ball or any other form of contact to your face is possible.

How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?

Keeping your teeth clean is always important – and even more so while wearing braces. We recommend that you brush well every morning, before you go to bed and after every meal and snack.

Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?

We recommend that you see your family dentist at least twice a year during orthodontic treatment. If you don’t have a family dentist, we can provide the necessary cleanings right in our office during your treatment.

Appointments

What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

At your initial examination appointment, you will have the opportunity to share your treatment goals, meet our team and meet with one of our doctors. This appointment offers an excellent opportunity to get answers to your questions and find out what options are best for you.

How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

To schedule an initial exam you can call the office during normal business hours or, if you prefer, you can fill out the form on the Patient Information Page and we will contact you to set up your appointment.

Cost and Financing

How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? Do you accept insurance?

The investment required is dependent on the treatment that is prescribed. However, when you have your initial consultation we can give you specific information about your investment. We do offer payments plans to make your treatment affordable. While we do not accept direct payment from insurance carriers, we will work with you to help you maximize your benefits. As us about this when you have your consultation.