It might seem strange to think of a visit to the orthodontist as enjoyable, but in offering state of the art orthodontic treatment that is exactly what Ballard Orthodontics strives to provide, an enjoyable experience coupled with exceptional state of the art care.
Leading the team is Dr. Rick Ballard. He is delighted to have been welcomed to communities of hard-working, honest and caring people, and he feels Ballard Orthodontics fits right in – literally, both in Sandpoint and in Bonners Ferry, where his offices are right across from the Middle School and High School.
Although Ballard Orthodontics specializes in taking care of youngsters, there’s no need for mom and dad to feel left out: they also offer top-knotch teeth-straightening solutions for adults.
In providing orthodontic treatment they always aim to exceed patient expectations, tailoring treatment plans to the specific needs of the individual. And while providing a high level of orthodontic care is prioritized, so is making your visit to the orthodontist as comfortable and pleasant as possible — for kids and grown-ups alike.
Born in North Carolina, Dr. Rick Ballard grew up mostly in Utah, attending college at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. This was followed by four years of dental school at Case School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated at the top of his class.
Dr. Ballard then completed a one year dental residency at the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, followed by an additional three-year orthodontic residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Having excelled during his orthodontic residency, he was invited to join the faculty at Vanderbilt, where he taught and practiced orthodontics until the spring of 2006, when he and his family moved to North Idaho.
Dr. Ballard is married to Rosalee, and the couple have six children — four daughters and two sons. As a dad and an orthodontist, he is heartened that so many are taking advantage of the family-friendly orthodontic services Ballard Orthodontics provides. He says: “It’s extremely gratifying to also see that more and more parents are understanding the benefits their children can get from orthodontic treatment.”
In his free time, Dr. Ballard enjoys the many outdoor activities North Idaho has to offer, including mountain biking and skiing. He also considers it a great privilege to volunteer and help out regularly at church.