Welcome to Riggs Orthodontics

Our number one goal is to make sure every one of our patients leaves 100% happy and with a bright, clean smile on their face!

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Proudly Supporting Those Who Serve

Dr. Riggs is proud of four consecutive generations of military service. His grandfather started the tradition and his son followed in his footsteps. We are here to support you.

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Voted Best Orthodontist

Daily Press Choice Awards Winner in 2015, 2014, and 2013. Thank you to our customers for voting us Best Orthodontist for a third consecutive year!

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Our goal is to make sure you leave with a smile on your face!

At our office you'll always find friendly, professional staff that will go out of there way to ensure your visit to the orthodontist is a happy one!

- Gary Riggs

About Our Practice

Dr. Gary Riggs Jr. is an orthodontic specialist based in Hampton, Virginia. With other offices in Poquoson and Virginia Beach, Dr. Riggs has been improving smiles all over Hampton Roads for over 25 years. Whether you need braces for your child or yourself, Dr. Riggs and his staff can't wait to help you! Contact us for more information about braces.

At Riggs Orthodontics, we are here for you. Our friendly, knowledgeable office staff cares about each and every patient, seeking out the right solution in their best interest. We value your time and Dr. Riggs is available 24/7 on call to assist you with any emergency. Rest assured, he is also a specialist registered as a member of the American Association of Orthodontist, in which doctors must take an additional two to three years of post-graduate work beyond four years of dental school specifically in orthodontics. Furthermore, we offer a variety of flexible financing options to meet your budget. Traveling worries are not a problem, as our offices are conveniently located across Hampton Roads.

Been in practice since 1990

With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Riggs and his staff are confident in providing the perfect solution for you.

Multiple Office Locations

If you live in Hampton Roads, then you're only minutes away from one of our convenient office locations.

State-of-the-Art Technology

We are committed to the best technology and techniques available in treating our patients.

Highly Educated and Experienced Staff

Our talented team is commiteed to working with you and your family to create a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding orthodontic experience every time you visit our practice.

Child, Teen, and Adult Orthodontics

It's never too late to improve your best asset, your smile! We provide solutions for people of all ages.

Patient friendly, family centered atmosphere

You'll feel right at home! Give us a call to schedule an appointment at one of our inviting offices.

Meet Dr. Riggs

The treatment philosophy of the Riggs Orthodontic Team is to provide the highest level of orthodontic care, using the most up-to-date technology, in a supportive and caring environment.

Dr. Riggs received his dental degree at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry and his orthodontic training at the Albert Einstein College for Medicine - Montefiore Medical Center. With over 20 years of clinical experience, he provides a full range of treatment options for children, teenagers as well as adults, including clear braces and Invisalign.

Dr. Riggs is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, the Southern Association of Orthodontics and the Virginia Association of Orthodontics. He is also a member of the American Dental Association, the Virginia Dental Association. He has served as President of the Peninsula Dental Society. Among his professional honors, Dr. Riggs has been inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Supporting our local community has always been important to Dr. Riggs. He has served as the Dental Coordinator for the United Way Campaign, President of the Peninsula Rotary Club, and Co-Chair of the Achievable Dream Tennis Ball. Professionally he has been on staff at CHKD, and EVMS. Dr. Riggs has volunteered on numerous MOM projects (free dental clinics), and was the Dental Coordinator and Chair of the Dental Council for Operation Smile.

In his spare time, Dr. Riggs enjoys boating and fishing, biking, traveling and reading.

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Our Services

We provide many exciting services that will leave you with a bright, white smile on your face!

Full Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires on all teeth. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

Partial Braces

Partial braces are placed on the upper or lower teeth to provide some early asesthetic or functional correction of problems related to the front teeth such as crowding, excess spacing or cross-bite, while we are waiting for the remainder of the adult teeth to erupt. When a full complement of adult teeth is present, full braces would then be introduced.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

Invisalign and Clear Orthodontic Appliances

Invisalign ® uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. And, no one can tell you are wearing Invisalign because it's invisible! Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.

Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time in your doctor's office getting adjustments. Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start, so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move - little by little, week by week - until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Riggs has prescribed. You'll visit Dr. Riggs about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.

Removable Appliances

Removable appliances, unlike conventional braces, are used to retain teeth in their corrected positions and in some cases, to influence growth of the jaws in order to effect changes in facial structure. In addition, they are often used before and in conjunction with fixed appliances.

Removable appliances are not utilized to treat all orthodontic problems. It takes skill, and experience to recognize conditions that will respond favorably to removable appliances. Timing of such therapy also is very important.

Since removable appliances can easily be taken out by the patient, there may be a tendency not to wear them as we have prescribed. This means your teeth, jaws and muscles may move back toward their original positions.

Removable appliances require care. Although you may notice an effect on eating and speaking along with an increase in the flow of saliva, you will eventually adjust to the appliance.

Orthodontics is a specialty discipline of dentistry that focuses on alignment of the teeth and jaws to improve a person’s smile and oral health. Orthodontists will diagnose, treat and prevent irregularities of the teeth with the use of braces, which are fixed dental appliances, and removable dental appliances, when the braces are removed. These devices can be used to straighten teeth, correct an irregular bite, close unsightly gaps and bring teeth and lips into proper alignment. Crooked teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean and are at risk of being lost early because of tooth decay or periodontal disease.

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Financial Flexibility

The cost of your orthodontic treatment will vary depending on your individual needs and treatment plan. Our staff will discuss with you the cost of your treatment and each available payment plan option, so that you can make the best choice for you and your smile. We will work with you to create a payment plan that fits your budget, and you will know what to expect before beginning treatment.

Affordable Payment Plans

Your smile is yours forever, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the best orthodontic care whenever you need it.

** Our practice accepts most major credit cards and insurance plans. **

If you have insurance that will be covering any portion of your orthodontic treatment, our office staff is always available to help you with insurance claims and paperwork. Please let us know if you have any questions about your insurance coverage or ideas about how we can make your entire orthodontic experience a pleasant one.

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1610-B Aberdeen Road
Hampton, VA 23666
(757) 838-3830

360 Wythe Creek Road, Suite E
Poquoson, VA 23662
(757) 868-0021

Virginia Beach
853 Kempsville Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 467-4608

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Office Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 8am to 5pm

Tuesday: 1pm to 5pm
Thursday: 9am to 5pm

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