Lauren Windhorst, DDS, MS
formerly Lauren Gossett
803 N. 36th Street, Suite A
St. Joseph, MO 64506
307 South Main Street, Suite B
Gallatin, MO 64640

Choice Orthodontics Blog

On behalf of Dr. Lauren Windhorst and the whole team at Choice Orthodontics, we would like to welcome you to our practice’s official blog!

From traditional orthodontic treatments like metal braces and ceramic braces to more modern appliances like Invisalign, SureSmile, and AcceleDent, our skilled orthodontist and her team of trained professionals offer exceptional, compassionate care to children, teens, and adults at every turn.

With two convenient locations in St. Joseph, MO and Gallatin, MO, our practice is proud to be the trusted hometown orthodontist of many different communities across Northwest Missouri, including Savannah, Maryville, and Cameron. No matter where you’re from, our orthodontic office can provide you with the right treatment to reach the beautiful, more confident smile you’ve always wanted.

Learn more about the types of braces we offer, Invisalign, SureSmile, and other oral and dental topics by checking out our latest blog posts. Or, contact the team at Choice Orthodontics today. We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have about getting started with an orthodontist!

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Early Dental Care

by choiceorthodontics on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 12:43 AM

Just because your child won't keep his or her first set of teeth forever, doesn't mean those tiny pearly whites don't need conscientious care. Primary teeth (baby teeth) serve some extremely important functions. As your local St. Joseph, Gallatin, Savannah, and Cameron, MO orthodontics team, we believe maintaining your child's dental health from an early age will lead to health benefits that last throughout adulthood.

What is Gum Disease?

by choiceorthodontics on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 1:11 AM

Periodontal disease—more commonly known as gum disease—ranges from simple gum inflammation to serious disease symptoms that result in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth.

People usually don’t show signs of gum disease until they are in their 30’s or 40’s. Men are more likely to have gum disease than women. Although teenagers rarely develop periodontal disease, they can develop gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease.

Dry Mouth

by choiceorthodontics on Thursday, April 6, 2017 12:07 AM

Everybody gets dry mouth now and then. Sometimes temporary mouth dryness can be brought on by dehydration, stress, or a normal reduction in saliva flow at night. However, if your dry mouth persists long past the norm, you may have a chronic condition known as xerostomia.

What is Xerostomia?

Xerostomia is a condition that develops when your salivary glands, which normally keep your mouth moist by secreting saliva, are not working properly.

A prolonged lack of saliva has significant implications. First, it causes bad breath or halitosis. Second, it can be harder to eat with a dry mouth. Tasting, chewing, and swallowing may also become difficult. As a result, your nutrition could be negatively impacted. And third, a dry mouth creates ideal conditions for tooth decay to grow. This is harmful to your dental health. Saliva plays a key role in keeping decay-causing oral bacteria in check and neutralizing the acids these bacteria produce. It is this acid that erodes tooth enamel and starts the decaying process.

Good Foods for Your Teeth

by choiceorthodontics on Friday, March 17, 2017 2:21 AM

We all know that a healthy, balanced diet is critical to overall health; but did you know that diet has a huge impact on teeth? You may not realize it, but certain foods can contribute to developing tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease, while others can reinforce the integrity of your teeth and help you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile.

Have Yourself A New Year’s Resolution - A Halitosis-Less New Year

by choiceorthodontics on Thursday, January 12, 2017 12:22 AM

This new year don’t scare away people with a case of bad breath.


Learn the truth behind halitosis today, and better prepare yourself for a sweet smelling, oral health tomorrow.

Preparing for Life with Braces

by choiceorthodontics on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 3:31 AM

At Choice Orthodontics, we understand that you’ll have to go through some lifestyle changes when first acclimating to wearing braces. That’s why when deciding on pursuing orthodontic treatment it is important to choose an orthodontist that will go out of the way to assist you.

Dr. Lauren Windhorst of Choice Orthodontics cares about the health and well-being of your smile. So if you’re from Saint Joseph, Gallatin, or one of our neighboring northwest Missouri communities like Cameron or Savannah, we hope you’ll consider us for all your orthodontic needs.

To help you prepare for life with braces, Dr. Windhorst has created guidelines on some of the key aspects to be aware of for orthodontic treatment care. These include: brushing, flossing, and watching what you eat.

Minding Your Mouth Guard

by choiceorthodontics on Thursday, October 6, 2016 1:46 AM

Fall is here, which means school stadiums all across Northwest Missouri are bustling with the sports of the season. Here at Choice Orthodontics, we are excited to be cheering them on.

From football to soccer, patients of our Saint Joseph and Gallatin, MO offices are busy partaking in fun sports, and we couldn’t be prouder. Of course, as we root for your victory, we’d be remiss if we didn’t remind you about wearing your mouth guard.

What is a Mouth Guard?

A mouth guard is a soft plastic device that you insert into your mouth prior to playing sports with the intention of protecting your teeth from injury.

Just like a helmet protects you in football, or shin guards protect you in soccer, mouth guards are vital for shielding your smile from potential damage. By wearing one, you are actively guarding your teeth, mouth, jaw, and tongue from many threats.

Palatal Expansion: Treating Early for a Healthier Smile

by choiceorthodontics on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 2:10 AM

At Choice Orthodontics, our mission is to help each and every one of our patients achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. We're proud to offer a wide variety of high-quality orthodontic treatments to patients throughout the St. Joseph and Gallatin areas, and for some patients, that process has to start early - even in childhood.

The Early History of Orthodontic Treatment

by choiceorthodontics on Thursday, August 4, 2016 10:29 AM

Today, orthodontic treatment is a normal part of life. Whether you go for traditional metal braces, or more innovative forms of treatment like Invisalign, straightening your teeth has become a common practice. But it wasn’t always that way.

Why Ceramic Braces Offer a Clear Difference

by choiceorthodontics on Friday, July 1, 2016 9:32 AM

At Choice Orthodontics, we're constantly looking for new ways to make orthodontic treatment easier, more effective, and more convenient for our patients.

Although traditional metal braces are still the most popular treatment we offer, they're by no means the only game in town. While metal braces offer a durable, reliable, and cost-effective solution for moving teeth, ceramic braces offer virtually the same treatment with greater aesthetic appeal.

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