At Christensen Orthodontics, we love creating spectacular smiles! Dr. Bret Christensen and our team deliver personalized care, tailored to each person’s unique situation. The resulting beautiful, healthy, and confident smiles are truly breathtaking.
Ours is a practice that celebrates our patients, and provides unparalleled care and support throughout the orthodontic journey. We believe that making a positive change in your life should be an enjoyable experience, and are here to ensure you’re smiling at every step. If there’s ever anything we can do to make treatment more enjoyable, please ask! We’ll go miles to earn your smile.
Some of the care we offer:
- Clear and metal braces for children, teens, and adults
- Two-phase treatment and palatal expanders
- Craniofacial orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics
- Surgical orthodontics, corrective jaw surgery, and oral and maxillofacial surgery
- TMJ-TMD and sleep apnea solutions
- Clarity™ ceramic (clear) brackets
- Forsus™ appliances
- SmartClip™ self-ligating braces
- Early morning appointments
Complimentary consultations are available at our Lewiston, Grangeville, Orofino, and Moscow, ID orthodontic offices. Schedule your consultation to learn how Dr. Christensen will make the healthy, incredible smile of your dreams a reality. We can’t wait to get started on your new smile: call today!
Orthodontics is such a rewarding profession. I get to see people transformed, not only in appearance, but also in personality and self-esteem as they go through the process of orthodontic treatment. I am so excited to go into the office each day and visit with patients. I get to change lives for the better, and there’s nothing better than that!
Our patients are the best! They are fun, good people, and we have a great time together. I feel privileged to have been serving the wonderful people in Lewiston and the surrounding communities with quality orthodontic care for the past 14 years.
My Care Philosophy
I am what is called a functional, bio-progressive orthodontist. I love to be able to take children with skeletal deficiencies and help grow their jaws and correct them at the optimal time. I realize that most people are mainly concerned with straight teeth. As I look at it, the end result will fulfill that goal of straight teeth, but I get to help change the foundation of the bite. My results will be evident 40 years from now when my patients still have all their teeth and aren’t paying for extensive dental work because the bite was corrected as a child. For my adult patients, I am all about correct function. With the new techniques in orthodontics today, we are able to do so much more to correct a bad bite without surgery than in the past.
Education and Experience
I attended Creighton University School of Dentistry in Omaha, Nebraska, graduating 3rd in my class with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1993. I completed my Advanced Education in General Dentistry through the US Army Dental Corp in Fort Carson, Colorado. There, I received specialized training in oral surgery, periodontics, endodontics, and orthodontics.
For two-and-a-half years, I served as a general dentist at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. During this time, I also served as the XO (Executive Officer) of the 464th Medical Company during Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia Conflict).
In 1997, I was accepted to an orthodontic residency at the University of Louisville, Kentucky where I not only received my Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics, but also received my Master’s Degree in Oral Biology with my thesis, Treating Class III Malocclusions in Children with Expansion and Facemask Protraction. I graduated 2nd in my class in 1999.
Upon graduation from my orthodontic residency, I continued my service in the US Army and served as Chief of Orthodontics at the Ft. Bragg Bravo Program. I taught orthodontics for two years while also maintaining a practice in orthodontics where surgical correction was the focus to support the oral surgery program at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
Continuing Education and Professional Affiliations
I attend close to 30 hours of continuing education every year, as do my team. We feel that we should be up to date on the latest technology and techniques in orthodontics. We also use the best braces in the industry. There are definitely cheaper brackets out there, but I have always been more concerned with the quality of what we do more than using equipment and supplies that are inferior. We feel that our patients deserve to not only be treated the best by our team, they also deserve to have the best in their mouth as they go through their orthodontic experience.
American Association of Orthodontists
Idaho Orthodontic Association
American Dental Association
Lewis/Clark Dental Society, President and Continuing Education Coordinator, 2003-2004
Intermountain Odontology Study Club
Family and Community
I have been married to my wife, Eddieka, since 1989. We have six children, two of whom have passed away, our baby daughter, Jenna, in 1993 and our son, Hunter, who died in a four-wheeler accident in 2012. He was 13 years old. Losing these precious children has been a tremendous heartbreak for us. We do believe that our family is eternal and that we will one day be reunited with them again. We have 3 daughters that are married to wonderful men. Currently, two of our daughters, IlaMarie Palmer and Julianne Hammon are living in Lewiston with their spouses, Chase Palmer and Braeden Hammon. Our other daughter, Andriana McRae and her husband, Alex, are attending BYU-I in Rexburg, ID. Our other son, Trevor keeps us young. He is 13 years old and such a blessing to us! We also have two grandchildren; Ridge who was born to IlaMarie and Chase in 2015 and Everly who was born to Julianne and Braeden in 2016. We are so excited to be grandparents! We feel extremely blessed to have the family that we do and the opportunity to live in this beautiful valley.
Church is a big part of our lives. Eddieka and I serve as leaders in our church organization. We support many community organizations, including 4-H, Boys and Girls Club, AAU team sponsorships, VYSA and Valley Thunder Soccer teams, DECA, and FFA. I am also the Scout Master for Troop 145 in the Boy Scouts of America. I think it is important to give back and support the kids and the activities that help to develop productive people for the future.
Dr. Christensen, our children and I moved to Lewiston, ID in May 2001 from Fayetteville, North Carolina where Bret was serving in the US Army. We were all so excited to embark on this new adventure and open Bret's orthodontic practice and make it on our own. We experienced great success and growth rapidly which we were very excited and grateful for.
Bret and I have been married since 1989. We have six children, two of whom have passed away, our baby daughter, Jenna, in 1993 and our son, Hunter, who died in a four-wheeler accident in 2012. He was 13 years old. Losing these precious children has been a tremendous heartbreak for us. We do believe that our family is eternal and that we will one day be reunited with them again. We have 3 daughters that are married to wonderful men. Currently, two of our daughters, IlaMarie Palmer and Julianne Hammon are living in Lewiston with their spouses, Chase Palmer and Braeden Hammon. Our other daughter, Andriana McRae and her husband, Alex, are attending BYU-I in Rexburg, ID. Our other son, Trevor keeps us young. He is 13 years old and such a blessing to us! We also have two grandchildren; Ridge who was born to IlaMarie and Chase in 2015 and Everly who was born to Julianne and Braeden in 2016. We are so excited to be grandparents! We feel extremely blessed to have the family that we do and the opportunity to live in this beautiful valley.
Over the years, I have helped the office in numerous ways including cleaning the office, sterilization, office manager and administrative assistant. I enjoyed the great blessing of being home to raise our children and being able to help out when I could. Today, I work from home doing payroll and working in marketing for the practice.
Bret and I have met some wonderful people over the years that have come into our lives as employees, patients and parents.
Today, we have one of the best orthodontic teams that we have ever had. They continue to amaze us with their talent, kindness and work ethic. We can see how much they love what they do.
Even on those hard days, I can see how much my husband loves what he does. Treating patients and seeing the life-changing results that he experiences from his profession is so gratifying. It has been a wonderful blessing to be here in Lewiston and continue to nurture and create relationships every day.
I, like my sister, IlaMarie, and all the Christensen children, have been working in the office since I was very young. After I graduated from high school in 2012, I trained in the financial area of the office. I have worked in treatment coordinating and as a scheduling coordinator, also. Currently, I am the graphic designer in the office and help in marketing the practice. I truly look out for the best interest of the practice, Dr. C., the team, and especially the patients.
I graduated from BYU-Idaho in 2014 and I am pursuing my dreams and passions as a graphic designer. I married my sweetheart, Braeden Hammon on March 1, 2014 in the LDS Rexburg, Idaho Temple. We love spending our free time with our spunky daughter, Everly and our energetic German Shepherd, Ariez. We are so excited to be welcoming a new little one to our family in March 2018!
I started working for Dr. Christensen in June of 2010, but started working in the dental field in 2006. I am one of our treatment coordinators, so I see new patients for consultations. I have an Associate’s Degree and my certification in Dental Assisting from the College of Southern Idaho. I am also high-speed hand piece certified. I enjoy interacting with our wonderful patients and their families on a daily basis. I love working for Dr. C. because he is fun, spontaneous, and there is never a dull moment. My team members are always keeping me on my toes and have great attitudes that are fun to be around. I wouldn't trade my doctor or team!
My husband and I are enjoying being parents to Grady, a fun, spunky, sweet, toddler is always surprising us. I also enjoy spending time at the cabin with family and friends, hunting, four-wheeling, and spending time at home with my family. I love the life God has blessed me with and would not trade any of it for the world!
I started working for Dr. Christensen in February of 2016. I am a Scheduling Coordinator at the front desk and Sleep Apnea Coordinator in the office. I am a registered dental assistant and have been in the dental field since 2010. I have my Associates Degree and also received my Cross Coding Medical Billing certification from Washington D.C. Coming to work for Dr. Christensen has been one of the greatest things to happen in my life, besides my family. He is a phenomenal orthodontist who cares deeply for his patients and his employees. Dr. Christensen has changed my life in more ways than one. He treated my husband for sleep apnea and it has given me a deep gratitude and love for helping others struggling with it as the Sleep Coordinator in the office. I love being a part of this energetic and hard working team!
I love spending time with my family and two dogs, Harley, Oscar and Lexie. I married my wonderful husband, Rob August 17, 2013. We enjoy camping, boating, riding motorcycles, snowboarding, and just watching tv with the four of us. I like working in the yard with the little resemblance of a green thumb that I have and would love to have ten miniature dachshunds running around me in the yard, one day.
I started at Christensen Orthodontics in January, 2014 as an orthodontic assistant, but started working in the dental field in 2009 for Palouse Pediatric Dentistry. I enjoy working with all ages, especially children. I will work hard to provide great customer service to all of the patients I see and take very seriously the sterilization process and educating patients on how to take care of their teeth and braces. It's important to me that I get to know the patients on a more personal level. I love working for Dr. Christensen and this team! We help each other out where we see a need and are energetic and fun-loving which makes the work day fly by.
I was born and raised here in the valley, so I have watched it change and grow over the years. I love all the outdoor activities we have here including hiking, camping, boating and sledding in the winter! I also love cooking for my family and friends and working in the garden.
Working in the dental field since 1996, I have had the pleasure of working back office chair side, as a scheduling coordinator, and in finance/insurance coordinating.
I started working for Dr. Christensen in September of 2014 and love providing a financial plan for his patients. Since I have been hired, Dr. Christensen has made sure I have the most up to date training in insurance and financial coordinating. This allows our office to strive and help our patients obtain the best overall treatment. Certified in Care Credit lending and to bill medical insurance for dental offices ensures our patients are being taken care of like family.
Native to this area, I love exploring the Northwest back country by hiking, camping, fishing, collecting cook books, and spending time with friends and family.
I began working for Dr. Christensen February of 2016 as an Orthodontic Assistant. I have my dental assisting certificate and have been working in the dental field since 2009. I love working for Dr. Christensen and being able to see the amazing transformations that each patient undergoes throughout their journey. He is a great Orthodontist and makes every patient feel special. Laughter is a huge part of who I am and I love getting to share this laughter with my patients to see a smile on their faces. Our team is like family with lots of fun and hard work along the way. I enjoy getting to work with this team every day!
I have been happily married to my husband, Joe, since 2010 and we have a beautiful daughter, Nevaeh. We love to travel when we can but enjoy our moments we get to spend with our families close to home. I love getting to spend time helping at my daughter’s school and around my community. I am very blessed to have such a wonderful family and a great team to work with!
I started working in sterilization in high school. After I graduated from high school in 2009, I started assisting chairside when I was home from college during the summers. I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from BYU-Idaho in July of 2013 and started working as a treatment coordinator in the office, but I also assist in the clinic when needed. I am a Certified Dental Assistant and have my high-speed handpiece certification. I am currently working as a lab technician in the office, as well. I love that I have had the opportunity to work in almost every position in the office so that I can jump in and help wherever I am needed. I love coming to work because Dr. C. and the team members I work with are dedicated, hardworking and we are able to have fun at the same time. We also really care about our patients!
I married my high school sweetheart in the LDS Columbia River Temple in Richland, WA in July of 2012 and welcomed our son, Ridge, in January, 2015. We love being parents and watching him grow and learn new skills every day. In my free time, I make and sell cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.
In February of 2017, I was given the opportunity of joining the Christensen Orthodontic Team as a scheduling coordinator. I have a background in banking which allowed me to get extremely comfortable having a conversation with truly anyone about anything. I'm an extrovert with a love for staying in on the weekends. My favorite part about working for Christensen Orthodontics are the patients and the wonderful team. The patients are always brightening my day and I love forming new relationships with each one. The team makes my job feel like a second home. They are all so supportive of whatever goal I set my sights on, and are constantly cheering each other on by encouraging texts, little check ins to make sure things are going well, and a shoulder to lean on when the road gets long. They aren't coworkers, they are a family.
In the Spring of 2016, I was blessed to have had the fairytale wedding of my dreams, to the most supportive, loving, Godly man, Sawyer. He is consistently in my corner, supporting all of my crazy dreams and accomplishments. I truly couldn't have prayed for anyone with a kinder, more giving heart to spend my life and seek God with. He is, without a doubt, my other half, and I couldn't imagine going through this rollercoaster of a life with anyone else. I have five sisters and one brother. My brother, Chance, being my very best friend and gym buddy. He just understands me. He is basically the male version of myself. Outside of the office I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the gym, and little moments with my husband doing literally anything from being in the car, to grocery shopping. Health and fitness are my passions, and I recently discovered a love for the nutrition side of bodybuilding and cannot wait to see where that takes me. I can confidently say I am blessed in many areas of my life, and am so grateful to have the many opportunities I have received that allow me to live the life I do.
In May 2017, I was hired as an orthodontic assistant at Christensen Orthodontics. The first thing I noticed after working here is the amazing team. I love getting to work with all of these fabulous people who make work so fun. Its a great feeling to enjoy coming to work everyday and getting to help people on their journey to amazing smiles. I grew up here in the Lewis-Clark Valley and graduated from Clarkston High School in 2013. I love the outdoors and adventure. I have a dog named Kyzer and he is just like a child to me! You can find us on the weekends playing in the dog kiddy pool or hiking at Hells Gate State Park.
In May 2017, I started working at Christensen Orthodontics. I am the Records Coordinator. I see every patient at the beginning and end of their braces journey. I am in charge of doing x-rays, photographs and a 3D intra oral scan on every patient that comes through our door. I am one of the first assistants that the patient will see at the beginning of their treatment and one of the last after they get their braces off. I love being able to talk with each of our patients and enjoy getting to know them throughout their orthodontic treatment.
I earned my Dental Assisting certificate in May 2017 from the Lewis-Clark Workforce Program. I love working with Dr. Christensen and our staff because we all have so much fun together and our work environment is friendly and personable.
Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time at the river, hiking, running, playing sports, boating, jeeping, riding dirt bikes and spending all of my time with my family and friends. I absolutely love anything and everything outdoors! I also work as an EMT on the ambulance crew on some weekends. I thank God each and everyday for the life He has blessed me with and the opportunities He has given me and I couldn’t ask for anything more.
I started working for Dr. Christensen in October 2017. Born and raised in the LCV and am now raising my son Treyten here as well. I am training to be the Lab Technician, which is making all those fun shiny appliances for your mouth. I am loving my new job; the team has been so inviting and helpful. I am so happy and blessed to be working for such a Great, kind-hearted Doctor!
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