Dental Braces

The Smile You Always Wanted

Not everyone was born with a perfect smile. Dental braces have helped millions of people over the years achieve the smile they want. Orthodontic technology has advanced at a rapid pace over the past several decades and dental braces have not been left behind. If you’re looking for braces in Rocky Hill CT you’ve found the right place.

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Types of Dental Braces

Traditional Braces
Traditional braces have progressed since the early days and are now lighter in weight and structure than ever before. They’re made from high-grade stainless steel and have metal brackets that are attached to each tooth using a type of dental bonding cement. The brackets are linked to each other with a thin arch wire, which puts pressure on the teeth and causes them to move slowly into the correct position. The arch wires are connected to the brackets using tiny elastics known as ligatures or O-rings. The rings will be changed each time the braces are tightened. Some braces have brackets that don’t require O-rings – they’re called self-ligating braces.
Ceramic Braces
These work the same way as traditional braces, but the brackets are made from a clear, transparent ceramic material. The main advantage is the braces are less visible to others, making them a popular choice for adults who want discreet orthodontic treatment. Patients wearing these types of braces sometimes find that the elastics become discolored, which can cause marks on the teeth. Ask Dr. Hemphill if these might work for you.
Damon Braces
These type of braces are popular with orthodontists because they provide gentler treatment and require fewer dental visits. Damon braces are self-ligating and use a slide mechanism instead of elastics to connect arch wires. They produce faster results because the teeth can move on their own without needing to be adjusted by the dentist. The result is less friction and pressure on the teeth, making movement less painful. They’re also easier to keep clean.
Lingual Braces
Placed behind the teeth, these braces offer great cosmetic advantages for those who want their teeth straightened without braces showing. To get fitted for lingual braces you’ll have an impression of your teeth taken which is then sent to a dental lab and used to create customized brackets. Like traditional braces, this product works by applying gentle yet continuous pressure on your teeth.

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Are Braces Right for Me?

A lot of people get excited about removable orthodontic aligners, but sometimes traditional style braces are the better choice. For some people the fact that dental braces are not removable is desirable. If you’re the kind of person who wants to set it and forget it, then braces are more ideal than removing aligners and needing to remember to put them back in and clean them properly. Braces are generally better suited for fixing complex tooth issues.  Braces have also been noted to be faster at closing gaps between teeth.

Ideal candidates for braces are those who are looking to address imperfections such as:

  • Crowding – Usually genetic in origin. Crowded teeth can be rotated, overlapped, or crooked and negatively affect your bite.
  • Gaps – Large spaces between teeth.
  • Overbite – When your front lower teeth bite too closely to the gum by the upper teeth.
  • Crossbite – When the top teeth fall inside the lower teeth sometimes making chewing difficult.
  • Overjet – Commonly a result of thumb sucking as a child. The upper front teeth protrude too far forward from the lower teeth
  • Open Bite – When the front teeth do not touch while the back teeth are seated properly thus making chewing less efficient.

Dental Braces Treatment Process

Once it’s been determined that you’ll be receiving orthodontic treatment the first step is placing the brackets onto your teeth. A cheek retractor is used to keep your teeth visible during the procedure. Your teeth will first be polished to ensure the brackets will bond properly.

A conditioner is applied on the surface of your teeth for 30 seconds to further prepare them for bonding brackets. After the conditioner is cleaned off an adhesive primer is placed on your teeth to enhance the bonding process.

Cement is placed on the back of the brackets, which are then applied to your teeth. Once the brackets are in place any excess cement is removed, and the brackets are hardened into place using a high-intensity blue light.

After the brackets are set the next step is putting the dental arch wires into place. The entire process of bonding the brackets and placing the wires in place can take as little as 20 minutes.

Finally, the arch wires are tightened and you’re done. It’s normal to experience soreness for four to six hours after your appointment. The soreness is a result of the arch wires tightening the teeth into the correct position.

If you'd like to find out if you're a candidate for braces, contact West Hill Family Dental today to schedule your appointment.

What Our Patients Say

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    West Hill Family Dental has been serving my entire family for 10 years. They have always been great and treat us like family. I will continue to use them because of the high level of care and comfortable atmosphere.
    Jim Barilla
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    Today was my first visit with West Hill Family dental. The staff was awesome! So warm and welcoming! I felt at home the moment I walked in the door. Melissa (hygienist) was awesome and very sweet. Dr. Hemphill was very personable. I am a nervous Nelly with the dentist but they really helped me feel comfortable.
    Nicole Sousa Ribeiro
  • Jorge Gallo
    "Going to the Dentist," isn't something most folks look forward to. Fortunately, the Team at West Hill Family Dental makes that experience an enjoyable event with a friendly, thoughtful and genuinely concerned approach to both routine care and one-off emergencies. The atmosphere is relaxed and positive; everything from scheduling to changes is accommodated with little fuss and a genuine enthusiasm to see you at the next opportunity. And the overall quality of care, execution and attention to customer needs are unmatched by most practices, and certainly by the cookie-cutter pop-ups that abound elsewhere. Highly recommended, family-oriented and very professional in every aspect of care and delivery - they're definitely on the list of recommendations to new residents and neighbors!
    Jorge Gallo
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    In the past I have had bad experiences with dentist and I have switch many times and I think I have finally found my forever home. Kim and Monica at the front desk are amazing they make sure that if you have any concerns, they will accommodate you in any way they can. They also socialize with you which makes visiting the dentist feel like visiting family. This is by far the best dentist I've ever been to and would recommend them to anyone.
    Ivy M.
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    Dr.Robert Hemphill and his staff are so friendly.I was very nervous to get my treatment done,doctor made me understand and kept me calm.I always walk out happy, feeling I have seen the BEST doctor who took care of my dental treatment.Kinga the dental assistant is so kind and helpful,Kim such a lovely person always smiling and happy,Monica is superb too, she calls and double confirms the appointment so that I don’t forget. Thank you once again.
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What West Hill Family Dental Patients Say


Based on 26 reviews

Loved the doctor & excellent staff! Extremely welcoming. When you walk in you are always greeted with a smile, and the office is very clean and up to date. One of the best dental experiences I have had and I will definitely come back!


Dr. Hemphill really cares about his patients and the staff make you feel so welcome and comfortable. Great choice for a dental practice.

Vicki P.

I do not dread going to the dentist any more, even if I need something more than a cleaning. They are great people, always upbeat, always honest, and very accommodating. I love my visits and appreciate their expertise and care!

Carolyn M.

Great office, very welcoming I was treated like a member of the family. My small problems were taken care of fast and comfortably

Sandy K.

Dr Hemphill and his team are amazing. As a dental provider myself I can't recommend them enough to anyone looking for a great general dentist with a wonderful staff!

Adam C.

Great service and great people. I used to hate going to the Dentist. Very nice and courteous dental staff. Helpful front desk staff who can figure out your dental plan and give you an actual price.

Brandon Z.

Today was my first visit with West Hill Family dental. The staff was awesome! So warm and welcoming! I felt at home the moment I walked in the door. Melissa (hygienist) was awesome and very sweet. Dr. Hemphill was very personable. I am a nervous Nelly with the dentist but they really helped me feel comfortable.

Nicole R.

Great experience getting my first crown. Dr.Hemphill and team are gentle and made everything painless! Definitely would recommend anyone who is looking for a dentist.

Tia L.

Our Clients Reviews

Dr.Robert Hemphill and his staff are so friendly.I was very nervous to get my treatment done,doctor made me understand and kept me calm.I always walk out happy, feeling I have seen the BEST doctor who took care of my dental treatment.Kinga the dental assistant is so kind and helpful,Kim such a lovely person always smiling and happy,Monica is superb too, she calls and double confirms the appointment so that I don’t forget. Thank you once again.

Savi S.

This is the best dentist office I have ever been too. They are extremely professional, knowledgeable and they truly care about you. Melissa, the hygienist is amazing and Dr. Hemphill always goes above and beyond. The staff at the front desk make you feel right at home and you always receive exceptional customer service. I highly recommend West Hill Family Dental.

Michele M.

The entire staff at West Hill Family Dental is extremely friendly and personable. The hygienists make you feel comfortable and the dentists are thorough yet efficient. I have been going there for 5 years and have never had a negative experience or felt as if they were trying to push dental work I did not need. I would highly recommend West Hill Family Dental to anyone looking for a dentist.

Marco A.

I am a very anxious person who was petrified to go to the dentist but had too because I had pain. The staff was amazing and Dr. Hemphill is obviously extremely skilled and his people skills are second to none. I had a root canal where I felt no pain and I am typing this just 4 hours after my procedure and I feel relief and no pain at all. WOW- if anyone is hesitant as a first time patient don't be. You are welcomed as a part of the family practice and I have no anxiety about my next visit. I have a lot of work to be done but know now there is no better place to go than West Hill. I am so glad I found them.

Steve B.

I am from out of town visiting family in Connecticut this weekend and I had a terrible toothache and didn't know where to turn. Obviously my family dentist is a few hundred miles away and It was a Saturday morning. I asked my uncle who I should call for help. They told me their dentist, Dr. Hemphill, has an emergency number I should I did. Dr. Hemphill was kind enough to drive in and assess the situation. I am out of pain and enjoying the rest of my weekend with my family. Thank you Dr. Hemphill. I can't thank you enough for all your time and help with this tooth situation.

Parag D.

They made changing dentists after 32 years extremely easy, very friendly, and informative, they make you feel welcome as soon as you walk in the door!

Ashley B.

The best dentist ever! Love the water pick! The dental hygienists are wonderful and Dr. Hemphill is a pro at his job. Even makes getting novocaine easy! Even my children enjoy getting their teeth cleaned here.


Always a good experience! Everyone is extremely nice and professional!

Joann H.

Just switched my kids to them and they wonderful!! GREAT staff, from front desk to the hygienist to the dentist himself! I am very picky when it comes to this stuff but You know you have the right one when you're kids ASK when they can go back to the dentist! I'd recommend them to anyone!!

Briana B.

As someone who has never been a fan of the dentist, I can honestly say this experience was comforting and painless! I was greeted with a smile at the front desk and exceptional patient care from the hygienist, to the assistant, to Dr. Hemphill himself. Dr. Hemphill walked me through, step by step, explaining what he was doing as his assistant and hygienist comforted me along the way! The entire staff was extremely friendly and personable!

Autumn S.

Best dental practice in CT... I recommend all my family and friends here... Wonderful, friendly staff... Look at our pearly whites...

Melissa F.

Dr Hemphill is easily the best dentist I've ever had. All of the staff are very friendly and caring. If your looking for a dentist in this area pick these people! You wont regret it.

Ashley C.

Dr Hemphill is simply the best! He and his staff are the nicest, kindest, most sincere people I have come across in a long time. He really stepped up to the plate when I had an emergency situation. He came in and opened his doors to me on his day off and not only saved me from a lot of pain and misery but he also saved my tooth!

Scott K.

Dr. Hemphill, or as I like to call him "Dr. H", makes going to the dentist stress free and actually a FUN and comfortable experience. He's a fantastic doctor and a great guy who really cares about his patients. The office is clean and the staff is friendly. They take my insurance and make everything totally affordable. I'm so glad I found Dr. Hemphill!

Shannon R.

Dr.Hemphill and the staff at the West Hill Family Dental showed great caring and understanding during a year long multiple visits required by my difficult dental situation. Dr. Hemphill worked with me to find the best possible plan forward. Changing of the multiple old crowns involved restoring of the decay damaged teeth, performing root canals and building up of the teeth core. With the help of a friendly dental assistant Kinga teeth were repaired and old crowns replaced by the new ones. Vicky always tried to find the best financial plan for the dental services and accommodate my busy schedule when making future appointments. Melissa and Tina did a great job on teeth cleaning. The West Hill Family Dental is a dental office where patients will find professional service while being treated with understanding and as a part of a family.

Bojana N.

Great service, flexible appointments, friendly staff and we are happy so far.

Ram P.

Really great dentist. Been a patient of his since he went into private practice and liked him so much that when he moved his office from Glastonbury to Rocky Hill, my whole family followed him. Not only is he an excellent dentist, the staff is great and appointments are on time. I can't think of enough nice things to say about him.

Mike R.

Great dentist for me and my children!

Zachary M.

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