"Miles of Smiles" Orthodontic Care for Children & Adults

Welcome and thank you for choosing a specialist for your orthodontic needs. Parents need to know that orthodontists receive an additional 2-3 years of specialized education beyond dental school. The American Association of Orthodontists has launched the "More Than a Smile" Awareness Campaign to educate parents how orthodontists are uniquely qualified to align and straighten teeth. Research shows that, once consumers are educated about the significances of the advanced training, they make the informed decision to choose an orthodontist.

Treatment Options

Dr. Bonafield and her staff are a team of professionals who are dedicated to providing quality treatment in a pleasant atmosphere. Patients are greeted with a smile and made to feel right at home. Patients and parents are comfortable and relaxed knowing their orthodontic care is provided by people they can trust. Throughout the orthodontic treatment the doctor and staff develop a special relationship with each patient.

Intraoral Scanner

Latest technology to achieve the highest precision and accuracy to duplicate dental anatomy without taking impressions! NO MORE IMPRESSIONS!

Mini Braces

Newest metal bracket that has superior esthetics. Looks like jewelry and is unobtrusive, comfortable , and easy to keep clean.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in with the teeth.

Flexible Wires

State of the art wires developed from NASA technology

MARA or Forsus Appliances

Instead of head gear

Invisalign

Invisalign aligners are the clear alternative to metal braces for adults, kids and teens. These clear aligners are the virtually invisible way to improve your smile.

Multi-color

Multi-colored o-ring ties and elastics

Expansion or Extraction

Early treatment option to guide eruption of permenant teeth and help reduce overall orthodontic treatment time

Orthognathic Surgery

Teamwork between the orthodontist, oral surgeon, and the family dentist to provide the patient with facial symmetry as well as straight teeth and a bright smile.

iTero Element Interoral Scanner

Digital imaging technology allows us to create a digital impression of your teeth. No more gooey impressions!

Frequently Asked Questions

If you feel you are unable to handle a problem on your own, please call us as soon as possible at 304-363-2008

The placement of bands and brackets on your teeth does not hurt. Once your braces are placed and connected with the archwires you may feel some soreness of your teeth for one to four days. Your lips and cheeks may need one to two weeks to get used to the braces on your teeth.
Treatment times vary on a case-by-case basis, but the average time is from one to two years. Actual treatment time can be affected by rate of growth and severity of the correction necessary. Treatment length is also dependent upon patient compliance. Maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping regular appointments are important in keeping treatment time on schedule.
Brush thoroughly at least four times a day: after every meal and before you go to bed.
If you can't brush right away after a meal, be sure to at least rinse your mouth well with water until you can brush. That way, you'll clear your braces of most of the large food particles. A travel toothbrush is a great way to make brushing more convenient when you're at school or work.
Use a flouride toothpaste and a soft, rounded-bristle toothbrush that's in good condition. Because braces wear out a toothbrush quickly, replace your brush as soon as it shows signs of wear. Brush around all the parts of your braces and every surface of your teeth. Remember to brush the back sides of your teeth, and be sure to brush your tongue. Doing this will not only help to remove food particles from your mouth, it will make your breath fresher too. Brush your gums gently and thoroughly. Rinse thoroughly after brushing. Swish the water all around your mouth and teeth. Inspect your teeth and braces carefully to make sure they are spotless. Look closely in a well-lighted mirror.
When flossing with braces, It might be necessary to use what is called a floss threader. This reusable tool allows you to get dental floss underneath your archwire easily. Cut off about 18 inches of floss and loop it through your threader, run the threader under your archwire between 2 brackets and, holding one end of the floss, gently pull the threader off. Loop the ends of the floss around your index fingers, forming a "C", and gently floss between your teeth as you normally would. Make sure to carefully clean along your gumline on both sides. When finished between 2 teeth, just pull the floss through, re-thread the floss through the loop, and repeat the process between your next pair of teeth.
The seal created by the cement has broken. Do not panic! This is not an emergency! Call the office and schedule a repair appointment. If the band or bracket detaches from the wire, save it and take it with you to your next appointment.
These problems could cause the teeth to shift in the wrong direction and must be corrected as soon as possible. Call your orthodontist's office and schedule an appointment.
Try tucking it in with the eraser part of a pencil. If that doesn't work, dry it with a napkin and place wax over the tip of the wire to prevent further irritation. Wax can also be applied to a bracket or hook that is causing discomfort.
To relieve soreness, rinse your mouth with warm salt water and/or take Advil or Tylenol as directed.
No. It is recommended, however, that patients protect their smiles by wearing a mouth guard when participating in any sporting activity. Mouth guards are inexpensive, comfortable, and come in a variety of colors and patterns.
No. However, there may be an initial period of adjustment. In addition, brace covers can be provided to prevent discomfort.
It is very important that you get enough Vitamin C during treatment as it helps restore and heal bone in addition to helping mantain healthy gums. Check with your orthodontist for help in determining which foods might provide enough Vitamin C or how much Vitamin C supplement you should take.

About Dr. Bonafield

Dr. Cynthia L. Bonafield's treatment philosophy incorporates modern orthodontic procedures with an emphasis on dentofacial esthetics. Malocclusion is the technical term for teeth and jaws that do not fit and work together properly or literally translated to mean "bad bite". Most malocclusions are inherited, but some are acquired. Whether inherited or acquired, many of these dental irregularities affect not only teeth alignment but also facial appearance

Dr. Bonafield and Her Family

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"I love the profession of Orthodontics. It is very rewarding to create a beautiful and healthy smile."

Dr. Cynthia L. Bonafield, a native of Morgantown, West Virginia, graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene. She practiced as a Dental Hygienist for two years before going to dental school. In 1990, Dr. Bonafield graduated from WVU School of Dentistry and continued her post-doctoral education with a Master of Science degree in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in 1993.

Dr. Bonafield is a member of American Association of Orthodontists, Southern Association of Orthodontists, and past president of WV Association of Orthodontists, Mon Valley Dental Association, WV School of Dentistry Alumni Association Board of Governors.

Community service involvement includes membership and past president of Fairmont Rotary. She served as board member for Marion County Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Marion County. Dr. Bonafield and her family are parishioners at Immaculate Conception Church.

Dr. Bonafield and her husband Michael Mazelon have three children: Nicholas, Leah, and Natalie. When not in the office, you can usually find her accompanying her children to their various activities. She also enjoys traveling, reading, piano, kayaking, and WVU Mountaineer games.

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Payment Options

Dr. Bonafield strives to provide affordable, flexible payment options for orthodontic care. The cost of orthodontic treatment will depend on the severity of the problem, its complexity and the length of treatment. Many dental insurance plans now include orthodontic benefits. If your plan has orthodontic benefits, our treatment coordinator will complete and submit all insurance forms for your convenience. Your insurance company will reimburse you as per your orthodontic benefits included in your dental insurance plan.

  • Option
    A
    Payment in Full
  • A bookkeeping courtesy of 5% is given for direct payment in full at start of treatment by cash, or check.
  • Option
    B
    Interest Free Office Payment Plan
  • After an initial payment which is a small percentage of your total fee, the balance may be paid monthly at 0%.
  • Option
    C
    Lending Club Patient Solutions
  • For additional financing options, we partner with a third-party financing company who is endorsed by the American Association of Orthodontics.
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  • Option
    D
    CareCredit
  • For additional financing options, visit the CareCredit website.
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Get in Touch

Have a question, or interested in scheduling an appointment? Feel free to call or send us an email.

Your first consultation is 100% free.

Contact Info

Cynthia L. Bonafield, D.D.S, M.S.
907 Gaston Ave.
Fairmont, WV 26554

304-363-2008