Meet Your Washington Orthodontist

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Dr. Nicholas Rafaill

"As an orthodontist, I spend my days helping remarkable people change their lives. A person’s smile says so much about them and is often the first thing noticed. When someone is ashamed of their crooked teeth, they hide their smile and are often afraid to make eye contact. But when they have a beautiful smile, that person is confident and secure in social situations. They actively engage with others, talking and laughing, and yes, smiling, with nary a thought to how their teeth appear. They know their smile looks incredible."

-Dr. Nicholas Rafaill

Dr. Thomas Rafaill

Dr. Tom Rafaill was born in Rochester NY, during Dr. Nick’s orthodontic residency—his father—sparking his love for orthodontics. From a young age, he shadowed his father and grandfather in their orthodontic practices, where he learned the secrets to success in orthodontics.

Growing up in Grosse Pointe Shores, MI, Dr. Tom went to Grosse Pointe North High School and was accepted into The University of Detroit Mercy’s accelerated seven-year dental program. After completing his undergraduate Bachelor's degree in Biology (after only three years!) he attended The University of Detroit Mercy Dental School, where he graduated summa cum laude with his Doctorate in Dental Surgery in 2021.

Immediately after completion of his dental degree, he pursued his passion in orthodontics at The University of Rochester Eastman. This accelerated, two-year residency in orthodontics has been regarded as the top orthodontic program in the nation for decades.


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Top-Tier Washington Orthodontics

Straight Smiles Orthodontics
49050 Schoenherr Rd., #400
Shelby Township, MI 48315-3848

(NE corner of 22 Mile & Schoenherr)

(586) 884-0795

Office Hours

Monday: 9:00 AM — 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM — 7:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM — 7:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM, every other Friday
Saturday: 9:00 AM — 1:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

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The Role of a Washington Orthodontist

Orthodontists and dentists both play essential roles in maintaining oral health, but their areas of expertise differ significantly. Orthodontists specialize in aligning teeth and jaws, requiring additional years of education and training beyond dental school. They use advanced techniques and equipment specifically designed for straightening teeth and correcting bite issues. Seeing an orthodontist ensures expert care for achieving optimal alignment and a healthier smile.

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

Choosing an orthodontic treatment option offers numerous benefits that extend beyond achieving a straighter smile. Here’s a few ways that orthodontic care can enhance various aspects of your life:

Physical Health

Aligned teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease. A proper bite alleviates jaw strain and prevents TMJ/TMD.

Mental Well-being

A beautiful smile boosts self-esteem and confidence, reducing anxiety in social situations and fostering a positive self-image.

Social and Professional Success

An attractive smile makes you appear more approachable and competent, enhancing social interactions and professional opportunities.

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Take the Next Step Toward a Radiant Smile

Embark on your journey to a healthier, more confident smile with Straight Smiles Orthodontics. Contact us to schedule your free consultation today. As your Washington orthodontist, we are eager to provide you with customized, expert orthodontic care.