Your Sunrise Orthodontists

Meet Dr. Kristen Igualada-Heine and Dr. Penelope Reingowsky, your Sunrise Orthodontists

Dr. Kristen Igualada-Heine is a native of Miami, grew up in South Florida, and graduated from FAU. She attended dental school at NSU and earned her DMD while graduating in the top 1% of her class. Following dental school, Dr. Kristen was chosen for a Craniofacial fellowship, and then completed her orthodontic training at NSU. She is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and is an Invisalign® specialist. 

Dr. Kristen is committed to doing what is best for every patient’s unique needs, and has adopted a conservative treatment style. This allows her patients to receive exactly what they need during every visit, without recommending anything extra or unnecessary.

Dr. Penelope Reingowsky was born in Lima, Peru, and moved to South Florida when she was seven years old. After completing her undergraduate degree at UF, she earned her DMD from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, as well as an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) certificate from UF. Dr. Penny then completed her orthodontic training at NSU. She is currently a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and is an Invisalign® specialist.

Dr. Penny believes that orthodontic treatment should be tailor-made for each individual, and provides her patients with the most personalized orthodontic experience available. She speaks fluent Spanish.

Why an Orthodontist in Sunrise? Orthodontist vs. Dentist

An orthodontist is a dentist, but a dentist is not an Orthodontist.

Not every dentist is qualified to be an orthodontist, even though every orthodontist starts as a dentist. Dr. Kristen Iqualada-Heine and Dr. Penelope Reingowsky, like all orthodontists, continued their education for 2 or 3 additional years before receiving the necessary license and certification. Dr. Kristen Iqualada-Heine and Dr. Penelope Reingowsky, like all orthodontists, have spent years studying nothing but how and why to move teeth. This includes what to do, how to plan, and how to perform the treatment plan that you need.

Why does it matter if you see your Sunrise Orthodontist?

Dentists receive basic orthodontic training so they can perform root canals, extract wisdom teeth, and treat young children who don’t need to see an orthodontist yet. Specialists receive additional training to give them the skills needed to deal with more complex orthodontic issues.

Seeing a specialist like a Sunrise orthodontist may change your braces experience by:

  • Providing more treatment options, with a variety of braces or therapies to choose from
  • Having personal experience treating multiple cases that are similar to your unique concerns and anatomical characteristics.
  • More efficient treatment and visits, because it’s the office’s main focus.
  • Knowing that you’ll receive the best possible outcome on your treatment plan, especially if you have worse than usual bite discrepancies that need to be dealt with
  • Being seen more quickly, as a family dentist will be focused on longer patient cases or emergencies throughout the day.

You may think it’s fine to have your orthodontic work done by your dentist, but convenience shouldn’t be a barrier to seeing a specialist.  You’ll only need to stop by Sunrise orthodontic offices every six to eight weeks.

And don’t let price be a problem either! Sawgrass Orthodontics is proud to provide affordable treatment in the Sunrise area.

Testimonials from Sunrise orthodontist patients

"We have 3 Daughters going to Sawgrass Orthodontics and we cannot say enough about how wonderful Dr. Penny & Dr. Kristen are as well as the entire staff. Everyone is wonderful. They are honest, detailed and take the time to explain and review their recommendations. We are lucky to have been referred to this practice and would recommend them to everyone. Its not a common thing when your children love going to a Dr's appointment. Thank you for all that you do!" – Mike W.

"I have nothing but great things to say about our experience with Sawgrass Orthodontics, they are the best ever! I have my 3 kids in their care, and from the moment my kids come into the office, they are met with such care and attention. The staff truly cares for each person that walks thru their doors and really listens to the parents concerns. Sawgrass Ortho is the best there is!" – Jennifer M.