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Arizona Orthodontist Office

3 Ways Advanced Orthodontics Makes Your Visits Easy

Who says your next trip to your orthodontist should be a hassle?

Inconvenience should not get in your way of getting that perfect smile. That is why Advanced Orthodontics went the extra mile to make your next visit easy.

What to Expect from the AO Experience

Here are the top three ways AO is making your journey to a healthy smile relaxed and enjoyable.

1. Free Virtual Consultations

If you have a tight schedule or just afraid of leaving your home during this uncertain time, worry not. The Advanced Orthodontics team is available for both office and virtual consultations. You can even book early-morning or late-night appointments that fit right in your schedule.

The best part? It’s free.

You can schedule your free virtual appointment from the comforts of your home with just a few clicks. If you got the time, you may also book a physical appointment at an Advanced Orthodontics clinic near you through our website.

2. Enjoyable Office Experience

Gone are the days when you have to boringly wait in the lobby for your appointment.

In Advanced Orthodontics, you can enjoy flat-screen TVs in the lobby for your entertainment. If you have any questions, our friendly staff is more than ready to accommodate you.

If you’re a parent, you no longer have to worry about your children getting cranky when they feel impatient. The Advanced Orthodontics offices have iPads prepared for your kids so they can play games while they wait for their turn to meet their orthodontist.

You can also take a bite of the clinic’s complimentary cookies after your treatment.

3. Comprehensive Treatment Options

Are you an adult looking to get your smile back in shape through braces or retainers, or a teenager considering options like Invisalign for teens to straighten your teeth?

Advanced Orthodontics has a wide range of treatment options for you.

You can consult with the clinic’s award-winning treatment experts who will help you explore the available treatment options suitable for you.

Your Road to the Perfect Smile

A lot can get in the way of your next orthodontic appointment. Advanced Orthodontics will make sure that your road to achieving that perfect smile is smooth and is something you can look forward to.

Ready to start your journey with Advanced Orthodontics? You may text us at 480.357.4900 or send us a message online.

Arizona Orthodontist

How To Pick the Best Orthodontist in Arizona

Dental misalignment can leave you self-conscious about your smile. You might hide your teeth behind your hand when you laugh, for example.

The right orthodontist in Arizona can help, providing invisible braces to discretely correct misalignment and give you a smile you’re proud to show off.

What to Consider When Choosing an Orthodontist in Arizona

Crooked teeth aren’t just an aesthetic issue. They also cause problems with chewing and speaking – for example, causing a lisp when you talk. Dental misalignment can also impede oral hygiene, making it difficult to brush and floss and increasing the risk of cavities and gum disease.

When choosing your Arizona orthodontics provider, you want to be confident you are entrusting your smile to a competent professional who will provide the results you want. Here’s what to consider.

Orthodontics Expertise

Orthodontics is a unique field, distinct from general dentistry. Look for a professional that focuses on braces. They will be up to date with the most cutting-edge teeth-straightening tools and technologies.

Additionally, consider what type of braces you want. Technology has come a long way since traditional metal wires and brackets. If you want invisible braces, look for a pro who offers Invisalign in Arizona.

A Personalized Approach to Patient Care

Every person’s smile is unique. You want an orthodontist who understands and respects this. A reputable orthodontist in Arizona will provide a complimentary consultation to advise you on your options – and provide a customized treatment plan in line with your desired outcome.

A Friendly Atmosphere

Upgrading your smile is exciting. You’ll be able to flash your grin in pictures without embarrassment and feel more confident in social interactions. You want an orthodontist who understands that excitement and shares it.

An orthodontist’s office with a fun and friendly atmosphere can make the process of attaining your dream smile even more rewarding.

Convenient Location and Timing

State-of-the-art orthodontics treatments like Invisalign aren’t done overnight. You have to go in for a consultation, fitting, and checkups. You want an orthodontist in Arizona who is readily available to you, both in terms of location and timing.

Schedule Your Arizona Orthodontics Consultation Today

Advanced Orthodontics offers expert orthodontics treatments at two convenient Arizona locations. Their dedicated orthodontists and support staff take a patient-first approach to care, prioritizing each individual’s needs and comfort, and providing a friendly atmosphere where you will feel at ease.

Schedule your complimentary consultation for braces in Arizona by calling or texting (480) 357.4900.

AOS gives back

Advanced Orthodontics Gives Back: Phoenix Children’s Hospital

It’s that time of year again where we are busy crossing items off our shopping lists for the holiday season. It’s also a time to be grateful which is why Advanced Orthodontics has been partnering with Phoenix Children’s hospital in an effort to give back. This year in particular has been hard on our medical workers, families, and children in need.

Through the months of November and December, we will be collecting new, in original package toys for kids ranging in age from newborn – 17 who are receiving treatment at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. We hope we’ll be able to put a smile on their face on a special day when they can’t celebrate at home.


Donation Details!

If you will be donating toys please ensure all toys/items must be new and in original packaging. Used toys cannot be given to patients. Please do not wrap toys and avoid items such as play guns or war toys, latex balloons, candy, gum or other food items.

Advanced Orthodontics will also happily match every 10 Larrabee Loot Points donated with a $1 donation. You can contact our office to donate your Loot, or visit our Rewards Hub. Dr. Larrabee is also accepting donations through Venmo! You can find him at @Dr-Ben-Larrabee

The best way for us to stay connected between visits to the office is through our social media! Follow along on our Facebook and Instagram as we attempt to reach our donation goal of $1,250, keep an eye out for contests and bonus ways to earn Larrabee Loot!

We hope you join us to spread some cheer this holiday season!

Orthodontics Budget

Can I use a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flex Spending Account (FSA) for Orthodontic Care?

One of the most common questions we get here at Advanced Orthodontics is how to save money on orthodontic treatment. We get it. You want great results at a great price, who doesn’t! That is why we offer many ways you can pay for your treatment as well as an array of treatment options.

What’s better: HSA, FSA or Traditional Insurance for Orthodontics?

Some of our patients find that paying for orthodontic care through an HSA (Health Savings Account) or FSA (Flex Spending Account) allows them to save money! Contributions to an HSA or FSA are tax-deductible, or if made through a payroll deduction, they are pretax. The funds can be used to pay for medical and dental expenses, like orthodontics! While health savings accounts can be accumulated over time, flex spending accounts must be used by the end of the calendar year.

Traditional dental insurance is another way to help lower your out of pocket cost for orthodontics, but it is important to look closely over your plan before deciding. Most orthodontic insurance plans with cover the cost of treatment at a given percentage, up to a certain dollar amount. For example, a plan might cover 50% of the treatment cost up to a $1,500 maximum. There are several limitations to orthodontic benefits to be aware of when deciding on orthodontic insurance, such as age limitations and waiting periods.

Health Savings Accounts or Flex Spending Accounts can be used in conjunction with your orthodontic insurance benefit, further lowering your out of pocket cost for orthodontic care. Orthodontic insurance can be quite tricky, so a member of the Advanced Orthodontics Team is happy to answer any questions you have.

Facts about Flex Spending Accounts (FSA’s):

FSA’s are limited to $2,600 per year per employer. Your spouse can also contribute $2,600 into an FSA through their employer. With those funds, you can pay for care for yourself, your spouse, and your dependents. This is great for parents looking to get traditional braces or Invisalign for Teens.

As always, we are here to work with you and your insurance company to make sure that we price out an appropriate course of action to get the smile you deserve. Contact us today to talk through your options or schedule a virtual consultation!

Dr. Sharma

Meet Our New Associate: Dr. Sharma

We are excited to announce that we are continuing to grow the Advanced Orthodontics Team and are proud to introduce you to Dr. Prashansa Sharma-Makwana, DMD. She officially joined our Team as an associate on October 19th, 2020. Dr. Sharma will co-treat alongside Dr. Larrabee providing the best in orthodontic care for our patients and their families. She joins us with the highest recommendations, great enthusiasm, and a vibrant new energy.

Originally from Chicago, Dr. Sharma completed the dental program at Case Western Reserve University and the orthodontic program at Tufts University. She has been practicing in Arizona for the last 5 years. Dr. Sharma is an avid dancer, even appearing in a music video with Snoop Dog!

We are so excited to welcome her to our Team and continue to provide every patient with the best in orthodontic care.

If you are looking for more information on orthodontists in Mesa, Arizona or Chandler, Arizona get in touch with us or schedule a Virtual Consultation today!