It’s not just a hashtag, but a culture – it’s the AO Experience! We truly believe every patient, parent, and sibling that steps into our office deserves to be treated like a member of our AO family!
Getting to Know You
Your smile is as unique as your name! Dr. Larrabee and our Team make every effort to get to know each person who comes to our office on a first name basis. But it doesn’t stop there! We want to know how school or work is going, or if your child won their last soccer game. Getting to know each one of you personally also helps us better meet your orthodontic goals and make treatment a breeze. We hope that asking questions about your treatment or voicing a concern comes easily when you already know us so well!
When did you first become interested in the dental field/orthodontics?
Dr. Larrabee: As a kid, I was always trying to figure out what I wanted to be. In the 5th grade after watching the show “Family Ties”, I decided I wanted to be like Alex P. Keaton and get into the field of business. I wrote to the University of Michigan Business School to see what I needed to do and what it was all about. Two years later, in the 7th grade, I got my braces off and saw an amazing change in my smile along with receiving many compliments. I immediately redirected my University of Michigan dream to become an orthodontist.
At Advanced Orthodontics, Dr. Larrabee believes that the jaw health of a patient is just as important as the aesthetics of having straight teeth. Following his orthodontic residency, Dr. Larrabee elected into an additional two-year training course with the Roth Williams International Society of Orthodontists. As a Roth Williams Orthodontist, he has been trained in the ability to correct the bite in harmony with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) complex as well as align the teeth to create a unique, healthy smile and jaw joint. At the time of his training, only 5% of orthodontists were Roth Williams’ certified.
At Advanced Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on providing our patients with the very latest in orthodontic technology. From our state of the art, boutique style office, 3D X-ray, and itero smile simulator, Dr. Larrabee utilizes the most modern technology to provide the most accurate diagnosis and ideal treatment possible. This technology includes our self-ligating brackets system, Empower.
The time has FINALLY come! You’re ready to get your braces removed and show off your perfect new smile. Now is the time to consider your retainer options. Retainers are necessary as long as you want to keep your completed smile looking perfect. Or, as Dr. Larrabee likes to say,
“Retainers are for life!”
When a dentist tells you it’s time to start considering orthodontic care for your child, or when you are thinking about Invisalign for yourself, the concern of cost almost always plays a role in your decision-making process. Hand in hand with cost comes the complicated world of orthodontic insurance. Every individual’s insurance plan is unique, but we will do our best to help you navigate through it.
At an increasing rate, we’ve had patients asking us how services with companies such as Smile Direct Club, compare to the services they receive at Advanced Orthodontics. While we can only speak to the quality of care you will receive at our office, we can give a comparison of the treatment process as described on their website.
Dr. Larrabee and the American Association of Orthodontics recommend that children receive their initial evaluation from an orthodontist by the age of seven. A lot of parents, referred by their general dentist or pediatrician for a complimentary consultation, are concerned that “seven is too young to be thinking about braces?”. By the age of seven, most children have begun to lose their primary teeth, and their adult teeth are making their way in. At this point, most orthodontic problems can be identified; sometimes it is what you CAN’T see that can be the problem…
“How long will my treatment take?” is probably the most common question we hear
from patients. From the day you begin treatment, we know you are counting down the
days that remain until you have your perfect smile. There are many factors that contribute
to the length of treatment including the complexity of your treatment, your age, and your
commitment to following the right steps towards your orthodontic treatment. Remember, if you put in the time now, your beautiful, healthy smile will last you a lifetime!
Although modern orthodontics have come a long way, traditional metal braces still have a pretty poor reputation. Many people still think of them as an unflattering mouth full of metal, and some even delay getting orthodontic treatment because they’re afraid of how braces could affect their looks. Teens especially may be mortified by the idea of sporting a “brace face,” even though these treatments have improved their look in leaps and bounds in recent years.
Here at Advanced Orthodontics, we want our teen patients to be excited about starting their journey towards straighter teeth, not dread it. Fortunately, Invisalign Teen can achieve just that!