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.
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!”
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…