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Smile Specialists

You can’t get a healthy, beautiful smile from just anyone. You need an expert. You need an orthodontist.

Orthodontists are highly trained specialists whose expertise is tooth alignment for children, teens and adults. But what exactly makes them the experts? Only orthodontists receive an extra 2-3 years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth.

That means to become an orthodontist, qualified dentists need even more training after graduating dental school. In fact, they need an additional full-time education at an accredited orthodontic residency program supervised by orthodontists. This education lasts at least two years, often more.

During this time, orthodontists learn about tooth movement (orthodontics) and the guidance of facial development (dentofacial orthopedics). It’s this education and training in straightening teeth and aligning jaws that make orthodontists the straight-smile experts.

By selecting a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), you can feel confident knowing you’ve chosen an orthodontic specialist that is an expert in orthodontics, dentofacial orthopedics and the treatment of improperly aligned teeth and jaws. It’s why only orthodontists can become members of the AAO. It’s also why our expertise will make you smile.

© American Association of Orthodontists and Braces.org, 01/17/2012

COVID-19 Protocols for Patients Entering our OfficesMust Fill Out Within 24 Hour Of Your Appointment

In order to keep our patients and staff safe for the duration of COVID-19, these protocols are mandatory for patients entering OA.

  • COVID history form & COVID consent form must be filled out within 24 hours of your appointment or we cannot honor your appointment. These forms are under the Patient Forms tab at the top of our website.
  • Please brush and floss your teeth at home prior to coming to your appointment.
  • Upon arrival at the office wait in your car, text the office cell phone at (207) 352-3111 for both Scarborough and North Conway to indicate your arrival. We will alert you when we are ready for you to enter.
  • We are limiting the number of people in the office so we ask, whenever possible, that the patient only comes in for the appointment. If it is a minor’s consultation or first visit, one parent is welcome to accompany and will also follow the safety protocol.
  • Please come into the office wearing a mask.
  • Upon entering the office, we will have the patient sanitize hands, do a touchless temperature check, and a Colgate/peroxyl rinse. If you feel sick, please call to reschedule.

The entire Orthodontic Associates staff is well-equipped and versed with all the proper PPE protocols and feel confident that we are doing everything necessary to keep our patients/staff and Doctors safe. Thank you for your cooperation.