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38 Reasons To Choose Orthodontic Affiliates

Change for change’s sake is never a good thing, but making a change that will result in better care for your family is always a good idea. If you and your family are ready to improve your oral health and appearance, let Orthodontic Affiliates help give you brighter smiles and healthier teeth.

Dr. Schmidt and Dr. Surber have put together a list of 38 great reasons why choosing Orthodontic Affiliates makes sense for you and your family. We are ready to answer any questions you have regarding these reasons below or about orthodontic treatment in general. Contact our office today to find the answers you need. You can ask your question using the online form if you prefer. One of our staff members will get in touch with you as soon as possible. We can’t wait to meet you. Your new smile is only a phone call away!


1. Dr. Surber and Dr. Schmidt: we are your real hometown orthodontists. Here's why:

We were both born and raised in Northwest Indiana, just like our parents.
We both graduated from local high schools and went to Indiana University for our undergraduate education.
We both attended Indiana University Dental School and graduated at the top of our respective classes.
We did our Orthodontic Specialty education at Indiana University.
We came back to join our childhood Orthodontist and become Orthodontic Affiliates.
We have raised our children in Northwest Indiana, where we live.
We both have lifelong roots in living and serving the Northwest Indiana community.
Both Dr. Surber and Dr. Schmidt have inspired their children to become local Oral Surgeons and Orthodontists.

2. Our reputation speaks for itself. Orthodontic Affiliates has treated over a hundred of the dentists and their family members in the area.

The non-extraction method of Orthodontic Affiliates has become quite popular. Regular patients and family dentists have grown to like this conservative treatment. We have treated over a hundred of the area’s dentists and their family members. The major vote of confidence coming from our colleagues is one the highest compliments an orthodontic practice can receive. The trust of our fellow dental professionals who choose us to treat them and their families is a testament to our quality of dental care.

3. Over 60,000 satisfied patients

Orthodontic Affiliates has treated over 60,000 patients, including many children of former patients. We only aspire to make you a part of our orthodontic family and satisfy your oral care needs that you’ll feel comfortable recommending our office to your family and friends. It brings great pride knowing our largest source of referrals are former and current patients.

4. Fun and friendly atmosphere.

We have a family-oriented practice. Our business excels in providing energetic and fun services for each patient. The design of our offices alone can make every one of your visits an enjoyable and positive experience.

Orthodontic Affiliates gives each patient a labeled T-shirt with a QR code at the back. You can wear this exclusive OA tee to win OA Smile Rewards points every time you come in for your appointment.

“Refer a Friend” and win 1,000 Smile reward points or $100 off your Orthodontic balance from Orthodontic Affiliates!

Brace Removal Day! We know this is a significant event and we prepare a special celebration to congratulate our patients on this milestone. Colorful balloons, OA Smile Rewards points you can redeem for gifts, and a “Thank You for My Beautiful Smile” letter from your child mark this occasion.

5. Our Doctors have over 65 years combined experience as Orthodontic Specialists

Orthodontists are experts uniquely qualified to correct “bad bites.” The American Dental Association requires orthodontists to have at least two years of post-doctoral advanced specialty training in Orthodontics in an accredited program after graduation from dental school.

Our patients benefit from the knowledge and expertise of two skilled clinicians with over 65 years of combined experience and excellence as Orthodontic Specialists. This is especially helpful for patients with difficult correction requirements, for which our doctors consult each other before, during, and after treatment, to ensure excellent results.

6. We treat more TMJ patients than any other practice in the region.

Orthodontic Affiliates has been a TMJ treatment-centered practice since the early 80s, having successfully treated and helped over a thousand TMJ and MPD patients. Dr. Surber and Dr. Schmidt continue advancing their education into this complex treatment area. Our in-house laboratory facilities allow for quick fabrication of the needed appliance for these treatments.

7. Highly trained team

Each member of our team is highly skilled and dedicated to providing energetic and fun service to each patient. All of our orthodontic technicians complete a thorough training program, and are required to take National Certification examinations. Orthodontic Affiliates has some of the most experienced Orthodontic staff members in Northwest Indiana, many of whom have been with us for over 25 years!

8. We have seven offices to serve you.

We have offices in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties. This convenience saves many families significant travel expenses and time away from work or school. When you become our patient, you may conveniently schedule a visit at any location. Our state-of-the-art, Internet-based software can easily handle such appointments.

9. Convenient office locations with ample parking

All of our office locations provide “up to the front door” parking. None of them are in busy, high-rise office complexes.

10. Reception area offers free Internet access.

While you wait, access the Internet with your personal electronic devices via our Wi-Fi hotspot.

11. We are dedicated to being on time

We realize people lead busy lives. Many of our patients typically compliment us for not making them wait for an unreasonable length of time even in the busy after-school rush hours.

12. State-of-the-art treatment techniques

The doctors at Orthodontic Affiliates tirelessly strive to enhance treatment methods for improving the facial harmony, smile, and bite of all our patients. We use proven, state-of-the-art technology to move teeth efficiently and provide the highest quality results.

13. Face-focused treatment plans (with emphasis on non-extraction treatment).

Orthodontists are typically forced to pull teeth in order to create space for crowded teeth. No one likes to have their teeth removed. Dr. Surber and Dr. Schmidt rarely need to remove teeth with their treatment modalities. A full display of teeth often produces a broader, more natural smile and a much nicer profile. In those few cases where extraction cannot be avoided, we make space to improve facial balance, provide a natural smile, and a profile “not the space” that will last a lifetime.

14. Functional orthopedic appliances (NO HEAD GEAR).

Many orthodontic problems involve skeletal disharmonies. They may indicate insufficient or excessive jaw growth. Because of our “face-focused” approach to treatment, we attempt to resolve these problems with functional appliances. This method usually prevents the need for surgical procedures. Major modifications of jaw size are achievable if the patient starts treatment while young. We recommend scheduling the first visit with the orthodontist at age seven.

15. Emphasis on early interceptive treatment.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children have an orthodontic checkup no later than age seven. While your child’s teeth may appear straight, there could be a problem only an orthodontist can detect. Of course, the checkup may reveal that your child’s bite is fine, and that can be comforting news. Every patient requiring treatment has an ideal time to begin so the best results remain achievable.
Early treatment gives Dr. Surber and Dr. Schmidt the opportunity to:

guide jaw growth
lower the risk of trauma to front teeth
correct harmful habits
improve appearance and self-esteem
guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position
improve the way the lips meet

The goal of early treatment is to create a better environment for your child’s permanent teeth and facial appearance.

16. Successful treatment for adults

Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. Approximately 25 percent of our patients are adults. You will be pleased to learn braces will work with your current lifestyle. You can do almost anything with braces: sing, play a musical instrument, dine out, kiss, and even have your picture taken. It’s never too late to improve the health of your teeth and gums. Orthodontic Affiliates has successfully treated patients in their 60s and 70s!

17. We now offer FAAB: Fast Acting Adult Braces!

Orthodontic Affiliates now offers FAAB, or Fast Acting Adult Braces. If you’re hiding your smile, it’s holding you back. If you’re uncomfortable with your smile, you’re not free to show the world the real you. FAAB means you can have the smile you’ve always wanted in less than six months to a year. Your new smile will be ready for that next camera phone moment. So whether your “social six” are crowded, spaced too far apart, or have shifted since wearing braces, we’ll give you a new reason to smile.

18. Invisible Retainers are bonded in after the braces are removed.

We have heard stories about kids throwing their “removable” retainers away accidentally, or their teeth shifting because they didn’t wear their retainers after treatment. Orthodontic Affiliates uses bonded, “permanent” retainers behind the teeth to maintain your beautiful smile.

19. TMJ Treatment expertise

We continue advancing our education in this complex treatment area to provide only the most reliable dental appliances. Our experience offers many patients peace of mind and freedom from discomfort brought on by TMJ

20. We offer Surgical Orthodontics for severe skeletal disharmonies.

For patients who have achieved their maximum growth but have severe skeletal disharmonies, the doctors at Orthodontic Affiliates work as part of a team with an oral surgeon to correct the problem and achieve facial balance.

21. Invisalign “braceless” orthodontics

Invisalign is the advanced way to straighten teeth and improve smiles. Using the latest technologies, Invisalign straightens your teeth without metal braces. This is done by using a series of significantly comfortable clear aligners that straighten the teeth. This treatment method costs about the same as conventional braces. Visit their website at: www.invisalign.com

22. Treatment progress regularly updated with the patient or parent.

At each appointment the doctor will evaluate oral hygiene, tooth movement, tooth alignment, and how the bite fits. Parents are always welcome in the treatment area. We are available to address questions or concerns, and go out of our way to make your orthodontic treatment a pleasant experience. Please feel free to ask the doctors or a team member if you have any questions during your treatment.

23. Use of efficient "space age" orthodontic wires which shorten treatment time, require fewer visits, and exert much less pressure on teeth.

Nickel titanium alloys (originally developed by NASA to deploy satellites into space) have been used for some time in the initial phase of orthodontic treatment. Recently, copper was added to nickel titanium, creating a new space age wire light-years ahead of wires used in the past.

Thermal NiTi is a shape memory wire. It is very soft and easily bent when you touch it. However, when the mouth warms it, the wire returns to its original shape and gradually becomes stiffer.Thermal NiTi is special because it requires no adjustment or frequent replacement, increasing time between appointments. We will probably leave the same wire in your mouth for two to three months and allow it to gradually move your teeth to their new position. Like new appliances that are more efficient at home, this wire is more efficient in your mouth. This means less time away from school or the office.

24. We offer low-profile braces.

The modern braces we use no longer use bands around the teeth, no more head gear, and no big wires. Today’s braces are small, aesthetic, low profile, and easy to place. You can even read a book while they are being placed on your teeth!

25. We provide clear braces.

Some of our patients may choose to have clear braces on their front teeth. They are less noticeable and may be an option if you are not a candidate for Invisalign treatment.

26. Kids can choose colors for their braces.

Kids love to express themselves and show off their braces like a fashion statement. We offer a large selection of color choices. Choose a different color every visit! Most kids mix and match many different colors.

27. Latest infection control procedures

Our commitment is to maintain the highest level of safety and wellbeing for our patients as well as our team. Our practice meets or exceeds all of the requirements of the Centers for Disease Control, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency for infection control procedures in an orthodontic environment.

28. Free exam, Panorex, and consultation ($160 value)

A referral from your family dentist is not necessary for this comprehensive exam, which includes: oral exam, Panorex X-ray, and consultation by the doctor.

29. We can start your orthodontic treatment on the day of your initial consultation.

For your convenience, we may take orthodontic records on the day of your initial exam so you get one less appointment and your treatment may begin immediately.
Kids also earn “Smile Rewards Points” on the first day of their consultation.

30. Affordable fees – no hidden charges

Orthodontic treatment is an excellent investment in the overall dental, medical, and psychological wellbeing of both children and adults. Over the past 30 years, the cost of orthodontic treatment has not increased as greatly as other sectors, making it more affordable than ever. The fee quoted covers all appointments and procedures done in our office, as well as the appliances, braces, and retainers needed during treatment.

Any procedure done out of our office, or any lost or broken appliance, is the patient’s responsibility. When you consider the lifetime benefits of orthodontic treatment, it is truly a great value.

31. Flexible Financing No Money Down plans

We are committed to developing a financing option that fits your budget. We make arrangements to extend payments over a period of months or years. Some arrangements have No Down Payment. We offer this service with no finance charge and 0% interest. For your convenience, we offer auto check drafting and automatic credit card payments. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Third party financing is also available through CareCredit and Chase Health Advance.

32. We accept insurance.

We have extensive experience in working with insurance companies. We work with all types of insurance policies and want to be sure you receive all the benefits to which your family is entitled.

We are also currently Orthodontic Network Providers for 21 insurance companies.

33. Convenient scheduling

We make a sincere effort when scheduling your appointment, to ensure you receive the best treatment possible while missing the least amount of time at school or work.

34. Family Care Program

When a patient becomes part of our practice, we feel a responsibility to the entire family. We will examine and monitor younger siblings at no charge until the time is right for them to start treatment.

35. Discounted fee for additional family members

When any additional family member begins treatment at Orthodontic Affiliates, there will be a $200.00 reduction in total treatment fee. As a family care provider, we welcome family members of all ages.

36. Fun patient involvement contests.

Our patients love our fun contests, T-shirts, Win-a-Schwinn bicycle giveaways, iPhone raffles, and they are excited to earn points on their OA Smile Rewards Card, where points can be accrued and redeemed for awesome gifts.

37. Smile Rewards Program for patients to win gifts and great prizes!

Patients are excited to earn points on their OA Smile Rewards Card. Collect points and redeem for awesome gifts!
Here are just a few ways to earn points:

Coming in for their recall visits
Great brushing between visits
Like practice Facebook page
Writing a tooth fairy story
Celebrating a birthday month
Personal Success
Referring friends
Good Grades (As and Bs)
Getting braces on and off
Loosing a baby tooth in our office
Seeing their Dentist for cleanings
Word-of-the Day
Being a World Changer
And much more

38. Cool freebies

We give away a cool OA logo T-shirt with QR code for patients on their first appointment. Referring friends also means gifts, a $250 fee reduction coupon. Scan our QR code or go to our Promotions tab.

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