Hello. My name is Dr. Tom Surber of Orthodontic Affiliates. Dr. Schmidt, myself, and staff are passionate about doing orthodontics without the removal of permanent teeth.
Many orthodontists today, when they do a consultation, they make the recommendation for removing teeth to create space to straighten teeth that are crooked or unsightly. Our philosophy is different. Yes, no extraction orthodontics. You probably don't have too many teeth.
Our solution is to do what we refer to as palatal expansion. It's a painless process by where we change the arch form in the mouth to accept the teeth that have been crowded out. For instance, if you look at the model on the left side, you will see that it is very tapered and narrow. And as a result of that, the permanent teeth cannot fit into the arch, so we actually have a double row of teeth in the front. If you look at the model on the right, you're going to notice that the arch form is U-shaped. That gives a broader aspect so that we can move the teeth in without the removal of permanent teeth.
Also, extraction of teeth requires a trip to the oral surgeon. It requires sedation. It requires recovery time. During the process of orthodontists, those spaces must also be closed orthodontically. Later in life those spaces can reopen. Also, the lower third of the face contour and support comes from the underlying teeth that support the lips and the cheeks. If teeth are removed, the teeth are moved back into the mouth. We lose lip support and we get undesirable changes in the lower third of the face.
Let me show you a couple cases. This was a gentleman that I treated in one of our office, and if you look at the pictures on the left side at the top, you're going to see the right side of the mouth, and you're going to notice that the permanent canine tooth is completely blocked out and that the lateral incisor tooth is completely blocked out and it's an unsightly appearance.
If you look at the middle picture, you're going to see that that was the cosmetic look at the time before the teeth were corrected, and you can also see on the left side that the teeth are in multiple rows and blocked out. With palatal expansion, we were able to change the arch form, allowing room for us to move these teeth without extractions.
As you will notice on the right hand side at the top, same mouth, same teeth, no extractions. Look at the cosmetic benefit plus the functional benefit that this person achieved from the process of palatal expansion and orthodontics.
Let me show you one more case. This was a young lady that I treated in our Michigan City office. Again, she came in with crowded teeth, a crossbite in the front where the upper front teeth were actually locked in behind the lower teeth. Again, because the upper jaw, in particular, was too narrow, there was not enough room for the teeth. So we did palatal expansion. We were able to then create all the space to go from this uncosmetic smile to this cosmetic smile.
Also, one other thing I want to add about palatal expansion, when we have a lot of lower crowding, as well, is when we expand the upper, it unlocks the lower, so that then we're able to treat the lower teeth without extractions. So there are many benefits to having your orthodontics done without the removal of permanent teeth.
I encourage you, if you're ever told by an orthodontist that you need to have teeth extracted, visit Orthodontic Affiliates. Let myself, Dr. Surber, or Dr. Schmidt, give you a second opinion. Thank you.
Dr. Tom Surber is a lifelong resident of Northwest Indiana. He attended St. Mary of the Lake Elementary School in Miller and graduated from Andrean High School. He attended Indiana University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry.
Dr. Surber matriculated to Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) in Indianapolis for his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree. With a keen interest in orthodontics and as a former patient, Dr. Surber completed a two-year postdoctoral program at IUSD in the specialty of orthodontics and received his certification.
Outside of orthodontics, Dr. Surber has several other interests and hobbies. He is an amateur musician playing the piano and pipe organ. He is a past member of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus. Tom is a commercial, multi-engine instrument rated pilot. Other hobbies include fishing, boating, exotic cars, scuba diving, and snow skiing.
Dr. Surber and his wife Deborah, who have been married for 35 years, reside in Valparaiso, Indiana. Their son Dr. Timothy Surber is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon practicing in Merrillville and Valparaiso, Indiana with Stevenson and Fairchild OMS. Their daughter Sarah is a doctor of physical therapy with advanced certification in manual skills. She practices in Carmel, Indiana. Tom and Debbie are active members of Immanuel Lutheran Church Valparaiso, Indiana.
Hi, I'm Dr. Randy Schmidt, here at Orthodontic Affiliates, and I thought I'd take a moment to explain to you a program we have here for all of our patients. It's called the Orthodontic Affiliates Smile Rewards Program.
With that program, every patient gets this smile rewards credit card with their own named account on it that they keep, so that each time they come in for their visits, they leave with a tally card that has a whole series of points that the patients earn at each of their orthodontic visits, like having clean teeth, wearing the rubber bands well, getting A's on the report cards, getting a good exam and note from their dentist, did well at their six month cleaning.
It's a whole host of different things that the patients can earn points with, and then when they check out at the front desk, they swipe their card in our credit card swiper, where then those points are logged into their own named account on the internet, where they earn dollars and retail points for different various retailers like Target, Starbucks, Best Buy, where they can get retail gift cards and then go make purchases with them.
Then, at the same time, when they check out at the front desk, they're also given a new promotion that we now offer at Orthodontic Affiliates, which is a Refer-A-Friend promotion, and we used to have the patients earn 200 points for the Refer-A-Friend program, we're now offering, from now, 1,000 points for the patients who refer other patients or friend, 1,000 points on their smile reward cards, so that they can earn big bucks with retail gift cards.
People love it, the patients love it, and the programs work real well.
Dr. Schmidt, being raised in Chesterton, Indiana, is firmly rooted in the heritage of Northwest Indiana.
Randall Schmidt is a graduate of Chesterton High School and a former patient of Orthodontic Affiliates founder, Dr. Gil Carter. Inspired to become an orthodontist, he completed his M.S.D. and D.D.S. from Indiana University, Indianapolis Medical/Dental Center along with his certificate of specialty in orthodontics in 1983. Dr. Schmidt ranked in the top of his class. Primarily through the efforts of Dr. Schmidt, Orthodontic Affiliates has established itself as a regional treatment center for temporomandibular joint disorders or TMJ.
Dr. Schmidt is an avid reader with multiple interests such as organic gardening, landscaping, building, skiing, sports, and travel. Dr. Schmidt has incorporated and is in the process of developing the only salmon and trout organic commercial hatchery and fish farm in the Midwest. Dr. Schmidt’s passions are exercise, weightlifting, health, anti-aging, and longevity.
Dr. Schmidt resides in Valparaiso where he has been a resident for over 50 years. Dr. Schmidt has a son, Evan, and a daughter, Jacqueline. Evan has been inspired to become an orthodontist and is currently in his residency at Indiana University, Indianapolis Medical Center.
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