At What Age is Orthodontic Care Appropriate?

By Alan D. Shoopak, D.M.D.


Many parents ask me when they should bring their son or daughter in for their first orthodontic evaluation. But it’s not just concerned parents—dentists and dental professionals are reaching out to our statewide group, requesting guidance and shareable information for their patients before referring them to orthodontic specialists.

Although most people equate braces with teenagers, for the 30-plus years I’ve been in practice, the American Association of Orthodontists guidelines have recommended an orthodontic checkup no later than age 7. At this early stage, orthodontic specialists can screen patients for several treatable issues.

An orthodontic screening can check for proper “bite,” and determine if there is misalignment in the jaw or emerging teeth that requires treatment. If an issue with misaligned teeth or jawbones is discovered, orthodontic specialists can immediately treat and guide them into a more ideal position.

While improving appearance always seems to rank at the top of the list of reasons to seek orthodontic care, correcting any teeth or jaw issues early on could save patients unnecessary visits to the orthodontist, as well as a lot of time, pain and money. Remember: Orthodontic health is a quality-of-life concern, not just a cosmetic one.

About Alan D. Shoopak, D.M.D.

Dr. Shoopak is the founder of Orthodontic Specialists of Florida and Dental Specialists of Florida, a statewide group of total specialty smile care centers treating children, adults and seniors. He attended the University of Tampa, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. He graduated from Tufts School of Dental Medicine in Boston in 1982, and earned his Orthodontic Certificate in 1984. Dr. Shoopak is a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, the Southern Association of Orthodontists and the Florida Association of Orthodontists, as well as other local, regional and national dental associations.

Orthodontic Specialists of Florida Supports PARC of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, FL — June 27, 2016 — Orthodontic Specialists of Florida (OSOF) supports PARC, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities, and did so by donating teeth whitening packages that were part of PARC’s Top Chefs event sponsorship bags, the statewide group announced today.

“Supporting PARC’s mission means somewhere in our community a person with special needs is living more independently, and that should make everyone smile,”” said Alan Shoopak, DMD, the statewide group’s Founder and St. Petersburg location practitioner for over 30-years.

PARC depends on the involvement and contributions from the community to serve the children and adults in a multitude of services offered each day. PARC is a 501(c) 3 organization and your donation is tax deductible. There are many ways you can support PARC.

Click here to learn more about PARC

Father and Son Making People Smile

Thirty-year orthodontic practice started by Dr. Alan D. Shoopak welcomes son Dr. Aaron Shoopak

Tampa — June 22, 2016 — Orthodontic Specialists of Florida (OSOF) founded almost 30-years ago in St. Petersburg by Alan D. Shoopak, DMD welcomes son Aaron Shoopak, DMD to the complete smile care practice July 1, the state-wide group announced today.

“I am very proud of Aaron’s accomplishments, and excited for him to join the practice. I can’t wait for him to experience the thrill as well as the professional satisfaction from a patient seeing their new smile for the first time,” said Alan Shoopak, DMD. “This will happen every day,” he exclaimed.

Dr. Alan Shoopak graduated from Tufts School of Dental Medicine in Boston in 1982 and earned his Orthodontic Certificate there in 1984. Dr. Aaron Shoopak will graduate from Tufts June 24th, and is a 2010 graduate of St. Petersburg High School.

“I am really looking forward to joining the Tampa Bay area OSOF team, and to meet and treat our patients,” commented Aaron Shoopak, DMD from Boston. “Along with a talented team of doctors and technicians, I am fully-dedicated to creating a perfect smile one person at a time,” he added.

Orthodontic Specialists of Florida are a group of offices throughout the state of Florida providing state-of-the-art orthodontic care for children and adults. Founded and owned by Dr. Alan D. Shoopak, a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Southern Association of Orthodontists and the Florida Association of Orthodontists, the practices are dedicated to making orthodontic care affordable for everyone.

Orthodontic Specialists of Florida Gets Silly with Red Nose Day

Spreading awareness throughout the State, Orthodontic Specialists of Florida (OSOF) donned red noses, and actively encouraged colleagues, neighbors, patients and friends to become involved with Red Nose Day, thereby championing everyone to fight kids’ poverty. This official start of a nine-week charitable campaign had every office posting pics of their staff and friends striking silliness with every kickoff pose.

“Helping people in our communities to live a more happy and healthy life is our passion, so participating in Red Nose Day keeps the needs of those who need it most at the forefront: kids living in poverty.”

— Dr. Alan Shoopak, Founder and president of OSOF

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