Salem Location | (503) 585-5400
1855 West Nob Hill St, Ste. 300
Salem, OR 97302

Keizer Location | (503) 585-5400
164 Chemawa Rd N
Keizer, OR 97303

New Patients

A Note from Dr. John:

Problematic teeth/bite never improve on their own, even if a loss of teeth in childhood gives the appearance that crowding has been eliminated.

I give exams at no charge in an effort to identify problems early enough to intervene. Many problems, if identified early, can be rectified simply without the patient having to endure more complicated problems or procedures down the line like impacted teeth or jaw surgery.

Parents, bring your children in as soon as possible—over 50% of cases need treatment to be established before or during a child’s growth spurt to be fully effective. We can help you evaluate when that time is imminent for your child and how to proceed with treatment. Parents, if you did not need braces, that is not an indicator your children won’t! Bring them in for their own evaluation.

Like any trade, orthodontists vary in skill level and commitment. I am one of only two board certified orthodontists in Salem and I’ve dedicated my long career to ensuring I honor orthodontics and my patients with my continued education and diligent commitment to the trade.

There is a difference between a private practice and a corporate practice. Within a private practice, you have the benefit of a long-term relationship with a single doctor who gets to know your unique needs, and/or the unique needs of your child both clinically and behaviorally. I enjoy getting to know whole families as each child grows up—that is unique to how I run my private practice—through relationships first.

For kids & teens

Ages 5-7

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children have their first visit when they are seven, but in some cases your dentist may recommend they be evaluated sooner. This allows an orthodontist to monitor their mouths as they grow so treatment can be started as soon as a problem is noticed.

All visits previous to treatment are at no charge to you—we’re happy to begin a relationship with you and your child and monitor the stages of their teeth and growth.

A dental referral is not necessary to begin evaluations.

What’s Happening

  • Baby teeth beginning to fall out
  • Some permanent teeth coming in

Care

  • Exam
  • X-rays
  • Relationship established
  • Path of eruption (direction in which new teeth are coming in) monitored
  • Guidance to prevent crowding
  • Visit every 6 months

Ages 8-10

What’s Happening

  • Baby teeth beginning to fall out
  • Some permanent teeth coming in

Care

  • Exam
  • X-rays
  • Relationship established
  • Path of eruption (direction in which new teeth are coming in) monitored
  • Guidance to prevent crowding
  • Visit every 6 months

Ages 11-16

What’s Happening

  • Baby teeth beginning to fall out
  • Some permanent teeth coming in

Care

  • Exam
  • X-rays
  • Relationship established
  • Path of eruption (direction in which new teeth are coming in) monitored
  • Guidance to prevent crowding
  • Visit every 6 months

For adults

Ages 17+

No matter how old you are, any time you want to improve your smile, you should see an orthodontist. About one in every five patients is an adult. If you are unhappy with your bite or smile, now is the right time to schedule an appointment.

What’s Happening

  • Baby teeth beginning to fall out
  • Some permanent teeth coming in

Care

  • Exam
  • X-rays
  • Relationship established
  • Path of eruption (direction in which new teeth are coming in) monitored
  • Guidance to prevent crowding
  • Visit every 6 months

Ages 50+

No matter how old you are, any time you want to improve your smile, you should see an orthodontist. About one in every five patients is an adult. If you are unhappy with your bite or smile, now is the right time to schedule an appointment.

What’s Happening

  • Baby teeth beginning to fall out
  • Some permanent teeth coming in

Care

  • Exam
  • X-rays
  • Relationship established
  • Path of eruption (direction in which new teeth are coming in) monitored
  • Guidance to prevent crowding
  • Visit every 6 months

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