Welcome to Spivak Orthodontics

A smile is always in style - creating beautiful smiles in Severna Park, Annapolis, Arnold, Pasadena, Millersville and surrounding Maryland towns

  Phone: 410-647-0800
  Text: 410-324-6033
  info@bracesinthepark.com
  690 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, MD 21146
  

Patient Info / Health Questionnaire

ABOUT DR. KARINA SPIVAK



Dr. Spivak is a graduate of University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. She completed the Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD) at Harvard School of Dental Medicine and has been practicing orthodontics after receiving post-doctoral education and certification in Orthodontics from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 2005. Dr. Spivak is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Dr. Spivak actively seeks out continuing education offerings in order to remain informed of the latest developments in orthodontic treatment options and technologies. She is committed to providing her patients with the best care available, using leading-edge knowledge, and by continually learning she is able to deliver on that commitment.

As a mother of two young daughters, Dr. Spivak prides herself on treating every patient the same way she would treat her daughters. Patients always appreciate her gentle but very effective approach. She feels fortunate to be able to help people get beautiful smiles they always wanted and her biggest compliment is seeing the same families come back again and again as younger siblings are ready for their braces experience.

Dr. Spivak has been married to her husband Denis for 10 years. They have two beautiful young daughters, Michelle and Emma, and reside in Ellicott City. They enjoy skiing, playing tennis and spending time outdoors.

You can contact Dr. Spivak at drspivak@bracesinthepark.com.

OUR TEAM


Our mission is to provide the highest quality orthodontic treatment and service in a compassionate, friendly, and clean environment that uses state of the art materials, equipment, and techniques. Our staff believes that healthy teeth and a beautiful smile are important assets that should be enjoyed by everyone throughout their life. We pledge to make your orthodontic experience more comfortable and pleasurable than you thought possible. Each member of our treatment team is a registered assistant, and our office has years of experience in treatment patients with the highest level of care.

Our office was a house in the 1950’s and we are especially interested in making all of our patients feel right at home! We put your needs first to achieve efficient and comprehensive treatment. Our highly trained and skilled staff strive to provide energetic and fun loving treatment for each patient. We continually pursue excellence through continuing education, personal and team growth, and the use of the most current treatment techniques. Our team exemplifies professionalism, mutual respect and the ability to motivate our patients in a positive manner.

Rebecca - Front Desk

Rebecca is the first person to greet you with a big smile when you visit us. She will find the perfect appointment for your busy schedule and provide you with a work or school excuse when you leave. Rebecca is originally from Ohio where she married her husband Trent. Together they love to explore and also experience different cuisines in local towns such as Annapolis, Arnold and Pasadena. Rebecca is an expert with social media; she is our go to person when it comes to our Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram. #SpivakSmiles

Jessica - Treatment Coordinator

Jessica will give you a tour of the office and explain how orthodontic treatment works and what to expect. She will also send communications to general dentists and surgeons to ensure the highest level of patient care. Organization, laughter and salads sums up our Office Manager Jessica. Bringing in a wide variety of experience Jessica has worked in general and pediatric dentistry as well as orthodontics for 8+ years. Jessica is originally from Missouri but moved to Texas to attend college where she met her husband Joshua. Together they enjoy sci-fi, superheroes and traveling with their cat Kit-Kat.

Kristen - Financial Coordinator

Kristen offers in house, interest free payment options to accommodate any budget. She will file your dental insurance and provide flexible spending receipts. She will make the financial portion of treatment a pleasant one. Kristen is a proud new mommy to her 1 year old son, John. Kristen was raised in the Crofton area but resides in Pasadena with her husband Nick, son John and their dog Ruby. With her family living close by, she makes sure John can spend a lot of time with his grandparents. Kristen and her husband love watching their little boy laugh love and play. Roaring like a lion is John’s new favorite thing to do. He’s quite the entertainer!

Katie - Clinical Coordinator

Katie has been an assistant with our practice for 10+ years. She was born and raised in Severna Park, and loved it so much she never left! Katie married her high school sweetheart, Patrick, and they have an energetic chocolate lab named, Tucker. Most of all she loves to travel and see the world with her wonderful husband right by her side. Katie is also very skilled at interior decorating, when we need to spruce things up Katie’s the one to call!

Keri - Clinical Assistant

Want to talk sports? Keri is our knowledgeable assistant on her favorite teams such as the Baltimore Ravens, Orioles and the UMD Men’s Soccer Team. Not only does she bring in a lot of sports knowledge, she also has 17+ years of experience in the orthodontic field! Maryland is the place she has calls home for herself and husband Mike. Together they have 2 beautiful children, Taylor and Blake.

Jennifer - Clinical Assistant

Rambunctious, energetic and zany, these are all words we would use to describe our happy go lucky assistant Jen. Jen has been working in orthodontics for the last 11+ years. Hailing from the sunny state of California, Jen now resides in Maryland with her husband, daughter and their dog Vader. Jenn grew up in a military family and loves spending time in historic Annapolis, GO NAVY!

Audrey - Clinical Assistant

Personality is a key ingredient to our orthodontic assistant Audrey. Audrey was born and raised in Maryland and enjoys every moment of it. Growing up she played a lot of softball! She knows all the best places to eat, shop and have fun. In her spare time she enjoys taking road trips with her boyfriend and finding adventure.

TREATMENT INFO


We take pride in helping our patients achieve beautiful smiles using the most effective and efficient treatment methods possible. During your initial complimentary consultation, we will go over all treatment options and recommend treatment that is best for you.
Invisalign
INVISALIGN

Invisalign is the innovative teeth-straightening system that delivers beautiful smiles while addressing many of the concerns associated with wearing braces. Invisalign’s clear aligner system allows you to have the smile of your dreams without the hassle of metal braces. Invisalign is not limited to adult treatment. Invisalign teen is another wonderful treatment option for teenagers to achieve the perfect smile.

Invisalign aligners are clear, so no one will notice that you’re wearing braces, creating a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others. Invisalign is removable. Unlike braces, you have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment simply by removing the aligners. You also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally for fresh breath and good oral hygiene.
Spivak Orthodontics is proud to be the Top Invisalign and Invisalign Teen Provider in Severna Park. – VIP Gold Plus Provider. Not all Invisalign Providers are the same and choosing a VIP Gold Plus Provider guarantees that you are choosing a doctor who has treated a significant number of complex Invisalign cases and can deliver the best results.
INVISALIGN VIP Gold Plus Provider
Clear Braces
CLEAR BRACES

Clear braces are an amazing alternative to the traditional metal braces. Ceramic brackets blend to the color of your teeth making them virtually invisible. Clear ceramic brackets are strong and durable but less noticeable. Here at Spivak Orthodontics we use only the highest quality of clear braces to ensure the brackets do not stain from food or drink. Braces use steady, gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into their proper positions. We use several different types of braces and state-of-the-art self-ligating brackets, which reduce treatment time and provide maximum comfort to our patients.
Metal Braces
CONVENTIONAL METAL BRACES

Metal braces have been the most popular form of treatment over the decades and it only getting better. Today, modern metal braces are smaller and less noticeable than ever. Using the revolutionary self-ligating bracket system we are able to create miracles with our metal braces. Self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastic ties, meaning fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the tooth. They are the same size as metal braces, but use a specialized door locking system that helps guide the teeth into place. The new self-ligating brackets we use greatly reduce discomfort levels, decrease the frequency of visits and shorten treatment time. You also have the option of adding colored elastic bands to make your braces vibrant, colorful and uniquely yours!


EARLY TREATMENT


At Spivak Orthodontics, we believe in being as conservative as possible when determining whether to recommend early treatment or “Phase One”. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, often preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, we will carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when appropriate. The most common outcomes after your child’s first consultation are:
GROWTH AND GUIDANCE PROGRAM

Your child is not yet ready for treatment. We will continue to monitor their facial and jaw growth to ensure teeth are coming in when and where they should. We will usually see your child every 4 to 6 months depending on your child’s needs. Growth and guidance visits are complimentary.
Phase One
PHASE ONE

Phase One is an early treatment, often before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. Phase One Treatment may involve partial braces or possibly an expander to create space for permanent teeth, to correct a crossbite, overbite or underbite or help alleviate harmful habits that may impact the health and eruption of permanent teeth. A first phase of treatment benefits patients physically, enabling them to bite or chew more effectively and it may reduce the risk of breaking front teeth that protrude. For many patients, there is improvement in self-esteem. Some of the most direct results of phase one treatment:
  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth
  • Creating facial symmetry through influencing jaw growth
  • Reducing the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth
  • Preserving space for unerupted teeth
  • Reducing the need for permanent teeth removal
  • Reducing treatment time with braces
Phase Two
PHASE TWO

Phase II typically involves braces on all of the patient’s teeth or Teen Invisalign, thus providing maximum control over the movement of teeth and moves teeth into their final positions. When all of the permanent teeth have erupted in the mouth, we can completely finish the final correction of the bite and turned teeth at this phase, so the patient can enjoy a functional beautiful smile.
1. Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with the orthodontist?
No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule an examination themselves.

2. At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition.

3. Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?
No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.

4. How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?
If you feel that you or your child can potentially benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply call our office or send us an e-mail. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. When you call to schedule your appointment, our front office staff will request some basic information from you.

5. What will happen at the initial examination appointment?
Upon arriving, each patient and parent will be seen by the staff and doctor who will acclimate you to our office and prepare for the initial exam. We will take the necessary photographs and X-rays to allow us to make a proper diagnosis. The doctor will then complete a brief, but thorough, exam. To read more about your first visit, see our First Visit Page.

6. What will I learn from the initial examination?
There are five essential questions that we will cover during the initial examination:
• Is there an orthodontic problem, and if so, what is it?
• What must be done to correct the problem?
• Will any teeth need to be removed?
• How long will the treatment take to complete?
• How much will the treatment cost?

7. Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?
Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for orthodontic treatment.

8. How long will it take to complete treatment?
Treatment time obviously depends on each patient's specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 12 to 30 months. The "average" time frame a person is in braces is approximately 22 months.

9. How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?
It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you. We will cover the exact cost and financial options during the initial examination. We have many financing options available to accommodate your needs, and we will review these with you. We will also review your insurance policy and help to maximize your benefit and file your claims.

10. How often will I have appointments?
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient's needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every five to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.

11. Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?
Unfortunately, we cannot schedule all appointments for students during after-school hours. However, because most appointments are scheduled five to 10 weeks apart, most patients will miss minimal school due to their orthodontic treatments. We will, however, make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.

12. Can I drop my child off for an appointment?
Yes. We understand your busy schedule, and we are happy to help you make the most of your time. On some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent when they return, therefore we ask parents to check in with the front desk before dropping off their child.

13. Do braces hurt?
Generally, braces do not "hurt." After certain visits, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol will ease the discomfort. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all! We often remind our patients, “It does not have to hurt to work!”

14. Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?
Yes. There is no reason to miss school because of an orthodontic appointment.

15. Do you give shots?
No. Shots are not necessary in orthodontic treatment.

16. Do you use recycled braces?
Absolutely not! It is our belief that each patient should be provided with their own braces to achieve the best orthodontic result possible.

17. Can I still play sports?
Yes. We recommend a mouth guard for all sports.

18. Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?
Yes! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.

19. Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?
Yes. Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following our instructions.

20. How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?
Patients should brush their teeth at least four times each day - after each meal and before going to bed. We will show each patient how to clean their teeth with braces and may recommend a special fluoride, if necessary.

21. What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?
If your braces are causing extreme pain or if something breaks, you should call our office. In most cases, we can address these issues over the telephone. If you require an emergency appointment, we will set aside time for you.

22. Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?
Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient's growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.

23. What is Phase One (early) Treatment?
Phase One treatment, if necessary, is usually initiated on children between the ages of 7 and 10. Phase One treatment lasts about 12-21 months. The primary objective for Phase One treatment is to address significant problems to prevent them from becoming more severe and to improve self-esteem and self-image.

24. Will my child need full braces if he/she has Phase One treatment?
It is best to assume that your child will need full braces even after Phase One treatment. The period following Phase One treatment is called the "resting period," during which growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored. Throughout this period, parents and patients will be kept informed of future treatment recommendations.

25. Will my child need an expander?
At the completion of the initial examination, we will determine whether a patient will need an expander.

26. Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?
A surprising percentage of our patients are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. Aligning the teeth and correcting the bite may significantly improve oral health and allow for easier cleaning. No patient is "too old" to wear braces!

27. Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?
Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.

28. Why should you choose an orthodontic specialist?
Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.

OFFICE INFORMATION


We are conveniently located off Ritchie Highway right in the heart of Severna Park while being a short 10-15 drive away from Millersville, Pasadena and Annapolis. We are one of the best known and respected orthodontics offices in the area and our patients come from almost every corner of Anne Arundel county.

Our office was a house in the 1950's. When you pull into the parking lot, we are the first stone-faced building you see.  The entrance is around the side, under a clear canopy.

  • Monday:  1:00 pm - 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday:  7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday:  7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday:  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Convenient appointments and flexible payment options
  • Parents welcome in treatment area
  • Fun atmosphere; free arcade and contests
  • Second opinions welcome
  • Free consultation with digital x-ray
  • VIP Gold Plus Invisalign Provider
  • Comfortable, state of the art facility

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Contact Information

  Spivak Orthodontics
  690 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, MD 21146
  Phone: 410-647-0800
  Text: 410-324-6033
  Fax: 410-705-6462
  info@bracesinthepark.com

Directions to our Office

  • Take US-50 towards Bay Bridge
  • Take exit #27 Baltimore / Naval Academy onto Ritchie Highway (MD-2N) towards Glen Burnie / Baltimore
  • Go approximately 5 miles
  • Make a U-turn at the stoplight at Cypress Creek Road (next to Gary’s Gardens) onto Ritchie Highway South
  • We are the third driveway on the right, directly across from St. John’s church and school
  • Take US-50 towards Bay Bridge
  • Take exit #27 Baltimore / Naval Academy onto Ritchie Highway (MD-2N) towards Glen Burnie / Baltimore
  • Go approximately 5 miles
  • Make a U-turn at the stoplight at Cypress Creek Road (next to Gary’s Gardens) onto Ritchie Highway South
  • We are the third driveway on the right, directly across from St. John’s church and school

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