About Our Office

Meet Our Staff: Darrien

November 28th, 2018

Here at Orthodontic Specialists, we understand that Orthodontics is about more than just teeth--it’s about relationships. We are very fortunate to have such an amazing staff in our St. George, Utah office.

Many of you have had the chance to get to know our staff members, like Darrien Maurer, one of our fabulous chairside assistants. We interviewed Darrien so she could share a bit more about herself.

Interview with Darrien Maurer


Tell us about what you do for Orthodontic Specialists:

I have worked for Dr. Erickson for a little over three years. I am a chairside assistant and love every aspect of it. I enjoy getting to know each of our patients and helping them achieve a confident smile! Working for Dr. E has brought me out of my comfort zone and helped me be able to be more outgoing.

I am lucky enough to get the opportunity to work with my mom. She is a lab technician and a chairside assistant.  I am the oldest of four kids.


I have lived in Saint George my whole life and would not have it any other way. I love the beautiful red mountains and the great weather.

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What is your favorite thing about the office culture?

My favorite part about our office is how much fun we have with our patients. Not a day goes by where I don't laugh and joke around with someone.

What is your proudest moment at Orthodontic Specialists?

I am proudest when I remove someone's braces and witness them smiling uncontrollably. There is not a greater feeling than knowing you helped someone become happier with the way they look and boost their confidence.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I love to hike and camp with my two dogs and my boyfriend. I also enjoy hanging out at the lake in the summer and horseback riding!



What is something most people probably don't know about you?

Most people would probably never guess that I did pageants as a child and was Miss Hawaiian Tropic. I am also obsessed with roller coasters. Six Flags Magic Mountain is my favorite theme park!

Before working at Orthodontic Specialists, what was the most unusual or interesting job you've ever had?

Before I was hired at Orthodontic Specialists I worked as an office assistant for a Custom Home Builder. It was extremely interesting because I was able to see the home building process from start to finish. From the first blueprints to the finished product. It gave me a real understanding of how much hard work is put into a home.
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When Should your Child See an Orthodontist? | St. George Orthodontist

May 18th, 2018

Dr. Erickson, Orthodontist | St. George, Utah

One of the questions we hear often, is "When should my child see an orthodontist?"

As a parent, we know that you want what is best for your child. Great orthodontic care is part of that. A beautiful smile can help your child feel more confident, and we love seeing that as we work with our young patients through the process of orthodontic treatment.

Dr. Jeff Erickson, likes to see kids at age 7. He says, "That gives us the opportunity to look and see if there is anything really pressing that we need to take care of."

As a St. George, Utah orthodontist, Dr. Erickson has the chance to work with many young patients. He is so passionate about early orthodontic care that he created the Orthodontic Specialists Kids' Club.

What Happens When you Join the Kids' Club?

The Kids' Club is a great opportunity for St. George kids to find out when it is the perfect time for them, individually, to start receiving orthodontic care.

We start doing growth checks at 7 years old. Once kids are old enough to join the Kids' Club, they come for a visit every 6 months. We include a free X-ray on their initial visit so Dr. Erickson can evaluate what their future treatment needs may be.

The vast majority of young kids don’t require orthodontic treatment yet. However, for those that do, if we don’t catch it around age 7, it can be impossible to treat at a later age. In addition, significant, irreparable harm may occur. This is the reason why we do complimentary consultations every 6 months for our Kids Club. We care about your child and we don’t want to miss anything.

Our youngest patients love coming to see us for their Kids' Club visits. Our waiting room has iPads available to keep kids occupied while they wait, although we pride ourselves on having very short wait times.

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Kids' Club visits take place in our Growth Check Room, which has books and toys to entertain younger patients during their visit.

As part of the Kids' Club, kids come back for growth checks every 6 months until Dr. Erickson determines that they are ready to begin formal orthodontic treatment.

We love when our youngest patients come to visit. Being a part of the kids' club is a great opportunity for parents make sure their kids get the orthodontic treatment they need at the perfect time.

Click here to see the see Dr. Erickson explain more about the process.

Welcome to Our Blog

May 9th, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog. Please check back often for weekly updates on fun and exciting events happening at our office, important and interesting information about orthodontics and the dental industry, and the latest news about our practice.

Feel free to leave a comment or question for our doctors and staff - we hope this will be a valuable resource for our patients, their families, and friends!