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WCAG 2.0 Levels A and AA

We are continuously working to improve the accessibility of content on our website. Below, you'll find a few recommendations to help make your browsing experience more accessible:

If you have trouble seeing web pages, the US Social Security Administration offers these tips for optimizing your computer and browser to improve your online experience.

  1. Use your computer to read web pages out loud
    You can use a free browser plug-in called BrowseAloud to listen to the web pages. This plug-in is provided to you at no cost. BrowseAloud helps people who may find it difficult to read text online, those who may have literacy problems, or those with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. It is also a beneficial tool for those for whom English is a second language. BrowseAloud reads the words on any web page through your computer speakers and highlights words as they are spoken. You can turn BrowseAloud on and off with a click of the Ctrl key on your keyboard. You can also customize the voice, pitch, and speed of the reader to suit their needs. You must download and install the BrowseAloud plug-in before using it.

  2. Use the keyboard to navigate screens
    Use these common keyboard commands to navigate web pages without a mouse. Some keystrokes may not work with every Internet browser.

    IF you want to... THEN select
    Move forward from link to link or to controls Tab
    Move backward from link to link or to controls Shift + Tab
    Select buttons Spacebar
    Navigate and select Radio Buttons Arrow
    Select/deselect boxes Spacebar
    Move from box to box Tab
    Open a List Box ALT + Down arrow
    Read the prior screen CTRL + Page Up
    Read the next screen CTRL + Page Down
    Go to the top of the page CTRL + Home
    Go to the bottom of the page CTRL + End
    Close the current window (in Internet Explorer) CTRL + W
    Refresh the screen F5
    Go back a page ALT + Left Arrow
    Go forward a page ALT + Right Arrow
    Navigate to & select the text in the address combo box ALT + D

    Using Hotkeys or Access Keys
    Most applications contain hotkeys to improve navigation and provide information. On many screens there is a continue button that allows you to go to the next page or a previous button to return to the prior page.

    Other keyboard commands, hotkeys or access keys will vary based upon your type and version of browser.

    You will find a list of these commands in the Help section of your browser. Locate the Help feature on the Menu bar of your browser or by using your keyboard F1 function key.

    Use these common keyboard commands to navigate web pages without a mouse. Some keystrokes may not work with every Internet browser.

  3. Increase text size
    With almost all modern web browsers you can hold down the Ctrl key (Command key on a Macintosh) and press the + (plus) key to increase text size or - (minus) key to reduce text size.

    Choose from the following web browsers for step-by-step instructions on how to increase the size of the text on any web page you are viewing:
  4. Magnify your screen
    If enlarging the text is not enough to make the page easily readable, the next step is to magnify your screen. Recent versions of Windows include magnification software, which will allow you to increase text to a very large size.

    The Windows magnifier is limited in its functionality, however, so many visually impaired users find they need a more sophisticated magnification software program. Here is a list of screen magnifier products:
  5. Change background and text colors
    The mouse pointer is sometimes hard to see. A Windows feature can help you locate it. (Some mouse drivers or software may not have this feature). Not all versions of Windows behave the same and you may need to refer to Windows help pages for further assistance.

    Finding your Cursor in Windows:
    1. Click on the 'Start' button or press the 'Windows' logo key or press 'Ctrl' + 'Esc'.
    2. Click on 'Control Panel' or press the keyboard 'C'.
    3. Make sure you are in 'Classic View.' If 'Pick a category' is the main title on the page and under the 'Control Panel' title is 'Switch to Classic View,' click this view (you are currently in 'Category View') by clicking on the link or press tab to select 'Switch to Classic View' and press 'Enter.'
    4. In 'Classic View' double click 'Mouse' or repeatedly press the 'M' key until 'Mouse' is highlighted and press 'Enter.'
    5. The 'Mouse Properties' page should be displayed.
    6. Click on the 'Pointer Options tab' or press 'Ctrl' + 'Tab' until the 'Pointer Options' tab is activated.
    7. Click the checkbox 'Show location of pointer when I press the CTRL key' or press 'Alt'+'S' on the keyboard which puts a tick in the box.
    8. Click 'OK' or press 'Enter' to confirm and exit mouse properties. Now pressing 'Ctrl' will give a visual clue by surrounding the pointer with circles.

    Note: If this does not work, it could be because your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies-contact your local IT support for further help.

    Making your Mouse Pointer larger for Windows XP:
    (If you have a different mouse or a different mouse driver installed, the options could look slightly different than as described in this section.)

    To begin, follow steps 1 through 5 under the previous section, Finding Your Cursor.
    1. Click on the 'Pointers tab' or press 'Ctrl' + 'Tab' until the 'Pointer Options' tab is activated.
    2. Underneath 'Scheme,' click on the drop-down box of predefined sets of mouse pointers, or press 'Tab' until the scheme box is highlighted, and the list appears.
    3. Use arrow keys to move through the list to highlight each cursor scheme. First, try sets labeled 'Large', 'Extra Large' or 'Inverted'.
    4. To choose a scheme, click on it or if highlighted, press 'Enter.'
    5. Click 'OK' or press 'Enter' to exit the 'Mouse Properties' page.

    Note: If this does not work, it could be that your computer settings cannot be changed due to local IT policies-contact your local IT support for further help.

If you are looking for mouse and keyboard alternatives, speech recognition software such as Dragon Naturally Speaking may help you navigate web pages and online services. This software allows the user to move focus around a web page or application screen through voice controls.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, there are several accessibility features available to you.

Closed Captioning

Closed captioning provides a transcript for the audio track of a video presentation that is synchronized with the video and audio tracks. Captions are generally visually displayed over the video, which benefits people who are deaf and hard of hearing, and anyone who cannot hear the audio due to noisy environments. Most of our video content includes captions. Learn how to turn captioning on and off in YouTube.

Volume Controls

Your computer, tablet, or mobile device has volume control features. Each video and audio service has its own additional volume controls. Try adjusting both your devices' volume controls and your media players' volume controls to optimize your listening experience.

If the recommendations above do not meet your needs, we invite you to contact us for assistance.


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“I did a great deal of research and speaking with community parents prior to selecting Dr. Spannhake as an orthodontist. I have been pleased with every aspect of Dr. Spannhake's practice. I have had no issues scheduling appointments, changing appointment dates, getting my questions answered, and stopping into the office for "quick fixes" to my daughter's braces. The staff is friendly, pleasant and respects the importance of color selection for rubber bands and retainers for children:) I have been working with the practice for a full year now and have not one complaint!“ - Debra L.
“I LOVE this place they are so nice“ - Lalonnie R
“They are so honest and nice.“ - Mike f
“Spannhake Orthodontics is amazing. My braces experience took a little longer than normal, but that's only because my mouth and jaws decided to grow oddly, requiring jaw surgery, but It was worth all the waiting and I know my teeth are going to look amazing.“ - Abby B
“Great place to get your smile fixed. My daughter is the one who see Dr. Spannhake and she enjoys going in to the office and seeing the smiling staff. The staff is great with explaining to us what they are going to do and how they do it. I feel very comfortable leaving there knowing they have my daughters intrested at heart. The doctor is great with our daughter and the staff is very friendly.“ - Mike B
“I was a bit nervous to go to the orthodontist office for the first time at the age of 27. But, Dr. Spannhake and her staff were so warm and knowledgeable that I was put to ease almost as soon as I walked into her office. All my questions were answered in the initial invisilign consultation; both about the procedure and the insurance and finance side. I am now 17 weeks into my treatments and I am outstand with the results. I am always seen on time and the staff continues to be as helpful and cheery as they were on day one! I would recommend Dr. Spannhake and her staff to anyone looking for an orthodontist in the Westminster area.“ - Heather B
“This is the best ortho dentist ever...the staff here is like family and they always help my mom and I in all of my dental needs...they are friendly and always willing to help..here at Spannhake office they listen and are just fun...some kid are terrified in coming to a dentist office but not here....its cool ...u even get to do your homework while u wait...“ - Isaiah Johnson
“The people here are very nice, and it's very quick to get a checkup and it's very well organized and welcoming.“ - Roland Joice
“Very good service. Glad we use you!“ - miriam s
“I appreciate your service“ - Chani S
“they help my smile look great.“ - Jodie P
“They make my teeth look nice. They are also nice to me.“ - Andi P
“Dr. S and the whole staff are so professional and helpful.“ - Patrick J
“Dr. Spannhake did a very nice job with my teeth and they have very fast appointments and they make it very painless.“ - Jeremy S
“Both of my children started with Dr. Spannhake and have been very pleased. She is a wonderful orthodontist, so kind and caring and takes time to say hello and ask how we are doing. The staff is very efficient. When we come in, the schedule seems to run on time most days. We are happy, happy, happy here and seeing great results!“ - Tina M
“I might have one of the slowest teeth in the world! the great thing is that my parents found Spanhake Orthodontics to help my teeth. Unlike many other treatment centers, all of the staff is very patient and if a problem occurs in my teeth, they don't stop to think. They do it right away. Spanhake Orthodontics is a place where there is no pain, you can trust anyone to take care of you, and you walk out with a great smile.“ - Toshi Davis
“I had my braces taken off 6 months ago and I love my new smile! I met Dr. Spannhake 2 years ago to address my issues with TMG and my need for orthodontics. She went above and beyond to make sure that I was comfortable and pain free throughout my treatment!“ - Autumn Keller
“Dr. Spannhake is the best. I count on her to help me have a beautiful smile. She always takes good care of me.“ - Lillie W
“So happy. My daughter lost a tooth this weekend that was wired in that was causing her pain. Called the afterhours # and got a call right back. We managed to cut the wires and get the tooth out. Called this AM and the Westminster office was closed and the Towson office was able to squeeze us in this morning. I figured we would be at the office a while but we were in and out in 15 minutes. The staff could not have been nicer or more helpful. Thank you again for getting us in!!“ - Sarah F
“Very nice service“ - Mark B
“After wearing braces 40 years ago, my bottom teeth shifted some. I came in to see if it could be fixed, Dr. Spannhake is the greatest, I am nearly done and my bottom teeth are going to be straight again.“ - Suzy Z
“Everybody is so nice. I am autistic and they are very patient with me. They are so nice.“ - Cory K
“I love it here. Everyone is so nice and make me feel comfortable every time I'm here.“ - Lexi K
“Everyone at Dr. Spannhake's office is very nice. There's not a long wait to be seen. I am happy my mom chose Dr. Spannhake's for my braces!“ - Brett K
“I can't say enough about Dr. Spannhakes office. They are wonderful with my kids. I have a son with special needs and they are so patient and understanding with him.“ - Melissa K
“Ive been going here for a year so far and proud to say it has been very awesome keep up the good work.“ - Franck Solefack
“Overall, I have been pleased over my last year of treatment. There have been times when the treatment was a bit rough. Perhaps those working on me did not realize the pain being inflicted, or perhaps I have extra sensitivity to pain. I work at a major hospital in downtown Baltimore, and the wait times at Dr. Spannhake's office amaze me they are so short. The front desk staff are very efficient. I can typically get appointments that suit my schedule the best. After more intensive procedures I receive a phone call the next day to ask how I am doing. My treatment is going well. Overall, I am happy.“ - Amanda H.
“Great staff and wonderful service for my daughter!! Wouldn't go any where else.“ - Jennifer H.
“Our boys teeth look great. We are very pleased with the high level of service with have received from Dr. Spannhake and her wonderful staff.“ - Chris D
“After finding my that my teeth had become crooked and I was developing more of any overbite as I aged, I looked around for a good orthodontist as I decided 2014 was the year to treat myself for my birthday. I was not comfortable with an office full of 10-15 year olds so I asked my periodontist who did he use (as he had just completed his transformation) and he said Dr. Elizabeth Spannhake. I am so happy with her work and how I am treated by her staff - this was the best birthday present ever!“ - Maxine S.
“Very friendly staff, I so excited to have my Invisalign. I cant wait til I have a straight beautiful smile !“ - Alisha.N
“We are so happy that we were referred to Dr. Spannhake after our ordeal with another orthodontist! We love everything about the Towson practice...prompt, professional, caring. My daughter's experience has been amazing and we look forward to the next 20 months.“ - Colleen Hanley
“My birthday treat to myself! My periodontist was a patient and he couldn't be anymore happier - so I made an appointment. Can't tell you how pleased I am with her office staff at Towson and I love, love, love Dr. Spannhake. Thanks for taking an old lady and making her feel young again!“ - Maxine S.
“I love the professional service provided to my son and I at the Towson location! Looking forward to the next 18-24 months!“ - Charlene W
“I just went for an Ortho consultation for my daughter and the staff and Mrs Spannhake were so nice! They were so friendly and answered all questions my daughter and I had. I am excited to begin my daughters journey with this office in Westminster!!! I highly recommend checking this place out!“ - Crystal S
“Two members of our family are patients and I plan to bring my youngest for a consultation too. Great staff. Only wish they were open more days in Westminster, but are always accomidating.“ - Andrea S.
“Y'all are really nice and they remember your face.“ - Kaleb B.
“After meeting with a few orthodontic offices for consultations, we chose Dr. Spannhake's office because of how much our son loved it right away. The office is clean and inviting, and the staff is friendly and professional. We are VERY happy with our decision! We have an orthodontist right up the street from our house, and yet drive 25 minutes to Westminster just to see Dr. Spannhake :-)“ - Jackson H
“I love the fact that they are not invasive in treatments. The staff are friendly and time efficient. The treatment was very quick. the best part, the enviornment is safe, accomidating, and CLEAN!!!!! please take your child to Spannhake Orhtodontics....it would be a regretable mistake if you don't........“ - Elijah W
“We've been very happy with Spannhake Orthodontics so far. We heard very good things about them and we haven't been disappointed. My daughter is very comfortable with everyone there. And that's what mattered most to me!“ - Cindy P
“braces were easy thanks to the spannhake ortho team“ - bailey d