Your First Visit
Your initial consultation will give you the opportunity to meet our team, learn more about orthodontics, receive a complete initial exam, and find out which treatment options will best meet your needs.
This important visit will help us determine:
- if orthodontic treatment is needed
- what course of treatment will best address your orthodontic needs
- when orthodontic treatment should begin
- how long the treatment will last
Please assist us by bringing a completed medical history form and a copy of any panoramic x-ray taken within the last six months.
What happens after the initial consultation?
While we can often answer general questions about treatment during the initial examination, however, it may be necessary to collect diagnostic records in order to address specific issues. The diagnostic records consist of photographs, study models of the teeth and x-rays. This additional appointment will last approximately half an hour. We will then schedule a consultation appointment to discuss your treatment options.
We insist that our patients leave the office with a clear understanding of their specific needs, the treatment plan, estimated treatment duration, and the fees. We will be happy to answer any additional questions that you may have.
Getting Started with Treatment
Depending on the treatment, the appointment to place the braces or other orthodontic appliance may take thirty minutes to over two hours. Some procedures require multiple visits before the final placement of the appliance. We work hard to make all the appointments as comfortable as possible.
Regular visits about every three to five weeks are an important part of your orthodontic treatment. We try to schedule most braces adjustment appointments after school or during vacation so to minimize interruption to your school activities.
Visiting the dentist during orthodontic treatment
It is very important that you continue to visit your family dentist once every six months, even during your orthodontic treatment, for teeth cleanings and routine dental checkups. If extra dental care is needed, we will be happy to coordinate with your family dentist to make sure that you are receiving the best care possible.