First Visit

female8.jpgOur objective is to make sure your visits with us will be pleasant and informative. Your initial appointment will consist of diagnostic records, an examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. It will take approximately one hour. The diagnostic records consist of two orthodontic X-rays and digital imaging to allow you to better visualize your orthodontic problems. This important visit will address the orthodontic needs of you or your child and is free of charge. A thorough explanation of the problem and possible treatment options will be discussed with you. We always schedule adequate time to completely answer all your questions. A written summary of our findings and recommendations will be provided to you and your family dentist. In addition, any questions regarding insurance or financial options will be discussed.

Several possible outcomes will be determined at this first visit:

  • Treatment will be needed in the future, in which case we monitor growth every 6 to 12 months at no charge to you.
  • Treatment is needed and can be started now.

Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:

  • If you have dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
  • Completed patient registration and medical history forms that will be mailed to you after your initial appointment is made.

Successive Visits

Periodic visits are an important part of orthodontic treatment. Generally, we will want to see you every 8-12 weeks to check your progress and make adjustments to your braces. During this time, you will need to keep appointments, follow instructions, as well as practice good oral hygiene and proper nutrition. Also continue to visit your dentist regularly. Once your braces are removed, retainers are utilized to hold your teeth in their new positions until your bone, gums, and muscles adapt to the new teeth positions.

Length of Treatment

Braces may be on between 6 months to 30 months, or longer depending on the age of the patient, the severity of the problem and the degree of movement possible.

Dental Care

Before any orthodontic treatment, your family dentist should make certain that all cavities have been treated and the health of your gums and underlying bone are free of periodontal disease. Your family dentist should also schedule cleaning and cavity check-up visits during your orthodontic care. We would like to reinforce the need to keep your regular visits with your family dentist. We are an aid to your family dentist not a replacement. Please contact our office if you have any questions.