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First Orthodontic Visit

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During your first visit, we will discuss your concerns and review your medical and dental history. We will also give you basic information about the projected length of time in treatment and discuss fees and financial arrangements. You will also learn the reason for treatment, the optimal time for beginning treatment, the expected
result when treatment is completed, and the possible outcome if no orthodontic treatment is done. Your first orthodontic visit will also include:

  • A complete oral exam, with x-rays and photos, to determine whether treatment is necessary
  • A presentation of all your treatment options to help you create a customized treatment plan
  • Discuss all financial information, insurance options, and payment plans

What happens after the initial consultation?

If you are ready to begin orthodontic treatment, the next appointment will be to acquire the rest of the initial diagnostic records. Complete diagnostic orthodontic records typically include impressions of your teeth to fabricate a set of plaster or digital study models. This information is used to create a custom treatment plan and to track the progress of your orthodontic care. After developing a treatment plan, we will discuss it in detail with you at the following appointment. The more you know about and actively participate in your orthodontic care, the better your results will be.

Scheduling appointments

We have engineered our schedule to try to better serve you. Longer appointments, particularly the placement of braces or delivery of orthodontic appliances, are usually scheduled during the noon and morning hours. Because many of our patients are in school, after-school appointments are the most desirable. To be fair to all of our patients, we try to provide many of the routine adjust appointments and retainer checks during after-school hours; however, there will be occasions when some school time will have to be missed in order to keep your orthodontic treatment on schedule.

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.

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