A thorough examination is critical in determining the exact nature of the problem, whether orthodontic treatment is right for you, and the appropriate time to start. We will then discuss in detail the possible treatment options and the approximate cost and length of treatment that would be involved. It is a high priority in our office that adequate time is spent answering all questions and that you are completely comfortable going forward. A medical/dental history form can be downloaded from this site and brought to your appointment. There is no charge for the initial examination.
In some cases, it is beneficial to start treatment at a younger age, even though several “baby” teeth remain. This early or “interceptive” orthodontics can address growth or early tooth eruption problems and yield a better final result.
If it is determined that you are ready to initiate treatment, an appointment for diagnostic records would be scheduled. If it is determined that treatment should not be delivered until a later date, you will be placed on recall for observation.
Diagnostic records are necessary to provide the missing pieces to the puzzle when determining the final treatment plan. The records consist of study models, photographs, and x-rays of the teeth and jaws. Certain x-rays are specific to orthodontics, but in an effort to minimize radiation, any recent radiographs can be forwarded by your general dentist.
After the diagnostic records have been thoroughly evaluated, a final treatment plan can be determined. At this appointment, the objectives, methods and duration of treatment will be discussed and a satisfactory financial arrangement will be reached. Often times both parents wish to be present, for it is at this appointment that matters will be discussed in the most detail. A report will be generated to relay the information to your dentist.
Once treatment is initiated, it will be necessary to be seen on a regular basis, usually every 6 to 8 weeks. However, patients can be seen immediately in emergency situations. If it becomes necessary to cancel an appointment, we ask that you contact our office as soon as possible to minimize the delay in rescheduling your child. Also, please alert us to any broken braces, so that we can be certain that we provide the time needed for the repair. You are reminded to continue to visit your dentist during the course of treatment for your routine cleanings and examinations.