The initial assessment is an opportunity for us to get to know you and to discover what your goals are. After reviewing your health and dental history, a comprehensive exam of your facial structures, teeth, gums and jaws is conducted to determine if treatment is recommended. We will discuss a preliminary diagnosis and show you what orthodontics can achieve for you. If you will benefit from treatment at this time, we will explain what steps you will take next. If treatment is not indicated right now to allow for further growth or tooth eruption, we will arrange to have you return for a future follow up.
Diagnostic Records: Once your orthodontist has determined that it is the ideal time to begin, we will arrange for diagnostic records to be done. This is made up of 2 specialized digital x-rays, photographs and impressions (either digital or plaster). All x-rays are produced digitally, providing you with advantages such as images being available for viewing immediately on our computer network, less radiation to our patients than with traditional x-rays and no chemical processing (better for our environment!). Our office is also pleased to offer iTero scans, which capture and create digital 3-dimensional images of your teeth and can mean fewer impressions!
The information from your diagnostic records is used to determine the best treatment options for you and you will meet with your orthodontist for a “case presentation” to discuss treatment in detail.
The appointment to place appliances on your teeth can vary, depending on the type of treatment. You will see us at regular intervals for an "adjustment", which can vary from 5 to 45 minutes. We make every effort to be on time for our patients, and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us as soon as possible. Treatment typically ranges from a few month to three years, depending on the severity of the problem. Diligent compliance with recommendations, such as the prescribed wear of rubber bands or appliances, is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment.