Your first visit to our office will be a free exam for you or your child. The doctor will carefully examine the teeth for a wide range of possible orthodontic problems, such as crowding, cross-bite, gaps, etc. Once the doctor has a clear picture of the most likely course of treatment, we'll discuss what type of treatment is necessary, how long it will take, and estimate how much it will cost. You'll understand everything you need to know in order to decide whether to proceed with treatment.
If you have TMJ problems such as jaw clicking, popping, or pain, a more detailed exam is necessary and there would be a fee.
If you decide to proceed with treatment after your complimentary exam, records are then made to determine the best course of treatment. Complete diagnostic records typically include a medical/dental history, clinical examination, mounted study models of the teeth, photos of the patient's face and teeth, and X-rays. This information is used to develop a custom treatment plan that addresses the unique needs of each patient. These records are also helpful in tracking the progress of treatment as the teeth move under orthodontic care.
After the doctor has thoroughly evaluated your diagnostic records, we'll set up one last appointment to explain your treatment to you in detail, including the cost for your particular case.
After consultation, if you decide to proceed with treatment, your treatment will commence immediately with placement of separators, small rubber bands between your teeth to make space for bands. We'll also schedule a longer appointment to have your new appliances (braces, expanders, etc.) placed. That process usually takes one to two hours. You'll then see us at regular intervals of four to eight weeks for adjustments, which take about 30 minutes.
Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients and ask you to extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment time.