You may notice that our office looks similar to your regular dentist’s office; what we do here, however, is a little different. It all starts with the initial consultation.
You should plan to spend at least an hour with us the first time. That’s to ensure that no one has to rush, and that you get plenty of time to ask any questions you may have.
You’ll meet one of our receptionists or patient coordinators, who will take some information from you and bring you through the office. Then it’s time for some diagnostic work and an exam!
You can fill out your patient forms online before you arrive for your appointment so we can be as efficient as possible.
A big part of our job today is to determine what treatment is necessary to correct any problems we may find and whether we should begin now, or wait until a later time.
Our procedure starts by taking a set of regular photographs of the teeth in their present state. Next, we’ll take a series of digital x-ray images. These enable us to see what’s going on underneath the gums: the position and growth of bones and joints, and the teeth that are still below the gum line.
In some cases, we may also take an impression (mold) of the teeth. This lets us make an exact replica of the bite, which helps us understand exactly what the problem is and how best to treat it. We use the iTero® digital scanning system to take quick, accurate impressions of the bite, using a convenient, handheld scanner.
After that, it’s time for your exam! We’ll look at the records and images, and perform a careful examination. Besides looking in the mouth, we may also ask questions, such as whether the jaws make noise when the mouth is opening or closing, or if there are any problems chewing or swallowing.
Our experienced orthodontists use all of this information to make a proper diagnosis and finalize a personalized treatment plan just for you.
Many times, we’ll advise you to return for a periodic checkup, until we determine that it’s the best time to start. Now that we have a treatment plan, we’ll also explain what our fees will be and present our flexible financing options.
We’re proud to offer flexible spending options and family-specific, personalized payment plans!
We can talk about available treatment choices, answer general questions about what to expect at the different stages of the process, and discuss any of the following: