Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the straightening of teeth and alignment of the jaws in order to improve the function, health and appearance of the mouth and face.
Initial Orthodontic Examination
The first appointment is a complimentary examination appointment that allows us to get acquainted and determine the basic nature of your orthodontic problem. At this point, there is insufficient information to plan treatment in detail, but we can answer many questions that you may be concerned about, such as: Is treatment necessary? When should it start? etc.
Records/Diagnostic Lab Work Appointment
If orthodontic treatment is indicated, further diagnostic information is required and obtained. This information, called records, includes the following:
- Digital photographs of the mouth and face.
- A panoramic and cephalometric (or head) radiograph showing the relative position of the teeth and supporting structures.
- An accurate set of models of the patient’s teeth and surrounding structures.
- An orthodontic clinical exam.
The consultation appointment is designed to acquaint you, in detail, with the nature and extent of the orthodontic problem and the plan of treatment. The objectives, methods and duration of treatment will be clearly outlined. Any questions pertaining to the case will be answered at this time. There is no additional fee for this appointment. Treatment costs are also discussed at the consultation appointment. The orthodontic fee will vary according to the severity of the orthodontic problems of the patient. Some cases may require only a simple retainer, while others are more complex and, therefore, more costly. Finances can be arranged on a convenient basis with an initial down payment and monthly installments or a reduction in the patient fee for payment in full.
Our goal is to make your experience with our office a pleasant one. Please feel free to ask any questions that you may have. Thank you!