YOUR FIRST VISIT – WHAT TO EXPECT
Your very first visit with us is an interesting and informative appointment. One of our orthodontists will discuss with you your reasons for seeking an orthodontic appointment and any concerns you may have with your teeth and/or bite. The orthodontist will conduct a detailed clinical examination of your face, jaws, teeth and occlusion (bite), and advise you of their findings. The orthodontists will discuss possible orthodontic treatment options and timeframes for treatment. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about orthodontic treatment. Many patients will then go on to have records taken (see below) to help the orthodontic plan the best treatment plan for each individual patient. Sometimes the timing for treatment may not be suitable, and if this is the case, the orthodontist will discuss this with you and arrange a time to review your teeth at a recall appointment in the future. There is no charge for a recall appointment at a later date, it is simply a way of monitoring your growth, dental development and any specific areas of concern.
Diagnostic records are required to allow our orthodontists to study your teeth and bite in detail without you having to have multiple appointments with them. This allows them to diagnose all orthodontic problems and customize an orthodontic treatment plan unique to every patient. Records consist of photographs, x-rays and impressions of your teeth to make plaster casts called study models. The records, in addition to the clinical examination will be used by the orthodontist to create your treatment plan. The orthodontist will use your records to discuss their findings and treatment plan with you at the pre-treatment consultation appointment.
All of our patients have a pre-treatment consultation appointment before beginning orthodontic treatment with us. At this appointment we will discuss in detail any problems that have been detected with the jaws, teeth and bite, and outline our recommended treatment options. Information about orthodontic treatment will be discussed, and an estimated treatment time will be given. Information about treatment costs and payment options will be discussed at this visit. You will be provided with a treatment letter which outlines all of the information discussed at the pre-treatment consultation appointment.