Your First Orthodontist Visit
Our objective is to make sure your visits with us will be pleasant and informative. Your initial appointment will be at no charge and will consist of an examination and a discussion of potential treatment options.This important visit will address the orthodontic needs of you or your child. We will also provide you with an estimate of treatment length and cost at this appointment.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:
- Any x-rays (if applicable)
- A list of medications you are presently taking
- If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
- Completed online or printed patient registration forms.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are on any medication (i.e. heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.)
Diagnostic Records & Treatment Planning
If it is determined that treatment is indicated, you will be scheduled for diagnostic records. These records usually consist of study models, diagnostic photographs and orthodontic x-rays. Once these orthodontic records have been obtained, Drs.Rapp and Brandt will review them and determine a specific treatment plan for your orthodontic needs. We will then submit your treatment plan to your insurance company. Soon after, we will call you to discuss financial arrangements and to set up the necessary appointments to begin your orthodontic treatment.
Periodic visits are an important part of orthodontic treatment. Generally, we will want to see you every 4 to 6 weeks to check your progress and make adjustments to your braces. During this time, you will need to keep appointments, follow instructions, eat nutritiously and practice good oral hygiene. Also continue to visit your dentist regularly.
Once your braces are removed, retainers are utilized to hold your teeth in their new positions until your bone, gums and muscles adapt to the new teeth positions. The retention period is an important part of your overall treatment and should not be neglected!
Length of Treatment
Braces may be on between 6 months to 30 months or longer depending on the age of the patient, the severity of the problem, the patient’s cooperation and the degree of movement possible.
Before any orthodontic treatment, your family dentist should make certain that all cavities have been treated and the health of your gums and underlying bone are free of periodontal disease. We ask that you visit your dentist for a check-up and cleaning just prior to having your braces placed. You should also continue to schedule cleaning and cavity checkup visits at least every 6 months during your orthodontic treatment.