We are pleased to welcome you as a new patient and look forward to our meeting. Your first visit to our office is your opportunity to get to know us, have questions answered, and discuss your concerns. It also gives our doctors the chance to do a comprehensive examination and recommend if or when treatment is necessary.
You’ll meet with one of our treatment coordinators who will review some general information about orthodontics. We use various visual aids to help explain orthodontic issues including videos and photographs. We will also show you samples of appliances so that you can see what they look like and understand how they work.
Before a final diagnosis and detailed treatment plan can be made, diagnostic records, consisting of photographs, necessary x-rays, and a digital model, must be made and reviewed by Dr. Britton and Dr. Farnsworth. These diagnostic records allow our doctors to create a comprehensive customized treatment plan. If the patient is ready and comfortable proceeding, we frequently take these diagnostic records at the time of the initial examination appointment.
Depending on the complexity of the treatment, we may schedule a separate appointment to discuss your treatment plan in detail. Our treatment coordinator or the doctors will show you exactly what’s involved in the treatment, what results can be expected, and how your active participation can help assure success. Fully understanding treatment goals, existing problems and the latest treatments available will assist you in making an educated decision about treatment.
What is the next step?
You’ll be scheduled to get your braces. After that we will check your progress at your routine adjustment appointments. We like to see our patients every 4-6 weeks or so depending on the individual situation. Regularly scheduled appointments are an important part of any orthodontic treatment. Regular checkups with your family dentist are also necessary every 3-6 months during your orthodontic treatment. Once the braces are removed, retainers will be made. Your retainers are designed to settle your teeth in their corrected position until your bones, gums, and muscles adjust to the change. Long term retainer wear at nights will be critical for keeping the teeth straight. Reaching this final treatment stage is an exciting and important to maintain your new beautiful smile.