The American Association of Orthodontists recommends the first orthodontic exam for a child by age seven. Of course, children can be seen at an earlier age if their dentist or parent identifies a problem or has some concern before age seven. The benefits of early treatment allow the orthodontist to use some growth and development modification of the teeth and jaws to achieve results that may be unattainable at a later age. But even if you’re not a kid anymore, you can probably have your teeth straightened and improve your smile as long as the overall health of your teeth, gums and bones will allow it.
1. Pre – Visit Paperwork:
Before your first visit, we ask that you carefully complete the Patient Information Form.
2. Clinical Evaluation:
During the initial office exam, you receive a clinical evaluation of your teeth, jaw function and facial structures. The doctor will then inform you of any orthodontic concerns and whether or not treatment is needed.
3. Diagnostic Records:
We will then make diagnostic records, or set up an appointment for records, consisting of the following:
Panoramic X-Ray shows all of the teeth and jaw structure
Cephalometric X-Ray shows all of the teeth and jaw structure
Facial Photographs shows facial balance
Intraoral Photographs shows condition of the teeth and gums
Study Models show the biting relationship and tooth position
4. Consultation with the Doctor
After the diagnostic records are made, you will have a consultation with the doctor, who will discuss a proposed treatment plan, length of treatment and when treatment can begin. During the consultation, you will also talk with a treatment coordinator about the fee schedule of the proposed treatment plan, which we will try to customize to your financial needs.