The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive an initial orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7. It's at this age that the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite
During this time, we evaluate your child's front-to-back, side-to-side and vertical tooth relationships, as well as look for early signs of crowding and spacing. While orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, vigilant examination us can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment. Beginning orthodontic treatment at this time ensures the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense.
When you arrive for your appointment, we will help you get acquainted with our .Your first visit as a new patient will take approximately 40-60 minutes. Our Treatment Coordinator will guide you through every step of the new patient process. This important initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options and will allow us to learn and discuss your orthodontic treatment goals.
Our Doctor will take the time to discuss if orthodontic treatment appears to be in your best interest and formulate a specific treatment plan addressing your orthodontic concerns. Patients who are ready for treatment will receive all the information pertaining to their diagnosis and treatment plan including the type of treatment, length of treatment, cost for treatment.
We pride ourselves with educating our patients and encourage you to ask questions regarding your treatment. We feels it is important to analyze each patient's specific needs, because in-depth planning leads to superior results and higher patient satisfaction. We want you to leave feeling excited about the possibilities for your new smile!
We know that your time is valuable. If you wish to expedite treatment or minimize the number of appointments necessary prior to the start of orthodontic treatment, many of our initial exam times also have time reserved following the exam for diagnostic records. The records include X-rays and photos which are necessary for confirming the appropriate treatment plan. If you wish to have the option to have records taken immediately following the exam, please indicate that preference when scheduling your initial exam appointment.
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