Your First Orthodontic Visit
Our objective is to make sure your all of your visits with us are pleasant and informative. This very important first visit will be no different. Your initial appointment consists of an examination and discussion of your concerns and needs. We will take this opportunity to learn more about you and suggest potential treatment options.
You can assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:
- Any x-rays (if applicable)
- A list of any medications you are presently taking
- Completed patient registration forms
- Any medical or dental insurance paperwork and/or forms
If at all possible, we ask that you please print out the patient registration forms and insurance paperwork and complete them at home. This will save time when you get to the office and allow us to help you process any insurance claims.
Please also let us know if you have any medical conditions 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 we determine that treatment is needed, you will be scheduled for diagnostic records. Thisusually consists of study models, diagnostic photographs and orthodontic x-rays. Once these records have been obtained, Dr. Johnson will review them and determine a specific treatment plan to best meet your orthodontic needs. Our office will then get in touch to review your treatment plan, set up the necessary appointments to begin treatment and coordinate financial arrangements.
Periodic visits are an important part of orthodontic treatment. Generally, we will want to see you every 6 to 8 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. You should 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. This retention period is an important part of your overall treatment and should not be neglected!
Length of Treatment
You can expect your braces to be on between 6 to 30 months (or longer) depending on your age, the severity of your problem, the degree of movement possible and, perhaps most importantly, how well you cooperate and follow treatment directions.
Before any orthodontic treatment, see your family dentist so he or she can treat any cavities and make sure your gums area healthy and free of periodontal disease. In addition, your dentist or an oral surgeon will need to remove any teeth that Dr. Johnson may feel necessary to correct your bite.
Continue to see your family dentist for cleanings and regular check-ups throughout your orthodontic treatment! This is important because our role is to assist – not replace – your family dentist.
Please contact our office at Rehoboth Beach Office Phone Number 302-645-5554 if you have any questions. The timing of your treatment is very important. You or your child may or may not yet be ready for treatment. Therefore, a consultation will allow us to better understand your needs.