FIRST VISIT TO THE ORTHODONTIST:
Our primary goal is to make your first visit as comfortable and as informative as we possibly can. Therefore, your first appointment will consist of an examination and discussion about the findings of that exam. Dr. Winzler will discuss any treatment needs at that time and will recommend treatment options and the best time to begin treatment.
The timing of treatment can be important as there are certain orthodontic problems that should be addressed early while others can wait. You, or your child, may not be ready for treatment. The information gained from the initial examination will allow the doctor to make this determination and discuss your treatment needs.
If the doctor determines you, or your child, are a candidate or treatment, he will advise you that you are ready for treatment. If you would like to begin treatment right away, we will schedule an appointment to obtain diagnostic records. In some cases, if your are ready for treatment, we may be able to take diagnostic records at the initial examination appointment.
DIAGNOSTIC RECORDS APPOINTMENT:
Before starting orthodontic treatment, we will need to begin with diagnostic records to develop a treatment plan. Diagnostic records consist of radiographs of your head, jaws and teeth. Photographs will also be taken of the face and teeth and finally impressions will be taken of the upper and lower teeth with a bite registration. The doctor will review this information and meet with you in a follow up appointment to go over the records and discuss the treatment plan. The diagnostic records appointment will take from 30 to 40 minutes.
The monthly adjustment visits are an important part of your treatment. Typically, we will schedule you every 4 to 6 weeks to check your treatment progress, make adjustments to your braces and monitor hygiene. It is vitally important that you keep your regularly scheduled appointments, follow instruction, eat an appropriate diet and keep your teeth clean.
At the end of treatment, we will remove your braces, clean your teeth and provide retainers to wear. It is important that you wear the retainers as instructed to keep your teeth straight. The retainers will be worn on a full time basis for the first year after your braces are removed. The doctor will then adjust the time you will need to wear the retainer.
HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE?:
Our goal is to provide straight teeth, a good bite and a beautiful smile. Treatment time will vary depending upon the severity of he malocclusion and difficulty of your problem. Depending upon the severity, treatment could take as little as 6 months up to 2 to 3 years. Treatment time is also greatly influenced by patient cooperation.