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YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
We will work with you every step of the way in your journey towards a healthy smile.
PATIENT RECORDS (NPR)
Dental and Medical History
Dental and facial photos
Comprehensive Clinical Exam
3D iCat imaging of your teeth and jaws
PATIENT CONSULTATION (NPC)
Treatment proposal and payment schedule (through Adobe Document Sign)
Sign treatment contract
Pay a down payment
Arrange monthly payments (through debit/credit cards or bank etransfer)
Treatment office visits are scheduled every 3 to 10 weeks. If you're running late or need to reschedule, please let us know at email@example.com.
EVIDENCE OF EXCELLENT ORAL HYGIENE IS A MUST BEFORE AND DURING TREATMENT
Gum disease affects tooth movement during orthodontic treatment. Therefore, we have to discontinue therapy and allow the oral tissues to establish optimal health conditions with consistent optimal oral hygiene practices.
The duration of treatment is influenced by multiple factors, making it impossible to guarantee a specific timeframe or an exact completion date. Achieving excellent oral hygiene, avoiding detrimental oral habits, and maintaining compliance with the treatment plan are essential for timely completion. Subpar oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, which may halt tooth movement and prolong treatment. Harmful oral habits, such as daytime clenching, tongue thrusting, lip/tongue biting, and lip biting, can push teeth into incorrect positions. If a patient or their responsible party discontinues treatment unexpectedly, there are significant risks to consider. Therefore, it is typically necessary to obtain a signed release waiver if treatment is to be terminated prematurely.
RISKS AND LIMITATIONS OF ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT
While recognizing the benefits of a healthy smile, you should also be aware that orthodontic treatment has limitations and potential risks, as with all healing arts. Please review the American Association of Orthodontists' informed consent before orthodontic treatment (click here)
After orthodontic treatment, we recommend a pair of removable retainers (i.e., upper and lower Essix retainers) at least 8 hours a day for an indefinite time to help reduce the likelihood of relapse. Even with consistent retainers use, teeth may shift due to tissue change secondary to periodontal disease, TMJ dysfunction, parafunctional oral habits, and aging.