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YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
Our team 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 through Adobe document sign
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or text us at 1-844-413-3075.
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.
Approximately treatment duration ranges from 6 to 24 months or longer. However, treatment duration depends on multiple factors; hence, we cannot promise a specific number of months or a definitive date of treatment completion. Excellent oral hygiene, avoiding harmful oral habits, and compliance with treatment (e.g., the consistent wearing of elastics and functional appliances) are paramount to finishing therapy on time. Poor oral hygiene will result in gum disease which affects tooth movement. Harmful oral habits (e.g., daytime clenching, tongue thrusting, lip/tongue biting, lip biting) push the teeth to the wrong position. There are serious risks to consider if the patient or responsible party suddenly decides to discontinue treatment; thus, a signed release waiver is generally required if the treatment is to terminate 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) 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.