Let’s Make a Plan
Today is an important day where a lot of decisions will be made. We will make a plan on how to treat any problems we find. This will include deciding whether we should begin now or wait until a later time. Our procedure starts by taking a set of regular photographs of the teeth in their present state. Next, we’ll probably take a series of radiographic (X-ray) images. These enable us to see what’s going on underneath the gums: the position and growth of bones and joints, and the teeth that are still below the gum line.
In some cases, we may also take an impression (mold) of the teeth. This allows us to make an exact replica of the bite, which helps us understand exactly what the problem is and how best to treat it. If we require an impression of diagnosis, we will ask you (or your child) to bite down on some soft putty-like material for a few moments; then we’ll remove it and make the mold in our lab.
After that, it’s time for the actual exam. We will look at the records and images, and perform a careful examination. Besides looking in the mouth, the doctor may also ask questions, such as whether the jaws make noise when the mouth is opening or closing, or if there are any problems chewing or swallowing. Taken together, this information will allow the doctor to make a proper diagnosis and finalize our treatment plan at the first visit.
Discussing Your Treatment Options
Following the exam, we may conclude that things are just fine or, that you need treatment. We may recommend that you begin right away or at a later time, depending on the developmental stage of your teeth and jaws. Many times, we’ll advise you to return for a periodic checkup, until we determine that it’s the best time to start. Now that we have a treatment plan, we will also explain what our fees will be, and what payment options are available for you.
Whether you’re starting now or later, this is the best time to ask all the questions about the process. We can talk about available treatment choices, answer general questions about what to expect at the different stages of the process, and discuss any of the following:
- Can orthodontic treatment benefit me (or my child)?
- What general procedures will be used to correct the problem?
- Are any options available (or recommended) for my treatment?
- Should I get treatment now, or is it better to wait?
- Will tooth extraction be necessary?
- How much does treatment cost? Are payment plans available?
- How long do you expect treatment should take?
When you leave our office, we think you’ll have a better understanding of how we can help you achieve the best possible smile. Don’t delay your visit anymore, call us today to schedule your initial consultation!