Your first visit to our office will be a free exam for you or your child. We will take photos of your face and teeth, as well as a complimentary digital panoramic X-ray, if you don’t already have one. Dr. Dudley will carefully examine the teeth for a wide range of possible orthodontic problems, such as crowding, crossbite, gaps, etc. We will also make sure we address your chief concern.
Once the doctor has a clear picture of the most likely course of treatment, we’ll discuss what type of treatment is necessary, how long it will take, and estimate how much it will cost. You’ll understand everything you need to know in order to decide whether to proceed with treatment.
After your complimentary exam, if you decide to proceed with treatment, records are then made to determine the best course of treatment. Complete diagnostic records typically include medical and dental history, clinical examination, models of the teeth, photos of the patient’s face and teeth, and X-rays. This information is used to develop a custom treatment plan that addresses the unique needs of each patient. These records are also helpful in tracking the progress of treatment as the teeth move under orthodontic care.
After the doctor has thoroughly evaluated your diagnostic records, we’ll explain your treatment to you in detail, including the cost for your particular case.
After the Records appointment, we’ll be ready to schedule the appointment to get your new appliances, such as braces or expanders, placed. Oftentimes we can combine the Records and New Appliance appointments to save you time! Getting appliances placed usually takes one to two hours. You’ll then see us at regular intervals six to ten weeks apart for adjustments, which usually takes about 30 minutes.
Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately.