Your First Visit
At the initial consultation, Dr. Orsborn and staff will review your medical/dental history and evaluate your need for orthodontic care to determine the best time to start treatment. Dr. Orsborn will invite the patient and family into the planning process to understand their objectives and design the best treatment options to achieve those goals.
After the initial consultation, diagnostic records are made to determine the best course of treatment. Complete diagnostic records typically include plaster study models of the teeth, photos of the patient’s face and teeth, and state-of-the-art digital X-rays. This information is used to develop a custom treatment plan for each patient and confirm the findings of the initial consultation. These records are also helpful in tracking the progress of treatment as the teeth move under orthodontic care.
The appointment when you get your appliances (braces, expanders, etc.) usually takes from one to two hours. On the day you get your braces, we will spend quite a bit of time going over the techniques for good brushing and oral hygiene. Many things are important to the success of your treatment, but brushing and flossing are really significant. Braces are strong, but you need to protect them from hard or chewy foods and ice. Please advise us of any broken braces at each appointment.
You’ll then see us at regular intervals 4 to 12 weeks apart for an adjustment. Appointments times may vary from 20 to 60 minutes. Our regular office hours are alternate from week to week. Please consult with the front office staff on exact dates. 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. Cancel only if it is an emergency. It is difficult to reschedule you since most appointments are made 4 to 8 weeks in advance.