Dr. Peterson wants to make sure your visits with her will be pleasant and informative! Your initial appointment will consist of an examination and discussion of potential treatment options. This important visit will address the orthodontic needs of you or your child.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:
* Any x-rays (if applicable)
*A list of medications you are presently taking
* If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
* Completed online or printed patient registration forms.
Periodic visits are an important part of orthodontic treatment. Generally, we will want to see you every 4 to 6 weeks to check your progress and make adjustments to your braces. During this time, you will need to keep appointments, follow instructions, eat nutritiously and practice good oral hygiene. Also continue to visit your dentist regularly. Once your braces are removed, retainers are utilized to hold your teeth in their new positions until your bone, gums and muscles adapt to the new teeth positions. The retention period is an important part of your overall treatment and should not be neglected!
Length of treatment:
Braces may be on between 18 months to 36 months or longer depending on the age of the patient, the severity of the problem, the patient's cooperation and the degree of movement possible.
Before any orthodontic treatment, your family dentist should make certain that all cavities have been treated and the health of your gums and underlying bone are free of periodontal disease.