We are delighted that you have chosen to visit our office. Our goal is to make your first visit as informative and pleasant as possible.
When you call our office to schedule a complimentary consultation, our friendly receptionists will greet you with a warm welcome. They will walk you through the process to help you set up an appointment and prepare you for your first visit. You can also request an appointment via our website or email.
The consultation appointment usually runs about an hour but can vary depending on the complexity of the case. Upon arrival, our treatment coordinator will give you a tour of our office. A brief video about orthodontics will introduce you to the basic concepts of treatment. She will then take a panoramic x-ray and clinical photographs of your teeth. Afterwards, Dr. Jones will come by for a thorough examination and discussion about treatment. Once Dr. Jones has reviewed the treatment options with you, our treatment coordinator will explain various financial options and insurance benefits and answer any treatment questions in detail. The next step would be scheduling a time to begin your treatment and the journey to a beautiful smile!
The actual process of having the braces placed on your teeth is nearly painless. However, your body’s response and adjustment to the braces in the days and weeks that follow the procedure can be uncomfortable and mildly achy. The vast majority of the patients become accustomed to braces in less than two weeks. We recommend a soft diet for the first few days and over the counter pain medicine as needed.
You can eat almost any food as long as they are not too hard or sticky. Once treatment begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables, and all sticky foods. Some foods, such as apple or corn on the cob, need to be cut into small bites while in braces. You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following our instructions.
With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn’t able to reach. We will show you how to properly brush and floss once you begin treatment.
Playing an instrument or a contact sport may require some adjustment when you first get your braces. Braces will not stop you from participating in any of your school activities. If you play a contact sport, it is recommended that you wear a mouth-guard to protect your braces or appliance.
Patients are usually seen at 4-8 week intervals during treatment.
Yes! In fact, it’s even more important that patients receiving orthodontic treatment visit their dentist regularly. With braces, food may be caught in places that your toothbrush can’t reach. This causes bacteria to build up that can lead to cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Your dentist will work closely with us to make sure that your teeth stay clean and healthy while in treatment.
Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient’s growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.
Probably! Removable clear aligners are a great option for many types of cases and can treat both crowding and bite issues. Not all cases can be treated fully with aligners though. At the consultation, Dr. Jones will discuss treatment options with you.
Teeth, and sometimes entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments. Dr. Jones is a board certified orthodontist. Only 1 in 3 orthodontists are board certified!