Consultation Process

Step 1 : First appointment

At the first appointment, we will discuss the need and the appropriate time to start an orthodontic treatment. 

  • Visual dental exam
  • General review of dental alignment, esthetic considerations and patient expectations
  • Various orthodontic options (including, but not limited to traditional fixed braces, removable appliances, combination braces with subsequent surgical options)
  • Treatment time (mini treatment options, phase 1 for mixed dentition and/or phase 2 for permanent dentition)
  • Supplementary documentation required to confirm and establish the orthodontic diagnosis

Step 2 : Documentation records

At the second appointment, documentation records are taken in order to assess areas that were not evident during the initial visual exam.  Key factors include the maxillary/mandibular skeletal relation, periodontal situation, dental eruption status and overall root health. All of which provide necessary information to diagnose the case in order to propose a proper orthodontic treatment plan.

  • Digital impressions (study models)
  • Photographs (facial and dental)
  • Radiographs (panoramic and cephalometric)

Step 3 : Treatment plan

At the third appointment, a treatment plan is presented.  The objective is to review the extensive diagnosis process and provide a detailed explanation of the adapted orthodontic plan. 

  • Finalized treatment plan
  • Appliance explanations and timing reviewed
  • Potential options
  • Financial estimates and insurance questions answered

An orthodontic summary will then be sent your dentist.  It is important that patients maintain regular dental check-up appointments with their general dentists.  Excellent dental health optimizes orthodontic progress.

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