We want every aspect of your experience with us to be as pleasant and informative as possible. Your initial appointment will consist of a thorough examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. We will address you or your child’s orthodontic needs during this first visit.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:
- Any panoramic X-ray taken within the past six months.
- A list of any medications you or your child are currently taking.
- If you have orthodontic insurance, bring your insurance card. By providing this information at the first visit, we will be able to give you an estimate of your costs.
- Completed patient registration forms.
Please inform us if you have any medical condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints or rheumatic fever, or if you are currently taking any medications like heart medications, aspirin or anticoagulant therapy.
Diagnostic Records & Treatment Planning
If treatment is indicated during your initial visit, a follow-up, diagnostic records appointment will be scheduled. The diagnostic records will consist of X-rays, photographs and study models. Dr. Caraway will take these diagnostic records, study them thoroughly and create a customized treatment plan tailored to meet your specific needs. We will call to review your treatment plan and schedule an appointment to begin your orthodontic treatment. We will also discuss the cost of treatment and payment plans during this time as well.
Regular visits are important for the overall success of your treatment. Generally, we will see you every four to six weeks to check your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your appliance or braces.
It is important for you to follow the instructions provided to you by Dr. Caraway on how to properly care for your appliance/braces, eating nutritiously, keeping your appointments with us and seeing your dentist regularly.
After your braces are removed, we will use retainers to stabilize your new bite until the bones, gums and muscles adapt to the new position of your teeth. This is a vital part of your treatment and patient cooperation is highly important for the success of your treatment.
Treatment time varies for each patient, but may last between six and 30 months depending on the severity of the problem, patient cooperation and the degree of possible movement.
Prior to orthodontic treatment, it is important that you see your family dentist and ensure that all cavities and other oral health concerns have been treated first.
It may also be necessary, for certain teeth to be removed in order to correct your bite. Dr. Caraway will work closely with your dentist or an oral surgeon to arrange this if needed.
Please contact us if you have any questions.