First Visit

As your children and adult orthodontist in Erie and Louisville, we at Caraway Orthodontics want your first visit with us to be as pleasant and comfortable as the rest of your orthodontic treatment, which is why we’ll do all we can to prepare you for this appointment. Your first visit with us will consist of a thorough examination and then it will be followed by a discussion of potential treatment options, which include our Erie and Louisville Invisalign Teen, Invisalign, and traditional braces. We’ll address any all of your (or your child’s) orthodontic needs during this visit.

Preparing for Your Visit

Before you visit your children and adult orthodontist in Erie and Louisville, we ask that you please assist us by bringing the following information to your appointment with us:

  • Any panoramic X-ray that was taken within the past six months
  • A list of any medications that you’re currently taking
  • Completed patient registration forms
  • Your insurance card, if you have orthodontic insurance

Also, please let us know beforehand if you have any medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, diabetes, artificial heart valves and joints, or rheumatic fever).

Diagnostic Records and Treatment Planning

If a need for orthodontic treatment is determined during your first visit, a diagnostic records appointment will then be scheduled. The diagnostic records will consist of photographs, X-rays, and study models. Dr. Damen M. Caraway will take these diagnostic records and then study them thoroughly so that he can create a customized treatment plan that’s tailored to meet your specific orthodontic needs. We’ll then call you to review your treatment plan and we’ll schedule an appointment to begin this treatment. During this discussion, we’ll also inform you about the cost of treatment and our available payment plans.

Successive Visits

During your orthodontic treatment, you’ll need to continue to visit us. Typically, we’ll need to see you back every four to six weeks to check on your progress and make any needed changes or adjustments to your orthodontics. These regular visits will be important to help ensure the success of your treatment.

You’ll also need to follow any instructions that are given to you by Dr. Caraway. These can include:

  • How to take care of your braces/appliances
  • Eating nutritiously
  • Keeping up with orthodontic appointments
  • Visiting your dentist regularly

Treatment Time

The needed treatment time will vary depending on the patient, though most will last somewhere between six and 30 months. Some of the factors that will affect the treatment time will include:

  • The severity of the problem
  • The degree of possible movement
  • Patient cooperation

Dental Care

Before your orthodontic treatment will begin, it’s important that you visit your dentist to ensure that all of your cavities and any other oral health concerns have been taken care of. In some cases, it may even be necessary for certain teeth to be removed in order to correct your bite. Dr. Caraway will work closely with either your dentist or an oral surgeon to arrange this, if it’s necessary.

Visit Your Children and Adult Orthodontist in Erie and Louisville!

If you’re looking for braces or Invisalign Teen in Erie or Louisville, we encourage you to sign up for an appointment with us by filling out our appointment request form. Alternatively, you can give us a call at one of our two convenient locations. Our Erie office phone number is (303) 828-0454 and our Louisville office phone number is (303) 665-7333. We can’t wait to see you and we promise to make your first visit with us as comfortable as possible!

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