Your first visit to our office is a complimentary exam for you or your child. During this initial 30 to 45 minute examination, we will carefully examine the teeth for a wide range of possible orthodontic problems such as crowding, cross-bites, alignment of the teeth and jaws, and TMJ function and will address specific areas of concern after careful analysis of the diagnostic records.
After your complimentary exam, if you decide to proceed with treatment, records are made to determine the best course of treatment. Complete diagnostic records typically include a medical/dental history, clinical examination, study models of the teeth, photos of the patient's face and teeth and X-rays. This information is used to develop a custom treatment plan that addresses the unique needs of each patient. These records are also helpful in tracking the progress of treatment as the teeth move under orthodontic care.
After Dr. Darsey has thoroughly evaluated your diagnostic records, we'll explain your treatment to you in detail at a consultation appointment, including the cost for your particular case.
After the records appointment, we'll be ready to schedule the appointment to get your new appliances (braces, expanders, etc.) placed. Getting appliances placed usually takes one to two hours. You'll then see us at regular intervals four to eight weeks apart for an adjustment, which takes about 30 minutes