First Visit

During this visit the patient is examined clinically. This enables Dr. Palmer to give advice on the treatment options available, when treatment should commence, the duration of treatment, and the approximate cost. If the patient decides to proceed with treatment, an appointment is made to collect records.

Diagnostic records are made to determine the best course of treatment. Complete diagnostic records typically include a medical/dental history, clinical examination, photos of the patient's face and teeth, and X-rays. Records allow the orthodontist to analyse each case accurately. These records are also helpful in tracking the progress of treatment as the teeth move under orthodontic care.

Doctor Palmer will evaluate and review with you the records, treatment recommendations, and treatment length. If treatment is not needed at that time, you will be placed into our recall system to be evaluated at regular intervals of three, six, or twelve months.  A staff member will be available to review estimated costs and options for financing treatment.

Records Include:

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Impressions from which plaster models
of the teeth are constructed.

Photographs of the teeth and face. X-rays of the teeth and jaws.

Treatment Planning:

At this visit Dr. Palmer discusses the treatment plan(s) which have been formulated using information obtained from the first consultation and records. Then, arrangements are made to commence treatment or, if it is too early, to review the patient periodically until it is an appropriate time to commence treatment.

Regular Appointments

The appointment times for getting appliances put on (braces, expanders, etc.) run from one to two hours. Subsequent appointments, to adjust your appliances, will take between 15-30 minutes. In some cases it is necessary to move the braces to ensure the most accurate tooth positions. These appointments to reposition the braces can take up to one hour. It is important to attend all of your scheduled appointments in order to insure proper movement of your teeth.

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