Appointments are usually 20 – 30 minutes long, although initially two or three longer appointments may be required to put on all the braces. Subsequent visits are generally at five – six week intervals. Most appointments are made at convenient times as far as possible, but parents should be aware that some appointments may need to be made during school hours.
The Initial Consultation
Our first appointment with you is mainly to meet and ascertain your goals and aspirations of orthodontic treatment. It usually includes a series of photographs of the teeth and face, which we will discuss together. Very often this visit will merge into a full diagnostic records appointment, depending on your needs.
Diagnostic Evaluation and Treatment Planning
This is carried out before treatment starts, to assess the type of orthodontic problem, the treatment procedures indicated and the fees involved. Two visits are generally required, the first to obtain the diagnostic records and the second for the discussion. Prior to the discussion visit, the diagnostic records will have been evaluated and an in-depth analysis made. A detailed explanation of the problems present will be given to you and your dentist prior to any treatment being agreed, so that you will be able to fully participate in the decision-making process. At each stage you will be advised in advance of all procedures and any potential fees involved.
You will have the opportunity at each appointment to discuss the progress of treatment, if you should so wish.
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