If you or your family member needs to have braces to correct crooked teeth or other orthodontic issues, you need to feel comfortable with the orthodontist you choose because you will be visiting him or her many times throughout the next few years. During a consultation with our orthodontist, you can ask questions about your particular problem and the possible treatments that are available to you.
If you are a parent, you may start by learning at what age your child’s teeth should be checked by an orthodontist. Children around the age of seven can usually start visiting our office. If you are an adult who didn’t get orthodontic treatment as a child or have been in an accident and need to have your teeth fixed, you should visit as soon as possible.
Orthodontists use several tests to diagnosis orthodontic problems. The two main types of diagnostic aids are essential diagnostic aids and supplemental diagnostic aids. Starting with essential aides there is case history, clinical examinations, study casts, radiographs and photographs. Supplemental aids are not essential and include specialized radiographs such as cephalometric radiographs, occlusal intraoral films, selected lateral jaw views and the cone shift technique, to name a few.
In order to diagnose the type of orthodontic treatment a patient needs, our orthodontist will recognize the characteristics of dentofacial deformity or malocclusion to define the problem and design a treatment for that patient. Our orthodontist will also present the treatment plan so that the patient or the patient’s parents fully understand everything involved in the decision to have braces.
Once we recommend a treatment, you may want to know answers to some of the following questions:
• How long will the treatment take?
• When should treatment start?
• Is there anything to do to prepare?
• What are the different kinds of braces?
• How often are office visits required?
• What will happen if I don’t get treatment?
• How should I clean my teeth with braces?
• What if I have an emergency with my braces?
A good orthodontist will talk you through every step of the process. Our orthodontist always aims to have a friendly demeanor, be welcoming and make you feel comfortable. Our office staff and technicians strives to be friendly and efficient. We will keep your paperwork in order and maintain a clean and happy office.
Our orthodontist and staff understand that correcting your smile with braces is a long and complicated process. We do everything in our power to make the experience as easy as possible, including arranging appointments at convenient times for you.
The most important criteria for choosing the right orthodontist is that you feel relaxed and comfortable in the office. You will get the best treatment when you are well cared for and cooperating with the program. When you consult with our specialist, you will see that our aim is for you to be comfortable throughout the program until the day you have the smile you have always wanted. At Pack Orthodontics, we are dedicated to providing the Murfreesboro and Shelbyville areas with comprehensive, patient-centered orthodontic care. Schedule your consultation with us today!