Initial Consultation (Your First Visit)
Before your first visit, you will receive a welcome pack from our reception staff, which contains basic information regarding orthodontic treatment and a health questionnaire for you to bring back. If you have a referral letter or any x-rays from your dentist, please bring them along with you for your initial consultation.
During your initial consultation, you will be seen by one of our orthodontists who will examine your mouth, make notes of your concerns, and then discuss the initial findings with you.
At the end of your consultation, there are three possible outcomes:
- Orthodontic treatment is required and recommended now. The orthodontist will request to have diagnostic records taken at another appointment, followed by a detailed discussion regarding your treatment plan.
- Orthodontic treatment is required, but now is not the right time to commence treatment. Some orthodontic problems are better treated when there are more adult teeth present, or when the jaw growth is more established. The orthodontist will place you on a recall until you are ready for treatment.
- No orthodontic treatment required at all. If you are a child who is still growing, the orthodontist may place you on a recall to monitor the dental development until you are 18 years of age.
Diagnostic records consist of two x-rays (OPG, Lateral Cephalometrics), a series of extra-oral and intra-oral photographs, and study models.
Diagnostic records provide important information regarding your dentition and facial development. The orthodontist uses the diagnostic records to formulate a treatment plan or different treatment options.
Treatment Plan Discussion
This is the appointment where the orthodontist will give you a detailed discussion of your diagnosis and the treatment options available.