When you come to see us for the first time, we will spend some time getting to know you and what has driven you to consider orthodontic care. We want to know what you’re hoping to achieve! This is our complimentary Consultation and Evaluation.
We will take special photos of your teeth, and if necessary, a panoramic X Ray. These diagnostic records allow Dr. Howard to make a thorough assessment of your oral health and treatment options. We will review the photos and X Ray findings with you at this appointment, and present any concerns that are found.
Dr. Howard will thoroughly explain any recommendations he may have and answer your questions. A treatment coordinator will then review your options with you and address any additional questions you have about treatment. Your insurance coverage will be verified and a thorough fee quote will be presented to you.
You will leave our office with a clear understanding of orthodontic treatment and what avenues you can consider. We won’t pressure you to make any decisions right away; we want you to be confident in your choice!
Ideally, children should be evaluated by an orthodontist by the age of 7. Even though you may think of teens when you think of braces, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends a check-up no later than age 7.
An orthodontist can determine if your child will benefit from early intervention, which can prevent serious problems from developing and shorten treatment time at a later age. Dr. Howard may also discover that your child’s bite is perfectly fine and simply recommend monitoring their growth and development and consider orthodontic treatment if indicated when they are older.
Here are some of the things we will look for when evaluating a young child:
- Crossbites of the front teeth where the top teeth are behind the bottom teeth.
- Excessive crowding of the top or bottom teeth which may mean there isn’t enough space for all of the adult teeth.
- An open bite where the front teeth do not meet when the back teeth are closed.
- Front teeth that protrude into the “Fracture Zone.”
- Underbites, extremely deep bites, major spacing issues or problematic oral habits.
Be sure to see an orthodontist right away if you notice any difficulty in chewing, biting or speaking, mouth breathing, jaws that make sounds, teeth grinding, a facial imbalance or biting on the roof of the mouth.
Did you know that 1 in 5 orthodontic patients is an adult? We can move healthy teeth at any age and thanks to a variety of new treatment options, orthodontics can fit conveniently into your lifestyle. Dr. Howard can work to create a better bite for you, help your teeth fit together better and decrease the risk of future dental problems. By aligning your teeth, you may find that you feel better, healthier and more confident.
Whether you have spacing issues and crooked teeth that you have been self-conscious about for years or you desire re-treatment of previous orthodontic care, we’d love to meet you and discuss how we can help.
By using customized archwires and ceramic or lingual braces, we can address your concerns quickly, conveniently, and aesthetically. We can also use clear aligners depending on the scope of your treatment.