What to Expect
The First Visit
The first step in determining your treatment needs is to learn as much about your specific orthodontic situation as possible. At the initial consultation, Dr. Kovacs will meet with you for a complete orthodontic examination. At this visit, Dr. Kovacs will propose a tentative treatment plan, estimate treatment duration, and discuss costs associated with treatment. There is no charge for this visit.
If necessary, diagnostic records will be obtained to learn more about your orthodontic situation. This may include molds of your teeth, photographs, X-rays, and a complete medical-dental history. From this information Dr. Kovacs will design a concise treatment plan specifically designed for you.
Consultation and Appliance Placement
Prior to appliance placement, Dr. Kovacs will present the treatment plan to the patient and family. If possible, various options will be proposed, and such details as appliance placement, cooperation, and hygiene will be discussed. It is important at this time to be sure to ask any pertinent questions you may have-communication with your orthodontist is essential throughout the treatment process! Once all your questions and concerns have been addressed, we will proceed with appliance placement. While placement is generally painless, some discomfort is to be expected as you adjust to the braces. This is usually a short term problem and our staff is here to explain ways to deal with the discomfort-we are only a phone call away!
Routine Adjustment Appointments
Once all of the appliances are in place, they need to be adjusted on a regular basis to continue the tooth moving process. Because of major technological advances in orthodontic appliances, appoinment intervals can be extended as long as 6-8 weeks for your convenience. Orthodontic treatment typically takes 18-24 months, but can vary due to case difficulty, cooperation, hygiene, etc.