Your first visit to our office will be a free exam for you or your child. Dr. Cavanagh will carefully examine the teeth for a wide range of possible orthodontic problems, such as crowding, cross-bite, gaps, etc. Once Dr. Cavanagh has a clear picture of the most likely course of treatment, she will discuss what type of treatment is necessary. We will also discuss how long treatment will take and provide an estimate of how much it will cost. You'll understand everything you need to know in order to decide whether to proceed with treatment.
After your complimentary exam, if you decide to proceed with treatment, records are then made to determine the best course of treatment. Complete diagnostic records typically include a medical/dental history, clinical examination, study models of the teeth, digital photos of the patient's face and teeth, and digital x-rays. This information is used to develop a custom treatment plan that addresses the unique needs of each patient. These records are also helpful in tracking the progress of treatment as the teeth move under orthodontic care.
After the records are gathered, we'll be ready to schedule the appointment to get your new appliances (braces, expander, etc.) placed. Getting appliances placed usually takes one to two hours. You'll then see us at regular intervals five to eight weeks apart for an adjustment, which takes about 15 minutes.
Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately.