What To Expect At Your First Orthodontic Evaluation

Orthodontics is the field of dental therapy that deals with the correction of irregular bites and misaligned teeth. Wit that in mind, the goal of every orthodontist is to straighten out dentition to correct various types of malocclusion. The treatments are long-term and will require multiple visits. When braces or Invisalign are involved, this procedure will require about two years, although the span varies per case.

Before treatment begins, your orthodontist will evaluate your bite to determine a treatment plan to suit you best. This process can be accomplished in a few hours at most. Often, digital photographs will be taken of your dentition during this evaluation.

The second step involves taking a dental radiograph or panoramic x-ray to establish if you have any missing or impacted teeth. It will also help the orthodontist in determining if your alveolar bone is dense enough to withstand the push and pull forces that come with orthodontic therapy. Other tools can also be utilized to determine your facial profile to use for further study during the span of your treatment.

Bite impressions are then taken. Alginate is poured into little trays which are then inserted into your mouth. The impressions are used to study your bite and the placement of your teeth. It also helps the orthodontist to determine what areas to start moving, especially when dealing with complex cases.

Lastly, you will be taken to the consultation area. This is where the orthodontist discusses the plan of treatment with the patient or parent. Feel free to ask questions and if you do not understand some parts, ask for a detailed explanation. If you have overly crowded teeth and small jaws, you may need extractions. Impacted teeth will need to be extracted as well. This can be done during a separate appointment.

To learn more and to schedule your initial evaluation please contact Norwalk Orthodontics today.