Office Visits

Our greatest goal is to give you the healthy, straight, beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. We understand that choosing to receive orthodontic care is a big decision, and we respect your reasons for wanting to improve the way you look and feel.

Our practice will work with you every step of the way to make sure your orthodontic care is as rewarding as possible. Our practice utilizes the latest technology, and offers a variety of safe and gentle treatment options to give you the customized, individual care you deserve.

Your First Visit

At the first appointment, Dr. Vossers will perform a preliminary, complimentary clinical examination to determine if there is an orthodontic problem, the extent of the problem, the best time to start treatment, and possible treatment options. If orthodontic treatment is indicated at this time, diagnostic records will be taken. If the patient is not ready for treatment at this time, he or she will be placed on recall for a complimentary periodic observation to record dental and growth changes.

Diagnostic Records

Diagnostic records are made to determine the best course of treatment. Complete diagnostic records typically include a medical/dental history, clinical examination, study models of the teeth, photos of the patient’s face and teeth, and X-rays. This information is used to develop a custom treatment plan for each patient. These records are also helpful in tracking the progress of treatment as the teeth move under orthodontic care. The fee for the records is due the day records are taken.

Consultation

After Dr. Vossers has evaluated your records, we discuss your proposed treatment with you in detail and the cooperation needed, including the cost for your particular situation. For patients under 18, a parent or legal guardian must be present.

Appointments

While orthodontic appliances are in place, an appointment is scheduled every 5 to 8 weeks. We schedule certain types of appointment at specific times of the day to allow us to see more patients in our popular afternoon times. In order to be fair, afternoon times will be rotated among our patients on an equal basis.

If for any reason you are unable to keep your appointment, we respectfully request a 48-hour notice.

Visiting the dentist during orthodontic treatment

It is very important that you continue to visit your family dentist once every six months for teeth cleanings and routine dental checkups, even during your orthodontic treatment. If extra dental care is needed, we will be happy to coordinate with your family dentist to make sure you receive the best possible care.